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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...

Make the right choices from the start

Make the right choices from the start

The great thing about getting your first paycheque is that you have the opportunity to do the right things before the bad habits kick in. The day that first paycheque hits your bank account you feel like you have finally arrived. But how you manage...

Listen: How to decide on the right retirement village

Listen: How to decide on the right retirement village

We all go through the aging process, and one of the big decisions we have to make ‒ for ourselves or for our parents ‒ is whether (and when!) to downsize and move into a retirement village. This is not an easy decision and can be further...

The effects of delaying your retirement

The effects of delaying your retirement

What if you could change your retirement by working just one more year? André Wentzel, Head Client Solutions Savings at Sanlam, explains how delaying your retirement by one, three or five years could fundamentally change your savings and enable a...

Treasury says “no” to pension loan proposal

Treasury says “no” to pension loan proposal

National Treasury has made it clear that it does not support any calls to allow members to borrow money from their pension funds. This was in response to a Private Member’s Bill to amend the Pension Funds Act. This Bill was put forward by DA MP Dr...

Fancy new car or a fabulous retirement?

Fancy new car or a fabulous retirement?

Khwezi Jackson, investment consultant at 10X Investments, explains how buying a fancy new car could sabotage your retirement funding. Seeing a headline, ‘Spending R10,000 per month on a new car’, got me thinking: Why would anyone spend that much...

Video: The true cost of cashing in your pension

Video: The true cost of cashing in your pension

Do you know the true future cost of cashing in your pension? The long-term consequences are not reversible and will leave many financially destitute when it comes to retirement. This video, as part of a member education series for the Government...

Video: Make Sure You Receive Your Retirement Benefits On Time

Video: Make Sure You Receive Your Retirement Benefits On Time

As you enter retirement, one of your biggest risks is a delay between when you receive your final salary and the first payment from your pension. This video, as part of a member education series for the Government Employees’ Pension Fund (GEPF),...

Video: Changes to provident funds

Video: Changes to provident funds

On 1 March 2021 the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill of 2020 came into effect. It contains changes that have a direct impact on the members of provident funds. These changes are part of a process to simplify the retirement fund industry and bring...

Supporting your retired parents

Supporting your retired parents

Many retirees have not saved enough to meet their financial needs, leaving children with the burden of supporting their retired parents. A retirement survey by Sanlam found that 51% of retirees cannot make ends meet, and one-third do not have...

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The true cost of cashing in your pension

Have you heard of the term Sdudla? I recently came across it in relation to members of the GEPF, specifically members who are teachers and nurses. This is the practice of resigning from your post to access your pension fund. As teachers and nurses can work as...

Think before you plunder your retirement fund

Right now you may be feeling overwhelmed by debt, but the impact of drawing on your retirement fund will leave you financially destitute at a very vulnerable time in your life when you may be too old to work. You may not have many options in terms of earning an income...

Make sure you receive your retirement benefits on time

As you enter retirement, one of your biggest risks is that you could experience a delay between when you receive your final paycheque and the first payment from your pension. This is true in both the private and public sectors and managing this transition should form...

Video: GEPF: Who receives your pension benefits?

One of the questions I receive most often from retirement fund members is about who has a claim to their retirement funds if they die in service. This video, as part of a member education series for the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), explains who is...

GEPF: Who receives your pension benefits?

One of the questions I receive from most retirement fund members is about who has a claim to their retirement funds if they die in service. As a member of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) one of the most important documents you need to keep up to date is...

Video: Why it pays to be a member of the GEPF

As a financial journalist I am increasingly concerned about misinformation provided to members of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) by unscrupulous financial advisers. Some advisers use fear tactics, telling members that their funds will be stolen or...

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...

No early access for GEPF members

Any changes relating to early access to funds in a private-sector pension fund or RA will have no bearing on members of the GEPF. I have received many queries from readers about the proposal to allow members of retirement funds limited access to their retirement funds...

Why it pays to be a member of the GEPF

As a financial journalist I am increasingly concerned about misinformation provided to members of the Government Employees’ Pension Fund (GEPF) by unscrupulous financial advisers. A recent example is a reader who was told by an adviser that on retiring after 20 years...

Reclassification of inward-listed ETFs – what it means for you

The market is alight with speculation over a statement which quietly crept into Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's recent medium-term budget policy statement around the reclassification of inward-listed financial products. National Treasury has made a decision to...

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