How using home loan to pay off a car can be a bad (and good) idea

2016-06-22 21:15

Using one’s home loan to pay off a car is an interesting concept which can work if done the right way, says the anonymous Stealthy Wealth blogger.

How well do you understand your death benefit?

2016-06-07 10:02

Understanding your retirement fund death benefits is important - you have to be aware whether your lump sum will be subject to tax or estate duty.

6 Ps of a successful retirement plan

2016-04-27 16:16

If you did not build up sufficient savings, the retirement phase of your life could turn out to be highly stressful, cautions an expert.

The state of SA's savings

2016-04-26 14:23

The latest quarterly update of the Investec GIBS savings Index reveals a drop in the net figure for 2015, from the first half of last year - but there are some positives.

Defaulting for your financial welfare

2016-04-26 12:06

Overwhelmed with choices for the future of your retirement? Anne Cabot-Alletzhauser, head of Alexander Forbes Research Institute, unpacks how defaults may help in your decision making.

4 ways to stay afloat during tough financial times

2016-04-20 06:35

As the cost of living continues to soar, the biggest financial mistake you can make is failing to acknowledge that you might be at risk of becoming over-indebted.

Tackle looming SA junk status creatively - debt expert

2016-04-18 17:54

Although there is not much consumers can do to stop a possible ratings downgrade of SA to junk, they can prepare for the consequences of a cut, says a debt expert.

US consumers barely spend, save more of their income

2016-03-28 16:20

Personal spending barely increased in February and the prior month’s advance was revised down as Americans saved more of their incomes.

Investing in offshore property

2016-02-29 19:31

Factors like the poor state of the economy, a downgrade risk and rand weakness mean many high net-worth South Africans are considering other ways of investing.

Tax tips to maximise your benefits

2016-02-17 13:00

February is an important month as the tax year is coming to an end. Paul Leonard CFP unpacks four ways in which you could maximise your tax benefits.


What is the 4% Rule for Retirement?

2016-06-12 18:07

The ingenious 4% rule rule takes out all the complications of retirement planning, and allows you to figure out exactly how much you need to safely retire.

A digital platform to compare financial products

2016-05-16 12:13

Using a single platform, South Africans can now compare products from different financial institutions in order to decide which one will best meet their financial needs.

Saving not all about tax breaks - expert

2016-04-27 15:47

While calling on SA policy makers to provide more tax breaks, South Africans should address their own behaviour as well, cautions an expert.

Why taking a long-term view is key to successful investing

2016-04-26 13:10

Anet Ahern, CEO of PSG Asset Management, discusses why it is important to focus on the long term when it comes to investing.

Investing in your 20s

2016-04-22 18:48

Life in your twenties is generally filled with adventure and a sense of reckless abandon as you've been set free from the shackles of school life and are now paying your own way.

Eight key questions to ask when choosing an investment

2016-04-19 13:45

You need to understand why you're investing and what you want to achieve. There are eight key questions to help you determine which investment will work for your needs.

The bank that beats the odds

2016-04-15 06:00

It takes a lot for a small player to make it big in an industry dominated by a few giants. finweek looks at how Capitec became one of SA’s big five banks.

Impact of tax on investment returns

2016-03-22 12:15

Investing through a tax-free savings account is a very tax efficient way of ensuring maximum after-tax returns for your hard earned money, says an expert.

Common investor mistakes in volatile times

2016-02-23 15:34

Investors tend to panic in times of economic turmoil, often resulting in knee-jerk investment decisions that are seldom sensible, cautions an expert.

How SA can improve its dismal savings rate

2016-02-15 13:00

The level of savings has a direct impact on investment levels and economic growth. A newly launched barometer aims to encourage awareness to help improve the country’s worsening savings rate.

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