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Monday, June 30, 2014 - 02:16
Tightening prospects

Consumers have had significant relief over the past few years with interest rates being close to their lowest levels in almost 40 years. However, with the first 0.5% increase in interest rates behind us and an...

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 02:16
Try and diversify

Returns on private equity investments remain competitive in relation to the returns on South African listed equity.

According to the latest RisCura-SAVCA South African Private Equity Performance Report,...

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 02:16
Free help

Timbukone, a major provider of software and database solutions to the investor community, has launched its own online resource guide aimed at providing investors with useful tools and data. Titled the “The Stock Market eBook” http://www....

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 02:16
Remedial advice

Comparing bucket-lists has become a favourite dinner table conversation. There is, however, another list that is not as much fun to share. This is the list of scary things that can or may happen to us as we age - and...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 02:16
Comparing options

We all know how important it is to save towards a secure retirement, and for many investors the retirement annuity (RA) remains the savings vehicle of choice when doing so. It is therefore important not only for...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 02:16
Relaxing environment

In his 2014 February Budget speech, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced the relaxation of the part of the Income Tax Act requiring philanthropic foundations to distribute 75% of the money they generate within a...

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 02:16
Mind the gap

South Africans are still severely underinsured for disability. This is according to the ASISA 2013 Gap Analysis, which indicated that 67% of the country’s working population does not have enough risk cover to finance...

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 02:16
Historical view

The exchange rate has pushed up new vehicle prices, opening up the price gap between new and used cars, which, coupled with uncertainty around the interest rates, means buyers are starting to find better value in the...

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 02:16
Attitude aside

According to the World Health Organisation the road fatality rates on the African continent is the highest in the world. In fact, Nigeria and South Africa are recorded to have the highest fatality rates with 33.7 and...

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 02:16
Explaining a paradox

How do you tell your children that, in spite of an overall drop in earnings per share of 6.4% in 2013, prices rose on the JSE by 17.8%? This strange situation, as shown in Chart 1, masks a great underlying discrepancy...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 02:16
Oh, for the quiet life…

Frequent arguments with partners, relatives, or neighbours may boost the risk of death from any cause in middle age, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Men and...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 02:16
Continental shift

I’ve been a frontier market fan for some time now, especially when it comes to Africa, and particularly when it comes to investing in Nigeria. On May 7-9, Abuja, Nigeria, I had the honour of hosting the World Economic...

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 02:16
The real cost of car theft

The 2012/2013 police crime statistics show that 58 370 vehicles were reported stolen, an average of 160 vehicles every day; 130 475 vehicles – 358 per day - were broken into and valuables stolen; in all 9 990 cars and 943 trucks were hijacked...

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 02:16
Valued virtue?

At 10X, we regularly extol the use of index funds to reduce the cost of investing, eliminate active management risk (choosing an underperforming fund manager) and secure an above-average investor return, notes Steven...

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 02:16
Check the fees

Consumers need to become more financially savvy by taking an active role in managing their retirement products to ensure a worry free retirement.

The problem is our highly complex RAs in SA. This is...

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 02:16
Challenging list

Upon entering the workplace, many young professionals are faced with the challenge of being responsible for their own financial affairs, but have little knowledge on where to start and often make decisions that place...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 02:16
Sanlam suggests

Equities should remain the preferred asset class for investors over the longer term, says Alwyn van der Merwe, director of investments at Sanlam Private Investments (SPI) – even though returns are expected to be muted...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 02:16
Tapering rand

South African economic growth will increase to about 2.5% during the course of this year, driven largely by a global recovery, stronger exports and some resilience from the higher-income consumer. However, the rand...

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 02:16
Maintaining cover

Paying your insurance premium on time is an essential part of keeping your policy active so that you do not have a break in cover. One way of ensuring timeous payments is by arranging a debit order with your chosen...

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 02:16
Shining a light

It's all systems go for first ever national skin cancer screening day on 1st September 2014.

Dr Derek Odendaal is President of the South African Society for Dermatological Surgery and one of the founder...

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 02:16
On the house

Old Mutual iWYZE has introduced a Buildings No-Claim Reward benefit that gives clients 100% of their premiums back in cash after six claim-free years. Homeowners can qualify for this by insuring their primary...

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 02:16
Greater scale

Santam is to acquire Brolink, a company that provides information technology and business process outsourcing services to the short-term insurance industry.

The transaction will see the Santam group...

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 02:16
Speed enforcement misses the point

Enforcement authorities should move their emphasis from speed to moving violations in order to reduce fatalities and cut the cost of crashes in South Africa. This is the view of the Automobile Association which cited...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 02:16
Making a difference

Discovery Insure now has 50 000 active policies, which says CEO Anton Ossip, “is a remarkable achievement” given the company is less than three years old.

Discovery Insure says in was conceived as a “...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 02:16
The ANC sees Red

Well, the African National Congress (ANC) certainly continues to dominate the political landscape, as to be expected. But what is more interesting about recent developments is what the other parties have achieved, and...

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 13:15
Increased interest

As at the end of April this year the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s (JSE) Currency Derivatives Market saw the value of futures and options traded reaching an access of R1 trillion since the market’s inception in 2007...

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 12:57
Terrific progress

The Ombudsman for Short-Term insurance resolved claims worth R119m in favour of consumers (2012: R114m) during 2013.

According to his latest annual report, 9 368 complaints were received last year, an...