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How the VAT increase will affect your next braai

The South African braai – a pastime for all seasons. In our diverse nation, this is truly an activity all can relate to. As we edge closer to 1 April 2018 it seems that this delightful pastime will come at an increased cost.  (more…)

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How to deal with an overspending spouse

How to deal with an overspending spouse Most married couples take a “divide and conquer” approach to household tasks and chores. One spouse might handle weekly shopping, the other the garbage and recycling, one might drive the kids to school while the other handles pickup and extracurricular activities. (more…)

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Investec Bank’s new investment product targets emerging markets

For the first time since the end of the global financial crisis, all of the world’s major economies are growing at once. The IMF is predicting that the world economy will expand by 3.9% in 2018, up from 3.7% last year and 3.2% in 2016. (more…)

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Why you shouldn’t pay your child for chores

Establishing a connection in your child’s mind between getting money and doing chores is a risky one. But why exactly is giving your children money for chores likely to do them more harm than good? (more…)

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Money tips for parents of first year students

If your child is one of the thousands of first year students enrolled at institutions of higher learning for 2018, you may have found yourself on a parent WhatsApp group recently discussing the tricky question of “how much money do we give them?” (more…)

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Top up your retirement annuity now!

Topping up your retirement annuity before the end of the tax season has some major financial benefits and will give any taxpayer a reason to smile in 2018. (more…)

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Investec GIBS Saving Index – near-term relief for SA savings rate?

Investec and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) have released the latest results of the Investec GIBS Saving Index, which measures South Africa’s savings rate and the country’s savings behaviour. The headline index figure for 2017 Q3 was announced today at 60.5 points at the end of 2017, which marks a low point in […]

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Free higher education still costs money

In December 2017, South African President Jacob Zuma announced that all students from working–class homes would qualify for free tertiary education from 2018. (more…)

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