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February 2014
Pill substitute

Physical activity is potentially as effective as many drug interventions for patients with existing coronary heart disease and stroke, suggests a review of evidence published on bmj.com recently.

The...

February 2014
Unsustainable system

At the start of every New Year, we feel the strings on our purses being pulled. Luxuries must be cut just to keep up with the rising cost of rent, food, electricity and transport; not to mention the long list of...

February 2014
Assisted service

A study has found that men are more likely than women to drive drunk. In the survey, 27% of men admitted to driving over the limit compared to 10% of women.

According to Robyn Farrell, spokesperson of 1st...

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 13:30
Adapt or lose

“Age is an issue of mind over matter,” Mark Twain once declared. “If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

While this may be true when evaluating the passage of time in your bathroom mirror or when marking...

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 03:16
Largely positive

Despite more regulation coming down the track in South Africa, the Financial Service Board’s proposals to strengthen the regulatory framework of the third-party cell captive insurance industry are largely positive....

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 03:16
Book of advice

The 2008/9 recession has led to four years of high volatility being experienced by both businesses and investors. Pensioners, in particular, have taken the brunt of dubious investment decisions with many struggling...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 03:16
Joining the web

Momentum’s personal financial management solution, Financial Wellness, is now live and available to the public free of charge. The innovative set of solutions was developed to help individuals navigate the often...

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 03:16
A kind word

The New Year, consumers is a good time to review your medical aid and insurance policies. “Yet,” says Sarah Slabbert from the Plain Language Institute, “many people will once again sign up for insurance products that...

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 03:16
Regulatory burden

The savings industry is experiencing significant change driven by a much greater regulatory burden imposed by National Treasury and the Financial Services Board. Mark Lindhiem of Investment Solutions say, “For the...

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 03:16
Funny numbers

The retirement fund industry sold their clients the dream of becoming a multi-millionaire by simply investing 15% of their monthly income into a high equity fund for the next forty years. “And, with such a fund...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 03:16
Broken system – like here…

New data released by National Nurses United revealed that not only do a handful of hospitals charge patients more than 10 times the actual cost of treatment but that prices have been steadily increasing for nearly two...

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 03:16
US comment

Patients can’t trust doctors’ advice if we hide our financial connections with drug companies, according to a January 2014 report on bmj.com

Emergency Physician Leana Wen, from George Washington...

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 03:16
Busier, better roads

The annual number of car crash deaths in England and Wales has plunged by 41% over the past 50 years, despite the increase in drivers on the road, reveals research published online in Emergency Medicine Journal....

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 03:16
Simplifying the network

Cloud computing offers individuals and businesses access to technology over their existing network. One benefit is that it provides many services to be offered on a ‘pay per use’ basis instead of requiring large...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 03:16
What is suitable?

Finding an advisor that suits one’s specific needs can be a daunting task. Renier Hugo of Seed Investments provides some key questions to ask when choosing a financial advisor:

How do they charge for...

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 03:16
Do something!

In the realm of behavioural finance, there’s a concept called “analysis paralysis” to which many investors succumb. A daily deluge of data (often contradictory), news and investment advice can cause investors to sit...

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 03:16
Does size matter and why?

With a rise in the number of boutique managers, globally and domestically, investors are faced with the age-old question of “does size really matter”?

Comments Mark van der Walt, Business Development at...

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 03:16
Capex promise

There is a growing need for large-scale infrastructure projects around the world. The OECD and the World Economic Forum (in a report prepared in collaboration with PwC) estimates that around 3.5% - 4% of global GDP,...

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 03:16
Copy fight

The Copyright Tribunal is a process enabled by the Copyright Act to deal with some of the licencing-type disputes that might arise in the context of copyright. What happens is that the matter is heard by the judge who...

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 03:16
Gun, ho!

It is more than ten years since the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000 replaced the old Arms and Ammunition Act. The purpose of the new act was to prevent the proliferation of illegally possessed firearms, to provide for...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 03:16
Getting the message

Ctrack, which provides vehicle monitoring and fleet management technology, introduced a new product last December, called Ctrack On-the-Road (OTR). It has been designed “with road safety in mind,” and is based on...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 03:16
Shrinking affordability

After six years of improving residential property affordability, this could be a year the trend reverses, comments John Loos, FNB’s property economist. In other words, there’s a hint house prices might start...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 03:16
Growth potential

“We believe 2014 will be an important year for many emerging markets, establishing trends that could play out through much of the remainder of the decade,” says Mark Mobius, speaking as executive chairman of Templeton...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 03:16
Avoid the greedy pitfall

Local investors, flush with equity gains over the past two years, are fast approaching a pitfall with the potential to turn big short-term winners into long-term losers.

“Three factors will spring the...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 08:41
Portable solution

SureThing SA has recently launched itself as “the most affordable gadget insurance solution”.

“SureThing SA provides immediate, inexpensive and reliable insurance for your cell phone, tablet, game console...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 08:39
Foreign catch

The Income Tax Act, 1962 was recently amended to provide for a new withholding tax on cross-border service fees. “According to the new law, a withholding tax of 15% must be levied on the amount of any service fee that...