Your vote is your voice

We want to encourage everyone to cast their vote on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 (between 7am and 9pm), in electing the political party that they will trust to run their province and country. In South Africa, National and Provincial elections take place every 5 years. This...

INVESTING OFFSHORE – WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIE?

Investing offshore adds a wrinkle of complexity to the disposal of your assets when you die. Foreign and local authorities may need to get involved to allow your chosen executor to fulfill your wishes. The first step for your executor is to validate your Will through...

How to Be a Role Model for Girls

How to Be a Role Model for Girls Together we can encourage the next generation of female leaders. Girls often look to the women in their lives for cues about how to think and act. When we speak confidently, take risks, and own our accomplishments, we set positive...

Investing for Education

Why it pays to start today Question:Shelly (29) and Clinton (33) Clinton and I are married and have one daughter, Molly, who has just turned 1 years old.  We would like to start saving towards Molly’s tertiary education and would like some guidance with regards...

GIVING BACK

At Southwood Financial Planning we are continually making a conscious effort to reduce our carbon footprint and strive to support our local community. Many of you already know that we are proud sponsors of the Sparrow Society, whose mission is to “Change the world one...

The Cost of Market Timing

Given the volatility experienced year-to-date compared with 2017, we continue to remind clients that market fluctuations are a necessary part of investing and that it is important to stick to your long-term investment plan. Market fluctuations are an expected and...