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SA Expats – Turn your retirement annuity into a deposit on your own home!

South African expats living abroad and holding retirement annuities back home have two choices: When paying a landlord’s mortgage because ...

SA Expats – Why rent when you can buy? How to buy when you’re renting?

A self-made millionaire once told me …“I don’t buy property to sell – I buy property to rent” … after ...

SA Expats – 60 is the new 40. Retiring is a yesteryear concept

Cost of living, coupled with longer life expectancy and the continuing depreciation of the South African Rand relative to major ...

SA Expats – Take control of your own destiny. Own your own home!

Given this depreciation trend the return of an expat’s South African based retirement investment - relative to major world currencies ...

The smart way to move your assets abroad

For our forefathers to have moved their assets around there was no mountain high enough...they loaded the ox wagons, gathered ...

South Africans – Here’s an easy way to move your money abroad

As a South African expat living and working abroad or happily living in the Old Transvaal, Western Cape or other ...

SA EXPATS: 5 Reasons to cash-in your South African Retirement Annuities

SA legislation now allows you to surrender your policies before age 55 You can transfer the FULL CAPITAL VALUE of ...

Home is where your money is!

South Africans are lekker people who live and work in really lekker places – London, New York, Perth, Ontario and ...

Where there’s a will, there’s no complication

by Estate Planning Specialist Shirley Tascone "It's important for South African expats in Australia to have an Australian will"... is the ...

South African expats’ financial horizons expanded

For once the saying ‘it’s too good to be true’ need not be taken with a pinch of salt. South ...

South African mobile bank account – £6 a month

If you’re reading TheSouthAfrican.com, chances are you’re one the lucky fishes living and working in the UK who has yet ...

Is there sense in looking back?

South Africans are lekker people and they live and work in really lekker places – London, New York, Perth, Ontario ...

The South African expat hassle…

When living abroad there are thousands of kilometers between you and your South African money.  Because international money transfer from ...

4 Tips when emigrating from South Africa

It makes little sense to leave your retirement annuities in South Africa when considering emigration. 1. Move your South African ...

Emigration – explained in simple English

There are tens of thousands of South Africans living abroad, gainfully employed, paying taxes, with social security numbers and other ...

Exercise your retirement annuity investment options

A fin24 report of 24 September 2006 quoted one million South Africans left the country “in the past ten years” ...

Retirement annuity transfer and Freedom of the City

Freedom of the City of London was first recorded in the year 1237 as the highest honour the City can ...

Expats and South African retirement annuities – 5 options at retirement/maturity

By Mariette Janse van Rensburg A fin24 report of 24 September 2006 quoted one million South Africans left the country “in the past ...

South Africa’s PPS members share in R4 billion profit

PPS Group – the largest South African company operating under the mutual model – a business owned by its members ...

South African pension transfers demystified

The word pension was first recorded in the 1520’s, meaning: a "regular payment in consideration of past service.” As a youngster I recall it ...

Do you know your South African tax status?

As an expat, still holding assets and other interests in South Africa, it’s in your interest to know your SARS ...