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Why the Marshmallow Effect Could Derail Your Retirement Plans

The “marshmallow effect” gets its name from a fascinating 1960s experiment which used marshmallows to test preschoolers’ ability to delay gratification. In financial planning, delayed gratification means resisting the temptation to spend money immediately and instead saving or investing for future benefits. This article explains how to measure your ability

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How Elections May Impact Markets in the Months Ahead

South Africa’s momentous elections will impact financial markets for months to come, we just can’t predict how. Even if an investor-friendly coalition is agreed in the next week, you can still expect plenty of ups and downs. Foreign investors may dip in and out based on their risk appetite, but

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Why Emotions and Investing Don’t Always Mix

When discussing investing, we often picture ourselves as logical beings, making decisions based on cold, hard facts rather than warm, fuzzy feelings. But let’s face it: even the most seasoned investors can sometimes let emotions sneak in and take the wheel, steering us towards financial fiascos. Investing isn’t just a

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Demystifying Retirement Planning Lingo

Being able to retire comfortably is the ultimate goal. But getting there will require familiarising yourself with a few different financial vehicles. What’s the difference between a pension fund and a provident fund? And how will the two-pot system change things?   Read on for a primer on some of

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UNPACKING DIVERSIFICATION: WHAT REALLY COUNTS?

Everyone agrees that diversification is important for managing risk. But what does diversification look like in practice?

In this article, we take a look at what counts as diversification and what doesn’t – why you can own lots of different things, and still not have a diversified portfolio.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF A FINANCIAL PLAN: ROOM FOR ERROR

Every investor should have a financial plan to guide them on their savings journey. But they should also remember that no matter how good a plan might be, there is always the risk that something will go wrong.

In this article, we look at the importance of building room for error into your financial plan.

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HOW TO GIVE MEANINGFUL GIFTS THIS FESTIVE SEASON

Let’s face it. We’ve all got more than enough stuff. No one you know wants another pair of socks or a new set of ramekins. And even your kids (or grandkids) don’t really need any more material possessions. But it’s the festive season and it’s only natural to want to

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Retiring Well is About More Than Money

Making sure that you have enough money to see you through retirement is a vital part of your future planning. But it shouldn’t be the only part.

In this article we look at how dealing with loneliness is attracting more attention, and how loneliness and financial difficulties in retirement can form a negative spiral.

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Why do People Invest in Property?

Mark Twain once said, “Buy land; they’re not making it anymore.” But do these famous words still hold true?

There’s much debate about investing in property, especially local property. Like all asset classes, it has its pros and cons.

That said, we still believe it should form part of a diversified portfolio. After all, diversification is the only free lunch in the world of investment

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Financial Planning Consumer Research Study – 2023

The FPSB Value of Financial Planning Consumer Research study presents a compelling comparison between the personal experiences of individuals who navigate their financial journey alone, those who work with a financial planner, and importantly, those who seek advice from a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional.

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Why Your Marital Contract Really Matters

It’s normal not to want to prepare an antenuptial contract, as it feels like you’re preparing for divorce – absolutely the last thing you want to think about when you’re caught up in the thrill of planning a wedding.

Read on for an overview of the choices available to you – and their financial consequences.

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How to Avoid Being Scammed by Email Fraudsters

We’ve all heard (but perhaps not all of us have remembered!) how online scammers worldwide have been targeting property transactions because of the substantial amounts of money involved.

In this article we discuss how these scams work, how to spot them, how to avoid them, and the legal aspects of who is responsible (and who must bear the loss) if you are scammed.

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WHAT’S COOKING WITH THE THREE-POT SYSTEM?

The much talked about two pot system for retirement savings hasn’t even come into being. And now government’s proposing a three-pot system (although they’re still calling it a two-pot system).
Read on for an in-depth discussion of the pros and cons of the pending changes to retirement planning in South Africa.

READ MORE
UNPACKING DIVERSIFICATION: WHAT REALLY COUNTS?

Everyone agrees that diversification is important for managing risk. But what does diversification look like in practice?

In this article, we take a look at what counts as diversification and what doesn’t – why you can own lots of different things, and still not have a diversified portfolio.

READ MORE
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF A FINANCIAL PLAN: ROOM FOR ERROR

Every investor should have a financial plan to guide them on their savings journey. But they should also remember that no matter how good a plan might be, there is always the risk that something will go wrong.

In this article, we look at the importance of building room for error into your financial plan.

READ MORE
Retiring Well is About More Than Money

Making sure that you have enough money to see you through retirement is a vital part of your future planning. But it shouldn’t be the only part.

In this article we look at how dealing with loneliness is attracting more attention, and how loneliness and financial difficulties in retirement can form a negative spiral.

READ MORE
Why do People Invest in Property?

Mark Twain once said, “Buy land; they’re not making it anymore.” But do these famous words still hold true?

There’s much debate about investing in property, especially local property. Like all asset classes, it has its pros and cons.

That said, we still believe it should form part of a diversified portfolio. After all, diversification is the only free lunch in the world of investment

READ MORE
Financial Planning Consumer Research Study – 2023

The FPSB Value of Financial Planning Consumer Research study presents a compelling comparison between the personal experiences of individuals who navigate their financial journey alone, those who work with a financial planner, and importantly, those who seek advice from a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional.

READ MORE
Why Your Marital Contract Really Matters

It’s normal not to want to prepare an antenuptial contract, as it feels like you’re preparing for divorce – absolutely the last thing you want to think about when you’re caught up in the thrill of planning a wedding.

Read on for an overview of the choices available to you – and their financial consequences.

READ MORE
How to Avoid Being Scammed by Email Fraudsters

We’ve all heard (but perhaps not all of us have remembered!) how online scammers worldwide have been targeting property transactions because of the substantial amounts of money involved.

In this article we discuss how these scams work, how to spot them, how to avoid them, and the legal aspects of who is responsible (and who must bear the loss) if you are scammed.

READ MORE
WHAT’S COOKING WITH THE THREE-POT SYSTEM?

The much talked about two pot system for retirement savings hasn’t even come into being. And now government’s proposing a three-pot system (although they’re still calling it a two-pot system).
Read on for an in-depth discussion of the pros and cons of the pending changes to retirement planning in South Africa.

READ MORE