retirement planning

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 ›

Beyond the brochure

Retirement villages are a popular choice among retirees as they provide facilities, essential services, amenities and security within a like-minded community. However, the costs, contracts and facilities of each retirement village are often so precisely tailored to each development that… 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 ›

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 ›

Financial freedom at any age

The traditional road to a well-funded retirement is a linear process that follows the predictable trajectory of school, university, job, marriage, children, travel and then retirement – a process which is supported by approximately 480 pay cheques and interspersed with… Read More ›