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Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:16
Vigilance and care

According to Aon South Africa, there has been a marked increase in residential robberies in the last year. SAPS crime statistics show burglary at residential premises remained relatively high at 260 460 reported...

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:16
No excuse

South Africa has seen a steady rise in obesity over the past decade, but it is often overlooked as the primary cause of chronic diseases from which many South Africans suffer until death. Indeed, Dr Mario Greyling of...

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 03:16
The latest risks

While medical advances have reduced deaths from infectious diseases, we are killing ourselves through lifestyle choices. So says Dr Philippa Peil, Liberty Medical Adviser.

Last year 36 million people died...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 03:16
Growing risk

Protecting the value of your crop is as much about good farm management as it is about insurance. As we approach the summer rainy season and with climate change becoming such a significant influence on farming, it is...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 03:16
Loss of power – and confidence

To say I am annoyed about the poor quality of a Willard battery I bought would be an understatement. This little foray into the murky world of motor repair and replacement has cost me around R3 000 so far, to say...

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 03:16
Sober analysis

The JSE All Share Index reached its record high on 29th July 2014, before easing off slightly and enjoying a price/earnings ratio above 17.5 times.

In the current environment where the domestic market is...

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 03:16
Emerging squeeze

September was a rough month on local markets, and the final week of the month was particularly volatile. Both the foreign exchange and equities markets continue under duress. The All bond index is also in negative...

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 03:16
Why the big fuss?

In recent months, the Master of the High Court has often refused to register newly created family trusts if an independent trustee has not been appointed. Although it isn’t a legal requirement, the Master often...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 03:16
The low volatility anomaly

It seems very obvious that taking risks is something that you apply only when you have a competitive edge and in the right context. So where did the idea that, to get rich you need to take risk, evolve into the non-...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 03:16
Major risks

“Derivatives” is a buzzword that is often misused or misunderstood. If you ask ten different asset managers or investors what a derivative is, you are more than likely going to receive just as many answers....

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 03:16
The Malta option

Over the last few years South African high net-worth individuals have been steadily increasing their international investment exposure. This affords them the opportunity to access substantially greater returns as well...

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 03:16
Biometrics the answer

According to a recent study by credit bureau Compuscan, more than R1 billion is lost every year in South Africa to identity fraud. In addition, The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) estimates that...

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 03:16
Out damn spam!

Are you struggling to control the onslaught of spam? From April 2014, for some reason, I started attracting such harassment, seemingly out of the blue, affecting one of my email accounts. A few months later, on...

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 03:16
Expert evidence

More and more fraud is being uncovered as companies, employees and even the public sector become more aware of commercial crime. With this comes increased demand for highly specialised forensic investigation skills....

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 03:16
Wise moves

Being a financial planner in tough economic times is a big responsibility. Clients are often under extreme stress – with bad news, hiking prices and declining spending power having a big impact on their sentiment and...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 03:16
Choosing the right option

Saving for retirement is only one step towards ensuring one’s golden years are enjoyed, without having to compromise on living standards. Without proper planning and an appropriate investment strategy, South Africans...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 18:58
Follow up on the price of t-shirts

I never expected I’d have a follow up on this. But, of the T-shirts mentioned in the story three-for-the-price-of-two it turns out one of the garments was faulty. Woolworth’s was not keen to replace it, suggesting it...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 10:12
Terrible trio

While the release of South Africa’s crime statistics for the year to March 2014 by the National police commissioner caused heated debate from many political and private sector spokespeople, there is no denying the...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 03:16
Balancing act

South Africa’s financial advisers will play a crucial role in ensuring that the consumer protections proposed in National Treasury’s retirement reforms materialise. This was one of the findings of a panel discussion...

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 12:57
Christmas fear

The South African Savings Institute (SASI) launched its annual Festive Season Savings Campaign in a year where the demise of African Bank highlighted that the escalation of arrears has reached levels previously...

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 09:54
Key objectives

The retirement reforms to take effect on 1st March 2015 have been delayed, possibly until 2017. While some will welcome the delay (unions and high income earners in particular), National Treasury’s potential...

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 09:33
No need to panic

Many people still see resigning from their employer as their solution to a shortage of cash. Household debt is running extremely high at 74.3% of disposable income – although it is down from its peak of about 82% in...

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 16:20
Global plan

In June 2012, the G20 leaders explicitly referred to “the need to prevent base erosion and profit shifting” (BEPS) in their meeting’s final declaration. In February 2013 the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 14:24
Returning the name

Price Forbes & Partners is an independent specialist UK-based insurance broker, which recently announced that, as part of its ongoing expansion in South Africa, it has renamed its subsidiary to Price Forbes (Pty)...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 14:23
Ifix confidence booster

iFix is a mobile device and electronic equipment repair business that specialises in Apple and Samsung products operating from nine service centres nationwide. It has just announced (mid-October 20140 that it is ready...

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 14:47
Is Eskom making people incandescent with rage?

I am so tired of this Eskom load shedding business. I am sure everyone is. And why are they doing this on a Sunday? Surely industry takes a day off? And 2nd November in Cape Town was not cold, nor was it hot. I am sure very few heaters or air...

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 09:55
Dreadfull aftermath

According to statistics released by the Medical Research Council earlier this year, 18 000 people are killed annually on SA’s roads and a further 150 000 are severely injured. As if to illustrate the brutal reality of...

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 09:53
Ups and downs

South African Police Services Minister Nathi Mthethwa recently announced an overall increase of 46.7% in commercial crime over the past ten years from 2004/5 to 2013/14. However, the category decreased by 13.6% for...