Common Pitfalls When Drawing Up a Last Will and Testament

The Blog was featured at: 19 Experts Warn Against Common Pitfalls When Drawing Up a Last Will and Testament At some stage in one’s life, you realise that: you will die, even if you think that is unlikely; you are ageing faster than you anticipated; and you have accumulated assets and your cat cannot be a [...]

By | 2017-08-18T14:29:34+00:00 August 18th, 2017|

Another Dreaded R Word – Recession

Stats SA announced South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product figures last week, and to the surprise of many – we are officially in recessionary territory. As a reminder for those not au fait with the term: A Recession “happens” when a country experiences two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. That’s quite a mouthful: let’s back [...]

By | 2017-06-13T12:13:05+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

Different Views

As financial advisers, we must often scout for fund managers that we are most comfortable recommending to our clients. An important trait we look for in a fund manager is their ability to stick to their views and investment philosophy. This gives us confidence to know that these fund managers will not stray away from [...]

By | 2017-05-26T13:52:56+00:00 March 27th, 2017|

The Dreaded D-Word

  The one discussion which happily married, newly married and old married couples never anticipate taking place is the one around the Dreaded D-Word - Divorce.W e all know that life is full of surprises, not all of them particularly awful.  But suddenly, there it is – the ugly truth that whatever the circumstances, divorce [...]

By | 2017-05-26T15:24:45+00:00 March 20th, 2017|

My Budget – The Tool for Life until Death

Saving for a house, saving for education and saving for retirement? How do I afford it? We are haunted by cost increases on food, electricity, water, petrol, education -  you name it. How do we save when all these costs keep on impacting our monthly budgets? The first thing you need to do is understand [...]

By | 2017-05-26T13:52:57+00:00 November 24th, 2016|

The R Word

Retired or retirement.  Words one hears frequently. Bandied about by financial advisors. Used by shopkeepers with their pensioners' days. Written about endlessly in the press. Talked about with joy or regret by one’s peers. No doubt that as one grows older, a word or concept one cannot ignore nor deny.  The reality of having to cease [...]

By | 2017-05-26T13:52:57+00:00 November 4th, 2016|

Political shenanigans

“Guptas, Hawks, Gordhan, Junk Status, State capture”, terms with which you are now probably acquainted. Unfortunately, these terms do not only make their way to news headlines but also cause disruption in capital markets in the form of market noise in the short term. Case in point the “Nene Gate” of December 2015 which destroyed [...]

By | 2017-05-26T13:52:57+00:00 October 18th, 2016|

Life after a Retirement Annuity (RA) – Part 3 of 3

In part 1 we demonstrated the tax savings benefit of contributing towards a Retirement Annuity as opposed to a Discretionary Investment. In part 2, we illustrated the required investment growth required for a Discretionary Investment to keep track with a similar investment in a Retirement Annuity. Today, in our concluding part, we will compare the [...]

By | 2017-05-26T13:52:57+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|
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