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Millennial Career Choices: Where do passion, purpose and profit meet?

In the diagram below, “X” marks the spot! But very few of today’s millennial generation children get good advice in terms of post school educational curricular activities to find this holy grail of a perfect career choice. A career that is all of financially rewarding, somewhat enjoyable and something that you are reasonably proficient at. […]

The Bitcoin Frenzy

The hot topic on every prospective investor or punter’s lips at the moment is “Bitcoin” or some other form of crypto currency investment. What has caused this feeding frenzy around Bitcoin and why is everybody now desperately looking for an angle with which to get exposure to this so called holy grail of sure profit? […]

TRUST: THE CURRENCY OF FINANCIAL ADVICE

Despite their strong convictions and a never-ending plethora of economic data, Financial Advisors cannot guarantee investment returns. This is true no matter what the economic cycle being experienced or the nature of the advice being given. Trust, is the true currency of financial advice and should be the main criteria that you look for in […]

Estate Planning: Get the details right!

Whilst it is good and proper that we should enjoy life and make the most of every opportunity that life presents us with, it is also a fact of life that the mortality rate for all of us is still at 100%. Getting your affairs in order before you die, or otherwise referred to as […]

Quality Benefits of Offshore Diversification

For the South African investor there are many obvious benefits to investing offshore, with Rand hedge and reducing geopolitical risk, being the most often touted. However, a very important, but often overlooked benefit is the fact that the JSE simply cannot give investors quality exposure to some sectors of major world growth industries. Listed below […]

Offshore Estate Planning

In recent years, many South Africans have availed themselves of the opportunity to diversify a portion of their investment portfolio offshore. With political uncertainty and tough local economic headwinds, this offshore investment exposure has become rather significant for those South Africans with any sort of significant wealth. With offshore asset diversification comes a whole new […]

By the Numbers – The Renewed Case for Offshore Investing

Human psychology is a strange phenomenon and the world of investments is not immune. In fact the opposite is true, many financial advisory firms are now employing human behavioral finance specialists from the world of academia. The South African investor is no different to his colleague’s in other parts of the world. Let’s take the […]

Warren Buffet: 2016 Shareholder Letter

Every year Warren Buffet, the long serving Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, pens a letter to all shareholders. This letter is a public document and can be found on the Berkshire Hathaway website. In the 2016 letter, which extends to 28 pages, the Sage of Omaha outlines the year’s performance of the Berkshire Hathaway stock, and […]

The Long Arm of SARS

Special mention was made of the Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) or amnesty v3 in the 2017 budget speech. Pravin Gordhan mentioned that to date SARS has received applications totaling R3,8bn in assets which will yield revenues of about R600m. He also waxed lyrical about the automatic exchange of information between tax authorities around the […]