Starting your investment journey

There are several short term investment options available in South Africa, but don’t let the complexity put you off. You don’t have to be an expert to invest your money. What you need is the commitment to get started.

Many people spend so much time “intending” to invest, or “meaning” to start saving, but they never actually do it. Don’t bury your goals and the chance at financial wellness in the graveyard of good intentions. This guide will help you get your investment journey started.

Who can invest?

You don’t need a degree in finance to start investing. All you need is a goal and commitment. There’s no secret to investing either, but it does help to do your research and learn all you can on the topic. This includes understanding terms like interest rates, investment options available, return on investment etc.

How much money do I need?

Whether it’s R100, R500 or more each month, the money you invest today will give you financial freedom in your future. Investing is not for the rich only. It is for anyone who wants to secure their financial future and achieve the goals they have set for themselves.

Where do I start?

The first step to figuring out where and how to invest is determining what your goals are and when you want to achieve them. Are your goals long term or short term? If your goal is possible within 1-3 years, that’s considered a short term goal. Long-term goals are those you want to achieve in 5-10 years, like buying a house.

Once you have identified your goals, you can now choose which investment option will be best suited to achieve those goals in the time frame you have set for each.

African Bank short-term and long-term investment options

African Bank offers different investment options which boast SA’s best investment rates. Whether you’re a beginner investor with a small budget or a seasoned investor with thousands of rands, there’s an investment option for you.

  • African Bank Tax-Free Investment:  With this option, you can start investing with as little as R100 and make additional deposits each month, up to R33 000 each year, without paying income tax, dividends tax or capital gains tax.
  • African Bank Fixed Deposit: Earn South Africa’s best interest rate* with just R500. Your interest rate will not change for the duration of your investment. Choose whether or not you want your interest paid out monthly, every six months, every 12 months or on maturity.
  • African Bank Notice Deposit: If you want above-market returns with access to your funds at short notice, this account is for you. Open this account with just R500 and make deposits as small as R100 each month.
  • African Bank Access Accumulator: This 24-month investment option allows you to access your money in a 24-hour period with no penalties or no notice period. With an Access Accumulator, you can deposit one lump-sum at the beginning of your investment. Start investing in this account for as little as R500 per month.

Mistakes to avoid

When you’re new to investing, it’s all too easy to make mistakes that cost tens of thousands of rands or more. Knowing the potential pitfalls is the first step to avoiding them. Here are three to watch.

  1. Investing money in long-term investment options if you’re going to need it soon.
  2. Not doing enough research to find the best interest rate.
  3. Not being patient. The longer you keep your money invested, the higher your return on investment.

Knowledge is power. The most important thing you can do is start and then accumulate as much knowledge as you can. Investing isn’t that complicated as long as you’re willing to spend the time learning about it.

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