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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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Guaranteed returns or guaranteed losses?

Guaranteed returns or guaranteed losses?

It seems trite to be talking about investment returns in the context of the “feesmustfall” campaign however, there are people who still need to invest and grow their money and in some ways life goes on. One of the more frequent conversations we are currently having is around the issue of market volatility – which to some investors is apparently a new thing. It is in this context (and on the back of 7-8 years of really good returns)...

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When Stocks Plunge

When Stocks Plunge

Some thoughts on the market’s slide – with thanks to the Motley Fool http://www.fool.com “Global jitters” was used in the media 933 times last week to describe why the market was falling, according to Google. Thanks, that’s really helpful. It’s the equivalent of a doctor diagnosing you with “general illness.” S&P 500 companies earned something around $38 billion in profits over the last...

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Occam’s razor

Occam’s razor

It was while shaving one morning recently that Occam’s razor came to mind. William of Occam was a 14th century Franciscan Friar who studied logic and is credited as the first person to make known the “law of briefness”. In short he said that when faced with a problem, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the simplest solution/explanation is usually the best solution/explanation”. Sometimes I wonder about my subconscious but I...

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SARS speaking with forked tongue (again)

SARS speaking with forked tongue (again)

SARS speaking with forked tongue (again) Filing season for the 2015 tax year opens today and SARS have been sending out plenty of emails about this. One of them is titled “BE TAX SMART – Check if you need to submit an income tax return!” which implies that some people might not need to submit an annual return.  We followed the link on the email and this is what we found: “Taxpayers earning less than R350 000 a year may not have...

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Sell low; buy high…Not!

Sell low; buy high…Not!

I remember a great radio ad a couple of years ago by one of the unit trust mancos that feautred 2 opera singers. One sang (in a very deep/low voice) “buy, buy, buy, buy” while the other one sang “sell, sell, sell, sell” in a very high voice. The point was well made and is one that every investor should heed – you need to buy low and sell high, definitely not the other way around. Which is why I find recent articles and comments by...

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