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Mitzie is accredited with most Life Assurance Companies as well as Medical Schemes in SA to give advice on their products. She has been playing an important role in the industry for approximately 23 years and have received many awards for her time spent actively participating in the field.

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Trust lessons for spouses and partners

The real life story shared in this article provides certain lessons for spouses and partners where trusts are involved. Although trusts have been around in the world for almost a thousand years, it remains one of the most misunderstood and sometimes abused vehicles where families’ assets are housed.

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How bias can sink your investment success

Everybody has biases. We make judgements about people, places, and of course, the markets. It is almost impossible not to allow the filters which are created through our emotions and our experiences to impact our investment decision making. The trick is to understand them, be able to identify them when they occur and to build in steps to mitigate them when needed.

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Press Release 10 of 2019: Thebemed placed under provisional curatorship

The Gauteng Division in Pretoriea, has on 23 August 2019, placed Thebemed Medical Scheme under provisional curatorship following a successful application by the Registrar of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), in terms of Section 56(1) of the Medical Schemes Act, No. 131 of 1998 (the MS Act), and Section 5(1) and (2) of the Financial Institutions (Protection of Funds) Act 28 of 2001 (the FI Act).

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Pre-retirement withdrawal from retirement funds

Who qualifies for such a withdrawal?
• A member of a retirement annuity fund, pension preservation fund or provident preservation fund who has discontinued his/her contributions before his/her retirement date and where he/she has formally emigrated from South Africa, with such emigration having been recognised by the South African Reserve Bank for the purposes of exchange control;

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Expat tax is coming

An amendment to the SA Income Tax Act becomes effective in March 2020, and has hard-hitting consequences for South Africans working outside SA. It requires that SA tax residents spending more than 183 days abroad (of which 60 days are consecutive) pay SA tax of up to 45% of their foreign employment income once it exceeds R1m per annum.

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Questions to consider when running your own business.

Suretyship Protection/ Contingent Liability
•Are you standing surety for loan/debt affected by the business?
•Are you aware of the impact if the loan/debt cannot be repaid?

Loan Account Protection
•Do you have a loan account?
Is the business able to repay the loan account on your death or disability?

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