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November 12, 2018

Currency weakness: Is there lessons to learn from the past?

Currency weakness: Is there lessons to learn from the past? At the time of writing this article the Rand is trading at about R 14.90 against […]
October 5, 2018

4 Myths in financial planning

4 Myths in financial planning In the world of financial planning there are numerous “wisdoms” that gets shared which is probably not that wise, simple or […]
September 17, 2018

Offshore investments: Easier said than done

Offshore investments: Easier said than done “I want to take my money offshore” is probably the most common request we have received the past couple of […]
July 19, 2018

Tax on interest might be costing you

Tax on interest might be costing you The last 3 years has seen a lot of uncertainty in the market. You would not be blamed for […]
June 26, 2018

Inheritance: Here’s a plan

Inheritance: Here’s a plan In the first article that I wrote on inheritance by means of a comprehensive life policy (Click here to read more), I […]
May 23, 2018

Think twice about the inheritance you leave behind

Think twice about the inheritance you leave behind We frequently come across a situation where clients try to sort out their children’s bequests through life insurance, […]
May 2, 2018

Is Ramaphosa = Good times ahead?

Is Ramaphosa = Good times ahead? Mr. GJ van der Merwe from Ceres always used to say, “a fish rots from the head down.” South Africans […]
April 26, 2018

Is this 2018 or 2008?

Is this 2018 or 2008? If you are an aggressive investor in growth assets, you’ll be excused if you open your March quarterly statement and think […]
March 2, 2018

Investments: So how much interest do you offer?

Investments: So how much interest do you offer? By Cassie Carstens Although this question is not phrased in a sensible way, it is one that is […]
February 12, 2018

Do you want to become a lion’s lunch?

Do you want to become a lion’s lunch? As people we do not assess risk very well. Fortunately, the aviation industry learned this quickly and realised […]
January 16, 2018

Numbers tell a story, but read the whole book

Numbers tell a story, but read the whole book By this time, you have probably washed out the last grains ofsand from your ears and abandoned […]
December 23, 2017

Is it a good time to buy Steinhoff?

Is it a good time to buy Steinhoff? “How does this Steinhoff debacle affect me? Should I invest in Steinhoff now?” These are by far the […]
December 22, 2017

How can I trust it?

How can I trust it? In marketing lectures in university there was a lot of talk around strategy, advertising and the making of the standard Nando’s […]
December 8, 2017

How to keep the Grinch at bay and still use your Christmas bonus wisely

How to keep the Grinch at bay and still use your Christmas bonus wisely The year 2017 has had its ups and downs and chances are […]
December 5, 2017

Pedal through the tough times

Pedal through the tough times A friend of mine talked me into entering a 40km mountain bike event the other day in Paarl. The fact that […]
November 13, 2017

Put everything on red!

Put everything on red! There is a loud cheer (or is it a groan) at one of the roulette tables in the center of the casino. […]
October 24, 2017

Should I sell my Naspers shares?

Should I sell my Naspers shares? The above question about Naspers or similar questions about big positions in single shares is one that often comes up. […]
October 3, 2017

Sex, Bitcoin and Kubus

Sex, Bitcoin and Kubus The year is 1984 and the smell of rotten milk hangs over our back porch. No, my mother did not forget the […]
September 12, 2017

Until death or divorce

Until death or divorce The problem with working with numbers all day and basing decisions on probability is that you start looking at everything in terms […]
August 23, 2017

I want it all in cash!

I want it all in cash! You would be excused if you read the heading of this article and immediately thought that this is about a […]
August 1, 2017

What is the recipe for success?

What is the recipe for success? A young colleague asked me the other day: “What makes the difference between those who achieve success and those who […]
July 10, 2017

Bubbles: The price you pay matters

Bubbles: The price you pay matters In a newsletter to clients on 6 December 2005 I wrote the following: “I am starting to feel like the […]
June 21, 2017

Knysna-fires: What if it happened to you?

Knysna-fires: What if it happened to you? I overheard two guys in the gym this weekend discussing the Knysna-fires and the one says to the other: […]
June 5, 2017

Do you want to keep your financial cleft lip, forever?

Do you want to keep your financial cleft lip, forever? It takes about 45 minutes in surgery to repair a cleft lip. For the experienced surgeon, […]
May 9, 2017

How to get rich quick

How to get rich quick Let’s be honest, we all love the idea of overnight success or getting rich quickly. It is this idea that drives […]
May 3, 2017

Stay calm, even though it looks like Ship SA is sinking

Stay calm, even though it looks like Ship SA is sinking Anyone who followed the reports on the dramatic cash in transit heist at the OR […]
March 27, 2017

Food for thought for Golden Geese

Food for thought for Golden Geese My initial reaction echoed the frustration of most market commentators when it was announced that the golden goose was ushered […]
March 9, 2017

The fine print of your life cover policy

The fine print of your life cover policy Most people would rather count the hair on their Jack Russel than read an article about life cover […]
February 21, 2017

Here’s the sum that will raise the hair at the back of your neck

Here’s the sum that will raise the hair at the back of your neck How much money do you really need to retire comfortably? It is […]
February 14, 2017

Should I cash in my pension fund and invest in my mortgage?

Should I cash in my pension fund and invest in my mortgage? We are often approached by analytical clients with this question. For those with an […]
January 25, 2017

Your wealth journey starts with a single step

Your wealth journey starts with a single step The best way to tackle any goal, whether it is losing weight or saving for retirement, is to […]
January 15, 2017

Listed property won by a mile

Listed property won by a mile Most people, except maybe Donald Trump, couldn’t wait to see the end of 2016. It was one of those years […]
November 14, 2016

You can drown in water averaging 30 cm deep

You can drown in water averaging 30 cm deep There is a saying that you can drown in water averaging 30 cm deep. The principle behind […]
October 31, 2016

Invest like an All black

Invest like an All black Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, thinking “How the hell did I […]
October 14, 2016

Be wary of conflicts of interest

Be wary of conflicts of interest People often ask: “How should I choose a financial advisor?” or “how do I distinguish between a capable and an […]
September 14, 2016

The R3 000 skin care products

The R3 000 skin care products I once bought R3,000 worth of skincare products from a lady during a run-of-the-mill trip to a mall in Pretoria. […]
August 30, 2016

Why diversification may not be as simple as choosing a few fund managers

Why diversification may not be as simple as choosing a few fund managers How correlations can assist in managing behaviour. Ingé Lamprecht  |  17 August 2016  JOHANNESBURG – […]
August 22, 2016

Watch out for Anchors

Watch out for Anchors If I had to ask two groups of people to guess how old Albert Einstein was when he died, I could influence […]
August 10, 2016

Investments: The risk of “I should have…”

Investments: The risk of “I should have…” By Andró Griessel. “You should have sold your Richemont shares three years ago already.  You did not earn a cent […]
June 22, 2016

Should I increase my property exposure?

Should I increase my property exposure? Deur Andró Griessel, 21 June 2016 JOHANNESBURG – In this investment column, Andró Griessel, managing director of ProVérte Wealth and Risk […]
February 23, 2016

Things to think about

Things to think about I need to start off with an apology.  2015 was one of those years where days were not long enough and hours […]
August 18, 2015

Professional Adviser or Assurance Agent

Professional Adviser or Assurance Agent You have probably all come across this picture before of the old witch… or is it a young lady… or is […]
March 9, 2015

Highlights of the 2015 National Budget Speech

Highlights of the 2015 National Budget Speech The marginal rate of the tax brackets for all individuals earning more than R181 900 per year has been increased […]
February 19, 2015

Don’t miss 28 February – by Samuel Rossouw

Don’t miss 28 February – by Samuel Rossouw February is a busy month. The World Cup Cricket has started (let’s hope they don’t choke again), the […]
October 20, 2014

How to cope with volatility – by Andró Griessel

How to cope with volatility – by Andró Griessel  Looking at the heading of today’s writing, you would be forgiven for thinking that I am trying […]
August 5, 2014

Have we got it all wrong? – by Andró Griessel

Have we got it all wrong? – by Andró Griessel Most people reading this article has life cover with one or the other life insurance company.  […]
May 6, 2014

Beware the rearview mirror – by Andró Griessel

Beware the rearview mirror – by Andró Griessel Before I get to the content of this issue of 2Cents, I want to quote a few wise […]
January 28, 2014

The hole in your bucket – by Andró Griessel

The hole in your bucket – by Andró Griessel It is that time of year again when everyone is curious about the forecast for the year […]
October 29, 2013

“Double Whammies” – by Samuel Rossouw

“Double Whammies” – by Samuel Rossouw We all know what a “double whammy” feels like (referred to hereafter as a DW).  For example, it’s like when […]
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