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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 11:15
Preying on customers – again!

When I wanted to send a straightforward payment to Australia I never realised the charges would be so exorbitant. In all, First National Bank charged R510.19 to send an electronic transfer of just Aus$105. That works...

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 21:47
Bricks and mortar

Property investment is often summarised by the clichéd mantra ‘location, location, location’. It may be a well-used phrase, but this advice couldn’t be more apt when exploring the investment potential in the global...

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 03:16
Old problem

Alexander Forbes Insurance (AFI) says pensioners should be offered specialist insurance products and not treated just like younger, riskier counterparts, and who they are often required to cross subsidise. They also should not be expected to fund...

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 03:16
Call centre calamity

Most organisations engage customers by trying to inform, stimulate, and influence them, hoping to attract them to do business. This is closely followed by servicing them effectively and ensuring that they are...

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 03:16
Keeping your telomeres

Eating a Mediterranean diet might help extend your lifespan, suggests a study published in The BMJ. The diet appears to be associated with longer telomere length – an established marker of slower ageing. The...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 03:16
No one too big to go to jail

Financial experts say that planned new financial regulations in South Africa will make it more difficult for individuals to escape punishment when committing financial crimes.

Caroline da Silva, Deputy...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 03:16
Lifestyle disease

Almost a quarter of South Africa’s population is either diabetic or pre-diabetic, the majority suffering from type 2 diabetes. It is directly related to lifestyle. Clearly this is a serious public health crisis and it needs to be urgently...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 03:16
Poor work style

Diabetes (Type 2) is a non-communicable disease (NCD) that is directly linked to an individual’s background, lifestyle and environment. It is a disease considered to be preventable. So why is there an emerging global...

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 03:16
Time to secure your data

Over the past two years, South African businesses have been struggling against a rising tide of so-called ‘cyber-criminal’ activity. Although financial losses are running into millions of rands these are not the only...

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 03:16
In the detail

Buying a mechanical warranty policy does not necessarily buy you peace of mind. Consumers must take the trouble to understand clearly what the policy covers. The Ombudsman for Short-Term Insurance (OSTI’s) office has...

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 03:16
The equity winner

Because investors are inundated with news flow, which very easily results in myopic behaviour, it is often useful to take a step back from time to time and have a good look at the bigger picture. SBG Securities has...

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 03:16
Most preventable…

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and in South Africa, statistics show that 1 in 29 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. A man’s chance of getting breast cancer is about 100 times...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 03:16
Greater exposure

The 2014 Internet Security Threat Report released by global cyber-security firm company Symantec has revealed a massive 92% increase in targeted global online attacks in 2013. Bringing this closer to home, South...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 03:16
Are you paying attention, South Africa?

A primary aim of development economists is to identify the ingredients responsible for positive, sustained improvements in the incomes and, in so doing, help promote policies that lift the social well-being of...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 03:16
Enlightenment

With the spate of load-shedding hitting the country, Eskom is being crucified as the sole accountable party as it is ultimately responsible for the provision of electricity. However, businesses and commercial property...

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 03:16
Unexpected provision

An insurer has been ordered to pay a funeral claim that had been declined on the basis that the life insured had reached 21 years because the policyholder had neither been given notification nor the opportunity to pay...

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 03:16
Thin audiences

The Office of the Pension Funds Adjudicator (OPFA) has embarked on a nationwide community education campaign - commencing with the North West Province - to provide information on the role of the tribunal, which is a dispute resolution body for...

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 03:16
Where others are not looking…

Victor von Reiche, Senior Investment Manager at Cannon Asset Managers, suggests some New Year investment counters to add to your portfolio.

“The best investment opportunities reside in places where others...

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 03:16
Fraught with risks

The Retail Distribution Review (RDR) proposals released on 7th November 2014 will affect intermediaries, product providers and consumers in the financial services sector.

The RDR, which is open for...

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 03:16
Seeds of destruction

Sustainable investing has some way to go before it becomes a mainstream investment style. This is despite the fact that the negative future impact of the current economic approach on investments will be significant if...

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 03:16
Still in positive territory

The Experian Business Debt Index (BDI) for Q3, has revealed a significant decline to a level of 0.31, from levels of 0.64 and 0.46 in the first two quarters respectively.

“The decline was anticipated due...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 03:16
Mining wealth

South African venture capitalists have welcomed the recent Taxation Laws Amendment Bill which introduces two changes to Section 12J of the Income Tax Act. The changes, effective January 2015, should boost investment...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 03:16
Bigger loads

Auto & General Business Insurance has extended its motor vehicle insurance offering to include heavy commercial vehicles up to 10 tons. Clients can now cover their trucks as part of their combined Business...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 14:58
Credit Card offer

On 18th December 2014 I got a strange call from a gentleman by the name of Keoagile Mosime, allegedly from ‘First National Bank’, and I initially thought it might be a scam. To me he sounded as he were calling me from...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 11:19
Upping the limits

Angélique Visser, Chairperson of the Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa (FISA), says that the institute welcomes the confirmation in the Government Gazette by Michael Masutha, Minister of Justice and...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 11:18
Keep in touch

While consumers might see debt review as a solution to their problems, WesBank wants consumers to know all of the ins and outs before filing for debt review.

In instances where consumers find their...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 11:17
Pay-outs soar

The short term insurance industry is suffering a persistent trend in rising weather-related claims in the face of climate change. And it is particularly evident from claims experience in Gauteng in 2014.

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