The 10% rule — An all-round financial workout

September 25, 2017

You may be familiar with the 10% savings rule.The idea is that, as soon as you are financially independent, you should save approximately 10% of your income for retirement, and it is a general guideline that gives you a starting point for your savings early on in life. If you consistently save 10% of everything … Read More

Lessons Learnt from Investing in 2016

January 16, 2017

Having recently read a report from the CEO of PSG Asset Management, Anet Ahern, here are a few key pointers that our top minds in the investment sector will be carrying with them as we start 2017. 1. The best investment decisions aren’t always the most comfortable During the first two weeks of 2016, a … Read More

Characteristics of a canny investor – Part 2

November 21, 2016

Just because you don’t have an ultimate financial gambit to sell a business or inherit funds, it doesn’t mean you will never become wealthy. The important thing is to know yourself – in particular, your financial behaviour. Modeling your behaviour after successful investors is already a step in the right direction. Let’s look at some … Read More

Investment insights – diversifying your portfolio

September 5, 2016

Investment diversification is not a new concept. I’m sure that we all know the old saying that you should not put all your eggs in one basket. If a “basket” drops, you don’t want all of your investments to break. Diversification reduces risk, making the uncertain journey to your financial end-goal significantly smoother. Investing is … Read More

Investing in your fifties

May 1, 2016

Many young people neglect to plan for their retirement during their early working lives, arguing that they will take care of it later in life when they are earning a bigger salary. However, on the flip side of the coin, as people get older they assume that they must rebalance their portfolios into more conservative … Read More

Financial Fortifications for Forty Somethings

April 26, 2016

It’s often said that the best years are the forties – and for so many reasons! Whilst everyone is different, it’s good to state at the start of this article that this perspective is becoming even more prevalent. Some forty year-olds are in their first marriage with kids, others are in their second or third… … Read More

AVOID THE ‘NEW DIET’ APPROACH TO INVESTING

April 13, 2015

Saving is a tricky financial discipline to master. Most people agree that it’s wise to save, but are unsure as how best to do it. They try one way, take a break, then try another. It’s similar to the way many people try to eat healthily. Again, we all agree to the benefits of healthy … Read More

TAX YEAR END – RA BOOST

February 9, 2015

With the tax year drawing to a close at the end of February, it is worth looking into the advantages of making a supplementary contribution into your retirement annuity (RA). The National Treasury estimates that only 10% of South Africans are able to maintain the same standard of living after retirement. Here are some good … Read More

5 TIPS FOR INVESTING

January 26, 2015

It is never too early or late to start an investment portfolio. If you already have a portfolio it doesn’t hurt to gain some extra insight, whether you choose to acknowledge the advice or not… at least arm yourself with it! Here are five investment tips to help you stay on top of your expenditures. … Read More