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Why interest rates are rising

Why interest rates are rising

The normalisation of interest rates is set to be a major theme for global financial markets in 2022, says Carmen Nel, economist and macro strategist at Matrix Fund Managers. Normalisation of interest rates means different things in different...

Five ways to boost your income and financial knowledge

Five ways to boost your income and financial knowledge

Angelique Ruzicka shares five ideas for how you can improve your financial knowledge and possibly boost your income. Boosting your income, especially during a pandemic, can feel nigh on impossible, especially when costs are going up and you’ve been...

Financial tools to keep you on track in 2022

Financial tools to keep you on track in 2022

Advances in technology mean that it’s now so easy to keep track of your finances and achieve savings goals, using smartphone apps, websites, and other online financial tools, says Angelique Ruzicka. If you’re still using Excel or some other...

What will the rand do in 2022?

What will the rand do in 2022?

Ryan Booysen, MD at DG Capital Forex, stares into his crystal ball to predict where the rand will go in 2022. The rand ended 2021 on the back foot, after the Omicron announcement and subsequent global kneejerk reaction of isolation and red-listing...

SARS gets serious over non-compliance

SARS gets serious over non-compliance

Jashwin Baijoo, Legal Manager, Africa Tax and Compliance at Tax Consulting SA, warns all non-compliant taxpayers that SARS could be coming for them sooner rather than later. In media statements in recent months, the South African Revenue Service...

Should I use my retirement lump sum to settle my debt?

Should I use my retirement lump sum to settle my debt?

A question that I often receive is whether it's a good idea to use one's lump sum on retirement to pay off short-term debts, such as car debt or one's credit card. For example, Ntombise recently wrote to me: “I have just retired from work and...

Reflecting on the year that was

Reflecting on the year that was

Victoria Reuvers, Managing Director at Morningstar Investment Management South Africa, looks at how financial markets performed in 2021. As a runner, the change in seasons gives me time to reflect. Autumn is my favourite season, and always reminds...

Immediate access to retirement funds unlikely

Immediate access to retirement funds unlikely

Retirement reform paper calls for comment but no move on immediate access. Retirement fund members hoping to access their retirement funds for urgent financial relief will be disappointed by the retirement reform paper issued by National Treasury...

The 2022 survival budget

The 2022 survival budget

As if the last two years were not tough enough, there is no silver lining awaiting us in 2022. In 2021 we absorbed further fuel-price increases, a 15% hike in electricity costs, and an interest-rate increase of 25 basis points – and this is only...

Using critical illness insurance to supplement medical cover

Using critical illness insurance to supplement medical cover

Many financial advisers are using life products to supplement medical costs. While current legislation does not allow for cover like critical illness insurance to be marketed as a product to cover medical costs, for most policyholders, that is...

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Savvy ways to use your bonus

Many companies are cash strapped due to the impact of Covid-19, but if you are one of the lucky few who got a bonus or windfall this year, it will be tempting to spend it to celebrate surviving another tough year. However, money experts recommend being a bit cautious,...

Options if medical schemes are unaffordable

Medical schemes remain unaffordable for many working South Africans. According to Gary Allen, chief executive at Sanlam Health, an individual should not be spending more than 10% of their income on health cover. Considering that a basic hospital plan can set you back...

How the GEPF manages members’ money

The GEPF's investment mandate has consistently delivered above-inflation returns, outperforming its benchmark over five years and resulting in a financially sound fund. South Africa is one of the few countries where the state pension is guaranteed by government, and...

Video: Get financially fit for your next holiday

After living in lockdown for over 18 months, many of us just want to go on holiday. Like any major expense, if you plan for it, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Many tourist destinations and establishments are offering great specials, making it more affordable for...

Delivery scams on the rise

Cybersecurity researchers are urging consumers to be on the lookout for delivery scams following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and in the lead-up to the holidays. This comes after Mimecast’s threat-hunting team detected malicious emails and spoofed web pages...

Listen: Are you in a financially abusive relationship?

Are you the victim of financial abuse or are you perhaps unwittingly the abuser? And how would you even know? In this podcast, we discuss the very sensitive topic of financial abuse: how money is often used to control people in relationships. Maya (@mayaonmoney)...

Don’t be caught out by delayed premium increases

As medical schemes announce their pricing and benefits for next year, most have delayed their premium increases until later in 2022. The ability of medical schemes not to push through these increases in January is due to the significant surpluses they built up in...

Above-inflation returns for the GEPF

The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) saw a significant 27.5% growth in its portfolio over the most recent financial year, bringing the total value of the fund to nearly R2.1 trillion. According to the annual financial results for the year ended 31 March 2021,...

Government finances as a household budget

Government faces the same tough choices as South African households when it comes to its budget. Last week our new finance minister Enoch Godongwana laid out the plans for government’s spending over the next three years. The medium-term budget lays out the framework...

Listen: Is cash now trash?

Despite the recent rate hike, interest rates since the beginning of the pandemic have fallen by around 30%. This is great news if you’re borrowing money, but it is pretty dire for anyone investing in cash or relying on income from cash investments. In this podcast...

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