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QUICK FIXES TO LOWER YOUR CAR INSURANCE

Car insurance is something we all have to pay for, no matter how much we despise it. However, it’s not all bad. There is light at the end of the tunnel, as there are several things you can do to reduce your car insurance payments. We have teamed up with RAC Shop to put together a simple list of quick fixes on how to lower your car insurance legally.

 

Shop Around

Never take the first quote you find to be the only price that you should be paying for your insurance. Whether you’re looking for new insurance or you are looking to renew your current insurance shopping around and comparing car insurance prices can save you a significant amount of money. This also helps you find the best possible deal. Staying loyal to your current insurer can, in some cases, be a hindrance and could lead to paying more and more each time you renew your insurance.

 

Pay Up Front

Once you have found an insurer that you are happy with and have found the best deal for your vehicle, it is always a far better idea to pay in full upfront rather than in instalments. When you sign up to pay monthly, insurers are far more likely to charge you interest on top of your base fee. Which can sometimes be up to around 30% APR, which is precisely what you want to try and avoid.

 

Pay For What You Use

People may think that you are likely to get the best deal when paying for a third party fire and theft policy rather than a comprehensive one. However, the team at RAC Shop would recommend always going comprehensive, which can be cheaper than a lower level protection plan. Some insurers associate third party fire and theft policies with high-risk drivers that are looking for the most affordable option and would therefore automatically charge you more as a result.

 

Avoid adding modifications to your car

It may be tempting to get carried away with adding modification after modification to your vehicle, however even changing the simplest of things such as upgrading your stereo or speakers can increase rather than decrease the price of your insurance premium. This is because the more modifications you make to your vehicle, the more desirable your car is to thieves. Modifying any part of the car’s body or engine, for example, are something to be avoided, as vehicles with these modifications incur higher insurance premium prices as they tend to be driven by younger drivers who are at a higher risk of crashing.

However, not all modifications mean your insurance price will skyrocket. Car alarms and dash cams added will reduce your insurance price. Some insurers even offer up to 10% off your insurance if you fit a dash cam to your vehicle. You are improving safety whilst decreasing your payment. What more could you want? Remember, it is essential to declare any modification you make to your car for any claims that are made not to be rejected.

 

Add a Black Box

A black box is a small tracking device that is widely used especially with young or new drivers, which allows insurance companies to see how well you drive and as a result, can significantly reduce your insurance.

Although adding a black box has an abundance of perks, it can also cause limitations to your driving. For example, you may be penalised for driving later at night. The other thing to note is that you will be paying for the black box every month. This allows the insurance company to re-evaluate your driving each month, where you can be rewarded with lower insurance prices for good behaviour or punished with a higher price if any rules are broken, or they deem you’re driving unsafe.

 

Maintain a Good Credit Score

Maintaining your credit score has seen many people reduce their insurance premium. Most insurers will use your credit information to help determine a price for your insurance premium. It has been researched and proven that people who manage their credit will tend to have fewer claims. This can be done by ensuring all bills are paid on time, obtaining only the amount of credit you need, and keeping credit balances as low as you can. All can help reduce the insurer’s policy prices.

 

Reduce Your Mileage

Regularly reviewing and considering how much mileage you are realistically likely to use will ensure you are paying the correct amount. If you are looking at ways to reduce this price, the less mileage you rack up, the lower your premium price will be, whereas the higher the mileage, the higher the price. If you are overestimating how much your annual mileage will be, you are effectively, just throwing money away. Keeping track of your mileage each year will make things easier when estimating your yearly mileage the next time around. Be careful not to underestimate, however, as this may end up costing you more if you need to claim on your insurance.

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WHAT LIFESTYLE DO YOU WANT IN RETIREMENT?

By Jaco Prinsloo, Certified financial planner, Alexander Forbes Financial Planning Consultants

 

The answer to this question will be different for everyone, so here are some things to think about:

 

Does it seem a long time away?

If you are under the age of 40, the chances are that thinking seriously about retirement may not be top of mind. The Covid-19 pandemic, sending the kids to school, disrupted holidays, and everyone’s health are more likely to be a concern. The fact is that you have time on your side, so now is the time to DO something and start saving. Consider this:

If you’re 25 and you save R500 a month for 40 years, with an investment return of 10% a year, you will have R3 188 390 at the age of 65.

If you’re 45 and you save R1 000 a month for 20 years, with the same return of 10% a year,

you will only have R765 697 at the age of 65.

The investment amount is the same, but it is compound interest (the interest on your interest) that makes the difference, because you have longer to invest. The key message here is: Make a start, no matter how small – it will add up over time.

 

Does retirement seem fairly close?

If you are over the age of 40, then retirement saving may well be on your radar, and if you are over 60 then you are probably seriously contemplating what retirement will look like for you.

 

Check what you have

Most people have worked in more than one job over the years and you may have a store of various pension pots waiting to be claimed as you moved from one place of work to another. Contact your ex-employers to see who administers these pensions or talk to a financial adviser to help you track down any hidden pots of gold. Those annual statements that are stuffed into a file somewhere may be very handy now. If you have moved address since you last worked at a company, make sure that you inform the scheme administrators so that they can send you up-to-date information – that is a responsibility many people forget.

 

Think about the lifestyle you would like in retirement

The days of working full time and stopping at retirement are now quite rare. People are generally still healthy in their 60s and many enjoy the social and mental aspects of working. Part-time working is becoming more common and now that ‘working from home’ is practically the norm, employers are being more flexible on hours. A ’phased’ retirement is much more common nowadays.

As a rule of thumb, you should plan for 60-75% of the amount you are earning before retirement once you actually retire. This can vary greatly depending on what you want to do. For many it can be the opportunity to travel or turn to a hobby full time. Some become carers for grandchildren or turn to volunteer and charity work. It is worth calculating a budget of what you think you will need. Don’t forget to factor in the impact of inflation; what you have today may not buy you the same in the future.

Often people focus on the early active years of retirement and forget that they may slow down over time. Some seniors will require nursing care and move to a frail care facility if their health becomes more fragile. It is best to start planning for that day early if you think you’ll need it.

 

How do I get there?

Once you have thought about what you might need in retirement and how long until you get there, you need to consider how much to save and to make your money grow.

 

Group retirement funds

If you are working and your employer offers a pension or provident fund, then make sure you join as soon as you can. You can contribute up to 27.50% of your salary – try to contribute as much as you can. Your employer will explain the fund rules to you and the investment choices available. If you’re not sure, then speak to a financial adviser.

 

Personal retirement funds

Suppose you don’t have access to an employer fund. In that case, you need to set up a personal pension, also known as a retirement annuity fund. Our advisers can help you with this.

 

Tax relief

You can contribute and deduct up to 27.50% of your taxable income or remuneration – whichever amount is the greater – against your personal income tax. This would reduce the amount of tax you are currently paying.

 

Investment decisions

How you invest your retirement funds will be important in helping you have the lifestyle you want in retirement. You may be new to investing and naturally want to avoid taking any risks with your money. The longer you have to invest, the more time your money has to recover from any downturn in the market, so don’t be afraid to take some risk.

Make sure you understand what you are buying and avoid anything offering outrageous returns; the current interest rate on bank deposit accounts is less than 6%, so anything offering returns above 10% a year must have considerable risk.

Our advisers will always recommend you hold some cash for emergencies but keeping your retirement savings in cash will not give you any growth on your money at all. Worse still, the impact of inflation over the long term will mean that your cash will buy less when you retire.

Understand how much risk you are willing to take; you don’t want to be up all night worrying that your money might be lost and you don’t want to sleepwalk into a retirement with no income. You need to take a sensible amount of risk to achieve a reasonable return.

 

Will I have enough?

 Remember that on average you are likely to live for 18 to 21 years after you retire and many people live well into their 90s now, so your money has to work hard to provide you with a decent income. Review your retirement plans once a year with your adviser to see if you are on track, be prepared to take action and stay focused on the lifestyle you want to live in retirement.

 

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CHECKLISTS FOR CHOOSING A CORRECT TRADING MENTOR

The trading mentor should be proficient in the particular field and have proper cognition about the field. The duty of the mentor is to help the beginners to improve their trading performance. If the mentor has a lack of experience, he or she will not able to help others. The newcomers face different types of problems when they arrive in the field of Forex, so they become disoriented. At this time, a trading coach can help them to deal with the situation. So, this is very important to choose a good one. Let’s know about the checklist for making the selection of a good one.

 

Full-Time Trader

The mentor should be a full-time trader so that he or she can understand the current market position. If the person cannot practice now, he or she will not able to give the proper solutions to the beginners. So, the traders who trade regularly by managing the money can help others. You also find out that he or she has proper experience in your zone. When the person will invest time to learn about the market, he or she will able to gain more knowledge and ability to help others.

 

Be Successful

If the coach is not successful in his or her field, he or she will not able to help others. Successful investors have the power to inspire others. The fresher will also get motivation when he or she sees that the mentor has gained success. So, they try to learn from him or her properly. The person also needs to share his or her wisdom with others. People should bear in mind that 5% to 10% of traders are successful in the Forex field. So, when you make the choice, you have to be careful. You can also see the features of Rakuten. And we believe, if you analyze their premium offer, you will definitely say let’s trade with Rakuten as they provide professional environment to the retail traders.

 

Motivational and inspirational

If the person cannot able to motivate others for working hard, he or she will not become a good mentor. The coach should inspire the beginners so that they can go forward. The newcomers cannot ignore the emotional components so they cannot able to think for the better. In this situation, the coach can help by inspiring the. If the professional able to increase the confidence level of the fresher by motivating them, you should choose him or her. On the other hand, some are not so bothered about the beginners’ performance, so they should not choose them.

 

Should Respect the Fresher’s Trading Style

The investors have their own styles and preferences. People also need to give priority to their own patterns which will help them to trade independently. The person should try to demonstrate their individuality in the Forex market. If the coach tries to change the style of the trader, this will not better for him or her. When the mentor will not show proper respect for your trading style, you will not able to be comfortable with him or her. Here, he or she will always try to change you. So, investors should aware of this fact.

The coach will help the investors to identify the new opportunity and will increase the thirst for gaining knowledge. They will not able to ensure success but they can able to show the right path. Some mentors are not able to provide authentic information. So, this is not an easy task to find a suitable one. An honest coach can support people in a difficult situation. On the other hand, a dishonest mentor can destroy the career of the fresher. So, the investors are required to check the review and they can also take suggestions from the others to select a suitable person. If the coach demands money from you, then you should understand that he or she is not the right choice.

 

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