RETIREMENT: Do not fear retirement fund reforms

retirement

There have been rumours circulating that retirement fund members’ savings will be locked up, taken or used elsewhere, this is simply not true. All fears surrounding this issue should be alleviated. We take a closer look at the new proposed retirement reforms.

INSIGHT: Consumers still prefer in-store shopping

Buying

According to the Accenture Seamless Retail Survey, the majority of consumers in South Africa still prefer shopping in-store as opposed to online or mobile. This highlights the immense importance of the shopping experience. We take a closer look.

MONEY: It’s tax return time for individual taxpayers

Tax

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

Debt

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

Debt

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

challenges

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

medical

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

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

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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.