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A little discomfort can be powerful.

We all tend to gravitate towards our comfort zones. And why not? They’re places where everything is orderly and predictable – we know exactly what we’re doing, who we’re dealing with, and why certain decisions may or may not work. When you’re in your...

Investment success: Don’t be your own worst enemy

The biggest risk which investors face is themselves, because the mistakes they commonly make are based on their own behaviour and personal biases, warns Morgan Housel, a partner at Collaborative Fund in the US and a former columnist for the Wall Street...

Paying the taxman

Tax season – the period during which you are required to submit your annual income tax return – started on 1 July and is now in full swing so I thought it would be interesting to look at how long we work for the taxman in South Africa, metaphorically...

Why it pays to start saving early

Saving is often very much at the back of any young, recently employed person’s mind. Unemployment amongst young people is high. In fact that is an understatement – it is frighteningly high – with official figures for young people sitting at roughly just...

Is there still value in global equities?

While the appetite for global exposure among South African retail investors is undoubtedly on the upswing – fuelled by a combination of rand weakness and a greater need for diversification – many are concerned that several global asset classes currently...

The way we think about work is broken

What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It's time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel. AUTHOR: BARRY SCHWARTZ This video...

The economics of taxation

At a time when many South Africans are advocating the merits of increasing taxes to fund our excessive fiscal deficit, Sandy McGregor explains the interrelationship of taxation and growth. The rise of big government An efficient tax system is a necessary...

The trick to retiring with enough

When magicians perform they often draw your eyes away from the simple sleight of hand or hidden trapdoor that makes the trick. This skill is called the prestige: without it, tricks often fail to captivate. Tricks can be entertaining but in the world of...