Is Your Property Investment Showing More Growth Than Unit Trust Investments in South Africa?

This article is intended to focus your attention on how important growth is in your personal savings environment, to make sure the investments in your portfolio are working for you and not against you.Property investment versus Unit Trust investments can be very interesting and statistics are needed to help us understand… which is the best?According to statistics from House Prize South Africa, Nominal Property Growth from 1981 to current has been 10.6%, but when you take inflation into account your Real Property Growth was only 1.2% to date.In short, your investment should be tested against the growth of inflation, and should perform better than inflation. Even if it is growing somewhat, if it is not performing better than inflation, it is essentially losing steam. The term Real Growth is used when you minus your investment percentage with the inflation percentage.Unit trusts a Great Alternative.Registered Unit Trust investments are a safe alternative. Companies cannot run away with your money; you can only lose money if the fund performs poorly.If we look at some top performing SA Unit Trust Companies Funds, we see that some of them had an average 10-year Nominal growth performance of about 17.8%. Over the past year, growth was at 12.2%; and since the Inception of 1999, the average Nominal growth has been 19.9%, while the average inflation for this period was 5.9%.This means that the Real Growth was a very good 14%According to published figures Unit Trusts investments has out-performed Property as an investment vehicle.Safety and access to your money also plays a big role! How safe is your property investment? How much are you paying in property taxes per year? You can sell your property if you urgently need money. However, if this time period is not going to be favourable, then how quickly can you re-finance property to get money? If you can’t afford your Bond re-payment then you will have to sell your property in-time and perhaps at a loss.In other words, if you have invested in property how quickly are you able to make this investment liquid?Double Your MoneyThe golden rule with Unit Trust investments is to double your money every 5 years. Should you invest a lump-sum amount of 100 000 your investment will be 200 000 in 5 years. With this type of investment there is also no term restricting you when you can withdraw your money.With a good Unit Trust investment, your capital should grow more than the average property investment, and your money will be more easily accessible should you need it urgently.Just remember: do your homework on these investments. Most importantly the company needs to be a Registered Unit Trust Company and the Companies offering needs to have a long; respected and above average Performance Record.Konrad Wentzel
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Holiday Compensation Lawyers – Full Proof Your Travel Plans

Holidays are supposed to be for fun and relaxation, but sometimes things don’t go according to plans. Holidays end up being a cause of concern and stress especially if you suffer an injury or are involved in an accident. Such things are beyond your control and cannot be helped or can’t be undone. But at least you can make successful compensation claims for the injury or accident and make up for it in a small way. However making strong claims that cannot be refused under any loopholes in the system is a task, and best left to Compensation Lawyers.Holiday Compensation Lawyers are the ones you should be talking to if you have been in a mishap on your holiday. You don’t even need to wait till you get back home to do so. In fact in most cases it’s helpful to speak to them while you are on the holiday itself because they can advice on any paperwork needed from the country you are in.Besides having to concentrate on recovering from the mishap, it’s less likely that you will get time off work soon after your holiday to file your compensation claims. Holiday Compensation Lawyers will take that responsibility off your shoulders that too at no cost to you!.Holiday Compensation Lawyers work towards making successful claims in following steps:

They will understand your case and assess it for its merits. It’s heartening to know that in most cases you will be eligible for a compensation claim either from your tour operator, insurance company or an airlines company if the accident has occurred onflight.

Compensation Lawyers work on a No Win No Fees policy, which means they don’t make any money if your claim isn’t successful. That gives them necessary motivation and impetus to make sure your claim is upheld.

Even when your claim is successful, you will keep all of your compensation. Lawyers get their fees paid by insurance companies or the third party involved.

You will be in constant touch with a lawyer from the agency who will keep asking you for more information about the injury/accident, which will only strengthen your case. Soon after the accident, you might not be in a state to recall every small detail about it, which might be useful to your case. Communicating over a period of time helps in that regard.

The lawyer dedicated to your case will keep you updated about the progress on the case, which means you are always in the know.

It’s your lawyer’s job to communicate with the third party as well and this is done tactfully and with a level of authority. Most third parties involved prefer to make a settlement instead of going to courts and save the hassle. Your lawyers will make sure you get the best settlement possible.

You might not be able to avoid an accident on your holiday, but you can sure avoid paying for it for a long time.

National Health Care System In Japan And Taiwan – Would It Be Possible For Us?

Every society is affected by any national changes or new movement introduced; therefore, an issue one may think is unrelated to his environment can very well affect him through chains of cause and effect.Health care is an immediate issue that concerns all of us. We all experience it and need it. Let’s serious ask ourselves if the current health care system is satisfactory and available to everyone. Should health, medicare and treatments be available to only selected groups? Many people are voting for the presidential candidate who can restore the present health care system or who can pioneer a better healthcare distribution for our country. Personally, I hope to see a change that health care is available and affordable to everyone.Being able to receive basic health care is a fundamental need of all people. Fulfilling this fundamental need makes people feel secured, and it makes sense that people with better health can contribute more to the society. A realistic and reachable standard of health should be set for all people. This effort needs a non profit driving entity to establish and to maintain it. People’s life and health should not be compromised for the profit of few organizations.Before moving to Japan, I was covered under my parents’ insurance policy in the United States. Their policy covered children of the family until the age of twenty-four. Upon graduating from university, I moved to Japan and started my first job there. I joined the Japanese national health insurance through the company I worked for. There are basically two types of health insurance in Japan: national health insurance and employer-sponsored health insurance. Usually, under employer sponsored insurance, the insurance premium is calculated according to income, number of dependents, and the company’ subsidies. For someone who is self-employed or unemployed, the national health insurance costs a minimum of 13300 yen, or about $110 per month plus a small percentage of income for those who are self-employed. In other words, everyone can get insurance from around $100 dollars a month. Unlike the Medicaid program in the U.S. which is only available to certain low-income groups with specific requirements for eligibility, the Japanese health insurance is available to every citizen and legal residents. There is a ceiling to what the Japanese National insurance covers, but it covers all the basics and beyond.In most cases in Japan, patients choose their doctor and hospital. There is no limitation to the doctors or hospital they can visit. This is a true competition among the clinics, hospitals, and medical practitioners, not for profit, but for quality. The same insurance that people have in Japan gives them the freedom to get second opinions and naturally eliminates those doctors whose practices are in question. The doctor visits, treatments, and medicine are not free; one is responsible for thirty percent of their medical bills. Japanese health costs are much lower than the costs in the United States. Thirty percent of the medical bill is still a reasonable amount one can afford. There are also special cases or categories of illness for which the insurance would give more coverage. If one is late on his payment, his insurance will not automatically be invalid. The insurance will still cover the person as long as he makes up the missed payments. After all, some people do run into difficulties in life at one point or another. Sounds to good to be true? Well, It’s real.Taiwan, a place with no world recognition politically, has one of the top public health care system in the world. After moving to Taiwan due to my husband’s transfer a year a go, I learned and appreciated the system where universal or national health care is available to all more than ever. When speaking of universal, national, or pubic health insurance, people often turn their attention to the well-debated and discussed health care system in Canada. There are those whose views are negative, claiming that the medical service in a single-payer insurance system may not perform at its ultimate, and those whose views are positive, saying that they do not live in fear of ever having to face bankruptcy for outrageous medical bills. From my informal inquiries, more Canadian I came across favor their national health care system. Most of those who favor their national health care system commented that people of Canada are more secured in having their basic physical and psychological needs met.In Taiwan, there is also government-sponsored universal health care for not only their citizens but also for foreign residents who live in Taiwan. Foreign residents can apply for the government-sponsored insurance after proving their legal status of residing in Taiwan. The insurance fee starts from the basic 600NT, or around $18 a month. For people in higher income brackets, their insurance is calculated based on a percentage of their income over the 600Nt. Fees are waived for retired soldiers, those who are physically challenged, and people who have economic disadvantages.Interestingly, Taiwan’s national health insurance has only been established for little more than two decades, since 1985. The government policy-makers studied health care system from different foreign countries and composes the first Taiwan national health care from the ideas and methods of the system of other countries. It was said that Taiwan’s national insurance system is like a completed puzzle made from pieces of which fit its country and people. This insurance now covers the entire population, including foreign legal residents. According to research funded by Taiwan’s National Health Research and Taiwan’s Bureau of National Health Insurance, the cost of health care did not rise after the universal coverage was established (Jui-Fen & Hsiao, 2003.) What does that tell us?A basic health care program can greatly reduce the consequences of illness left untreated. Basic health care does not mean free of charge or mindless spending without control. To build a healthy nation, we should take a closer look at the current U.S. health insurance. After all, a sound nation starts with the health of its people.

Health Care Planning

One of the foremost challenges faced by health care professionals is to formulate a well-devised, well-thought out plan for assisting both the patients as well as the health care givers. Care planning is an essential part of health care, but is often misunderstood or regarded as a waste of time. Without a specific document delineating the plan of care, important issues are likely to be neglected. Care planning provides a sort of ‘road map’, to guide all who are involved with the patient’s/resident’s care. The health care plan has long been associated with nursing; however, all health care professionals need to be assisted in the care giving process. In today’s world, highly expensive Health Insurance policies are not viable for most individuals. Therefore, the government needs to play a crucial part in ensuring that ‘health care’ is impartially and effectively provided to all citizens.At the beginning of the 20th century, a new concept, the concept of ‘health promotion’ began to take shape. It was realized that public health had neglected the citizen as an individual and that the state had a direct responsibility for the health of the individual. Consequently, in addition to.disease control activities, one more goal was added to health-care planning- health promotion of individuals. It was initiated as personal health services such as mother and child health services, mental health and rehabilitation services. C.E.A.Winslow, one of the leading figures in the history of public health in 1920, defined public health care planning as: ‘the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health and efficiency through organized community effort.’The first step in the health care planning program is accurate and comprehensive assessment. Once the initial assessment is completed, a problem list should be generated. This may be as simple as a list of medical diagnosis. The problem list may include family/relationship problems,which are affecting the parent’s overall well-being.Following the problem list, the health-care professional must ask,’ will I be able to solve this problem?If yes, then the goal of the health-care professional must be to solve that particular problem. Moreover, this goal should be specific, measurable and attainable. The approaches towards achieving that goal should also be measurable and realistic. An example of a problem that could improve, would be health-care deficit related to hip fracture. With rehab, this problem is likely to resolve.In case a medical problem is irreversible- such as diabetes- the next step would be to eliminate further complications or possible health deterioration. In the case of such health problems, the goal should be to retain the level of health at an optimum level.In case of an illness, where further health complications are inevitable, the goal should be to improve the quality of life. It is note-worthy that for all medical problems, approaches must be ordered by the physician. The health care planning process is never completed until the patient is discharged from the current care setting. Periodic schedule re-evaluation is also necessary once the patient is discharged.In the final analysis, the ultimate purpose of the health care plan is to guide all who are involved in the care of the patient and to provide appropriate treatment.

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