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Dark days – when the country goes up in smoke around me, what can I do?

Dark days – when the country goes up in smoke around me, what can I do?

It pains me to have to write this. I hope it will bring some hope to some of my clients and, to others, a sober warning about why not having insurance or going the self-insurance route may not be wise. Obviously, the loss of possessions is distressing, but these are material things and can be replaced. What causes me more distress is what the events leading up to the unprecedented looting and destruction will mean in the longer-term in terms of the disruption of people’s lives and the businesses involved.

Have you heard the latest about scams?

Have you heard the latest about scams?

FNB sent me a reminder to be careful about scams and what I should do if I encounter them. I am always grateful for their sustained efforts to combat these. It is sad that I have to write so often about them. They have become so common place, that people joke about the Nigerian General that is trying to overthrow the Government and needs your help whilst offering you handsome rewards.

Cryptocurrencies and tax – SARS will take its bite from your Bitcoin

Cryptocurrencies and tax – SARS will take its bite from your Bitcoin

In these blogs and in my discussions with clients the topic of cryptocurrencies has been raised on a regular basis. The fact is, whether you think this is a good investment opportunity or not, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) is sharpening its focus and intention to ‘mine’ it for tax revenue – as is within its rights. This is also not a new thing – SARS has been warning us for years.

When should I buy life insurance?

When should I buy life insurance?

The short answer is much sooner than you think you will need it! The challenge is that a 20-year-old appears to be healthy and sees cover as a grudge purchase. Young people often think that they are invincible. In their case, accidents are the biggest cause of death and disability. Adults who are faced with their own mortality often wake up to the fact that they may also leave others behind!

Where there is a (correctly formulated) Will there is a way for the bereaved

Where there is a (correctly formulated) Will there is a way for the bereaved

These have been dark days. During the pandemic that shall not be named (but starts with a C and ends in 19) it has been difficult to escape the uncomfortable introspection related to your mortality on this earthly plane. More people are becoming aware of the necessity of dealing with your last wishes before, well, that fateful final day.