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Tapping into your investments as an income

Whether you’re saving to pay for your children’s education, take a break from work, or even to have more spending money in retirement, setting a plan in motion so you can draw an income from your investments could make that goal a reality.  What type of funds should you be looking at that will help you generate an income that’s higher than a simple bank deposit over time? “Enhanced income”-type funds are those that aim to deliver a high level of regular income that will beat a cash or money market return over two to three years. How do they do this? These funds invest in a combination of assets that give you both 1) a steady income stream, and 2) some capital growth over time. This comprises a high proportion of assets like cash and bonds for income, as well as a smaller amou

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LIVE ON EXPRESSO: How to Retire Wealthy

Part 1 [embed]https://youtu.be/027VAwuWzPg[/embed] Part 2 [embed]https://youtu.be/FXzoFF9NleM[/embed] Part 3 [embed]https://youtu.be/W8d2UhcVmzM[/embed]

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How inflation affects your buying power

Let’s assume you are currently 35 years old and want to retire in 20 years time at the age of 55. You believe that, based on your monthly budget, you could easily survive on R10 000 per month. However, we understand that you will not 'buy' the same value for your R10 000 when you do retire in 20 years time, at age 55. Let’s assume that we have an average inflation rate of 8% per annum over the next 30 years. The million dollar question you need to ask yourself is: How much income will you need to maintain a reasonable standard of living in retirement?   YEAR AGE TODAY'S INCOME REQUIRED INCOME 20 55 R10 000/m R47 000/m 30 65 R10 000/m R100 000/m 40 75 R10 000/m R218 000/m 45 80 R10 000/m R506 000/m   To put the above

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The magic of compound interest

This is how big corporate companies, banks and wealthy people make their money: they let their money work for them by earning interest on interest. Otherwise known as 'compound interest'. The illustration below gives you an idea of how effective this is.  If you were to pay yourself 1 cent today and double it each day for 31 days, what will you have at the end of the month?   The sooner you start, and the longer you stay in any investment, the better the results become over the longer term. It is like a snowball. It eventually runs away with itself. So, start saving NOW and don’t stop for anything. Set yourself goals and go for it. Let's look at another scenario. If you invested R100 000 today at 10% compounded interest, how much will it be worth after 31 years?

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Ready to retire

My story starts at the end, rather than the beginning. Here I am, it's 2016 and I am finally heading towards 'retirement'. That means I can start to focus on everything I love the most: art, photography and travel. I initially set myself an objective to retire at the age of 55. However, at age 45 – 10 years before that determined date – it became obvious that it was not financially achievable. So I readjusted my retirement date and postponed my exit for age 60. From age 42, I became obsessed with saving and preparing for retirement. Every spare rand was invested and I did whatever I could to consolidate or downscale my life. To simplify it through a range of committed disciplines over the ensuing years. At around age 22, I met a senior and extremely successful businessman,

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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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Preservation Funds

What is a preservation fund? If you have been investing into a Pension or Provident fund through an employer, and have to leave the fund due to whatever reason, and you move to a new employer that doesn’t offer a pension or provident fund for you to transfer your funds to, you will have to then transfer the funds to a Preservation Fund. A Preservation Fund does exactly what the wording says it does, it allows you to preserve and grow your investment until you reach retirement age, without losing the huge tax benefit that you gained through the pension or provident fund. The great thing about the preservation fund is that the return on the investment is also not taxed. How do you Invest in preservation funds The only way you will have access to a preservation fund is by

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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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Living Annuity

What is a living annuity? A living annuity is an investment product that you will use to invest your retirement savings in order to generate and draw a stable income after you retire. How do you invest in living annuities Once you retire, you have to take at least two thirds (you can take the full amount, you just cant take less) of your Retirement Annuity and invest that into a Living Annuity Investment Vehicle. The other options is to transfer funds from an existing Living Annuity to another Living Annuity, however this is a more complicated situation and is admin intensive. With a Living Annuity, you can control your investment, by selecting your own underlying Unit Trust and how much you want to draw from the fund on a monthly basis, as long as they meet the limits set

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Effects of Inflation

Today we will move onto the effects of inflation. In my opinion this is once again another important aspect that one needs to be aware of and pay a huge amount of attention to. I like to call inflation the cancer of economics, as it is continually eating away at the value of our daily expenses and making things way more expensive for us. The main reason for all of my articles is not to scare you or paint a negative picture for you, but rather to educate you so that you are not one of the 71% of South Africans that can’t retire well! (I have linked this to the website of a really good interview if you would like to watch it).  Ronald Regan (former US President) once said: “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man”. Milton

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