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Spot: discover how your linked card helps you cash in on perks

Spot: discover how your linked card helps you cash in on perks

Send cash for free. Save on fees. Get cash back when you spend. Adulting isn’t always a confetti-coloured daydream. But it can be less 😬 and more 😃. Play it clever. Link your bank card to your Spot Wallet to enjoy a bunch of benefits that’ll help keep more of your...

Money Talks: Chats every couple should have

Money Talks: Chats every couple should have

Talking about money with your person is one of those conversations that can go downhill, crash, burn and make things awkward. Quickly. But it doesn’t have to go that way. Not sure where to start? Here are some Qs for thought… SPENDING HABITS Is your partner a big...

Make mo’ money: The magic of the side gig

Make mo’ money: The magic of the side gig

Let’s get real. From international trade wars to the simple fact that stuff is getting silly expensive while our salaries remain the same, it’s easy to feel the financial squeeze. But when times get tough, the tough get a side gig.Get paid for your passionThis ain’t...

Money Goals: Yay for goals you’ll want to keep

Money Goals: Yay for goals you’ll want to keep

It may be halfway through the year, but there’s still time to get your resolutions back on track. Never made any resolutions? No sweat, you can start now. And to help you make goals you’ll stick to, we’ve put together a little list.Save up for a happy dayYou’ve heard...

Millennials & their money: Hustlers or hopeless?

Millennials & their money: Hustlers or hopeless?

Yeah, we know what people say about millennials. They’re job-hopping, thrill-seeking, woke individuals that like to use “AF” at the end of every sentence. And when it comes to money, they’re accused of over-spending and under-saving. Well, there’s more to this...

Public holidays are cool, but what do they really cost you?

Public holidays are cool, but what do they really cost you?

We all love public holidays – time with family and friends, sleeping in, doing a whole bunch of wonderful nothing… But as amazing as they are, public holidays can cost you time and money. Crazy, right?! Lucky for you, we’ve got some fixes to help you skip the...

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💸 Can a Currency Be Devalued?

💸 Can a Currency Be Devalued?

 OK, Tell Me More?Over the last few months, the media has been littered with articles covering the trade war between China and the US. Recently, Donald Trump has been calling China out for manipulating its currency, the yuan (CNY).   Hmm, Go On?Trump has been tweeting...

How to Buy a Taxi? 🚕

How to Buy a Taxi? 🚕

OK, Tell Me More?As much as some drivers in SA hate them, Minibus Taxis are a vital part of our country’s economy.Hmm, Go On?Research shows that public transport accounts for 40% of the choice of transport in SA and taxis alone cover 66% of this with buses and trains...

What’s Wrong With Beer?

What’s Wrong With Beer?

OK, Tell Me More?Last week, Constellation Brands, the owner of Corona beer, announced that it would increase its investment in Canopy Growth – Canada’s largest medical marijuana producer. The deal, valued at ~R59.5 billion, will give Constellation a 38% stake in the...

What can I buy for R5?

What can I buy for R5?

OK, Tell Me More?The recent major depreciation of the Rand to the USD, spurred by contagion from the fallout of the Turkish lira, has led consumers wondering what this means for their wallets. Hmm, Go On?The South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) monetary policy* (think...

A Saffa Buying Tesla for $70 Billion?!

A Saffa Buying Tesla for $70 Billion?!

OK, Tell Me More?Elon Musk has proposed buying out Tesla in order to remove it from the stock exchange and rather own it privately. He’s also revealed that he might be receiving the backing of one of his major nemeses.Hmm, Go On?Elon Musk has always had beef with the...

Why’s the Rand tanking?

Why’s the Rand tanking?

 OK, Tell Me More?Eish, the Rand has been in a freefall amongst other emerging market currencies. Yesterday, it reached ~R15.55/USD – levels last seen during Zuma era scandals. Hmm, Go On?Turkey has found itself at the mercy of its president, threats of a trade...

Why’s Turkey’s Economy Burning?

Why’s Turkey’s Economy Burning?

OK, Tell Me More?Last week, the Turkish currency fell to its lowest level ever following a tweet by US President Trump detailing how the country is set to double tariffs on Turkish imports.Hmm, Go On?This comes at a tough time for the Turkish president who is being...

Why’s Netflix in the red?

Why’s Netflix in the red?

OK, Tell Me More?Earlier this week, Netflix announced that it’s now home to 5.2 million new subscribers as of the second quarter of 2018. That’s 4% growth on its already impressive base of ~125 million strong.Hmm, Go On?In the United States, listed companies produce...

Who’s the World’s Richest Human?

Who’s the World’s Richest Human?

OK, Tell Me More?Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has been named the wealthiest person of all time.Hmm, Go On?According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Jeff Bezos is worth ~R1.99 trillion – that’s two more digits than your phone number. His wealth has grown...