2020 - forever remembered as the year of the pandemic.

Lessons learnt from our strategist Sandisiwe Yengeni

As the year draws to a close (thank goodness), I have found myself reflecting on what 2020 has done to my financial plans. I came into the year with big goals of saving, especially towards retirement, travelling, and making sure I build up that safety net for rainy days. I was doing quite well, then the pandemic hit, and my well-laid plans went out the window.

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There is always a reason to start saving you just need one that resonates with you. Deciding when to start saving could make a huge difference in your financial future. Savings are defined as a portion of income that is not spent on current expenditures and put aside for when its needed. It needs self-discipline but with focus it can soon become  a habit. Here we look to provide an overview of the national savings problem in South Africa, incorporating the latest statistics. It also highlights the importance of saving, building up resilience through an emergency fund as well as a guideline on how you can start saving for your future.   

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Most South Africans do not realise the importance of having an emergency fund until they need some extra cash. Yet, building an emergency fund is one of the most important steps in taking control of your financial situation.  When life happens and you are faced with an unexpected financial emergency, you need to be able to fall back on this fund rather than turn to debt.   

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Meerkat's guide to your finances

It’s always good to learn about finances. Here we provide a guide to your finances. The basics of budgeting, credit, banking, saving and debt are the pillars you need to focus on to not only improve your financial education but you will be able to apply what you learn to make your finances great.  

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While the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic, you need to remember that there are ways you can protect yourself from getting the virus. With the growing number of cases in South Africa reaching 1326, you should know all the options you have when it comes to staying hygienic and protecting yourself from infection. Another growing concern to South Africans is their finances. Due to the lock-down many of us find ourselves in a tough financial situation. Here are some tips on hygiene during COVID-19 both for yourself and your finances.

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You can never predict when an emergency may happen and what that emergency might cost you. It could even add to your already growing debt Be prepared and start saving up an emergency fund so you can be financially prepared for when life happens.

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