The True Cost of Financing a Car Purchase – Opportunity Cost

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Gavin van Dyk, CFP and Director at www.Fiscal.co.za In a recent article in TopAuto, “How much you need to earn to drive an “average” new car in South Africa”, it was stated that the average price of a new car financed through Wesbank in January 2021 was R358 390. An important key to financial success is to manage your lifestyle costs and …

With the world on fast-forward we cannot afford to be left behind. We need new social contracts that bring new options and better solutions

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When will our lives get back to normal? They won’t, because normal was the problem. Our lives function on social contracts between citizens and their government. These are broken. They have been for a while. It has nothing to do with the coronavirus. This has been developing for a few years. The world needed change on many fronts. The pandemic …

Old-gen vs new-gen RAs, and why they matter

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An old-generation retirement annuity fund (RA), which is policy based, is vastly different from a new-generation unit-trust based RA. Abdallah Moosa, a planner and actuary at Cape Town-based wealth management company Fiscal Private Client Services, says RAs fall under the category of retirement funds (including pension and provident funds).https://6b793fb1412da224cba5baa6a5972065.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html “They are essentially a ‘personal retirement fund’, and contributions are typically …

Take control of your finances in uncertain times

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American professor of mathematics, John Allen Paulos is attributed with saying ‘uncertainty is the only certainty’. This is true for job security, future working environments, and even if Manchester United really are title contenders again! If uncertainty teaches us one thing, it is that we can control only what is within our control. Duann Cronje, a Certified Financial Planner at …

Finding the road to recovery

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Who would have thought that 2020 would be a strong year for investors? In the depths of the COVID panic the term ‘depression’ was bandied about by many, a reset of the financial system in its entirety. Sentiment in our country was at its lowest as businesses shut and jobs were lost, with our government scrambling to source funding to …