investments

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 ›

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 ›

The ride of your life

When planning our first expedition to the Okavango Delta and Caprivi Strip, our initial step was to consult the experts. Analysing the long and dusty route, understanding the costs and logistics, and knowing what to pack for the trip were… Read More ›

Fee-based advice is best

Fee-based financial planning practices are relatively new entrants in the financial planning arena, having made their appearance within the last fifteen years or so. The move towards charging a professional fee for financial planning advice has gained momentum, and there… Read More ›

Just imagine

Modern technology has provided us with the ability to purchase anything, any time and by almost any means. As convenient as this may be, the speed at which we are now able to transact means there is no longer a… Read More ›

What if?

I don’t need a financial plan – I have policies in place. This is a common, albeit misguided, response by many when probed on the all-important issue of financial planning. Ironically, the existence of these so-called policies – invariably sold… Read More ›

Couple counselling

Marriage is normally a time of immense joy, heady romance and the celebration of an exciting new future together – all of which can be short-lived if there exists a lack of harmony when it comes to money. Although far from… Read More ›