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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 03:16
Useful resource

The Stock Market eBook website is for all investors interested in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. This free service provides the South African investor with deep insight into JSE listed companies such as the...

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 03:16
Costly inconvenience

In South Africa, unfair dismissal events make up around 80% of the cases at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) each year, with almost 700 cases being referred to the CCMA every day. This...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 03:16
Extending support

Although most people look forward to retirement, many risk depleting their saved capital too fast by paying high fees and choosing inappropriate portfolios. To help retirees increase the longevity of their retirement fund savings 10X Investments...

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 09:23
JSE advisory

In response to an upsurge in customer complaints and enquiries regarding the marketing methods and claims made by companies/agents that these software programs are required in order to invest on the Johannesburg Stock...

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 09:21
Extending delivery

The MMI Holdings Limited’s (MMI) acquisition of CareCross Health Group, including a majority share in Occupational Care South Africa (OCSA) (first announced in June 2014) has been finalised with regulatory approval...

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 09:18
Winners and losers

Financial markets have been dominated by the collapse in the oil price over the past few weeks. The fall in the oil price is partly due to lower-than-expected demand because of slower global growth. It is easy to forget that China’s nominal...

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 09:13
Misshapen risk

A persistent midriff bulge, otherwise known as central obesity, is linked to a heightened risk of a sudden, and often fatal, malfunction of the heart’s electrical circuitry, suggests research published online in the...

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 09:10
Worse than salt

Added sugars in processed foods are likely to have a greater role in high blood pressure and heart disease and stroke, than added salt, say doctors in an analysis of the published evidence in the online journal Open Heart.
Dietary guidelines...

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 09:05
Festive thieves

Statistics from the Institute for Security Studies, published in December 2013, reveal that the number of cases of house burglaries is greater when the occupants are away on holiday. As a result, it is important that...

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 03:16
Grudge not…

The recently enacted Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act, which sets conditions for how organisations can process information, has caused significant upheaval in the South African business environment....

Friday, December 26, 2014 - 03:16
Keep it simple and up to date

Financial planning is not only about covering your assets and growing your wealth, it is also about managing your affairs in the event of death. Once you have spent time and effort in crafting a valid will then it’s easy to tweak it as your...

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 10:34
Slow reaction

According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) around 40 people die on South Africa’s roads a day, costing the economy more than R300bn a year. Over the 2013 Christmas period alone, 1 376 South African...

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 10:31
Client centric model

MMI Holdings Limited (MMI) and Imara Holdings Limited (Imara) announced today the acquisition of stock broking firm Imara SP Reid by MMI for R120 million. The acquisition is subject to regulatory and Imara shareholder...

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 10:29
December volatility

Investors hoping for markets to be quiet leading up to December have been disappointed. A number of headline-grabbing events caused volatility in the markets. The oil price has fallen to fresh five-year lows of below...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 03:16
Downgraded again

Once again, global growth is disappointing. For the fourth year in a row, the optimism felt at the start of the year has proven to be misplaced. The title of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) January report...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 03:16
Reducing risk

Over the past few years, passive investment funds have burgeoned into a range of styles and types, many of which were not around 20 years ago. The real interest today is in the more sophisticated, but largely...

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 03:16
Solid as a rock

GSX Limited, Gibraltar’s first ever regulated stock exchange, has been granted authorisation by the Financial Services Commission to commence operations. The opening will be in two distinctive phases. The initial ‘...

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 17:24
Over a barrel

We’ve been as surprised as anybody by the speed of the decline in the price of oil, but there’s a saying in the oil sector, attributed to various commentators over the years: “The cure for high oil prices is high oil...

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 17:18
Cost control

The December period brings with it the closing of schools and companies alike. Often meaning that the whole family gets to spend quality time together. Getaways are planned to ‘bucket list’ destinations and family...

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 17:16
To do list

The holiday season is upon us! That means sun, fun and a little well-deserved rest and relaxation. Falling ill or sustaining an injury isn’t something that we like to think about during the festive season but accidents can happen.
Here are a...

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 03:16
Record and save

The last few years have seen experts in the medical indemnity and insurance field make troubling predictions about the state of medical litigation in South Africa. “And I believe we are on the verge of a medical...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:16
Recovery costs

After two years of experience, Cartrack, a stolen vehicle recovery, fleet management and telematics specialist, is wondering why its warranty benefit has not been emulated by competitors.

Two years ago,...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 03:16
Higher mortality!

A high milk intake in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death, suggests observational research published in The BMJ recently. This may be...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 03:16
Life saver

Depending on who you believe, vehicle accidents cost the South African economy anywhere between R200 billion and R325 billion every year. If we accept somewhere in the middle as the most realistic figure and divvy...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 03:16
Selling the wrong message

“Often, employee benefit companies sell the wrong message to employers,” says Alex Cook CEO of GCI Wealth. “They sell them the concept that retirement is the end goal.

“Many umbrella funds use ‘life...

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 03:16
Be prepared

UK insurance companies will now need to prioritise monitoring of processes to help ensure maximum governance. A UK company, cryptically called “eg solutions plc”, says it is a “pioneer and pacesetter in enterprise...

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 03:16
Diary option

If you have a tracking device fitted to your motor vehicle you may be required to have its connectivity tested from time to time. Failing this, the insurer may repudiate a claim for a stolen, unrecovered vehicle. A...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 03:16
Reform delays

Following a request from labour to allow for further consultations between Government and National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on social security reform, Government has agreed to delay the...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 03:16
Primary driver

Following short-term insurer Santam’s strong interim results, the business is pushing forward with strategic expansion into Africa in partnership with Sanlam Emerging Markets. As part of this expansion, Santam...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 03:16
Risky business

Mike Allen, CIO of Momentum Global Investment Management gives his current global market outlook: “Global markets are correcting as they adjust to reduced growth expectations, an increasingly difficult environment for earnings growth and the...

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 03:16
Sugar slip up

According to Dr Anchen Laubscher, medical director of Netcare, “Approximately three-and-a-half million South Africans have diabetes mellitus, a fast-growing problem in South Africa, caused by either a lack of insulin...

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 03:16
Crime and fraud

FNB says credit card fraud has decreased by 15% in the last 12 months. However, 42% of customers are still sharing their PINs, while the higher income groups show riskier card behaviour. The bank commissioned...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 10:56
Horrific charges

It is hard to find a more predatory banking practice than occurs in foreign exchange transactions in the South African banking system*. First National Bank (FNB) has been asked to explain how it can justify total fees...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 03:16
Negative ending

The VAT relief instituted on 10th January 2012, aimed at assisting property developers with their cash flow, will come to an end on 1st January 2015. Property developers are warned that this will have a negative...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 03:16
Travel concern

It is essential to be vaccinated against yellow fever when travelling to certain countries. This is according to Dr Pete Vincent of Netcare Travel Clinics and Medicross Tokai family medical and dental centre, who adds...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 03:16
Clearing the backlog

The 2013/2014 financial year will go down as a watershed for the Office of the Pension Funds Adjudicator – for the first time since it was established more than 16 years ago, the historical backlog of complaints was...

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 03:16
March 2015 deadline

The Financial Services Board (FSB) early November released a discussion paper outlining the results of its Retail Distribution Review (RDR). The paper proposes a number of far-reaching reforms to the regulatory...