HOW TO BUILD A STRONG INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO (I)

BASIC INSTINCTS Every winter we begin to see a profusion of pallid tree-dwelling rodents, squirreling away nuts and seeds for the cold season. This is a lovely illustration of wise investments for the future: simple, natural and too true to life. The reason for this can be put down to instinct, but ask yourself – […]

NECESSITIES, NICETIES AND NOT-JUST-YETS…

BREAKDOWN YOUR EXPENSES It’s hard not to notice how fast our current economic landscape is changing. Jobs are harder to get, and harder to keep.  Although things may look tough for everyone else, they don’t have to for you!  How is this possible?With wise and creative financial planning! I’d like to share with you how you can […]

ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE STORM?

Bruce Cameron, finance writer for Personal Finance, recently published an article highlighting the concerning statistics that most South Africans, who are currently employed, may be seriously under-assured for death or disability cover. His opening paragraph reads as follows: “The vast majority of 13 million employed South Africans are ignoring the fact that, if they die […]

DO YOU NEED A FINANCIAL ADVISOR?

Iona Minton The profession of financial planning is relatively new, the average pensioner will tell you that in their youth financial planning was not even a recognisable term. During and after the Second World War the depression made it virtually impossible for most people to make ends meet, let alone have surplus money to invest. […]

THE COST OF CANCER

Every year countries throughout the world dedicate the month of October to raising awareness around Breast Cancer. Cancer has increased exponentially and is, in many cases, treatable – at a cost; making cancer a life, health and personal finance issue. There are very few families in South Africa that have not had one or more […]

COMMON FINANCIAL PLANNING MISTAKES | PART THREE

HINDSIGHT IS ALWAYS 20:20 If a person has perfect vision is both eyes, they are considered to have 20:20 vision. Whilst we can not always predict what will happen in the future, it’s always seems to easy to see the things that have happened with great clarity. Hence, when we look back, events seem so […]

COMMON FINANCIAL PLANNING MISTAKES | PART TWO

DON’T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET Whilst you may not be investing in eggs, this centuries-old wisdom applies wholeheartedly to modern day investments. As part two of last week’s article, let me quickly remind you that whatever your goals, unless you win the lotto, you will not move passed average unless you fully […]

COMMON FINANCIAL PLANNING MISTAKES | PART ONE

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP. It’s a phrase spoken often to the young and exuberant, but one that we forget still applies as we get older… It is reasonable to assume that you desire financial success for yourself and your family and you may even have your sights set on becoming fabulously wealthy. Some of us […]

WILL POWER

MOST ARE WILLING TO PAY MORE FOR A MEAL THAN A WILL From our experience, it would appear that many are prepared to pay a couple of hundred bucks to eat out, yet squirm at the thought of paying an expert to draft their last Will and Testament, a vital document that speaks for them […]

12 POINTS TO REDUCE YOUR FINANCIAL STRESS

END TWENTYTWELVE WITH THESE 12 You’ve heard of the 12-days of Christmas, a song that gets sung on almost every Christmas album ever released. Whilst this traditional carol reminds us of twelve ordered ways to deal with Christmas, we’ve got 12 steps to help you significantly reduce your financial stresses! Don’t do them all at […]