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Exercise your retirement annuity investment options

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” – what the report failed to mention was the value in retirement annuities left behind. In those days there were no options … Two years after the report...

Retirement annuity transfer and Freedom of the City

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 bestow on any person. The vast majority of City Freemen were represented by a broad cross-section of the population. Whilst a Freeman no longer enjoys rights or...

South Africa’s PPS members share in R4 billion profit

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 – announced a record 42% year-on-year increase in profit to R4,2 billion for distribution to its member base living all over the world. Members, on...

South African pension transfers demystified

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 was the older generation - people like my grandfather - who earned a pension. In the same way Hoover became the generic for a...

Do you know your South African tax status?

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 tax status because you never know when you might need this information! The common ‘mistake’ people make when leaving the South Africa to go live abroad is...

What is financial emigration (formal emigration)?

What is financial emigration (formal emigration)?

By Mariette Janse van Rensburg Hundreds, if not thousands, of South Africans living abroad who are gainfully employed, paying their taxes, holding social security numbers and enjoying other local benefits courtesy of their work permits, have...

Financial emigration: will I lose my citizenship?

Financial emigration: will I lose my citizenship?

Is the fair, and generally first, question people want an answer to when financial emigration comes up for discussion… The answer is no - short and sweet. Allow us be the myth busters because this is a question we have to answer on a daily basis. Citizenship is a...

Budget Speech 2014: good news

Budget Speech 2014: good news

South Africans living overseas pay less tax Finance Minister Pravin Gordon’s tax announcement gave back more than South African taxpayers living overseas expected … Effective 1 March 2014, expats will pay less tax when withdrawing the full value of their retirement...

7 Reasons why you need to keep your PPS membership alive

7 Reasons why you need to keep your PPS membership alive

Free Risk Cover – Over time your annual profit share allocation may well exceed your annual premiums Profit Share Allocation – PPS investment growth and dividends are allocated to your Profit Share Account on an annual basis Tax Free Profits – Your accumulated share...

Who do you miss most – Mrs. Balls or Mr. Broker?

Who do you miss most – Mrs. Balls or Mr. Broker?

Probably the most famous lady in the world, the omnipresent Mrs. Balls can be found in a South African shop near you, but who to turn to for advice about your retirement investments, inheritance, foreign exchange transactions or tax affairs back home? Money matters...

10 important financial questions to consider when you emigrate

10 important financial questions to consider when you emigrate

By Mariette Janse van Rensburg 01. How to exchange your Rand to your new home currency It is bad enough to exchange your money at a ratio of 10 to 1, and it is therefor important to negotiate the most competitive exchange rates and fees when you transfer your money....

What to do with my retirement monies left in South Africa?

What to do with my retirement monies left in South Africa?

Do I leave my investments in South Africa, or transfer them to the UK … this depends on where where am I going to spend my retirement years? Think twice and then think again … People like to take their time and to ‘feel at home’ in the country they intend to retire to...

As good as it gets? Better!

As good as it gets? Better!

finglobal.com is an international PPS advisor specialising in providing solutions for South Africans’ financial emigration and financial planning needs. At the time of writing finglobal.com has serviced in excess of 60 000 clients living in more than 105 countries. We...

No better time to think about retirement than now…

No better time to think about retirement than now…

We’re not suggesting for you to down tools and put up your feet just yet, but rather to think about your quality of life when in retirement. Ask yourself the question: “Will my retirement savings afford my basic living expenses?” If living abroad, with retirement...

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