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What to expect from investment markets in 2018

January 15th, 2018    By Kanan Wealth    0

The start of a new year brings with it a fresh mindset with which to consider investment prospects for 2018. Over the course of any given year, and in particular such a politically and economically busy one such as 2017, it is easy to lose track of where we are as we filter the deluge of information hitting us daily. To recap briefly, over the past 12 months we’ve needed to consider the tweets of Trump, ongoing uncertainty over the nature of Brexit, European politics being both good (Macron in France) and bad (Catalonian independence), SA politics, a chaotic ANC conference resulting in new ANC leadership, the rand which started at R13.70/$, moved out to R14.50/$ then reversed to end at R12.38/$, three US interest rate hikes and emerging markets ending the year 40% up in Dollar terms. That is without...

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Newsletter Dec 2017: Investor Biases

December 8th, 2017    By Kanan Wealth    0

When it comes to investing, we all like to think of ourselves as rational beings who are controlled by our heads and not our hearts. But even successful investors can let emotions lead the way with harsh consequences on our hard-earned wealth…..   You may think that you’re one of the fortunate ones who can switch off your emotions when dealing with investment decisions, but ultimately, we’re all human and even seemingly rational choices can be influenced by controlling emotional biases that operate on a subliminal level. Emotional biases are based on instincts, individual perceptions and moods and can have a significant impact on your long-term investment return.  What’s important is to know how to identify them and control them when making significant decisions. Let’s discuss five of...

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How to work the capital gains tax rules to your advantage

November 27th, 2017    By Kanan Wealth    0

It’s hard to like the tax man, more so the one wearing the capital gains tax cap. Capital gains tax can come as a nasty surprise, but as it’s based on investment gains, it should actually be celebrated! Read on to find out how you can use the capital gains tax rules to your advantage.   Know your enemy Before we look at ways to combat capital gains tax, we need to know what it is. For tax purposes, capital gain applies to most investment assets including: Your primary residence An investment property Your business Shares in a company Unit trusts Large boats and aeroplanes The capital gain is the difference between the base cost of the asset (the purchase value plus expenditure incurred to improve the asset) and the sale price of the asset. 40% of this gain is added to...

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