At certain times of the year, we as consumers are encouraged to spend money. The festive season in December is by far the biggest financial drain. Then January rolls around, and if you have kids, you are met by all the ‘back to school’ expenses. Next, Valentine’s Day arrives, and before you know it you’re buying Easter eggs!
During these times, we are prone to Reckless Spending, often on a credit card. We all know the symptoms: The holidays and special events come, causing us to reach for our credit cards more often than we should. We end up swiping, sometimes without even keeping track of how much we’ve spent.
When was the last time you reviewed your nominated beneficiaries? This is one of those things that we don’t really give much thought to.
Certain life events such as marriage, or the birth of a child, often come and go without us giving any thought to who would benefit from our Financial Planning. Forgetting to update a policy or plan could unintentionally create hardship for your loved ones.
Have you ever considered giving yourself an annual gift?
Or maybe a monthly one (on a smaller scale)?
I have a relative who has a very limited budget, but once a month when she achieves her goal, she treats herself by driving to the beach and ordering the biggest ice cream cone she can find. She savours every mouthful while listening to her favorite Gospel singers. If she feels really good, she will even sing along with the noisy gulls while they beg for food. Two slices of bread encourage them to stay close by.
Store Branded Credit Card
A large SA supermarket is about to launch a Store Branded Credit Card.
Existing loyalty card holders are contacted by telephone, and after a short telephone call are invited to apply for a Credit Card. Sounds like a good deal! So why am I nervous?
Clients are often confused by the various grand job titles used by consultants. Here is a simple explanation of who is who in the zoo.
1. Does their business card display an insurance company logo?
If YES, they represent a single company and the product they sell comes from their employer. Continue reading
Earlier this year, we welcomed two new students from CPUT into the Northwood FinancialServices cc family.
This is Ayanda Shenzane’s recap of his internship thus far.
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Members in the financial planning and advisory industry have two different means of earning an income.
The industry standard – appropriated by most financial planners – is a commission-based model. With this, the financial consultant meets with the client, assesses the client’s needs requirement and then suggests and sells various policies to them. As the financial consultant works on a commission-based model, they will not earn an income in the event that no sale is made on behalf of the client. With this, there is a more aggressive approach to the selling of policies, and more often than not, the client will be heavily encouraged to buy a policy.
Earlier this year, we welcomed two new students from CPUT into the Northwood Financial Services cc family.
This is Naledi Loni’s recap of her internship thus far.
Getting married and starting a life with the person you love is a marvellous new chapter to begin, unfortunately, most marriages do not last. The divorce rate has increased by 5% and statistics from 2012 show that of the 161,112 marriages that took place in South Africa, 22,000 of those marriages resulted in divorce.
In most instances, the wife almost always ends up in a position of disadvantage. After experiencing a divorce, she will be forced to deal with emotional trauma and extra financial implications, and too, face the challenge of dealing with getting herself back to where she used to be and figuring out where she wants to be. Continue reading
The Office of the Ombudsman for Long-Term Insurance is an independent body to which consumers can complain if they believe they have been treated unfairly by their insurer. In the latest annual report, it is stated that the Ombudsman had recovered R184.4 million in the form of lump sums for consumers from long-term insurance companies.
The Ombudsman said it had received 9,815 written requests for assistance – which is an increase of 6% from the previous year. Of these complaints, 5,018 were chargeable complaints, with 3,491 cases full cases finalised. Three in 29.8% cases were resolved in favour of the complainant.