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Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 03:16
Cheaper compliance

Paying taxes has become easier over the past year for medium-sized companies around the world, according to a new report released by the World Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The time it takes such a company to meet...

February 2015
Marriott sense

1. Invest for income and let the capital take care of itself. The value of a business is based on the income or earnings it can generate. Only through increasing its income can the value of a business increase, a...

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 03:16
Real increases

The take home pay of formal sector employees increased by 11,2% in October 2014 on a year ago, which was an increase of 5% in real terms. This is according to research by Mike Schüssler, Chief Economist at dotcoza. “...

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 03:16
Hip-hip Hippo

The Financial Service Board (FSB) released the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) on 7th November 2014. The review is based on the framework of Treating Customers Fairly (TCF) and proposes 55 policy decisions in order...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:16
No such thing as a risk free asset

The fallout in South African money market funds from the collapse of African Bank is a timely reminder that these investments are not completely risk free. Small capital losses have sparked big runs on money market...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 03:16
Staying the course

Nassim Taleb, renowned author and fierce critic of all who take comfort in statistics, once chose the snappy title of ‘We Don't Quite Know What We are Talking About When We Talk About Volatility’ for one of his papers...

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 03:16
How to survive

The majority of online personal income tax assessments are completed in less than four minutes. “But as SARS comes under pressure to improve its revenue collection the number of taxpayers selected for tax audits is on...

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 03:16
Reducing costs

One of the world’s largest asset consultants, Towers Watson, made a startling admission recently: “Only a small subset of…active managers and…hedge funds are useful to society.” They also state “shuffling of ownership...

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 03:16
Getting mobile

IThe increasing use of smartphones and tablets has made transacting with banks much easier, but are customers ready to interact with investment firms in the same way? The results of a new Deloitte US survey augment...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 03:16
Cause and effect

Thinking about how we will die one day is uncomfortable. Most of us expect (and hope) that we will pass away peacefully from natural causes. But in reality a significant number of people die from unexpected, unnatural...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 03:16
Read headache

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and, according to research, which further suggests there will be a dramatic increase in this condition. Indeed the organisation, Alzheimer’s in Action, estimates that SA...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 03:16
The best of both worlds

Offering and assuring an attractive, meaningful income that is sustainable for life is a challenge facing many product providers and intermediaries, especially in an era where the client’s life expectancy is longer...

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 03:16
Digital danger

The shares of global paper companies were hit hard by changing patterns in media consumption and reduced business activity following the financial crisis. But certain companies enjoy good strategic positioning or...

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 03:16
Expect the unexpected

In the light of insecure lending and the fall of one of the newer financial institutions, which increases consumer distrust, Capitec’s achievement of coming third overall out of 155 companies in the 13th annual Ask...

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 03:16
Formal introduction

An increasing number of South Africans are sending substantial amounts of money offshore each year due to frequent travel, a greater appetite for offshore investing, business interests abroad and a growing trend to...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 11:02
No time for austerity

Greece’s ongoing debate about the best way forward has now played out at the ballot box, although many uncertainties remain. On January 25, Syriza, an extreme left-wing party led by Alexis Tsipras, won the biggest...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 10:41
Sweet conflict

BMJ Investigation reveals extensive network of links between UK public health scientists and sugar industry.


Industry engagement with public health greater than previously known.  Public health...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 03:16
Professional responsibility

Pension fund actuaries face a substantial moral and professional responsibility to fund members in advising on, designing and maintaining sustainable retirement funds. Utilising complex financial calculations and...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 03:16
Professional assessment

South Africa’s graduate professionals are more stressed by their families than any other reason, including financial commitments or their occupation. This is according to a recent survey of nearly 3 000 of Profmed’s...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 03:16
Patterns of disease

“Healthcare fraud is estimated to cost South Africa between R22 billion and R26 billion every year,” says Wilma Liebenberg, Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Objects Healthcare (KOH). “But while fraudsters are...

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 03:16
Saving for a rainy day

Growth in retail sales volumes were already higher in the fourth quarter 2014 than they were in the same period the previous year, according to the results from Stellenbosch University’s Bureau for Economic Research’s...

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 03:16
Old chestnut

Most working South Africans would like to look forward to a comfortable retirement. But industry research has shown that less than 10% of South Africans will be able to retire financially comfortably. It’s an old...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 03:16
Tip of the iceberg

Experian SA has launched the National Fraud Prevention Solution (NFPS) to address the significant threat of identity and credit application fraud in South Africa. And SA’s largest mobile company, Vodacom, is the first...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 03:16
Easier than you think

It’s no secret that the South African economy is growing at rates well below its potential. What is perhaps less well understood is that there are some quick wins that could kick-start the economy, yielding swift...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 03:16
Knock-on effect

Organisations are required by law to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), which specifies a zero tolerance approach to intoxication in the workplace. Employees who are under the influence of...

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 10:34
Distrust the banks

Thanks to year-end savings pay-outs, bonuses or 13th cheques, and so on, many of us are fortunate enough to earn some financial breathing space. It’s also when we should plan to start the New Year with resolutions to...

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 10:24
Poor culture

South Africans are frequently criticised for being bad savers. This label is borne out by a recent study that shows only 20% of South Africans have any kind of formal savings with a recognised financial institution. “...