Too often, saving is seen as something to avoid—no wonder we have such a low savings rate. Actually, we should welcome it because if our saving is on track, we will enjoy our spending so much more. By Natasja Hart, Wealth Manager, GCI Wealth The latest Old Mutual Savings Monitor confirms that while South Africans seem to be waking up to the fact that debt should be avoided, we still are not saving enough. The majorit
The relegation of South Africa’s bonds to junk status has prompted many South Africans to rethink their investment strategies, and begin moving money offshore. Not necessarily such a good idea, argues Alex Funk, CEO of Cinnabar Investment Management, an independent discretionary fund management business. “Taking money offshore is only prudent when the decision is prompted by sound reasons and the timing is good,” say
The confusion over the projected reform of retirement fund regulations clearly shows that there is a critical need for education and advice. Employers and labour lawyers should be partnering with independent financial consultants to deliver better value. We can all agree the South Africa is going through difficult economic times. Click here to read more Article Source: Cover Magazine
With the ongoing pressures in the economic and financial landscape and the recent results of the Brexit referendum, CNBC Africa’s Gugulethu Cele speaks to Natasja Hart, Certified Financial Planner at GCI Wealth for some financial tips to weather the storm. Source: CNBC Africa
All the major providers of financial products still require your financial adviser to complete an investment risk questionnaire before they will accept investment applications from their clients, despite the fact that these questionnaires are “fundamentally flawed”, the annual conference of the Financial Planning Institute (FPI) heard this week. Anton Swanepoel, co-founder and director of Amity Wealth who has been in
We underestimate how much of our financial behaviour is conditioned by lessons we learned from our parents. Understanding this conditioning is critical for our future financial wellbeing – and that of our children. Here’s how to use that understanding to become aware of your financial actions and their consequences, and to take appropriate action. “What’s your first memory of money?” That’s a question I frequently as
Selling your brokerage or financial planning consultancy can seem like the obvious exit strategy, but there are numerous pitfalls. Knowing what to look for is the first step to a successful succession plan. There are many good reasons why independent brokers and financial advisors need to have an effective succession plan. For one thing, the Financial Services Board mandates it, in order to protect the interests of c
Planning for a financially secure retirement is hard enough, but life often bowls a curve ball. The company retirement fund and group life policy is the best way a company can help.
By Jeremy Hawson, GCI Employee Benefits Divisional Manager
Participation in a group life scheme and retirement fund remains one of the most valuable employee benefits a company can offer, but they’re often... more»
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