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Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 13:55
Inundated with water

Mutual & Federal, registered over 2400 claims, since the recent hailstorms in Gauteng and the Western Cape floods.

“We have been inundated with claims since the first day of the disastrous Western...

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 13:38
Drugs of choice

Despite a dramatic re-rating in valuations over the past several years, we have continued to find value in Europe, especially among pharmaceutical and healthcare firms. Healthcare, which includes pharmaceuticals,...

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 13:36
Expensive folly

National Treasury’s discussion paper, ‘Charges in South African retirement funds’, has caused waves in the retirement fund management industry. One of the statements in particular that seems to have touched a raw...

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 13:35
Gauging the ‘perfect’ break or storm

During the last 10 years, we have often heard the phrase, “the Perfect Storm” applied to periods when both equity markets and interest rates fall. This is extremely problematic for investors for the following reasons...

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 13:27
Better risk management is key

In the run up to Christmas, small businesses often experience a welcome last minute rush from customers willing to pay cash for goods which could lead to larger than usual amounts of cash on premises. In turn, small businesses are slightly more...

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 13:26
Security measures

Regrettably, many people in South Africa still fall prey to such fraudulent activities arguably owing to either lack of consumer awareness or too many messages communicated in the market - some of which are confusing or information heavy.
On...

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 11:34
Legal flaws

Evidently there is a call for legislation to prevent “unfair performance bond call-ups” in the construction sector. Recent statistics released by Performance and Customs Bond Services (PCBS), a specialist guarantee...

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 11:32
Ahead of time

A key player in the beneficiary fund industry has called on government to reverse the age of majority from 18 back to 21 as an exemption for this fast-growing financial services sector. The age of majority was changed...

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 10:49
Action! Lot’s of it

According to a recent study conducted by Deloitte for the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), South Africa's film industry has grown significantly since 2005, contributing R3.5 billion to the national economy...

Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 18:03
Deloitte on market

The increasingly competitive insurance sector in South Africa may regard the virtually untapped lower earning segments of the market as a growth area. Yet, a great deal has to be achieved before corporate ambitions in...

Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 18:00
Missing the obvious

During a recent performance review of one of our less-qualified staff members, we asked him whether he had attained the driver’s licence he said he was aiming to get the year before. To get the license would have...

Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 17:59
Reducing the TCF burden

Technology is changing the face of the financial services industry. Regulatory changes over the past few years have resulted in markedly increased administrative processes to ensure compliance, and technological...

Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 17:58
A decade of growth

Ten short years. An impressive 20% market share, built from scratch. This sums up the stellar business success of Hollard Insurance Namibia, which is fast becoming the country’s short-term insurer of choice, says the...

Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 17:55
Points of piracy

Piracy is typically an act of robbery or criminal violence at sea. It has become common parlance in regard to so-called ‘illegal copying’ of copyrighted music and video media. The entertainment industry says it is...

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 19:43
The life and short times of economic downturn

About 70% of people committing insurance fraud were driven by desperate circumstances, including losing their jobs and loss of income to protracted strikes. This is according to the deputy chief executive of the...

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 19:39
Don’t trip up

When you are about to go on holiday the last thing you tend to think about is something going wrong. You leave behind everything that is familiar to you, your home, parents, loved ones and doctors. Will you be able to...

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 19:34
Watch out for the fine print!

Renting out to earn extra income during the holidays? Here’s what you need to know

The summer holidays are around the corner and a lot of people are gearing up for a well-deserved break. For an ever-...

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 11:59
Avoiding financial disaster

High household debt levels, combined with rising mobility costs for motorists, have raised concerns that many South African motor vehicle owners may be considering cancelling their motor insurance policies as a way to...

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 11:57
Christmas crackers

In credit-hungry South Africa, where household debt is at 75.4% of disposable income and household savings level just 1.7% of GDP, the South African Savings Institute (SASI) is battling to change people’s habits. Consumers are persistently...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 10:55
Regular deals

Contrary to what many people believe, mergers and acquisitions are taking place regularly in many different industries, jurisdictions and business sizes in South Africa. Not all of the deals are made public or make...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 10:54
Teachers need educating

One of the largest damages awards to date, R23.5 million, was made in August 2013 to a student, Christian Rabie, the son of a high court judge, who suffered serious brain injury after a dangerous school playground...

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 10:17
Popular or not?

South African businesses are set to face more legislation with the introduction of the Protection of Personal Information Bill (PoPI). It has taken current restrictions to a whole new level, since it even restricts...

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 10:15
Still propping crops

Santam says it has no intention of withdrawing its support from farmers. At a time when ‘they are facing challenging times,’ it notes that one of the largest re-insurers in South Africa is withdrawing from the crop...

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 10:14
Captive procedure

Alexander Forbes and MMI Holdings Limited (MMI) have announced an agreement on the sale of Guardrisk (including Euroguard), to MMI for R1.6 billion. The conclusion of the transaction is subject to inter alia...