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Teach your children well

It’s an overwhelming feeling most of us recall vividly – that first job, the first month of rent to pay and the exhilarating yet terrifying knowledge that we have to keep ourselves alive for the rest of the month for the very first time. For those with children in school, a new experience awaits: watching your own child navigate those same hurdles. And yet, it doesn’t have to be a gauntlet for them like it was […]

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Five cents-making reasons to prepare for next year’s tax return now

Planning is everything, as they say, and while it’s true of most things, it’s even truer when it comes to tax. Although it can be tempting now that financial year end is over to hide your head in the sand and not think of anything tax-related for the next ten months – please, don’t. Preparing for the next tax season now could save you lots of money, not to mention stress. Here’s how: 1. Budget your […]

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Investment monogamy: the power of staying put in an uncertain market

You’ve worked hard for your money and you expect it to work hard for you. Hence, there are few things more throat-blocking than opening your statement one morning and your investments are worth less than they were a month ago. The logical thing to do would be to switch funds, right? Highly unlikely. From understanding best investment behaviours to overweighting and fund compliance, here are a few pointers around positive and negative investment decisions. Here are […]

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Tracking wheels and meals: have a less stressful tax season next year

Personal Income Tax (PIT) season is often a nightmare rush of catch-up, trying to capture and find invoices, mileage and other expenses! Now that we’re approaching March, start good habits that will make your next tax return that much easier and more rewarding in terms of returns. You’ll be grateful you did… Why everyone hates tax so much Imagine yourself digging through a haystack to find a specific needle ten times in a row… that’s most […]

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What you need to know to set yourself up for offshore

All offshore who are going offshore… Beginning to invest offshore is increasingly looking good for worried South Africans amidst geopolitical turmoil. Depending on your risk appetite investment expectations, it can work for you and need not be an overwhelming or intimidating experience. Here’s what you need to know: Professional help is essential Everyone can invest offshore, it’s not only for the Oppenheimers… That being said, you cannot go it alone. Every country has its own nuanced […]

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How retirement savings could be saving you tax

For decades retirement savings have formed the foundation of a financial plan, and for good reason – but did you know that retirement savings can not only help finance your older years, they can save you money on tax right now? It’s a common mistake, but many people forget to declare contributions to their retirement annuity (RA) in their tax return. The SA Revenue Service (SARS) allows tax deductions for contributions to your RA, a pension […]

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How to have a financially savvy Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day this month, a holiday that doesn’t get much love for the way it costs plenty of sensible people a lot of foolish spending. This Valentine’s, why not take a more financially prudent stance? First things first: have the important talks as a coupleThe number of couples who get engaged or take their relationship to the next level around Valentine’s Day is significant… and it’s worth noting that those who talk about money beforehand […]

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The number one conversation to have around your finances this year

For many of us, the first conversation any one has with us about our financial planning is around retirement. Either retirement is too close and is a tad on the stressful side to chat about (particularly if we’re a little behind in our investment strategy) or it’s just far enough away for us not to take it seriously. This blog has been written as a conversation sparker for you, your family, friends and colleagues. Stats show […]

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