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Monday | 15 March | 2021 Retirement funds: New rules in a nutshell

By Dr Eugene Brink Legal and financial experts agree that 1 March 2021 represents a watershed moment for retirement funds in South Africa. It is therefore important that members of these funds grasp these changes and the context in which they are exacted. Former minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan, tabled proposals in 2013 aimed at the governance, preservation, annuitisation and  … Read more

Monday | 15 March | 2021 Beware of debt

By Nico Strydom The first two months of the year, which usually put a great deal of pressure on consumers’ finances, are already history. However, some consumers are still struggling to meet their financial obligations. “Consumers who are forced to borrow money or take out credit must, however, understand credit agreements before signing them,” says Anne-Carien du Plooy of the  … Read more

Monday | 01 March | 2021 Set your financial goals for 2021

By Essie Bester When planning your finances for the year ahead you need to know where you are aiming at. Once you have a clear picture of what your goal is, it is easy to work towards your target. This means your goals must be measurable, specific and time oriented. Start by asking yourself the following questions: Am I satisfied  … Read more

Monday | 08 February | 2021 Tips for online shopping

By Emsie Martin Not everyone is comfortable with online shopping. Most older people prefer to see and shop, but I must admit, no searching for parking, no standing in ques and not bumping into shopping carts does sound appealing. The Covid-19 crisis sped up the digital revolution and due to this, consumers started doing online shopping even more since the  … Read more

Monday | 01 February | 2021 Pitfalls to be avoided when investing in retirement property

By Essie Bester Investment in a retirement resort is an important life decision that calls for extensive research and serious contemplation. It is imperative to remember that although it could possibly be the last house in which you will invest, it is probably the place that you will be calling home for decades – it must consequently satisfy all your  … Read more

Monday | 01 February | 2021 Don’t let money spoil your relationship

By Essie Bester Statistics show that not only is money the major cause of quarrels between spouses,  it is also responsible for 22% of all divorces. The reason for this is that people think differently about money and attach different values to it. Understand your partner’s money criteria Money has a strong emotional value. One person may see it as  … Read more

Monday | 25 January | 2021 Should You Buy Property During Tough Economic Times?

By Anja van den Berg Buying property is never a decision to be taken lightly and can have long-term ramifications. Real Estate Agent Jabulile Lefu of JL Properties answers the most common property questions concerning buying during tough economic times like these. Considering the country’s current financial state, what are the advantages and disadvantages of buying property now? Advantage: It  … Read more

Monday | 18 January | 2021 Your survival guide during a recession

By Essie Bester There is little doubt that we are in a recession. We will have to wait to see how bad it is and how long it will last. Financial experts like Dawie Roodt, chief economist at the Efficient Group, is of the opinion that there could still be a long and painful road to recovery ahead. The following  … Read more

Monday | 18 January | 2021 Refinancing: Everything you should know

By Essie Bester With interest rates at their lowest in a long time many people are wondering whether they should jump at the opportunity to refinance their bond. You can refinance a homeloan, car loan or just about any other type of debt. It could be an excellent opportunity to lower your monthly payments and could open the way for  … Read more

Tuesday | 08 December | 2020 Should I buy or should I rent?

By Sanette Viljoen To own property is generally a good and valuable investment. However, this is not always the best option for everyone. Some people’s working conditions require them to relocate a lot and therefore they cannot settle in one town for the long term. For these people it would be more advisable to rent. Finances, working conditions and the  … Read more

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