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Making tax work for you for retirement

Now that we have been through the foundations of investing, through understanding how important asset classes and asset allocation is in setting up the right Unit Trust that will best suit you. We can now move our attention onto retirement investing and what options are available for us all to invest into regarding this. Before I start, I want to just point out that many people start investing or planning for this process without an end goal in mind, and I find this to be counterproductive. The reason being, is if you don’t know how much money you need every month during retirement, how do you know how much money you need to save every month towards retirement. So the first thing I would like to point out in this post is, before you read any more investment advice, first determine in

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Retirement Annuity

What is a retirement annuity? A retirement annuity, or an RA, is the most tax-efficient way to save for your retirement. Certain tax deductions are allowed on your contributions towards an RA. This could mean that your salary is taxed at a lower rate or SARS pays you some money at the end of the year. The other advantage of an RA - that no other investment product can beat - is that the returns on the RA are also not taxed.   How do you invest in retirement annuities? There are two ways that you can invest into an RA. One is by means of a lump sum contribution. The second option is by setting up a monthly debit order. You can also transfer existing RA fund benefits to another RA, if your fund rules allow it. However, this is a bit more complicated and

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