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Enjoy the journey to financial freedom with smart money management

By Stienemarié Bonsma-Potgieter, CFP® – Financial Planner In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to overlook the importance of managing our finances effectively. While many of the younger generation have no long-term financial plan, there is also a growing concern that many of us may overlook the present, focusing only on long-term, future goals. While building[...]
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What’s Your Retirement Dream?

Retired couple enjoying financial freedom
By Jonathan Theunissen, CFP® – Financial Planner  Sixty-five is the age most associated with retirement, largely because it’s when Social Security payments in the US have historically begun paying out. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935, the average life expectancy was only about 61 years. Over the course of the[...]
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Invest According to Your Goals, Not What Your Neighbour Says

By Katlego Mei, CFP® Investing appropriately is a crucial step towards securing your financial future, but it can be daunting. Nowadays, so much information is available on the internet and on social media. Our friends, neighbours, social media influencers, and family members seem to have lots of ideas about how we should invest. It’s easy[...]
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Nurturing Financial Wellbeing: Understanding Your Financial Personality

By Jonathan Theunissen, CFP® – Financial Planner  In personal finance, understanding your financial personality is key to achieving both economic stability and emotional wellbeing. Each individual has a unique approach to money management, shaped by their attitudes, behaviours, and experiences. By recognizing these traits and adopting micro-actions tailored to your financial personality, you can move[...]
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The Real Deal on Residential Property Investment: Pros and Cons

By Warren Ingram, CFP® IntroductionResidential property investment is often promoted as a great way to accumulate wealth. The benefits, we are told, include passive income through rent as well as capital growth from rising house prices. In addition, there are the benefits of owning a tangible asset rather than an intangible asset like a share,[...]
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Raising money-smart kids

by Stienemarié Bonsma-Potgieter, CFP® – Financial Planner  In South Africa, only around 6% of people can retire comfortably and maintain their pre-retirement lifestyle. This is a concerning statistic. The sooner we start saving and investing, the better our retirement outcomes will be. We can also help improve the retirement statistics by not only taking control[...]
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Planning for Succession – A Guide for Independent Financial Advisers in South Africa 

By Frank Daubenton, CFP® Introduction: Succession planning is a critical aspect of any business’s long-term sustainability and growth, and independent financial advisers (IFAs) in South Africa are no exception. As these professionals navigate the complexities of the financial industry, they must also consider the future of their practices. A well-thought-out succession plan ensures the seamless transition[...]
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Unlocking financial success

By Stienemarié Bonsma-Potgieter, CFP® – Financial Planner Saving and investing can seem like an intimidating task, especially when life is continuously throwing curveballs. There are a lot of challenges that can keep us from starting the journey to financial freedom. Let’s look at some obstacles and identify practical ways to overcome them. Common barriers to[...]
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Choosing the Right Financial Planner: Key Questions to Ask

By Jonathan Theunissen Selecting a financial planner is a crucial step toward financial security and freedom. Whether planning for retirement, managing investments, or seeking guidance on debt reduction, finding the right financial planner can make a significant difference in achieving your financial goals. In this article, I explore how to choose a financial planner and[...]
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