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“Dinosaurs R us?”

“Dinosaurs R us?”

I was at a workshop session recently where the following quote was mentioned “Finance will be the most disrupted industry in the next 10 years”. The quote was attributed to Peter Diamandis, the executive chairman and co-founder of Singularity University. That’s my industry – sure, there’s a lot that needs disrupting but it’s really got me thinking. An example that was given was of short term insurance...

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RA’s still make so much sense

RA’s still make so much sense

I must admit to feeling quite deflated post the budget speech – kind of feels like we are just getting squeezed even more and that there is little motive to working hard and attempting to save when in reality we are just being taxed more and more and are given little incentive to save (R33000 into a tax-free savings account is not going to get you anywhere meaningful). Dividend tax has gone up by 33% (15 to 20%) , capital gains tax...

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Five lessons learnt in 2016

It has been a while since I last posted – 2016 has been a year to remember…I think that this post by Anet Ahern from PSG pretty much sums it up. Happy holidays and here’s to a better 2017! 1.   The best investment decisions aren’t always the most comfortable During the first two weeks of 2016, the S&P 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq Composite indices were down between 8% and 10% – the worst start to a year ever....

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TFSA or not to TFSA?

TFSA or not to TFSA?

Alec Hogg recently wrote a piece encouraging people to take full advantage of the tax free savings account before the end of February (http://www.biznews.com/undictated/2016/02/05/go-full-out-for-tax-free-savings-accounts-but-with-two-provisos/)…I disagree with him on this one and here are the reasons why. Sorry Alec but I disagree with you on this one…I have previousy written about how I’m not so excited about TFSA...

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SARS, like Nike – just do it!

SARS, like Nike – just do it!

I have posted on this previously but it seems to be an increasing issue and even SARS call centre agents are starting to admit that their systems are not up to scratch! The result is that even if you are not liable to submit a tax return (in terms of SARS own rules) I strongly advise you to file your returns…we are coming across more and more hostile situations where SARS are insisting that ALL outstanding returns be filed… SARS...

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