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
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
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.
When you make an Off-Plan purchase, you are essentially buying a home that does not yet exist. There are quite a few details which need to be verified before you decide to go ahead. Continue reading
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.
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.
Is all debt bad? To answer that question, we need to consider two concepts:
- What is the cost of debt?
- What is the reward to be gained as a result of that debt?
If you are prepared to enter into debt to purchase a pair of shoes valued at R10 000, the reward will be that you are the envy of many of your friends. Is this reward worth R10 000, plus interest on the debt? Continue reading