Surviving Divorce By Planning for Financial Success

Going through a divorce can have devastating effects on your emotions, your children and your life in general. When a couple decides to separate, they are often unprepared for both the emotional and financial outcomes which follow.

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If you are currently going through the process of separating from a partner, the months ahead will be filled with many changes and challenges. The following might aid in coping with your process: Continue reading

Why is it so difficult to talk about money?

Money is a strange matter; it always appears to be on everyone’s mind, yet at a social gathering, or even in a private conversation, it always seems too much of a personal topic to discuss.northwood-talking-about-money-is-taboo

Money is taboo. When couples come for financial coaching, regardless of how long they have been married, I am always surprised at how difficult it is for them to speak about money. In some cases, we cannot have a joint meeting when we discuss budgets as the subject is simply too toxic.

From an early age, we are taught that it is impolite to talk about money. Even to close friends or family members, it is deemed as ill-mannered to talk about how much something costs or how much money someone earns. Quite simply put, money is a complex subject, and it can stir up many intense emotions when it features in a conversation.

The result of this sensitivity sees us not teach our children about money. For example, think of your own family:

When you were a child, how many times did your parents sit down with you and teach you about money and how to use it? Even if your parents didn’t talk to you about money, you would still have learned about money from them; as well as having probably picked up some bad habits, you would probably also carry the fear of talking openly about money.

Your silence hurts your children today. Whatever the reason for avoiding the subject; whether you feel that you have made too many mistakes, or that you are embarrassed, or that you are afraid of conflict; silence is never a long-term solution.

Silence hurts you: after all, without attention, money problems only tend to get bigger. It’s a powerful symbol representing many different things to many different people. It can symbolise the comfort of being taken care of and loved, as well as bring up issues of dependence and survival. It can symbolise power, control, adoration or seduction.

Money is a way to deal with anxiety and separation issues, while others believe a lack of money may be perceived as a threat to their safety and can give rise to depression and feelings of emptiness.

At Northwood Financial Services cc, we play a game called CashFlow 101 with our clients. In this game, people can become unemployed. We’ve noticed that if a client becomes unemployed more than once, they tend to give up and opt not to play any longer. Although CashFlow 101 is simply an exercise, we don’t have to option to opt out or give up when money troubles become too hard in the real world.

Our advice: ask for help. If, for example, you wanted to learn a new skill, you would seek the help of a tutor. The same principle applies to financial planning, yet few would consider asking for help to deal with money.

 

The Difference Between Fee-Based vs Commission Based Financial Planning

northwood-man-sitting-at-deskAt present, the majority of financial planners in the greater financial planning industry work on a commission-based system. Here, the financial planner works their personal fee into the total cost of the policies and packages to which he or she sells their clients.

 

Although a typical industry standard, a financial planner working in accordance with a commission-based system faces two challenges: Continue reading

The importance of planning and regularly reviewing your Last Will and Testament

Discussing matters of your death with your loved ones is never an easy conversation to have, nor is there ever an ideal manner in which to approach the topic. However, doing so can save your family, assets and estates in the long run. The following article discusses the critical importance of constructing, and regularly reviewing, your Last Will and Testament.

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A client of mine, Walter, married his wife in 2000. As good citizens, he and his wife made each others sole beneficiaries to each others possessions, and assigned their parents as the inheritors thereof in the event of their death.

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The benefits of creating multiple passive income streams

During the course of our careers, in our respective places of employment, we may receive a number of promotions and salary raises that will aid toward increasing our monthly incomes. Despite this, our incomes; or our costs to our respective companies; will never bring us wealth. Our employers will often award us a sum each month that allows us to be comfortable, or at minimum, survive the month. Wealth is created through making clever decisions and having strategic financial plans in place. To grow your wealth, you should seek to have more than one income stream, as it is those extra income streams that create wealth.

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Reckless Lending Continues Despite Laws Banning the Practice

The term ‘Reckless Lending’ refers to a loan issued to a consumer without the credit provider assessing whether the individual is able to repay the loan.northwood-key-in-front-door-keyhole

South African law states that a credit provider should conduct a detailed financial assessment of their potential consumer/s prior to entering into a credit agreement. If the preceding dealings between the consumer and credit provider are not handled in accordance to the laws set out by the National Credit Act 34 of 2005, the client could fall victim of Reckless Lending.

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Financial Planning for Women: the challenges and solutions

During an article published in May 2014, Forbes Magazine asked the question, “Where are all the women financial planners?”northwood-womens-finance

Reflecting on the number of Financial Planning Conferences which I attend, I can best describe the financial planning industry as pale, male and old. Typically, the only women present at these conferences are often the waitresses. In this male-dominated industry, there has been very little transformation across gender roles, and even less so across cultural lines.

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Applying for a job? Make sure that your CV is up to date and meets the employers’ requirements.

Someone once asked me what my least favourite job was as an entrepreneur…

northwood-cv-job-searchRecently, I had advertised a job listing for an accountant to join our team at Northwood Financial Services cc. Through the advert, I’d asked the job applicants to include a number of attachments along with the CV and cover letter. Of the prerequisites and attachments received, I’d conducted an analysis of the first ten Graduates who had applied:

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Changing your banking service provider

At some point or another, some of us will be faced with the decision to switch bank accounts and banking service providers.

northwood-piggy-bankRecently, the Trade Union Solidarity urged its 150,000 members to switch from ABSA (which it rated as South Africa’s priciest bank) to First National Bank (FNB). If only 25% of the members had followed the request, ABSA would have felt a considerable blow to its business.

There are numerous reasons for wanting to change banking service providers:

  • Maybe the bank has become too expensive?
  • Maybe the level of service quality has decreased?
  • Maybe you’ve had a bad experience and feel like you have been treated badly?
  • Maybe bank’s rewards programme only gives free holidays to Mauritius during typhoon season.

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