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A most disturbing gap

During their working careers women face a unique set of financial challenges, only to be faced with a second unique set of challenges when they retire. Vaster than the gender pay gap, although possibly less well publicised, is the significant… Read More ›

The next chapter

The retirement life stage, whichever way you choose to structure it, can be an incredibly stressful time for those experiencing it. In the 1960s, psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe developed a scaled list of 43 of the most stressful… Read More ›

Happy families

Over the past three decades the role of professional planner has developed to the extent that he now fulfills the roles of mentor, guide, co-strategist and trusted advisor to the client and the client’s extended family. More and more clients… Read More ›

More than just maths

Preparing one’s children for the responsibilities that come with adulthood is no easy task, especially when it comes to money management and personal finances. There is no doubt that a solid foundation in financial literacy is needed to ensure that… Read More ›

Cause for concern

In tough economic times, those in already-tenuous financial positions can experience heightened anxiety which in turn can intensify financial tension between couples and other members of the family. Whilst most people tend to worry about money from time-to-time, there are… Read More ›

A day in the life

Over the past two decades, the professional standards of the South African financial planning industry have continued to rise through the efforts of a number of niche fee-based practices. Together with the Financial Planning Institute of Southern African (FPI), a… Read More ›

Consumed

In his book, “Consumed: How markets corrupt children, infantilise adults and swallow citizens whole”, Benjamin Barber notes that capitalism requires us to ‘need’ all that it produces in order to survive. In doing so, capitalism has morphed from its origins… Read More ›

Don’t bank on it

Done correctly, retirement planning is a client-specific blend of finances, lifestyle goals, health status, life expectancy and investment assumptions. The retirement planning industry is rife with generalisations and rules-of-thumb which, if too quickly accepted as fact, can have dire consequences… Read More ›