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5 tips to making inroads into investing for your future

“There’s no point in a $50 million funeral or a $25 million divorce.” One of the guidelines in the unofficial Goldman Sachs guide to New Year’s resolutions. Still, keeping a bit of money aside every month, subjecting it to compounding and then using it on a rainy day makes sense. In the same way as January…

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2014 – My Stock picks

The world continues to become a smaller place. Events on a national scale ripple though global markets and it becomes increasingly difficult to sort through the complexities that drive equity markets. At this point, the onset of Fed tapering has traders in a quandary – good economic news out of the US drives stocks down…

Going solo – leave the rat race

I came across this great clip on the secret sauce of successfully leaving the corporate rat-race and setting your start-up in flight. Too true! Props to studiobotes.com

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Try out our beer

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The benefits of trying your hand at something entrepreneurial

I attended a lecture by Laurie Dippenaar on Leadership recently. He relayed a few of the highlights he’d enjoyed on the journey of setting up Rand Merchant Bank, and ultimately, FirstRand. He talked about the fears and challenges that are common corridor talk for entrepreneurs – worrying about having money to keep the lights on,…

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Cycling the Wines2Whales Adventure MTB ride

Just less than two weeks ago I took part in a 3 day mountain bike stage race from Somerset West to Onrus through some of the most incredible countryside South Africa has to offer. Having done the Sani2c earlier in the year, I can say without a doubt that mountain bike stage races are things…

How to make a million bucks in South Africa

Having worked for the last three years alongside some of the smartest and wealthiest people in the country through my time on the RMB Class Of programme, I’ve come to realise that it’s rather easy to become wealthy. It takes just two simple ingredients – patience and discipline. There’s no need to think up the…

Adrian Gore – The attributes of success

I attended a talk given by Adrian Gore, Discovery Holdings CEO and founder, held at GIBS this last week. His talk focused on the commonalities of the attributes he feels are constituents of success. His measure of “success” doesn’t purely focus on the amassing of wealth for an individual, but can be applied to a…

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What is your competitive advantage to business

Often heard as a topic of conversation near the water cooler is that of “competitive advantage.” Companies up in lights are lauded for their “differentiated offering” and run of the mill business fade into history for not developing one themselves. My time at a very successful investment bank has underlined the realisation that competitive advantages are…

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My take on the bank with the lowest fees

I have a gripe about all the chatter regarding the bank with the lowest fees. Say, hypothetically, that you’ve been diagnosed with a severe but benign tumour in a part of your body that’s difficult to operate on – let’s say, in your brain. Which surgeon are you going to pick to perform your operation…

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