Governments have to weigh feedback loop of health and business crises

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Though the Covid-19 pandemic is unquestionably a health crisis, focusing only on the health aspects of the virus is too narrow a perspective. Much more is occurring than a health-care challenge. The global financial crisis of 2008 originated from poor financial practices. The lasting consequences of the financial crisis led to a business crisis, which led to a health-care crisis. …

Tough times call for tough financial decisions

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For most people, times could not be tougher, and implementing a budget will go a long way in taking ownership of your finances. Knowing where you spend – and where you want to spend your hard-earned money, will have a substantial impact on your long-term financial well-being. This is according to Duann Cronje, a Certified Financial Planner at Fiscal Private …

Retirement savings quandrum when considering emigration

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With all the political and socio-economic challenges in South Africa emigration numbers continue to rise. Those remaining in the country are questioning if a retirement savings investment is worthwhile when emigration remains a future option. Elena Bevilacqua, Certified Financial Planner ® professional at Fiscal Private Client Services looks at the concept of saving for retirement, “As soon as one starts …

The doomsayers will be wrong again

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Keep learning, evaluating and looking forward, because the world will keep changing A quick look around will remind us that life can change quickly — as we are experiencing in the coronavirus era. Nothing lasts forever, not even the virus, say the world’s leading epidemiologists. We certainly don’t, nor do businesses, or leaders, movements or political parties. It is important …

Seven cures for a lean purse

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– Age-old money lessons from 1926 that apply in 2020 There is much uncertainty in the world today and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the financial and emotional well-being of many South Africans. COVID-19 and the consequent lockdowns have plunged many countries into recession in 2020 with the steepest per capita income contraction …

K-Shaped Recovery

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The recovery of a stock market following a market crash is generally described using a letter of the alphabet. A V-shaped recovery refers to a short, sharp market recovery back to pre-crash levels, while a U-shaped recovery is used where markets remain subdued for a period of time before a recovery. A W-shaped recovery occurs where a V-shaped recovery is …

Fiscal Private Client Services’ Andrew Bradley on what smart money is buying

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Lately finding value for investors has been a difficult task for even the most astute financial planners. Andrew Bradley, co-owner of Fiscal Private Client Services, a wealth management company based in Cape Town, says the fundamentals of investing remain critical. CNBC Africa Kopano Gumbi caught up with him for more on reimagining investing, including broadening the property market in Botswana. …

2019 Budget Overview

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In summary: Disappointing budget, but Eskom support done in a positive manner. • Negatives: higher deficit and debt ratio’s; upward revision in expenditure ceiling; increased tax burden for individuals. • Positives: Strong statement on SOE’s and no Eskom debt take-on; reduction in public sector wage bill; continued emphasis on private sector’s important role and Strategic Equity Partnerships. Highlights: Upward revision …

Planning for Living Longer and Living Well

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At a recent lecture which Fiscal director and CFP Kate Brown presented at UCT on health, wealth and attitude related to ageing in the context of integrated financial planning, she highlighted: “Courage and Kindness are two of the most important ingredients in the recipe for living longer and living well.” “Most people avoid thinking about ageing and the financial, health, …