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Finding the shortcut…

Finding the shortcut…

There is a story of the man who got lost in the middle of nowhere, who stopped to ask a local “how do I get there?” … After a great deal of pondering, pointing and mind changing the local advised “Jammer meneer, maar meneer kannie daar uitkom van hierso af nie.”...

The best way to lose weight…

The best way to lose weight…

Thanks to multitasking, grabbing grub on the go, parking in front of the TV while munching, and various other weight-loss crimes means we hardly register what, or how much we eat! There’s a simple solution: keep a food diary! Studies show a journal not only aids...

SA Expats: Retirement Annuities and Grudge Purchase Relief.

SA Expats: Retirement Annuities and Grudge Purchase Relief.

When we were younger retirement and pension plan savings fell in the same category as motorcar tyres – both were considered a grudge purchase. The similarity between the two products, however - there when you need it most!  The world, in the meantime, has become a...

Who dares wins:  South Africa’s first Space Man vs. The Reserve Bank.

Who dares wins: South Africa’s first Space Man vs. The Reserve Bank.

By now we all know of the South African Supreme Court of Appeal’s order for the Reserve Bank to pay back the R250 million levy Mark Shuttleworth was forced to pay, with interest at the prescribed rate since Friday 13 April 2012 to date of payment. The crux of Mark...

On Rules of Engagement when Moving Retirement Annuity Monies Offshore

On Rules of Engagement when Moving Retirement Annuity Monies Offshore

Rules is rules - a deliberate mocking of the term. While “rules are what the artists break” makes sense in the art and creative environments. When it comes to money matters out the box thinking sits a bit uncomfortably with most people – this is the time when earning...

Out of sight, or out of your mind?

Out of sight, or out of your mind?

 It is a human “thing” … when you don’t see someone or something on a regular basis, you’ll eventually forget about it. Who in his right mind will ever forget about his money? While it may be convenient to “forget” to pay an account it’s not common to forget about...

Dreaming of a R10,000,000 Christmas?

Dreaming of a R10,000,000 Christmas?

It’s that time of the year again. Shops and malls the world over are sporting its North Pole look with Rudolph swinging from the rafters, his sleigh packed with empty gift wrapped boxes and Bing Crosby singing everybody into the spirit of giving … This is also the...

Roadshow for South African Expats in New Zealand

  How to transfer assets and investments from South Africa and build wealth in New Zealand   We invite you to a FREE SEMINAR where Bank of New Zealand and finglobal.com will share with you key insights on moving your assets and building wealth in New Zealand...

Money with a story – no strings attached!

Money with a story – no strings attached!

“Once upon a time … “ is how stories used to start and generally ended with “and they all lived happily ever after!”  When it comes to retirement and money matters you can bet your bottom dollar there’s always a story. You cannot access your once upon a time...

Can giving up coffee make you R300,000?

Can giving up coffee make you R300,000?

The English proverb “Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves” is backbone to many a cutting back on small luxuries strategy. Sacrificing your daily latte can save you around $1200 a year – at a rough rate of ZAR10 to the Dollar you’ll have...

SA Expats – Financial Information

SA Expats – Financial Information

By Ryno Viljoen Moving money from South Africa is subject to Reserve Bank exchange control regulations and in most cases SARS tax clearances. The underperformance of the Rand against the Australian Dollar and other world currencies is a critical factor when wanting to...

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but does it make cents?

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but does it make cents?

Not only has modern technology shrunk the planet it’s also made it possible for Pretoria Oupas and Oumas to talk to the grandchildren in Perth and Portland as often as the heart strings desire. Thanks to Skype, Facebook, and Face Time real-time keeping in touch is...

The money that grew on trees…

The money that grew on trees…

You can bet your bottom dollar that everybody you know, yourself included, has been asked the question - do you think money grows on trees? To which the answer would have been a sheepish ‘nooo!’  Remember when, in the 80’s, insurance companies like Sanlam and Old...

SA Expats: What 2015 bring depends on what you bring to 2015

SA Expats: What 2015 bring depends on what you bring to 2015

Exactly 100 days from today we’ll be celebrating, hugging, kissing, texting, phone calling and wishing friends, family and strangers a prosperous 2015. If you’re an SA Expat living abroad - why not make one important New Year’s resolution today - to move your South...

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