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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 02:16
Government initiative

According to ASISA, 2013 withdrawals from the retirement schemes in the first half of the year (excluding retirement and payment of death claims) amounted to R15 billion. In addition, the Old Mutual Retirement Monitor...

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 02:16
Table manners

The 15% fall in dietary salt intake over the past decade in England is likely to have had a key role in the 40% drop in deaths from heart disease and stroke over the same period, concludes research published in the...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 02:16
Down to long term goals

In 2000, the collective investments industry had R117 billion assets under management including: R44 billion in equity funds; R6 billion in asset mix funds; and, R33 billion in money market funds. Industry assets have...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 02:16
Yearly treat

PPS Investments, says there are three good reasons for considering additional contributions to your retirement annuity.
Chief Executive Nick Battersby urges investors to remember the following advantages:
1. Boosting your tax return. A...

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 02:16
Weigh up the costs

Chances are you haven’t reviewed the performance of your Retirement Annuity (RA) for some time. And although the traditional tax season has ended, there is still work to do for people with taxable incomes (and...

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 02:16
China factor

Investors who have to date fought shy of the commodity sector might like to review their portfolio. According to Imara Asset Management South Africa, it is worth a look at the long-term prospects of this sector.
Senior fund manager Chris...

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 02:16
Go ahead for beneficiary funds

The effects of the 2007 Fidentia corruption scandal continue to work their way through the legal system. A recent amendment to the Pension Funds Act will make it easier for additional death benefits to be administered...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 02:16
New paternalism

The closing of defined benefit (DB) pension arrangements has become a global phenomenon with employers grappling with what to replace it, according to new research from PwC.

The firm surveyed 114 ‘Fortune...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 02:16
Limiting loss

The most important asset of any business is its people – especially the key people largely responsible for its success. Not having appropriate insurance against the loss of such key persons could have a devastating...

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 02:16
Committee referral

Last year it was announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his national Budget speech that new regulations governing the taxation of trusts would be instated. However, with little communication from Treasury...

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 02:16
Hunting for value

The tremendous re-rating of European stocks during 2013 meant value investors such as RECM saw big moves in many of their core holdings. As a result they are now having to hunt in more obscure places to find cheap...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 02:16
Beating burglars

According to statistics from the South African Police Service (SAPS) crime report, there were a total of 245 531 cases of burglary of residential homes in 2012/2013. The report highlighted that home break-ins,...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 02:16
Landscape getting back to normal

Since 2008 the investment landscape has largely been shaped by quantitative easing (QE) – the process of creating money to buy bonds. This form of monetary policy, which is designed to stimulate economic growth, has...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 12:58
Wind farm example

Attention is being drawn to the pension fund and insurance sectors as a way of mobilising funds for long-term investment into infrastructure.

Mark van Wyk, head of impact investing at institutional fund...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 12:58
Cautionary note

With the latest increase in fuel prices, carpooling is seen as the answer by many: by having more people using one vehicle, carpooling reduces each person’s travel costs for fuel, maintenance, tolls and, relieves the...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 12:57
Worth a bit

Gold had a stellar run in recent years – until 2013: that’s when the yellow metal finally succumbed to pressure, and lost almost 30% of its value. Yet again, the first few months of the current year, it rebounded, and...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 11:18
Worsening trend

South African businesses need to ensure they have adequate cover for the risk associated with strikes, civil protests and riots, says Hillary Magede, Senior Manager of Business Insurance at Alexander Forbes Insurance...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:52
Ambitious query

A fixed investment target of 30% by 2030 in terms of the National Development Plan (NDP) is looking somewhat “ambitious”, according to Old Mutual.

Fixed investment currently makes up 19% of South Africa’s...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 09:26
Positive proposal

South African investors, who have become used to the benefits of zero tax on interest, dividends and realised capital gains within retirement funds, are one step closer to enjoying the same tax-free status on interest...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 09:25
Winter wise

Winter has its perks. We get to wear our woolly slippers, drink hot chocolate in bed in front of the telly and there are fewer nagging mosquitoes. However, winter is also the time for colds and flu and, when it comes...

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 09:01
Reasons why

The cost of insuring public infrastructure projects in South Africa doubled between 2011 and 2014, due to a combination of vandalism, theft and poor workmanship by unqualified contractors.

This is...

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 09:00
No ‘get out of jail’

New regulations for a ‘Credit Information Amnesty’ became effective 1st April 2014. “Unfortunately,” says Kevin Hurwitz, Chief Executive Officer at Wonga.com SA, “the complexity of the Amnesty has caused wide-spread...

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 09:27
Complaints persist

According to its newly released annual report, the number of complaints lodged with the Ombudsman for Long-term Insurance continued to grow, reaching a record 10 028 last year, an increase of 4.5% over 2012....

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 09:24
Not very well

Latest figures from Statistics South Africa reveal that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are close to reaching epidemic proportions. While tuberculosis still remains the biggest killer in this country, these so-called...