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Tuesday | 21 January | 2020 The risks of crypto money, e.g. Bitcoin

By Sanette Viljoen Technology is advancing at an enormous speed. The latest development doing the rounds, is crypto money, e.g. Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a crypto currency, also known as a virtual currency. There are many different crypto currencies. The best-known crypto currency, of course, is Bitcoin. Although Bitcoin regularly made the news over the past two years, many people are  … Read more

Tuesday | 21 January | 2020 Beware of these financial scams

By Nico Strydom Financial crimes abound in South Africa and consumers need to be aware of the risks in order not to become victims. According to Herman Lombard, founder and director of the financial service provide African Unity, the internet and social media have opened up a whole new world of possible scams. “Digital bank fraud has increased dramatically and  … Read more

Monday | 20 January | 2020 Protect yourself against cyber crime

By Nico Strydom The increasing use of mobile devices and social media makes it all the easier for cyber criminals to target people. “People also make it easier for cyber criminals all the time to steal their personal information, identities and money by sharing too much information online,” says Charl Ueckermann, head of AVeS Cyber Security. “Information is plentiful and  … Read more

Tuesday | 14 January | 2020 Store loyalty programmes: Why they’re popular (and when they’re not)

By Dr. Eugene Brink Almost as ubiquitous as the purchases you make, is the omnipresence of loyalty programmes. Many of us have a wallet or purse that is bulging with store cards rewarding with points or other goodies when you swipe. As the demand, competitiveness and popularity of loyalty programmes grow, so does consumers’ demand for improved quid pro quos.  … Read more

Tuesday | 14 January | 2020 How to survive during your maternity leave

By Essie Bester The arrival of a new baby is one of the best periods in a new mother’s life, but the extra financial pressure that comes with it could cause unnecessary tension. As a working woman it is important that you should educate yourself in time. Find out how to bridge and secure the income gap that could develop  … Read more

Tuesday | 14 January | 2020 Make your student budget work

By Melodie Veldhuizen You are looking forward to your first study year, and especially the accompanying independence, with great excitement. You will be able to do what you want and when you want to, because you will no be under your parents’ eagle eye. But until you start earning a salary, you will never be completely independent, unless you have  … Read more

Monday | 13 January | 2020 Back-to-school shopping and your budget

By Essie Bester Having to buy clothes and stationery at the start of a new school year can give your budget a serious setback and land you in a difficult financial position. Danelle van Heerde, Head: Advice, Processes and Tools at Sanlam, advises parents with schoolgoing children who want to save: “Be sure to do your homework before you start  … Read more

Tuesday | 07 January | 2020 Buying a home: Look out for hidden costs

By Nico Strydom Buying a home is probably the biggest financial transaction you will ever make, so it is essential that you do your homework in order to ensure that it does not turn into a financial nightmare. Hidden costs can occur at different stages of the home-buying process. For starters, the price indicated on the for-sale board is not  … Read more

Tuesday | 07 January | 2020 Money myths busted

By Dr Eugene Brink Money is assuredly one of the most important (and even controversial!) parts of our lives. It is also wrapped in some mystique and we assume only financial experts have the intellect to manage it properly. Your financial station in life has much to do with how you think about money. If you are insouciant about it,  … Read more

Tuesday | 17 December | 2019 Thinking of buying a fixer-upper? First, heed these tips

Dr. Eugene Brink With banks wary of making big loans to prospective buyers, the option of buying an older property in need of some “tender loving care” seems extremely attractive. In some cases, it makes a lot of sense and is a very viable option. Such properties can often be found at discounted prices and the work involved to make  … Read more

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