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Investing a lump sum near retirement

Investing a lump sum near retirement

Make sure your retirement is taken care of before you help out your adult children. Themba writes: I have just sold my home for just over R 1 000 000 and would like advice on how to invest the money in a responsible way. In December this year I...

Be wary of investment seminars

Be wary of investment seminars

Sebobe was invited by consultants working for the London School of Investment to attend a presentation about investing in the JSE.  They are selling their software for between R14 900 and R19 500 and claim that after their training presentation he...

Starting a property portfolio

Starting a property portfolio

“I am 22 years of age and I work as a risk manager earning R18 000 a month. I am moving to Boksburg to be close to work and will be renting, however I see that Cosmopolitan is building affordable houses selling at R320 000. I am thinking about...

The risk of easy credit

The risk of easy credit

“I've always been a saver and have hated debt with a passion. I applied for a store card to create a good credit rating. It soon became clear that I am not a disciplined spender so I paid off the card and closed the account. This year I bought a...

Starting a savings plan

Starting a savings plan

“You always say that every cent is important so I want to start a savings plan. My pocket money is R400 a month and I want to save R200 to invest for the future.  I want to know how I should invest my money,” writes Amogelang who is 22 years old...

What determines your home loan rate?

What determines your home loan rate?

“I bought a house 15 months ago and I have been paying about R500 extra. As a first-time buyer I received a +0.4 prime rate. Can I get the bank (Absa) to review and reduce my interest rate, if so what do I need to do and what will they be...

How to start a career in stockbroking

How to start a career in stockbroking

Embarking on a career in stockbroking obviously requires a certain level of aptitude and training, but more than that, you need to have bucketloads of passion and determination. We receive many letters from readers asking how they can start a...

Four questions to ask when investing

Four questions to ask when investing

“I have R100 000 I want to invest. The only debt I have is vehicles and school fees. Where should I invest my money?” writes Simon. Maya replies: Where to invest depends on your personal circumstances and it is always a good idea to get good...

Maya Fisher-French author of Money Questions Answered

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