MONEY: It’s tax return time for individual taxpayers


17 000 South African taxpayers have already submitted tax returns in mid-July, so it is wise to avoid the stampede when the deadline approaches. We look at tips and advice on what you need to know when filing your tax returns.

MONEY: Rise in Repo rate will affect households


The Repo rate has been raised with 0.25 of a percentage point on 17 July. We take a closer look at what the Reserve Bank predicts for the next few years.

PERSONAL FINANCE: Beware of the interest rate increases


According to market commentators, inflation is expected to increase and remain above 6% for the rest of the year. In addition, the prime interest rate is expected to peak at about 11% by 2015. We look at effective ways to manage one’s budget.

INSIGHT: UK student loan difficulties in SA


Due to the high cost of education and poor management in the education system, graduates may continue to pay off their student loans well into their 50s. This is a growing problem which seem to be worse in the UK already. We take a closer look.

JSE Direct #146

Simon Brown

In this week’s JSE Direct, Simon Brown talks about the latest Finweek cover story called, “Hot sauce, big money” by Blair Burmeister. He takes a look at what’s happening to gold, when to take profits and The Investment Checklist by Michael Sheam.

MONEY: Choose your medical scheme wisely


Understanding the difference between health insurance products and medical scheme cover is of grave importance. We look at why it’s wise to choose the appropriate form of cover for your family.

MONEY: Annuities and Divorce


One of the biggest questions in the case of a divorce is, why can’t a spouse claim from an annuity? Lize de la Harpe from Glacier by Sanlam provides some much needed clarity on this issue.

NEWS: Astral acquires Western Cape poultry assets


Poultry assets previously owned by Darling Fresh Chicken has been acquired by Astral Foods Limited, one of South Africa’s leading poultry producers. We take a closer look.

PERSONAL FINANCE NEWS: 30% earnings on retirement for average pension fund member


There has been a lot of comments on recent media reports that the average pension fund member is likely to obtain a pension of just 30% of their current income. We take a closer look.

INVESTMENT NEWS: Capitalise on higher interest rates to earn maximum returns

Elize Giese

In January, South Africa experienced its first interest rate increase since 2008. We look at the opportunities the increase presents for people with savings and investments.