I recently watched someone using a leaf blower to clear their pavement. As I watched, it struck me what a pointless exercise it was and it crossed my mind that the leaf blower must be one of the most senseless machines yet invented. Continue reading It’s time to do the Mickey Blue (again)
A few years ago, during the National Budget Speech, government put a cap of R350k pa on retirement contributions. It appears that no one at treasury has given this much thought Continue reading It’s time that treasury stopped being short-sighted when it comes to the wealthy!
Am I the only one who dislikes Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSA) and all the hype that goes with them?
Let’s take a step back before getting all excited about TFSA’s. They were introduced (by Government) to encourage non-savers to save and unfortunately, Continue reading The great Tax Free Savings Account con!
I recently had an interesting discussion with a friend of mine (we don’t do her financial planning). The conversation turned to money Continue reading It’s time we had different conversations with our clients…
Not content with being lambasted by the tax ombudsman’s office, SARS now seem to be making up their own rules as they go along. Continue reading More SARS flu
There is this strange phenomenon in SA called Regulation 28 that is applied to retirement funds. It stipulates that retirement fund members may not have more than 75% of their funds in equities and no more than 25% of the fund invested offshore Continue reading A case for higher offshore weighting within a living annuity?
You know that SARS is really in a mess when they still insist that Internet Explorer is the “safest” browser. It is also the only browser in which their efiling application functions correctly. How is this possible in 2017? Continue reading “Internet explorer is the safest browser” SARS*
ISM R5000 Share portfolio scam on the go again
It seems that an old scam is on the go again. I have just received a call from a company claiming to be called “ISM” and advising me that I had won a R5000 share portfolio. They needed to make an appointment to bring the money to me – urgently. Continue reading Scam alert – ISM R5000 share portfolio
We are trying to add someone who has never previously been able to afford medical aid onto a medical aid scheme. Given that she is over 35, that this is the first time that she will be a medical aid member and that in terms of the act, “A medical scheme may apply premium penalties to a late joiner...” she now faces a situation where just as she is able to join a scheme, she now might not be able to afford the premium because of the 25% penalty. Continue reading Penalised twice! This is just not right!
I think SARS started it all with their 21 working day turnaround times for things like “verification of supporting documents”. Or 30 working days turnaround for disputes! And they claim to be “at your service”? Unfortunately, it hasn’t taken long for some of the dinosaurs of the financial services industry to follow their example. Continue reading Working daze?