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SARS issues guidance on crypto assets

SARS issues guidance on crypto assets

On 27 August 2021, SARS provided further guidance on the correct tax treatment of crypto assets and how this must be declared in people’s tax returns. SARS published a document on its website entitled Crypto Assets & Tax. The publication should...

High-risk land investment leaves angry investors out of pocket

High-risk land investment leaves angry investors out of pocket

Many South African investors who bought UK property developments through SA-based property marketing company SJ Capital, have seen no returns for over 11 years. Investigations have found that the investment is extremely high risk and that investors...

Listen: Creating a passive income with shares

Listen: Creating a passive income with shares

In this podcast, Maya (@mayaonmoney) chats to money blogger Brett (@ETFenthusiast) on how blogging helps keep him on track financially, his plans in working towards financial freedom, and which investments he is using to provide a passive income in...

You don’t need a lot of money to start investing

You don’t need a lot of money to start investing

Many people feel they need to have a lot of money in order to start investing. In fact, the opposite is true. Investing small amounts every month actually provides the best risk-return scenario when it comes to longer-term investing. Investing via...

Retirement planning is not a once-off event

Retirement planning is not a once-off event

Jaco Prinsloo, Wealth Manager at PPS Wealth Advisory, has some sensible advice around retirement planning. As a wealth manager, I have observed that there are two typical clients. Some dread retirement, while others look forward to it. Those who...

Four signs that could predict a market crash

Four signs that could predict a market crash

Pieter Hundersmarck, fund manager at Flagship Asset Management, wants us to learn from history when it comes to the factors that could trigger a market crash. While the future is unlikely to be an exact repeat of the past, history is full of...

Removing the rand from the offshore investment equation

Removing the rand from the offshore investment equation

Kyle Wales, fund manager at Flagship Asset Management, says that we should consider offshore investment for the right reasons, not simply because we fear rand weakness. Many investors base their decisions to invest offshore purely on their...

Habits that set successful investors apart

Habits that set successful investors apart

When investing, sometimes the best course of action is to do nothing. Having the ability to block out the noise, and look through the cycle, are some of the cornerstones to investment success over the long term. Nomi Bodlani, head of strategic...

Listen: Why institutions are taking bitcoin seriously

Listen: Why institutions are taking bitcoin seriously

If you want to understand bitcoin, blockchain and the related crypto-asset world, listen as Chris Becker, blockchain technologies specialist at Investec Private Bank, unpacks the world of blockchain technologies and explains why we are just at the...

Move away from exchange control

Move away from exchange control

South Africa is moving from a framework of exchange control to capital-flow management, but what does that mean for the ordinary South African investor? Over the last few years, exchange control for individuals has been incrementally lifted, making...

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What is a money market fund?

Absa has announced the closure of its 25-year-old Absa Money Market Fund. Saleh Jamodien, Research & Investment Analyst at Glacier by Sanlam, gives a comprehensive overview of what a money market fund is, and suggests some options for investors to consider. The...

Video: Investing in bitcoin

Whenever we see a surge in the price of bitcoin, I get a lot of queries from people asking how they can invest. The problem is that people are lured by the prospect of high returns rather than actually understanding what they are investing in. A sure way of telling...

FSCA issues crypto health warning

The FSCA wants to warn the public that if something goes wrong with your crypto investment, you are not likely to get your money back and will have no recourse against anyone. The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has noted with concern the increasing volume...

Listen: How to select the right ETF in this crazy market

In this podcast, @Satrix_SA Chief Investment Officer, Kingsley Williams joins Maya Fisher-French (@mayaonmoney) to provide some guidelines around selecting the right ETF for your needs. He also gives us some perspective on the investment landscape for 2021. How do we...

How to pay less tax using Section 12J

By Zane De Decker, MD Flyt Property Investment. Did you know that an investment made into a Section 12J registered fund qualifies for a 100% tax refund? What that means, in simple terms, is that 100% of what you invest is deducted from your taxable income by SARS via...

What is the tax benefit of an RA?

A reader asked: “I am 38 years old and I am not happy with the returns on my Retirement Annuity (RA). I am considering scaling down my monthly contributions and rather investing the money offshore myself through a stockbroker. What are the tax differences once I reach...

FSCA to regulate crypto-assets

Globally there has been an increase in the number of retail investors wanting to purchase crypto-assets. Unfortunately this has seen an exponential increase in the number “crypto-scams”. This is where unregulated entities and individuals promise unrealistic returns...

Hindsight, foresight and change at the speed of light

By Izak Odendaal and Dave Mohr, Old Mutual Wealth Investment Strategists. Hindsight, they say, is 20/20 vision. This being the year 2020, it turned out to be truer than ever before. For investors, and all of us really, there was so much about this year that was...

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