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  • Data by the World Bank reveals that at least a quarter of the African population has internet access, a nearly fifty-fold increase in internet usage since 2000. 
  • The rapid spread of the internet across the African continent has been lauded as a key driver of prosperity and a sign of the continent’s technological coming of age. 

Over the past few years, the wealth management industry has seen a significant amount of diversification, from traditionally having products geared towards institutional investors and high net worth individuals to offering more accessible products to low and middle-income earners. 

While WealthTech is not a new concept in Africa, there is room for market players to leverage consumer demand for wealth management products that are more digitally accessible and easy to use. 

WealthTech or wealth management technology is the combining of technology such as AI, big data, SaaS, with financial assets, such as savings, investments,

Before you completely give up, know that creating a budget and sticking to it is a skill. And as skills go, it takes time and effort to master. 

Several personal finance coaches weigh in on some of the common pitfalls that people fall into which end up costing them big time and how to fix them to get you on the fast track to budgeting like a pro. …

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Whether we like it or not at some point we will have to say goodbye to this world we call home. Bad enough is that we do not know when it will be our last time on earth.

Due to these few facts, it becomes necessary to take up a funeral cover. Also known as burial insurance this is a form of insurance that pays a specified amount of money in the event of a death by ensuring that the costs of a funeral will be covered so that family members do not have to struggle financially at this difficult time.

A majority of families in Africa depend on relatives and friend’s contribution to manage a burial ceremony for their loved ones.

We can all agree that funerals are very costly and their expense can’t be carried by a single person. Funeral ceremonies in many major African cities can take …

For those who have obtained credit facilities from banks or financial institutions (FI) they must have at one point raised the question that we intend to discuss in this article.

It is likely that somehow borrowers have managed to obtain misinformation from friends, the public or the lender. There has been a misunderstanding by many borrowers that as long as they have “collateral” they deserve that legal right to obtain credit facilities from the bank. I refer to this as a misunderstanding because banks/FI do not lend against the collateral; rather lending is based on the viability of the business/project to be financed.

In the process of credit risk assessment the primary repayment source of a credit facility is the cash flow from the business to be financed or from other pre-identified source of cash flow. The cash flow is what is considered as primary collateral. Banks and FI will…

The idea of saving is “nice to have”, but is difficult to practice for many of us.

As we navigate the early days of the New Year, this is the perfect time to implement your long-term plan you had postponed to start saving. With accrued debts from previous year(s) and financial challenges that you could have avoided if only you saved a few coins a month, you still have the power to make the next eleven months,if not years, a success.

My relationship with finances is complex. I am still learning to work out how to manage my money in the best way possible. It has taken me several years to learn the discipline of saving when all I want to do is splurge it.

Do you wish to retire young and spend your time doing what you love, relaxing and planning for your next vacation? Is this even doable?…