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Financial Lessons to Learn from 2020

2020 proved a difficult year in several ways. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdowns around the world, many industries were disrupted and many livelihoods have been impacted.  In South Africa, many people have been forced to adjust their financial plans to account for our new reality. While many things have changed in a short period of time, there is much to do to apply the…

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How to Save in January: 5 Key Tips

January can be a particularly stressful time for most people when it comes to managing finances. We’re often overwhelmed by annual expenses such as “back-to-school" costs and yearly increases on our existing services or monthly premiums. Reviewing your expenses is a useful habit to keep, and will aid you in understanding where, and how you spend your money each month. Maintaining the pr…

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Planning for the Festive Season: What our 2020 Summer Spending Survey Revealed

Each year, we survey South Africans to understand how they plan to manage their finances over the festive season, where our long summer begins. From polling our respondent's plans from travel to gifting, we aim to unpack just how our nation manages their finances over this period.  2020 has been an unprecedented year in several ways, due to the emergence of COVID-19 and our national lock…

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How to Responsibly Introduce Your Child to Credit

Introducing your child to credit helps to ensure they form healthy habits and use finance responsibly. Our helpful guide lists some great starting points.  Understanding the difference between saving and spending  Before introducing your child to credit, it’s vital that they have a solid understanding of the differences between saving and spending their money. Setting up practical steps …

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5 Things That Don’t Affect Your Credit Score

While there are many myths and conceptions around credit, what often remains unclear is precisely what can affect your credit score and feature in your credit report. Your credit report is a record of your borrowing history. When you apply for credit or enter into other agreements (such as renting a property) a lender or party might choose to review your credit report to ensure that you…

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How did South Africa’s Level 5 lockdown affect borrowing behaviour?

With rising COVID-19 cases, South Africa took the bold step of entering into a national lockdown in March this year. Retrospectively termed a Level 5 lockdown, our national response to the emergence of COVID-19 meant that various industries had to suddenly close as South Africans remained at home to help our medical and essential service providers prepare for a wave of COVID-19 cases.   …

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What should I consider when choosing a bank account?

Choosing a bank account is one of the most important financial decisions people can make. Not only does a bank account allow you to keep your money safe, but also to transact between accounts, apply for credit, or make investments for your future.   There are several major factors you should consider when choosing a bank account – and selecting the right account that offers the services…

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What is the economy, really?

The “economy” is often referred to in newspapers, discussion forums, radio, and television as a measure of how a country is performing financially – and often discussions around how the economy is performing mention a direct impact on a person’s finances, their ability to manage debt, as well as their saving and investment plans for the future. But what is the economy, really?  The econo…

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