20220825 Shop Smart and Budget

In our previous NewsBrief, we mentioned how middle-income consumers are spending up to 80% of their monthly salary within five days of being paid. A BusinessTech survey revealed earlier this year that 76% of respondents indicated that they save less than 15% of their salary, while 35% said they don’t save any money at all. South…

20220629 South Africans crushed by the volley of living cost increases

Middle-income consumers are spending up to 80% of their monthly salary within five days of being paid. In addition, salaried middle-income consumers with credit, spend on average, 30% of their income on unsecured credit and 35% on secured credit. CEO of Debt Rescue Neil Roets says that their latest survey results show this to be…

20220606 Your Retirement Plan and budgeting for Future Healthcare

Many pre-retirees tend to underestimate their post-retirement healthcare costs and use their current health status as a guideline for what their future health will look like. The reality, though, is that many diseases and chronic conditions are a function of ageing, and your fortunate good health in the years leading up to retirement is not…

20220505 What you should know about life insurance as you grow older

Birthdays shouldn’t just come with cake and presents; they should also be a reminder that if you don’t have life insurance cover in place you will probably be paying much more when you do decide to take out a policy. The right time to buy life insurance varies from person to person, depending on family…

20220404 The Future is Contactless

For the past 10 years, we’ve been hearing about how new-generation mobile apps, wallets, tap-to-pay, NFC solutions and even the humble QR code are going to spell the end of the magnetic stripe card as a means of payment. And here we are, in 2022, and we’re finally taking big steps towards a brave new…

20220307 Retirement Annuities – A Closer Look

Today we take a closer look at how this highly tax-efficient retirement funding vehicle works. While the long-term benefits of investing through a retirement annuity cannot be overstated, there’s a lot more to this impressive retirement funding structure than meets the eye. Here’s what to know. Governed by the Pension Funds Act, an RA is…

20220203 A bumpy road ahead

Fasten your seatbelts. We’re in for a bumpy ride. The South African economy has lost momentum since the middle of 2021, despite the ongoing revival of world economic activity and numerous promises by government that policy implementation would be dramatically improved. While the lockdown has impacted all income groups, data shows that South Africa’s middle-class…

20211217 Make this year a money-smart Christmas

This year, even the most dedicated Christmas planner is likely to feel daunted with financial and social pressures after limited festivities in 2020, but there are certain steps you can take to minimise Christmas stress and to keep your costs down. From savvy shopping tips and ways to save, to why you should prioritise the…

20211122 Big money mistakes we make

When it comes to financial planning, every decision you make has a consequence – meaning the money mistakes you make today can set you back financially and slow down the process of wealth creation. While some mistakes may be obvious, others may be seemingly innocuous although detrimental to your financial future. Taking a balloon payment…

20211103 South Africans weighed down by financial stress

Financial stress is taking a heavy toll on South Africans. A rallying oil price, combined with a weaker rand, resulted in today’s sharp hike in fuel prices. Petrol (both 93 and 95) is now R1.21 a litre, while diesel now rose to 148.2c a litre. That, along with a huge spike in food inflation, a…