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Avoid these investment decisions

Do you know what’s going to happen in the markets tomorrow? Neither do we! All we know is that the markets are an opportunity to invest our money in helping the economy grow, and watching our money grow with it. That’s a really simplistic view, but it helps us extract our emotional reactions from the final decisions that we make. Should we ignore fear? Absolutely not – we should talk about it lots! That’s one of […]

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What you need to know to set yourself up for offshore

Beginning to invest offshore is increasingly looking good for worried South Africans amidst geopolitical turmoil. Depending on your risk appetite investment expectations, it can work for you and need not be an overwhelming or intimidating experience. Here’s what you need to know: Professional help is essential Everyone can invest offshore, it’s not only for the Oppenheimers… That being said, you cannot go it alone. Every country has its own nuanced rules and best practices; did you […]

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What is financial freedom to you ?

Freedom has many different connotations for different people. It is a subjective term depending on your circumstances and personal evaluation. Freedom may be generally interpreted as a state of being free in one’s actions, thoughts and feelings, which allows one to have choices in how one lives one’s life with fewer or no limitations. What about financial freedom ? What does it mean to you ? Each person has a different idea of what financial freedom […]

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Your health is your wealth

It is health that is your real wealth” — Mahatma Gandhi Many entrepreneurs and ambitious people are concerned with climbing the career ladder and building their wealth. However, as you get older or suffer bouts of illness, you will start to appreciate the true value of your health and not take it for granted. Although achieving your goals is understandably important, you don’t need to completely abandon your health in your pursuit of success. It’s simply […]

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Five ways to improve your productivity

Five ways to improve your productivity If your to-do list is stressing you out, worry no more. Sometimes productivity is not about trying to squeeze even more things into each day, which is still stubbornly refusing to be any longer than 24 hours, but rather about working smarter. Not harder – especially so soon after you’ve left your sun lounger. We all want to be more productive, but can we be? Here are five tips… Print […]

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Is now the time to buy or rent?

Various factors, such as employment prospects, family situations, lifestyle choices and investment goals, come in to making the decision about whether to buy or rent a home. In any market, there are different reasons for why you may choose to do one or the other, as there are good arguments for both renting and buying that depend on individual circumstances. Here is a brief overview of the options in today’s climate. To Buy In South Africa, […]

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New Year’s resolutions for more wealth and financial health in 2019

When 1 January rolls around, most of us are a little worse for wear: we’ve overindulged, under-exercised and are more than a little tired. It’s the same with our finances – many of our wallets take a financial overindulgence through the festive season. Fear not – with a few simple commitments, you can get keep your finances in shape and fighting fit for 2019 in no time. Deal with debt once and for all Merlin famously […]

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The Lowdown on Inheritance and Donations Tax

Understanding how your (or your loved one’s) possessions and wealth are treated when you pass away is crucial to how you plan for what will happen to them. This blog is aimed at breaking down an incredibly paper-heavy, jargon-filled process! When a taxpayer dies, all their assets are placed in an estate, which is commonly referred to as a ‘deceased estate’. Assets can include a property, a car, money in the bank, and even furniture. Once […]

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The benefits of practising yoga

While yoga is often regarded as simply a series of stretches and postures, yoga practice offers many physical and mental benefits. Yoga usually incorporates three practices: postural poses, meditation and controlled breathing exercises. The incorporation of breathing and mindfulness makes yoga a unique practice which has the benefit of calming the nervous system and balancing the mind and body. Mental benefits Just like strength training and cardio target different needs, so does yoga – which is often […]

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5 tips to avoid making bad investment moves

While no one has a ball of fortune with which to predict the future, there are some common mistakes that many investors make, which can be avoided. The basics of investing can seem relatively simple, but it is important to set emotions aside in order to maintain an objective strategy that will benefit you in the long-run, and this can sometimes be quite hard to do. It is, therefore, very helpful to follow certain mechanisms to […]

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