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Unclaimed Pension Benefits - Openings for fraud

Published: Thu, 23 Mar 17

Administrators fear that FSB attempts to get fund payouts into the hands of former mineworkers can backfire.     Allan Greenblo, Editorial Director Today’s Trustee       Undoubtedly with the best will in the world, the Financial Services Board has embarked ...
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How to dodge a downturn

Published: Wed, 22 Mar 17

Dr Adrian Saville, Chief Strategist, Citadel   In times of weak economic growth, companies need to be that much smarter to survive and thrive. To understand what is needed to navigate and negotiate changing times and tough conditions, we studied the behaviour and performance of more than 1,200 South African-listed ...
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Don’t be fooled by the bounce back in commodity-linked investments

Published: Wed, 22 Mar 17

Stick with Multinationals that own the world’s most sort after brands   By Marriott, the Income Specialists   In the face of tremendous geopolitical uncertainty, markets in 2016 were characterised by a rebound in previously out-of-favour currencies, sectors and stocks, while the winners ...
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When is a beneficiary a minor for pension benefits?

Published: Wed, 22 Mar 17

By Gennel Chettiar, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. If a right is vested in a child before 1 July 2007, the age of majority of the child is 21 years (not 18 years), including for prescription purposes. On 22 February 2017 the Pension Funds Adjudicator (PFA) made a determination in the matter of Maphoyisa v ...
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Consumer experience and efficiencies: the core focus for the FSB’s transition to FSCA

Published: Mon, 20 Mar 17

            Advocate Dube Tshidi, Executive Officer at FSB                     It has been said many times that that the only constant is change. This rings true for the Financial ...
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Investors are supporting solutions – and the stats don’t lie

Published: Mon, 20 Mar 17

                Carl Roothman, head of Retail at Sanlam Investments                 Cape Town: ASISA recently released the latest statistics showing which funds, asset classes ...
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Don’t let inflation eat away your retirement savings

Published: Thu, 16 Mar 17

Johannesburg: The key to having sufficient funds to retire comfortably does not solely depend on how early one starts saving; but should also consider how much one is saving and whether contributions and return objective are in line with inflation. Preenay Sathu, Channel Head for FNB Financial Advisory, ...
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Investing in a Real Estate Investment Trust is easier than you think

Published: Wed, 15 Mar 17

Considering investing in a Real Estate Investment Trust but need to know more about this type of investment? A Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) is a company that owns and operates income producing property, said Alexander Forbes Financial Planner, Mladen Colic. “REIT is a unique investment vehicle that investors ...
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How to manage Living Annuities

Published: Tue, 14 Mar 17

Choosing between a living and a life annuity is a critical decision with potentially lifelong consequences, especially if the latter is chosen. This is according to Steven Nathan, CEO of 10X Investments, who explains that, as the name implies, a life annuity (otherwise known as a guaranteed annuity) binds an individual ...
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Sanlam Investments Market Update: February 2017

Published: Mon, 13 Mar 17

      Carl Roothman, chief executive of retail business Sanlam Investments           Cape Town: February was an exceptional month for international markets – one in which we saw most major indices explore new territory. Early in the ...
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Update on Ashburton Investments current views and outlook

Published: Mon, 13 Mar 17

By Marianna Georgakopoulou, Head of Asset Allocation at Ashburton Investments Global macro indicators are currently strong with a cyclical recovery underway in most regions. In particular, industrial and consumer survey data in the US has been very positive. Growth and inflation data in developed (DM) and emerging ...
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Planning for medical expenses in retirement

Published: Thu, 09 Mar 17

By Discovery Invest The cost of medical aid is steadily rising at a rate higher than inflation, severely limiting retirees’ spending power. The solutions lie in liability matching through targeted investing, physical health and good financial planning. Why healthcare comes at a premium Medical aid costs ...
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Retirement Reform – A much easier sell

Published: Wed, 08 Mar 17

Simplicity, transparency and flexibility are hallmarks of National Treasury’s principles-based approach to pensions preservation.     Allan Greenblo, Editorial Director Today’s Trustee       The first draft of amendments to push retirement-fund reform ...
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Marriott freedom race showcases talent

Published: Wed, 08 Mar 17

The third Marriott Freedom race will take place in KwaZulu-Natal on the 1st and 2nd April 2017. The event caters for MTB riders in two categories, a two-day race comprising 60kms per day and a second 40km event on Sunday 2rd April 2017. Commencing at the eNanda Adventure Centre each day has a different ...
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FSB warns the public against Mr Barr Fred Reagan

Published: Tue, 07 Mar 17

The Financial Services Board (FSB) warns the public to act with caution when receiving correspondence from Mr Barr Fred Reagan “Mr Reagan”. Mr Reagan purports to be a Secretary/ Personal Assistant for Ms Rosemary Hunter (Ms Hunter). Mr Reagan also alleges that Ms Hunter is a board member at the FSB, Deputy ...
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What would “they” do differently?

Published: Tue, 07 Mar 17

      Jac Laubscher, Economic Advisor Sanlam Limited             It is common cause that South Africa’s public finances and how they are managed are currently a topic of great angst. The ongoing political struggle between different ...
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White Minority Capital - A convenient bogey

Published: Fri, 03 Mar 17

SA isn’t being spared “alternative facts”. Take a look at one, origin unknown, that confuses and polarises       Allan Greenblo, Editorial Director Today’s Trustee       ‘White monopoly capital’ – so commonly used ...
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Online investing set to disrupt traditional financial services

Published: Thu, 02 Mar 17

10X Investments helps SA take charge of their financial future   Offering added convenience, speed and often-times better value, digital portals continue to gain global popularity across all industries and markets – even financial services. The online investor segment is reportedly growing faster ...
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Retirement Annuity Costs and Client Interests

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 17

By Patrick Cairns Last year ASISA took a big step with the introduction of the Estimated Annual Cost (EAC) standard. Its implementation in the RA space has been particularly significant, as there have been concerns for a long time around the costs of these products, particularly those offered by insurers. In theory, ...
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Information Regulator – more than a POPI regulator

Published: Tue, 28 Feb 17

By Tatum Govender and Rakhee Bhikha Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. In her latest briefing session on 13 February 2017, advocate Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson of the Information Regulator, elaborated on the work that the office of the Information Regulator will be focused on and the progress they have made ...
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