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FSB fines Smart Life R150 000 for Long-term Insurance Act Contravention

Published: Fri, 23 Jun 17

The Registrar of Long-term Insurance (the Registrar) referred a case against The Smart Life Insurance Company Limited (Smart Life) to the Enforcement Committee of the Financial Services Board. During the period 15 April 2013 until 24 June 2016 Smart Life contravened Rule 16. 1 of the Policy Holder Protection ...
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Insights into the odiousness of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Published: Wed, 21 Jun 17

      Elise Burns-Hoffman Disability, Incapacity and Claims Consultant / Personal Business Coach       The ill-understood condition of an obsessive-compulsive disorder is often the butt of jokes, raising merciless laughter from a society who view the ...
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What happens when you pass way without a Will?

Published: Tue, 20 Jun 17

Johannesburg: When a person passes on without a Will, they forfeit the privilege of deciding what should happen to their estate and the estate gets allocated in terms of pre-determined legislated guidelines, known as Intestate Succession. In other words, that person has no say in how the estate should be apportioned ...
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Questions to ask when taking out a funeral policy

Published: Mon, 19 Jun 17

            Lee Bromfield, CEO of FNB Life                     The last thing you should have to worry about when grieving the loss of a loved one is reading up on the terms ...
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Sanlam Emerging Markets wins African Insurance Company of the Year Award

Published: Fri, 16 Jun 17

Sanlam Emerging Markets (SEM) has won the Insurance Company of the Year award at the third annual Africa Reinsurance Corporation (Africa Re) Awards ceremony held in Kampala, Uganda during the African Insurance Organisation’s annual conference. The Africa Re awards foster best corporate management, ...
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Falsification of Regulatory Examination Results and Issuance of Fraudulent Certificates

Published: Thu, 15 Jun 17

Godfrey Nti, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Planning Institute (FPI) Johannesburg: Following the announcement made yesterday, by the Financial Services Board (FSB), on the high increase of debarment cases in the last year due the qualification and examination fraud which was discovered by the Financial Planning ...
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Hindsight and Objectivity – Ombud rules on Discovery’s failure to inform client of entry date option

Published: Wed, 14 Jun 17

The recent Molate determination, in which Discovery Life was held liable for losses incurred after the death of a life assured, again raises the issue of objectivity with the benefit of hindsight. Background The complainant made an enquiry regarding life cover at one of the Virgin Active Health Clubs. This enquiry ...
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Protect your heir’s interests with a testamentary trust

Published: Wed, 14 Jun 17

Adv. Ronald King, Head: Strategic Research & Support, PSG Wealth   A paragraph or two in your will is not always enough to ensure your wishes are fulfilled after you’ve died. To protect the inheritance and financial wellbeing of your child or spouse, you might need to consider a testamentary trust ...
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Swiss Re's 2017 SONAR report examines top emerging risks the re/insurance industry and society are facing

Published: Wed, 14 Jun 17

Swiss Re's latest SONAR report features 20 new emerging risk themes and six emerging trend spotlights the re/insurance industry should have on its radar Reduced market access, regulatory fragmentation, the return of inflation, and cloud risk accumulation pose the largest challenges with the highest downside ...
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60% of critical illness claims made by women due to cancer

Published: Tue, 13 Jun 17

Critical illnesses such as cancer and heart disease are alarmingly widespread among women in South Africa. In addition to the physical and emotional burden that comes with being diagnosed with a dread disease, many of these women may also face unexpected financial hardships as a result. The latest figures ...
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Disability Insurance and Skills Transferability

Published: Mon, 12 Jun 17

      Elise Burns-Hoffman Burns-Hoffman Consulting         It has often struck me that the different categories of occupational disability benefits are offered and provided to the incorrect sectors of the market and categories of lives. The ‘own ...
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PPS Insurance wins prestigious FIA Award for Long Term Insurer of The Year - Risk

Published: Fri, 09 Jun 17

PPS Insurance was named the winner of the category Long Term Insurer of the Year – Risk at last night’s FIA Awards ceremony. “With its rich history in the industry, being a winner of an FIA Award is an extremely prestigious and sought after accolade and we at PPS are extremely proud of ...
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Intermediaries applaud South Africa’s top insurance brands

Published: Fri, 09 Jun 17

            Lizelle van der Merwe, CEO at the FIA                     In a ‘best of the best’ celebration held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg on 8 ...
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Why your long-term insurance is essential during a recession

Published: Fri, 09 Jun 17

Johannesburg: South Africa has experienced two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. Gross domestic product (GDP) fell 0. 7% in the first quarter of this year and pulled back 0. 3% in the final quarter of 2016. The dampened growth is as a result of slower economic activity in construction, manufacturing ...
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Paperless and proactive claims to unburden people during difficult times

Published: Fri, 09 Jun 17

Cover for risk events is an important step towards financial wellness, and a marker of security. While many of us are prepared to do the necessary paperwork to protect ourselves in case of unexpected events such as death and disability, it may be harder to deal with the run arounds and paperwork during the ...
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FSB warns against illegal funeral policies – thirteen schemes under investigation

Published: Thu, 08 Jun 17

The Financial Services Board (FSB) is investigating thirteen entities selling funeral policies and continues to warn the public to be cautious when purchasing such policies. The entities under investigation are: NAME OF ENTITY NAME OF OWNER/ CONTACT PERSON ADDRESS PROVINCE Matome ...
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PSG Wealth Hyde Park appoints new financial planning team

Published: Tue, 06 Jun 17

PSG Wealth’s office in Johannesburg’s Hyde Park has equipped its clients with four experts in the financial planning fields. Karen Smal, Charl Jooste, Ian Schmidt and Estee Beetge, all former veterans of ABSA Private Banking, join the firm with a staggering 52 years of combined experience. Smal, ...
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The do’s and don’ts of estate planning

Published: Tue, 06 Jun 17

What is estate planning?   Certified Wealth Manager at Alexander Forbes Financial Planning Consultants, Andrew Auld, said estate planning translated into efficient distribution of one’s assets at their death and helped to avoid potential liabilities and problems. “It is a term for ...
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If you became disabled would your financial security be impacted?

Published: Mon, 05 Jun 17

Writer, strategist and runner, Lisa James* appeared to have it all. A go-getting mother of two, in her mid-40s, she prided herself on her healthy lifestyle and, on top of a carefully planned mix of life insurance, income protection and investments, she had a decent rainy-day nest egg. So, hitting rock bottom was the ...
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New legislation offers health insurance policyholders better protection

Published: Wed, 31 May 17

New legislation impacting health insurance offers policyholders better protection by mapping out clear rules on exclusions, waiting periods, benefits and commission. Falling under the Long-Term and Short-Term Insurance Acts, the demarcation regulations affect all gap cover, hospital cash plans and primary healthcare ...
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