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  • How to avoid the estate duty shock of investing offshore
  • With business confidence in SA at its lowest in twenty years. And investors losing patience waiting for the sun to rise for the “New Dawn”, we're seeing more and more people taking money offshore. While most people taking money offshore won't be aware of foreign inheritance taxes, they are creating a potential estate liability problem for their heirs. USA and UK inheritance tax can be as ... ››› more
  • [01 October 2019]
  • What you should know before investing offshore
  • By now, I assume, most investors would agree, having all your money invested in SA is a bad idea. Our low growth, unstable politics and a volatile currency are important considerations. However, the most important reason to invest offshore, is the local investment universe is simply too small. At less than 0.6% of global GDP, South Africa is simply too small to provide you with enough opportun... ››› more
  • [08 August 2019]
  • A “Retirement Plan B” you can't ignore!
  • 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
  • [04 March 2019]
  • Tax year end - Do these three things to reduce your tax liability
  • 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. ... ››› more
  • [12 February 2019]
  • The ONLY six things that matter when you invest for real wealth
  • At a new year's party, a family member introduced me to a friend and mentioned to them that I work in the investment industry.   The guy leaned in and asked, “So what will the stock market do this year?”   To which I replied “There’s no way to be sure, and it’s not something I focus on when investing”   “How about the economy, will it grow again in 2019?... ››› more
  • [06 February 2019]
  • Viv Govender's found another investment gem
  • When a deal this good pops up, it must go out, no matter what the publishers say! Uncertainty spiked at the start of the year and it was very difficult to get good prices on guaranteed investments. Most financial institutions erred on the side of caution and charged extra for protection. Luckily, my persistent research and patience has paid off and we've found a diamond in the rough! ... ››› more
  • [12 July 2018]
  • You should be worried…
  • You should be worried. Why? Well, there's one industry in South Africa that's in absolute shambles. In fact, I would go as far as to say, this industry plays a huge role in how you live (even survive) in the future. That's why you shouldn't ignore what I'm about to show you… The numbers don’t lie…   Consider this…   Less than 10% of working Sout... ››› more
  • [17 April 2018]
  • The right Tax Free Savings Account could make your children billionaires
  • 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
  • [15 March 2018]
  • Tax Year End: What you absolutely must do before 28 February 2018
  • 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: ... ››› more
  • [22 February 2018]
  • How you can get a 100% tax refund - and grow your investment portfolio at the same time
  • 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
  • [06 December 2017]
  • The state of our nation + 3 to buy and 2 to sell
  • The JSE Top 40 closed the week down 1,5%. Higher commodity prices; Gold, Silver and Brent Oil were up more than 2%, while Platinum managed 1,6%. These were not enough to save the Resources Index (down 3%) from a stronger Rand. Industrials and Financials were also softer. Anglogold up 9,3% and Harmony 9,5% responding to a firmer Gold Price (up 2,5%). PSG rallied 6%, see comment below. ... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • Receive dollar-based performance through structured products
  • Since my last article on the subject of structured products I have received a number of enquiries from readers asking for more information. Due to the overwhelming response I decided to do this follow-up article and go over the most frequently asked questions. First, for those who may not have read the original, here is a brief recap. I discussed a currently available structured product with ... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • ETF's are taking over the world - but are they as safe as everyone says?
  • 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
  • [21 September 2017]
  • If your marginal tax rate is 39% or higher you are probably investing wrong
  • There are just two certainties in life: Death and taxes. Unfortunately, these are also the two topics people find most unpleasant to think about. For higher net worth individuals, understanding your taxes is almost as important as understanding investments. If you're a high income earner in South Africa, a return of 11% can be equal to one of 20% under the correct tax treatment. Many reader... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • The little-known tax secret that can get you up to R23,800 tax-free every year
  • Consider this… 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
  • [21 September 2017]
  • Trump's first days in office + 3 to buy and 2 to sell
  • Last week's sentiment remained positive and markets continued their rally. President Trump's first days in office are being closely monitored and provide plenty for traders to digest. The JSE Top 40 closed the week up 0,8%, but retreated slightly on Friday along with generally softer developed markets; for the year to date the JSE is up 7,7%. Kumba rallied 27% after it provided a product... ››› more
  • [31 January 2017]
  • Five things to consider when purchasing your next property
  • When you first decide to invest in a property the excitement pumps you up. Your heart starts racing, you already see the cash rolling in… But before your ambitions run away with your good judgement you should take a step back and evaluate whether the property you're looking to invest in will provide you with growth - or is it a cash-trap that'll suck your wallet dry. What to look for in ... ››› more
  • [15 December 2016]
  • Have you thought about what you're going to do with your bonus?
  • 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
  • [04 November 2016]
  • How using Uber could save you R5,490.19 every month
  • If you've been thinking of buying a new car, think again. Buying a new car is generally a bad investment because it depreciates in value quickly and has high monthly costs. Like most bad investments you make, the decision to buy a new car is ultimately driven by your emotions. You want to be the envy of your colleagues, friends and family pulling up in a spanking new vehicle. Slick car... ››› more
  • [04 October 2016]
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