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Building on success: The 2017 FIA Awards survey is underway

Published: Tue, 25 Apr 17

The 2016-17 Global Competitiveness Report ranks South Africa 11th out of 138 countries for our financial market development. In a report card that even the toughest parent would be proud of we scooped first place for financing through our local equity markets; second place for financial services’ ability to ...
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Helping Pension Fund Trustees through the information overload

Published: Mon, 24 Apr 17

Strategies of liability-driven investments (LDI) help trustees convert data into knowledge, explains Sanlam Investments LDI head Johan Kriek. Valuation of a defined-benefit pension fund is complex. It is filled with assumptions, regulations, guidance notes and best practice. In this environment, despite the best efforts ...
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Pension Fund Cancellations

Published: Mon, 24 Apr 17

    Allan Greenblo, Editorial Director Today's Trustee       After the judgment against her, Hunter’s FSB litigation pales with comparison to outstanding matters of unclaimed benefits. The Financial Services Board “feels vindicated” by its victory ...
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SA Law Society elects new Co-Chairpersons

Published: Mon, 24 Apr 17

Caption: David Bekker (left) and Walid Brown, Co-Chairpersons, Law ...
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Associated Compliance Protection of Personal Information Act Series: Part 7

Published: Fri, 21 Apr 17

Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) – Security Safeguards   Over the last seven months the POPIA articles have dealt with responsibility, processing, purpose, further processing, information quality and transparency or openness. Now that you have established the reason and purpose ...
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Message from the Junkyard

Published: Fri, 21 Apr 17

By Richard Rattue, Managing Director, Compli-Serve   As we are all aware South Africa was recently downgraded to ‘junk’ status by two of the three major ratings agencies amid allegations of poor macro governance and related matters that are beyond this article. As a compliance professional ...
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Smart app aims to improve retirement outcomes for fund members

Published: Thu, 20 Apr 17

‘My Retirement App’connects members to their retirement savings at the click of a button   Cape Town: Will I be able to maintain my standard of living at retirement? Have I saved enough for my retirement needs? What is the value of my current pension savings? These are some of the many questions ...
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Pension Fund Management Costs - When government steps in

Published: Tue, 18 Apr 17

Resonating in the current SA debate is Britain’s experience of a cap on fees. Dean Wetton* evaluates the pros and cons. In the UK some years back, the Pensions Commission delivered the Turner report which recommended automatic enrolment (AE) of individuals into pension funds. With cross-party parliamentary support ...
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One time when ‘too good to be true’ is true

Published: Tue, 11 Apr 17

There is an estimated R20bn due to as many as 3. 5 million South Africans in pay-outs from financial services policies, which have not been claimed. The unclaimed benefits space is getting a long overdue disruption. Deidre Wolmarans, Head: Life Events Solutions at Metropolitan, says that most of the money is residuals ...
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From Inclusive Growth to Radical Economic Transformation

Published: Mon, 10 Apr 17

    Jac Laubscher, Economic Advisor: Sanlam Limited       The rationale given by President Zuma for his recent cabinet reshuffle is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the government in furthering the agenda of “rapid economic transformation” ...
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CDAO Africa brings together the emerging South African data and analytics community

Published: Mon, 10 Apr 17

The South African data analytics environment is gaining momentum but companies are still faced with a number of challenges to truly weave data analytics into the fabric of their organisations. When asked about where the majority of South African companies are in their data journey, Craig Steward, Managing ...
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What's Your Back Pocket Story?

Published: Fri, 07 Apr 17

      Jacques de Villiers www. jacquesdevilliers. com       There are times in the life of a professional speaker where he or she is going to run into trouble. Most speakers have stories from their lives and should have them ready in case things go wrong ...
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Pension Fund Management Costs

Published: Thu, 06 Apr 17

When is a 0,4% management fee not a 0,4% management fee? Sygnia explains, and is challenged       Allan Greenblo, Editorial Director Today’s Trustee     The offer of a 0,4% management fee is enticing. Before biting, retirement funds should examine it carefully ...
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Hill claims his 3rd Marriott Freedom Race Title

Published: Wed, 05 Apr 17

This past weekend 500 mountain bikers took part in the annual Marriott Freedom Race, an exciting mountain bike event that celebrates the 27th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. Top KZN Mountain biker, Andrew Hill teamed up with local young talent Julian Jessop in Team TIB. Andrew ...
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Retirement Funds – Weathering the Storm

Published: Tue, 04 Apr 17

The recent decision by Standard & Poor’s (S&P Global) to downgrade South Africa’s sovereign credit rating to “junk status” has caused panic among retirement fund members. Importantly though, one should consider how this impacts on one’s plan to retire comfortably. Mathias Sithole, ...
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Associated Compliance Newsletter – March 2017

Published: Mon, 03 Apr 17

The March 2017 Associated Compliance Newsletter has been published in the Insurance Gateway® Knowledge Base. With a compliance flavour, these newsletters provide a comprehensive overview of happenings within the overall regulatory environment for FSPs, and are a must read for FSP executives who need to keep their ...
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How to have a happy, productive workforce - without spending a cent

Published: Mon, 03 Apr 17

By Heinrich van der Vyver There comes a tipping point in every business’s lifecycle where the challenges that keep the business owner awake at night move from new client acquisition and product delivery, and become focused on staff productivity and motivation. Aside from the fact that you want to protect ...
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Call for Caution on Regulatory Interventions

Published: Mon, 03 Apr 17

Last week we published an extract from the ASISA Dispatches to give readers a perspective on the multitude of legislative changes currently underway in the financial services environment. On Tuesday, the Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) issued a media release to express its concern over ...
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Axing of Finance Minister a huge set-back for country’s economy

Published: Fri, 31 Mar 17

The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) has described the axing of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy as extremely disappointing and ill timed. “While the late-night reshuffle did not come as a complete surprise, it presents a huge set back to the good work done ...
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Glacier by Sanlam on the Cabinet reshuffle

Published: Fri, 31 Mar 17

By Francis Marais, Senior Research & Investment Analyst at Glacier by Sanlam There has been speculation for a while of a possible cabinet reshuffle. Key ministries that would be targeted by this impending reshuffle would include National Treasury. These rumours have now been confirmed, with Minister Pravin ...
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