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  • Are you ready to retire?
  • Have you asked yourself if you are ready to retire? Retirement doesn't ask before it comes knocking at your door, so you must be prepared. Determining whether you have enough money to retire comfortably is the first step. After that, if you still have to catch up on your retirement savings, it's time to take action. When trying to determine how much you need to retire and how much you hav... ››› more
  • [07 October 2014]
  • Three steps to help you make the best offshore investments
  • Investing offshore is a great way to diversify your portfolio. Financial markets in other countries may perform differently to those in South Africa. And you can also invest in sectors that aren't available in South Africa, such as utilities. So when it comes to offshore investments, what do you need to consider? Let's take a closer look… How to give your offshore investments the ... ››› more
  • [06 October 2014]
  • Retirement planning in your 60s
  • When you turn 60, retirement seems just around the corner. Although that may be true, it's never too late to prepare for retirement, not even in your 60s. There are plenty of things to consider once you've reached 60, including how much money you still need to save. The main question on everyone’s mind once they’ve turned 60 is: do I have enough saved up for retirement?   In order to ... ››› more
  • [06 October 2014]
  • Five retirement planning mistakes to avoid
  • Planning for retirement can become quite frustrating at times, especially if you start saving late or can't afford to save enough each month. However, you can always play catch up on your savings and you can make sure you don't make the following five mistakes that could ruin your retirement plan. Retirement mistake #1: Withdrawing money from your retirement account   If you’re in despe... ››› more
  • [03 October 2014]
  • Nedbank secures a 20% stake in Ecobank
  • Yesterday, Nedbank announced that it's to secure a 20% stake in Ecobank Transnational. The deal will cost Nedbank $493 million. There have been doubts if the deal would go ahead after Ecobank encountered some issues over governance. Let's take a closer look at what the deal means for Nedbank… Nedbank is the second largest shareholder of Ecobank The acquisition makes Nedbank [JSE:N... ››› more
  • [03 October 2014]
  • Retirement planning tips for women
  • When it comes to retirement planning, women should be extremely careful. Since they generally work for fewer years and earn less than men do, they need to plan ahead and budget their money even more carefully. Women can prepare for retirement by doing the following. Retirement planning tip #1: Understand your retirement needs   Before you start saving for retirement, you need to understand... ››› more
  • [01 October 2014]
  • If a bear market returns, are you ready? Here are five things you can do now to prepare
  • Of course, no-one knows when the next bear market will rear its head. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has been in a general upward trend, but has dipped lately. So if the bears return, what can you do to prepare? Read on to find out… How to prepare for the next bear market If you’re worried that a bear market is just around the corner, you might be tempted to bail out of sto... ››› more
  • [29 September 2014]
  • Why you can't beat diversification to lower your investment risk
  • A whole host of different companies, large and small, make up the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. A lot of investors put the associated risk of investing in a company down to its size. But just because a company is large doesn't mean that it comes with no risk. So what's your best bet to reduce your overall investment risk? Let's take a closer look… The link between company size and... ››› more
  • [26 September 2014]
  • How to make your retirement nest egg last longer
  • Everyone wants to retire comfortably, but many people get stuck somewhere along the way. Saving enough for retirement takes time, discipline, and sacrifice. Once you've managed to save enough to live comfortably during retirement, another problem emerges: being able to stretch out your retirement savings so you don't run out of money. Many retirees are faced with a dilemma: how much of t... ››› more
  • [24 September 2014]
  • Four keys to investment success
  • Investing is not for everyone. You need to have a strong dose of risk tolerance to become a successful investor. Before you start investing, you need to understand the basic principles of investment success. Here are four steps to reach investment success.   1. Determine your investment goals   Assess your current financial situation and determine how much you can afford to invest. Set... ››› more
  • [16 September 2014]
  • Four ways to take responsibility for your retirement
  • Planning for retirement should start when you're young. The quality of your retirement largely depends on the amount of time and energy you put into its planning. The more responsible you are regarding your retirement planning, the more you can accomplish when you actually retire. Think of everything you dream of doing in your golden years and motivate yourself to save more each month. Finan... ››› more
  • [16 September 2014]
  • What you should know before investing in rental property
  • Many people are turning to rental property as a way to diversify their investments and secure their financial future. Real estate remains one of the more stable investments. Before investing in rental property, you should take into consideration certain factors, such as the risks involved, the annual expenses, and the expected rental income. How can you know whether investing in rental prope... ››› more
  • [15 September 2014]
  • How to plan for a comfortable retirement
  • If everyone would start saving for retirement when they get their first job, we would be able to retire comfortably and not worry about anything. But that is rarely the case - most people fail to plan ahead and find themselves close to retirement with little money saved up. If you want to retire comfortably and only worry about how you're going to spend all your free time, here are some ways to... ››› more
  • [12 September 2014]
  • 10 proven ways to save more money
  • If you find yourself buried in debt or if you've realized you are spending too much money each month and have decided to be more frugal, there are many smart ways to save more money. I encourage you to consider saving more money each month, not only for your sake, but for your entire family's well-being. Having a solid savings account will take off the pressure of coming up with quick cash in... ››› more
  • [08 September 2014]
  • Five retirement catch-up strategies for late starters
  • If you're quickly approaching retirement but feel you don't have nearly enough money to cover the costs that come with it, there's no better time to take action than today. What you do today can either consolidate your future or destroy it. Maybe you haven’t been able to save enough money for retirement because you’ve had many other urgent expenses, have gone through career changes and j... ››› more
  • [03 September 2014]
  • Four financial planning tips for people in their 30s
  • When you turn 30, your world turns upside down. You are no longer in your twenties and you feel like you are too old, too soon. But being in your 30s isn't bad at all. It's actually a time when you can invest in your future and plan wisely ahead. If you haven’t given financial planning much thought in your twenties, now is the time to consider your options more seriously. Now is the time t... ››› more
  • [03 September 2014]
  • 5 retirement mistakes to avoid
  • Many people feel unprepared when it comes to retirement. The simple thought of retirement can cause people to feel anxious and overwhelmed. To prevent these feelings and become more relaxed when approaching retirement, you need to plan ahead wisely and avoid making some very foreseeable mistakes. The following retirement planning mistakes are very common, but the good news is that they can... ››› more
  • [26 August 2014]
  • The easiest and most practical way to build wealth
  • Building wealth isn't an easy thing to do. It requires a lot of hard work and discipline. But there is a simpler way to build wealth. It all comes down to developing multiple streams of income. So how can you create multiple streams of income to build your wealth? Read on to find out… How to create multiple streams of income You need to explore all income opportunities that pre... ››› more
  • [22 August 2014]
  • Make returns of up to 338%, 475% and 1,500% with these special metals today
  • Take a closer look into your phone and your iPad, look under the hood of every hybrid car, into the lenses of every digital camera or into the heart of a medical wonder… Each of these technologies has changed the way we work and the way we live and they all have one thing in common, Technology Metals. What are Tech Metals and what do they do?    Technology Metals are a set of 17 ... ››› more
  • [19 August 2014]
  • Four smart strategies for retirement
  • If you've reached retirement or are getting very close to retiring, you know by now that the sooner you start saving for this period, the better. How much money you'll have when you retire largely depends on how you've lived your life up to that point. If you've made sound financial choices all your life and have managed your money well, then your chances of retiring comfortably increase. W... ››› more
  • [18 August 2014]
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