If you happen to be contributing to a medical aid scheme in South Africa, you will have enjoyed the tax rebate this generates. This is called the Medical Scheme Tax Credit (MTC). It is meant to subsidise and reduce our medical costs.
For instance, for two adults and two minor dependants, this amounts to R1 014 per month or R12 168 per annum. It makes a big difference. Also, since we are subsidised for the portion that falls under Section 6 (b), which protects us when medical costs not covered by your medical aid get out of control, the total refund could be considerably more. Continue reading
Dealing with insurance companies when trying to settle a claim is a nightmare many of us can attest to. The experience leaves many clients disillusioned, and they tend not to involve their insurers if the damage to their property is minimal.
In two recent incidents, involving MiWay and Auto & General clients, the claimants had no choice but to claim. The accidents were caused when they were rear-ended while stationary at a traffic light. They had done nothing wrong. The vehicles were towed to these insurers’ approved panel beating workshop after the collision. Four weeks later, repairs still hadn’t started on either vehicle. Continue reading
Many first-generation yuppies have come to realise that they need to enter the property market. However, most of them find that getting a home-loan of between R1 500 000 and R2 000 000 is not always possible.
The creative ones usually find a way around this dilemma by purchasing a home in the R300 000 to R700 000 price range. The home is then used to generate a rental income. The rental is often sufficient to cover their bond repayments. This leaves many of them happy landlords.
Most women take on the role of caretaker in their family unit. This makes them more inclined to tend to everyone else and their needs first. Often to the detriment of their own.
One area that sees the most neglect is financial planning. When analysing a married couple’s Financial Needs (FNA), a good financial planner will work on the assumption that the marriage will end, whether because of death or divorce. Both these outcomes must be taken into consideration. Unfortunately, the female often comes off as second best. Continue reading
The looming recession has come as bad news to South Africa’s unemployed job-seekers.
Only 21 377 000 of South Africans aged between 18 and 64, feel they have the potential to be economically active, and 26.6% of them are unemployed.
This figure now seems set to rise, and business owners are losing optimism.
At Northwood financial services we have a panel of dedicated professionals that assist us and our clients with a host of different issues.
Recently I received an email from a home-owner. Having sold his property, he is now struggling to get occupational rental from the buyer who had taken early occupation. In this instance, it is much harder to help. Continue reading
The 2017 banking report generated by the South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi), an independent survey done on a national scale, makes for interesting reading. The latest report was compiled using data provided by 17483 banking customers. Continue reading
Have you ever considered what would happen if you paid funds into the wrong bank account when transacting online?
Well, for the average consumer, it means that you’ve potentially given away your hard earned cash. When transacting online, only the account number is verified. Continue reading
The last blog touched on how Northwood protects clients’ wealth by adding diversity to the unit trust investment portfolios on offer. This week, we will look at creating wealth by adding more diversified investments.
Our clients know that when it comes to investments, we prescribe to the “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” philosophy. We seek to add value and diversity to all our client’s portfolios to creatively manage risks.
Ever since the news broke that South Africa’s credit rating was downgraded to junk status, our office has been inundated by calls and emails from concerned investors that listen to Finance 101 on CCFM.
Most of these investors have investments with insurance companies, and experienced a significant loss of their investment capital. However, investors with Passive Investments reported the highest losses.