Funding life’s uncertainties

Emergency fund lending moneyAt Northwood Financial Services CC, we encourage our clients to have a diversified portfolio of assets. One of these assets we refer to as an Emergency Fund.

An Emergency Fund, as the name suggests, is used to cover any expense that you haven’t budgeted for. Such as car or home repairs, holiday spending money, a deposit on your next property or even retrenchment. Continue reading

One size does not fit all

women independent financial securityIn our country, financial planning is seen as gender neutral. The reality is that men and women are often not on an equal playing field and this approach can have serious consequences.

Generally, women live longer than men. This means the effects of inflation have a bigger impact on their retirement income, which is particularly concerning because women do not always earn the same as their male counterparts, which effects the amount of savings they are able to accumulate. Continue reading

Managing Rental Property

Managing rental propertyMany 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.

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Financial Planning for Women

Financial planning for womenMost 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

Knowing when to ask for help

House soldAt 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

Junk Status – Protecting your investments

Junk status - investmentsEver 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.

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