You recall the ‘mind blowing' emoji? That's how I feel every time I find someone without a tax-free savings account (TFSA).
After all, it's one of the best investment decisions you can make as a South African. It's a total no-brainer if you're serious about investing. And, just last week, Tito Mboweni, the SA finance minister, increased your tax-free annual limit from R33 000 to R36 000.
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Can you believe it's ‘Januworry' again?
I honestly think there's nothing worse than the point when your bank account tells you, you had just a little too much fun over the December holidays.
Thankfully, 2020 could be the very last January you ever feel this way - IF you make this pre-emptive strike today.
The man who bo... ››› more
If you've been following the news, you'll know that Moody's recently changed its outlook for South Africa to negative. That means our sovereign debt is one step away from ending up in the dustbin.
If that happens, it'll have far reaching consequences for SA Inc. and your locally-held savings and investments.
This isn't something you should take lightly.
You need to protect your hard-ea... ››› more
I'm only 28 but I'm not like most under 30s…
I constantly think about my future retirement nest egg. And its most likely because I've worked in the investment industry for eight years and surrounded by a lot older colleagues.
I've also been lucky enough to attend a lot of our global investor conferences where I got to chat to people a lot older than me… People either preparing to retir... ››› more
Let me ask you a serious question…
How many of you believe you have enough money to last your retirement?
Well when you consider that over 50% of South Africans aren't confident they will be able to draw an income in retirement, I'm going to assume not many of you.
You see, a standard retirement annuity is simply not enough to generate the income you need, for the retirement you want... ››› more
With just 12 days left of the tax year and the budget speech next week, this is the time of year, that you should be evaluating your investments and retirement savings and maxing them out as much as you can.
While many people know they should be saving more for a rainy day and retirement, most of us are not. Using a few tax incentives can assist you a great deal now and years down the line.
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Regular readers will recall I wrote an article a few weeks ago, which claimed that investing the full Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) allowance for your new-born child would turn him into a billionaire by the time he retired.
Even after the effects of inflation, this investment would mean R200,000 per month income, in today's money.
An explosive claim, I know, but one that I can back up wi... ››› more
Tax year end is fast approaching.
This means, next week Wednesday, your tax breaks for the 2017/2018 year will expire.
Fortunately, it's not too late to maximise all your benefits before you lose them.
But don't worry, because today I'm going to show you how to do this…
Three tax breaks every investor receives
As a private investor you receive three main tax breaks:
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I've been looking at ways to reduce my donations to the Nkandla Fund (SARS income tax)…
I have no objection to pay tax - when the government that receives that money makes use of it responsibly. But that's not the case at this stage.
And by putting off paying tax (legally) I can get my money to work for me faster than when I give nearly half of that away to the tax man.
Now instead o... ››› more
Have you ever heard of the saying, “Those who do not remember the past, are condemned to repeat it?”
Well, humans can learn valuable lessons by looking back at historical events, but choose not to.
And in many cases, we tend to repeat history and make the same mistakes.
Think about how many financial decisions we've made that ended up in economic disaster.
For example, the deci... ››› more
In a recent report from ETF.com data released shows that the US have had $250 billion worth of cash inflows into ETF's during 2017 alone!
According to an estimate by The New Yorker, around 20 percent of the market in the US is made up out of JUST ETF's.
And “When you factor in “closet indexing”—when individual or institutional investors pursue indexing strategies without declaring... ››› more
It's never too early to start planning for retirement. And this means thinking somewhat differently about retirement planning for your later years.
Have you ever stopped and asked yourself these questions?
1. How much will I need to save for retirement in order to live comfortably?
2. What are my retirement goals?
3. When should I start?
4. What should I do?
5. What costs might I... ››› more
In 1995, SARS collected just over R127 billion in tax revenue.
Today, that figure stands at R1.14 trillion.
By 2018, SARS aims to collect R1.26 trillion in tax revenue.
In short, SARS is coming after more of your money.
And they will do everything in their power to get their greedy hands on as much of your money as possible.
But what if I told you…
Th... ››› more
It's coming to that time of year when many people may have an end of year bonus to look forward to.
Whilst your first thought may be to go out and splash it, you should resist the temptation.
So what should you do with your bonus instead?
Read on to find out…
What you can do with your bonus
There are definitely ways you can put your bonus to better work than splashing it on u... ››› more
I've spent days, weeks and even months researching all sorts of crazy passive income ideas. One thing that I've learnt is that it really is possible to make money while you sleep.
To create streams of passive income, you should spend very little time setting up the income stream and sit back and watch as your bank account grows. It really is possible.
Passive income is not a dream or a my... ››› more
You won't have enough money to retire.
I know I sound like the harbinger of doom, but it's a reality that you and most South Africans need to face up to.
Now you might be asking, why am I saying this about you? Well, I am only looking at the statistics.
The Financial Planning Institute of South Africa says less than a quarter of South Africans can afford to retire. If you think that's ... ››› more
Earlier this week I spoke to a new parent who only earns R8,000 a month. With a three month old baby, she was concerned that she wouldn't have enough money for her child's education when the time came to send the child to school.
She could only afford to save R1,200 a year for her child's education and put her first lump sum savings into a 32 day savings account that gave her a measly 5% inter... ››› more
The other day, while making my morning coffee, a work colleague asked me about an opportunity to earn an 11.5% return on a fixed-term bond investment.
And she wasn't talking about RSA Government Retail Bonds. She was talking about investing in a Participation Bond Fund, specifically the FedGroup Participation Bond Fund.
When you invest in a Participation Bond Fund, money is pooled with oth... ››› more
When I look at the financial education I received at school and university, I always wonder how different my life would be today if I had better quality information.
Where would you be if your teachers, parents and mentors taught you more about managing money, the stock market, investing, savings and general day-to-day budgeting?
How different would your life be today?
Let's take a clo... ››› more
If the statistic that 50% of all marriages end in divorce is accurate, it means that South African couples need to pay close attention to the way they manage their finances.
Whether you're just starting out or already in a steady relationship, you and your “better” half must manage your finances effectively so that it doesn't destroy your relationship.
To help you succeed, I've found f... ››› more
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