In our previous article, we discussed 5 signs that it’s time to speak to a financial advisor but now you may be wondering what the difference between a financial advisor and a broker is. In this article, we will look at the main differences between these two so that you can understand who you are choosing to look after your portfolio.
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Unless you have a strong financial background which allows you to understand the various markets, investment opportunities, and different savings vehicles, then seeking professional advice from a financial advisor is the best thing you can do for yourself.
Retirement may seem like it’s a lifetime away, but time has a funny way of moving really fast and before we know it, we are getting used to being at home with no obligation to be anywhere or do anything - blissful retirement after decades of hard work. However, your retirement will be much less blissful if you haven’t planned for it properly.
Often times, people do not include their tax refund in their budget as they are not sure how much it is going to be, or if they will be receiving a refund at all. Therefore, it’s important that you know how to use your tax refund wisely so that you can improve your overall financial portfolio rather than spending on things you don’t need.
Many of our baby boomer clients are now considering making donations to their children in the form of property or capital for a deposit on a property. Although this is noble, parents must take into account the rules of donations tax in such situations. In this article, we will look into donations tax and what it means for parents who are helping their children purchase property.
Capital gains tax forms part of income tax and is triggered when you make a profit from selling an asset that you own. The amount of tax payable is calculated according to the profit you made in the sale and not the total amount you sold the asset for.
Creating a budget and finding the correct strategy for your monthly budget are the first steps to successful budgeting but could easily mean nothing without ongoing efforts to make sure you stick to, improve, and reassess your budget. Herein lies true budgeting success.
What makes your budgeting efforts successful is your ongoing efforts to incorporate strategies that encourage good spending, saving and other budgeting habits.
If it’s one thing we know to be true, it’s that without a solid plan in place, you may find yourself moving through a maze, with no end in sight. This is true for everything in life, including your personal finances.
An emergency fund will be what saves you from that inevitable rainy day. To be honest, we don’t believe in negative thinking but based on our experience, the rainy-day scenario is a likely one and we should always be fully prepared for it.
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