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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:26
Gut feeling

The gut microbe Akkermansia muciniphila may hold the key to better metabolic health and healthier body fat distribution in people who are overweight or obese, reveals a small study published online in the journal Gut...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 14:33
Falling in

After years of negotiations, there has been a recent breakthrough between Iran, the United States and other world powers about Iran’s nuclear programme. While the deal certainly was controversial, and is still under debate in the United States,...

Monday, August 17, 2015 - 16:44
SARS to waiver penalties?

“The rapid development in international tax transparency over the past two years in the form of the OECD Common Reporting Standard CRS has caused many South African taxpayers to consider regularising their offshore...

Monday, August 17, 2015 - 16:16
Keeping control

Beneficiary funds were introduced in January 2009, yet many pension fund trustees and financial advisers remain unaware or confused about their use and advantages. Fairheads Benefit Services believes that all financial advisers, especially those...

Monday, August 17, 2015 - 16:07
The poor can copy

The number of new millionaires in Africa is steadily growing, with more than 160 000 individuals holding around US$660 billion in personal wealth at the end of 2014, according to the New World Wealth Africa Wealth...

Monday, August 17, 2015 - 15:56
Computer breach

Cyber-attacks are escalating in frequency and intensity, posing a growing threat to businesses and countries’ national security. South African companies in ever-larger numbers are seeking financial protection through...

Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 11:36
Range of challenges

According to research reported in the 2015 Sanlam Benchmark Survey 63% of members and 57% of pensioners used withdrawal benefits to reduce debt.

“The reality is, today’s retirees are faced with a range of...

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 02:16
Worsening risk profile

The rapid rise in lifestyle-related illnesses, resulting from higher rates of obesity in particular, indicate that an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle are fast replacing tobacco as one of the leading causes of...

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 17:38
Gentle sermon

Funeral cover can ease financial burdens during emotionally difficult times; make sure you make the right choices regarding your policy

Not one of us can escape the fact that dying is inevitable. Of...

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 16:27
Youthful opportunity

As South Africa celebrates Youth month, it would seem that there is simply no disguising South Africa’s youth unemployment crisis and the misery that it brings for so many young people and their families. South Africa...

Monday, July 20, 2015 - 13:05
Million fines awaits

With fines looking set to surge for non-compliance with pensions auto-enrolment, businesses in the financial services sector must act now if they want to avoid a hit to their finances, warns Lighthouse Group, one of...

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 02:16
New horizons

Investing in frontier markets can come with a higher degree of volatility than more established markets, but to my team and me, they offer exciting potential, says Mark Mobius PH.D. Executive Chairman Templeton...

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 02:16
Shot in the arm

Stakeholders in South Africa’s construction sector continue to wait anxiously the materialisation of the proposed R800-billion of public sector investment in the country’s infrastructure over the next three years....

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 16:30
Stirring the dust

South African human rights lawyer Richard Spoor filed an action in the South Gauteng High Court on 2nd April 2015 for damages on behalf of 22 current and former coal mine workers who have contracted lung diseases as a...

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 02:16
A little TCF

As life assurers started to implement Treating Customer Fairly (TCF) principles, complaints against the industry dropped during 2014, according to the office of the Ombudsman for Long-term Insurance.

“...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 02:16
Protecting your income

“You need to protect yourself in case of serious illness,” avers Schalk Malan Executive Director of BrightRock. “It’s not a topic that most of us like to think about.”

But what would happen if you were...

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 14:41
Getting grey

An increase in longevity rates around the world is certainly something to be celebrated. Average global life expectancy has increased to 71.5 years in 2013—up from 65.3 years in 1990—due to factors including improvements in health care and a...

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 14:31
Favoured curry

For the first time in history, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has noted that the growth forecast for India exceeds that of China. Although the IMF expects India to grow at 7.5% in 2015, relative to China's...

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 12:38
Stuck in the Middle

Greece seems to be stuck between political forces on the left (the Syriza party) and fiscal forces on the right (debt burdens, European Monetary Union austerity controls). Is there a viable way out? What are the...

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 10:29
Check your safety

According to the International Transport Forum's (ITF) latest Road Safety Annual Report, (published late March 2015) South Africa was ranked the worst for number of road fatalities out of 36 countries – an alarming...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 02:16
14-year plan

Government has opted for a “systematic” and “rational” approach for the implementation of its National Health Insurance (NHI) programme.
While only 16% of South Africans belong to private medical schemes, healthcare spending for them totals...

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Real bind

Latest statistics released by the Department of Basic Education reveal that it will cost over R16.5 billion to address the lack of school libraries at 10 721 schools across the country, highlighting the necessity for...

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 16:58
Plan of action

Personal finance articles on the need to save for retirement abound. We read articles ad nauseam giving projections as to how much we miss out on later on if we delay saving, articles extolling the importance of...

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 16:53
Settling in

Buying a home comes with a host of financial responsibilities, such as paying your bond regularly and ensuring that you have selected appropriate insurance to cover your debt, should your circumstances change....

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 16:52
Card tricks

Travelling enriches our lives in many ways. We are exposed to different cultures, new experiences, breath-taking sights, historic landmarks, and cuisine that is wonderfully foreign to our palates.

In fact...