Monday saw the rand plummet to record lows in seven years, with the US dollar to rand exchange rate almost reaching R18.00. No doubt, South Africa’s poor economic growth, increases in commodity prices and increases in US interest rates will see the Monetary Policy Committee raise the repo rate in order to compensate for the country’s economic downturn.
27 November 2012
How can I plan financially for my child’s education?
All parents want their children to achieve their fullest potential and most agree that education is key.
But a good education comes at a price. From primary school through to university, education bills will be one of your heaviest financial burdens as a parent.
Fortunately, there are a number of strategies you can use to maximise the savings you put away for your child’s education. Below is a brief overview of the most popular options currently available.
This is a government-incentivised education plan that gives you an annual bonus of up to R600 on an annual saving of R2 400. The funds must be used for your child’s tertiary education, otherwise the bonus will be forfeited.
Lump sum investment
If you have a lump sum available now, it can be invested to provide a sizeable return when you need it most.
Due to the magic of compound interest, the longer you can leave the funds invested, the greater your return is likely to be. (Compound interest arises when interest is added to the principal, so that from that moment on the interest that has been added also earns interest.)
Education endowment plan
This investment provides a tax-free lump sum after five years. Depending on the product provider, minimum contributions will apply. You can also add premium waivers and investment guarantees.
Although not a savings product, life insurance gives you peace of mind that your child’s education expenses will be taken care of should you or your spouse die or become disabled.
When your financial adviser calculates how much cover you need for education, your choice of public or private school, whether funds will be needed to pay for university as well as additional expenses such as uniforms and textbooks will need to be considered.
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