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Haul out the checklist – it’s time for a money review

Good intentions can be like rainbows. Clear and bright one minute, faded and forgotten the next. In fact, some surveys suggest that only 20% of people stick to their New Year’s resolutions past February each year. (more…)

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Tim Mertens

Offshore retirement structures offer array of investment options for SA investors

South Africans looking for tax-efficient retirement planning solutions have an array of offshore investment options available to them – but it’s important to choose the right investment vehicles, and to choose reputable financial advisors with a sound track record. (more…)

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Seven financial must-haves for women in retirement

Recent Statistics South Africa figures reveal that, on average, women outlive men by nearly a decade or 9.3 years. And this means that it is absolutely vital for women, if they haven’t already, to take an active role in managing their finances rather than relying on a spouse or partner, because they will need the […]

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SA’s top three savings priorities

Insights agency, Columinate, recently surveyed a representative sample of 1 000 urban South Africans to gauge their savings habits, including their preferred savings vehicles, and the results inspire optimism. Top three reasons for saving 44% of respondents noted that they’re saving for their children’s education, 43% save for emergencies, and 42% are saving for their retirement. […]

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Shaun Ruiters

What SA can learn from the Chinese savings culture

By Shaun Ruiters, Executive of Business Development at PPS Investments. (more…)

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Giving your child a quality education requires dedicated saving

Given the ever-soaring costs of tertiary education that have recently been widely publicised, parents need to consider this inevitability and should be prepared to budget for the pre-funding of future school education, as this expenditure continues to meaningfully erode the monthly income of an increasing number of South African households. (more…)

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Value-added benefits and services help employees save more

Turbulent and tough economic conditions mean day-to-day expenses are competing even more aggressively with future savings. However, the right umbrella fund offers value-added benefits and services that help ‘stretch’ employees’ rands and create capacity for them to save more, according to Katherine Barker, Head of Momentum FundsAtWork. (more…)

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Money lessons we should be teaching our kids

  By Thami Cele, Head of Savings & Investments, Absa. We have unique relationships with each of our family members, friends and colleagues – but we all also have our own special relationship with money. Just take a moment to think of how you interact with yours (on the increasingly rare occasions that you happen […]

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