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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 11:13
Always seek advice

As South Africa continues to strengthen its trade ties with countries like China, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, it is becoming increasingly important for exporters and importers to get to grips with the...

Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 12:47
New telematics system should help

Being a haulage company owner is not an easy feat. Fuel price increases, an unstable Rand, fraying road network infrastructure and a continuously escalating risk of hijacking plague the South African industry....

Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 12:34
Repeat performance

Little more than a year after Gauteng was battered by hailstorms on 22nd October and 8th November 2012 leaving thirteen people dead, another freak storm smashed through many Gauteng suburbs on 11th November 2013 with...

Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 12:27
Funds have R72 billion capacity

 Since the financial crisis in 2008 there has been consolidation at a steady pace in the South African hedge fund industry, with the concentration of hedge fund assets managed by the larger managers increasing....

Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 11:19
Online guide

Sanlam Investment Management (SIM) has recently launched an online fund comparison tool to help financial advisors and retail investors select the best unit trust fund for an individual’s needs.

Candice...

Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 11:17
Decision process

“Top down” and “Bottom up” are types of investment processes that determine how managers select their investments. “While the processes take different routes to selecting their investments, both have the same goal of...

Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 11:13
Manage emotions

“The most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect... You need a temperament that neither derives great pleasure from being with the crowd or against the crowd.” – Warren Buffet

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Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 11:12
Absa advice

Third quarter market movements have highlighted the challenges of investing right now in just about every asset class while demonstrating that Washington, not Pretoria, currently governs our markets.
The assessment comes from Craig Pheiffer...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 10:56
Contrarian view

At Templeton, we’ve repeatedly championed our value-driven philosophy by frequently buying at times others are most pessimistic. This is not easy to do, even for seasoned market veterans. During the past few months,...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 18:01
Fear factor

If you are diagnosed with a dread disease, such as cancer, money is the last thing on your mind. The reality, however, is that the financial implications stretch far beyond the cost of the treatment you will need. Not...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 17:59
Taking away liberty

The Pension Funds Adjudicator is requesting the Financial Services Board (FSB) to look into ‘causal event charges’. These are imposed by long-term insurers when retirement annuity members wish to transfer their assets...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 17:56
Your lifestyle may depend on it

With an average 11 000 road accidents every year on our roads causing death, disability and serious injury – and leaving countless families without breadwinners – it is critical that South Africans are financially...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 17:54
Stricken by strikes

The number of man-days lost due to strikes has averaged 3.4 million for the nearly two decades since democracy. That is the average: the actual number fluctuated wildly from less than 1 million to over 12 million in...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 17:52
Analysis of claims

According to the World Health Organisation, more people die globally from cardiovascular diseases than any other cause - 17 million people each year - and this is set to soar to 23 million over the next 17 years. In...

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 09:33
Remember to plan

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and can affect anyone, as it’s not associated with any particular race, gender or culture. Being prepared for its possible onset should form part of everybody’s...

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 09:31
Natural always best

UK commercial baby foods do not meet infants’ dietary weaning needs, because they are predominantly sweet foods that provide little extra nutritional goodness over breast milk, indicates research published online in...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 09:19
Food for thought

More than one-third of the food produced today is not eaten, which is about 1.3 billion tonnes per year. This shocking revelation comes from a report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), entitled "The...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 09:15
Diabetes data

Eating more whole fruits, particularly blueberries, grapes and apples, is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, with greater fruit juice consumption having an adverse effect, according to a paper recently...

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 12:13
Common conflict

Is your trust deed valid? The alarming answer is “most probably not, because legal audits have shown that more than 90% of trust deeds (and/or amendments to trust deeds) in South Africa may not stand the test of...

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 12:12
Class action

One of the most important goals we can save towards is our children’s education. With a realistic estimate of South African university fees currently sitting at between R35 000 and R50 000 a year (excluding living...

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 15:06
Tip of the iceberg

At a seminar hosted by insurer AIG South Africa, Deon Binneman, an independent reputation advisor, warned “Product recall is a business crisis and must be treated as such. It has the potential to affect your brand and...

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 15:05
Cast in stone

Investing in diamonds has been something of a hot topic among those interested in asset investment over the last few years. While gold and silver still tend to dominate the markets, increasing numbers of investors are...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 08:07
Wage rise opportunity

According to the latest disposable salary index by BankservAfrica, disposable salaries have shown the first double digit increase in 15 months. However, it is doubtful more than a handful of employees will use some of...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 08:05
High fees; low sense

Denial entails ignoring or refusing to believe an unpleasant reality. Typical examples of denial are responses to chronic illness, depression, addiction, financial problems, job difficulties, relationship conflicts...

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 09:43
Upward trend

According to SA Police statistics there was a 0.6% increase in commercial crime for the period April 2012 to March 2013. The previous year (2011/2012) was the only reporting period since 2004/2005 when commercial...

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 09:28
Road rules

The frantic aftermath of a vehicle accident can make it easy to miss those few critical steps that could determine the successful outcome of an insurance claim. If you are involved in a vehicle accident, remember...

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 09:22
The Masisizane Fund

The Masisizane Fund has appointed two new directors to its board as it sharpens its focus on the development of agri-business and agri-processing.

CEO of Old Mutual South Africa and the Fund’s Chairman,...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 14:04
Real swell

E-marine, the principal provider of submarine cable installation and repair solutions in the Middle East region, says it has successfully completed a challenging cable repair in the Arabian Sea, despite battling with...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 14:02
Massive rise in claims

Sasria SOC Ltd (Sasria), South Africa’s short-term insurer for riot, strike, labour disturbance and terrorism, reported a 12.5% increase in gross written premium for its financial year ending 31st March 2013 and a 75....

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 14:00
Equal plans

On Wednesday 11th September 2013, Treasury presented the draft response document to the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2013 to Parliament’s Standing Committee of Finance. “One significant proposal which drew attention...

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 18:11
Easy to buy – a real pain to repair

I often receive emails of crowing self-adoration from FNB, with lots of “exciting news” about smart devices and their new .DOT branches it is establishing. But it seems to be like everything else in South Africa: the...

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 18:09
Art of value

‘We don’t know how to buy stocks by metrics. We know that Burlington Northern will have a competitive advantage in years; we don’t know what the heck Apple will have. You have to understand the company and its...

Monday, November 4, 2013 - 10:04
Sharing skills

MUA Insurance Acceptances, the specialist underwriter focused on the High Net Worth (HNW) personal lines market, has entered into an agreement with Telesure Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd (Telesure) to underwrite on...

Monday, November 4, 2013 - 10:03
Challenging conditions

Lloyd’s, the world’s specialist insurance market, announced a profit of US $2.1 billion for the six-month period ending 30th June 2013.

The market continued to grow with gross written premium increasing 4...

Monday, November 4, 2013 - 10:01
What a gas…

Trucking companies have lost up to R350 million in stolen fuel to a blue light syndicate operating between Durban and Johannesburg, Conrad van der Merwe, Regional Director Gauteng of Justicia Investigations, has...