Investing in South Africa today is proving to be a challenge for even the best investors. We have to deal with constant attacks to our investment capital.
Scam artists, investment fees, taxes, increasing cost of living as well as political decisions both local and internationally all seem to be aligned to do one thing, eat away at the wealth we are trying so hard to build.
The current situ... ››› more
One of your top priorities when it comes to your financial planning should be protecting your wealth.
No-one knows for certain what lies ahead, so it's vital to take steps now to protect your assets.
And one option you have is to hold your assets in a Trust.
So why should you consider holding your assets in a Trust?
Read on to find out…
Why you need to protect your wealth
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For years now everyone has been punting the BRIC nations. These are emerging economies with huge populations and massive growth. They include Brazil, Russia, India and China.
And had you invested in these nations, you'd have done very well over the last decade.
But the situation is changing…
23 years since it ended, President Barack Obama has said he feels the echoes of the cold war res... ››› more
To protect your wealth against the unthinkable, then it's worthwhile having some money invested in ‘chaos hedges'. Chaos hedges protect you when thing going wrong. Yes you should invest in shares and bonds, but you want to hold something else just in case. Read on how to protect your wealth…
It’s a good idea to own silver and gold just in case, Doc Eifrig in The Daily Crux explains… Silv... ››› more
In 2014, South Africa will celebrate 20 years of democracy.
But two decades after Nelson Mandela freed the country from Apartheid rule, our young democracy is in a pitiful state.
The new government wastes your tax money every chance they get.
Just think, R290 million spent on Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead!
And corrupt government officials are forcing motorists to give them bribes, ... ››› more
A couple of years ago there was a horror movie that came out called “The Hills Have Eyes”.
The premise was that a family goes on a road trip and then breaks down in the middle of the desert.
Then a bunch of psychotic mutants creep around in the hills, watching every move they make.
The whole plot reminded me of something, but at first I couldn't think what it was.
Then it hit m... ››› more
As the Resource Economist at FSP Invest, I'm telling you that owning physical gold is a MUST for your long-term financial wellbeing!
So you'd better have your stash of gold…
You see, paper money the world over continues to lose its value; the price of gold has nowhere to go but up.
The reason is that gold is a reliable store of wealth, while credit and currencies are not.
It will ne... ››› more
Every other week my mates and I get together for a poker night. Last week, after I cleaned the guys out yet again! I said to them, "Poker is a lot like investing, you have to be very patient." Subsequently there was a moment of silence, followed by a rapture of laughter in the smoky room...
A friend of mine Jamie the 'Scally', wasted no time and had a go at me saying "don't let th... ››› more
Many of us take the ostrich approach to inflation. We know it's coming, but we feel that if pretend it's not there, maybe we won't feel the extra pinch on our pockets. Sadly this approach doesn't work. And now a Reuters' poll shows there are signs that we should be getting set to face even more inflation this year - and it'll hit us fast! Here's how to protect your pocket from inflation with three... ››› more
The experts at The South African Investor are always on the lookout for industry professionals with views on investment strategies and asset protection strategies. They recently spoke to Josh Bennett, an international asset protection lawyer. Read on to find out the three things you need to do to protect your liquid and physical assets.
“I’ve been investing in overseas markets for almost 20... ››› more
“Every time the rand loses value, you pay more. More for petrol, more for food, more for electricity. More for everything! I don't know about you, but everyday it feels like prices are increasing and eroding my wealth,” says investment strategist Gavin Fourie. But, there's a simple way to reverse the effects of rand weakness on your wealth. Read on to find out how you can protect your wealth f... ››› more
If you die today, what would happen to your family? If you become bankrupt, what would happen to your house, your savings, your business…? Are you willing to just give them all away? I bet you're not. That's why, it's so important to consider wealth protection as part of your wealth plan. Luckily, it's easy to protect your wealth with a Trust! But which is better: A discretionary Trust or a non-... ››› more
Don't believe you need to consider how to protect your wealth? Think again. No matter what you financial situation is, there's nothing more devastating than seeing the Sheriff auctioning off your business, home and other assets because you lost your job or a business venture you put your heart, soul and life-savings into went bad. That's why it's vitally important to make sure your assets are prot... ››› more
Over the past year, government's incessant greed has: Legally ‘stolen' 15% of your portfolio's income thanks to its new dividend tax; pushed petrol prices to record highs as it loaded 40% in taxes to the price you pay for every litre for petrol and driven the cost of food through the roof, thanks to the threat of e-tolls in Gauteng and Cape Town. When will it all end? Not soon! In fact, experts ... ››› more
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