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Buy, Build, Sell or Beg?

According to an old Scottish saying, the father buys it, the son builds it, the grandson sells it, and his son begs. In fact, a US study reveals that as many as 70% of intergenerational transfers of wealth fail. Too many people simply place the blame for this on the “kids” who received the money, but a recent analysis we have come across exposes the real reasons.

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The Importance Of Being Wrong

Even the greats get it wrong sometimes. Sir Alex Ferguson is widely regarded as the best football manager of all time, yet his win ratio with Manchester United was only 59%. Or viewed from a different angle, he didn’t win close to half (41%) of the matches he managed. And the best fund managers? Same story. Just over half (53%) of the stocks selected into their portfolios outperform the index! So what makes these losers … winners?

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The true cost of emigrating – expat tax

Changes in the tax structure of South African expats are imminent, necessitating many of them to carefully consider their tax residency status. This can be a tricky business because of some confusion around the difference between financial emigration and becoming a non-resident for tax purposes. Sable International forex specialist Tim Powell looks at the options, which we are sharing with you.

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Life Begins at … ?

Life begins at 40. Or does it? Meet the “young-old”. These are people ranging in age from 60 to 75 and even older who continue to be very active, healthy and productive. They’re living and enjoying an extended middle age and challenging the definition of what it means to be “old”. The implications of this trend are profound for society, as we discovered in reading a recent Financial Times feature.

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World Citizens – Life Leads and Money Follows

As globalisation continues, increasing numbers of people are on the move .… to other countries, living and working in other parts of the world. With laws and regulations differing from one country to another, financial planning is a complex business. Veritas has therefore joined the World Citizens network of CFP® Professionals to ensure that our clients continue to get the best advice possible.

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The True Cost of Advice

A reputable adviser sells advice not products. When it comes to financial planning, Veritas Wealth founder Barry O’Mahony told the Sunday Times recently, you need to choose an independent Certified Financial Planner® who has your best interests at heart. “You need someone with whom you can share your goals in life and help you to make them a reality,” says Barry.

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