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Bitcoin: guidance from an actuary on how to channel your fear of missing out

Published: Tue, 23 Feb 21

As the price of Bitcoin breached US$50 000 (around R740 000) in the past week, the fear of missing out once again hit all-time highs for many investors. According to South African actuary, Imran Lorgat, a sure way of telling that you are about to make an investment mistake is when you are being spurred on by a strong ...
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COFACE SA: Moody's raises the outlook for Coface to “stable”

Published: Wed, 17 Feb 21

The rating agency Moody’s, on 10th February 2021, has confirmed the financial strength rating (Insurance Financial Strength – IFS) for Coface at A2. The agency has also raised the outlook for Coface, which is now stable. Almost one year since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and the ...
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ADJUDICATOR SLAMS PRIVATE SECURITY SECTOR PROVIDENT FUND FOR NOT TAKING ACTION AGAINST DEFAULTING EMPLOYERS

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 21

Regulatory compliance in the private security industry remains a sore point as more complaints land on the desk of the Pensions Funds Adjudicator. The majority of the complaints prevalent in this sector relate to non-compliance with Section 13A of the Pension Funds Act whereby employers fail to pay provident ...
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Planning for your child’s education in 2021 – is it really worth it?

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 21

With schools opening and closing throughout last year and the opening of schools delayed to 15 February this year, it is difficult for parents to plan and make decisions regarding the future of their children’s education. Some parents might consider home schooling as an affordable, perhaps more safe or convenient ...
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ADJUDICATOR RULES EMPLOYER IS ENTITLED TO PENSION DEDUCTION AFTER DOUBLE SALARY PAYMENTS

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 21

The Deputy Pension Funds Adjudicator, Advocate Matome Thulare, has ruled that an employer was entitled to claim a deduction for double salary payments made to the complainant for over two years. Advocate Thulare dismissed the complaint by a member against his pension fund’s decision to withhold his ...
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Coface Barometer Q4 2020 - An uneven recovery

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 21

Paris, February 9, 2021 – As it releases its latest quarterly risk Barometer, and its annual County & Sector Risk Handbook, Coface, a leader in credit insurance, highlights an uneven recovery across countries, sectors of activity, and income levels. Although the performance of China and other Asian economies ...
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Your greatest asset is being able to earn - How to protect it when you’re starting out

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 21

It’s a new year and what an exciting time if it coincides with starting a career. Earning your first pay cheque is exhilarating but at the same time it is easy to fall into the habit of spending it all. As a once-off it is forgivable, but it can be an easy habit to fall into. According to Gavin van ...
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Introducing our new eNews App

Published: Wed, 13 Jan 21

Insurance Gateway is thrilled to introduce our brand new electronic newspaper. The final product is available as both a mobile and desktop application. Our aim with the app was to develop an electronic newspaper that would dynamically reflect and complement our more extensive Insurance Gateway website. The pages are ...
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Investing with style – A guide to understanding investment styles and strategies

Published: Thu, 10 Dec 20

If there’s one thing investors have been reminded of in 2020, it is that investing is certainly not a linear journey. There will be ups and downs and sharp swings in the market’s direction. This movement in financial markets and how drastically they could swing is what is referred to as volatility. The ...
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One crisis invariably leads to a crisis of another kind

Published: Tue, 17 Nov 20

The Covid-19 pandemic is unquestionably a health crisis. That said, just focussing on the health aspects of the virus is too narrow a perspective. There is a lot more going on than a healthcare challenge. If we reflect back to the most recent global crisis - the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008 - we ...
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Debt is a four letter

Published: Tue, 17 Nov 20

Debt is something most people find themselves incurring. And it is not difficult to understand how one gets into debt. We have such easy access to credit cards; retail accounts for furniture, clothing, appliances; and regular offers to apply for small loans. Have you noticed that you qualify for a loan without having ...
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Making a case for offshore investing

Published: Tue, 17 Nov 20

State capture, corruption, land expropriation without compensation. These are all terms that have become part of the South African lexicon and part of our daily reality. According to the recent 2020 Bloomberg Misery Index which ranks major economies by inflation and unemployment expectations, South Africa is ...
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Just thinking long term is not enough

Published: Mon, 16 Nov 20

Along with many others, we often emphasise the importance of not giving in to your emotions and avoiding making rash, short-term decisions. Yet despite this, plenty of investors still fall prey to their emotions. So, what is the secret that sets successful investors apart from the rest? Investors are often told to ...
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FOR YOUR EYES ONLY-POPIA ESSENTIALS

Published: Thu, 12 Nov 20

The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) has been in the making for a while, with certain aspects already introduced. It is finally set to come into full effect after President Cyril Ramaphosa said, in June, that the effective date for compliance is 1 July 2021, and most organisations will have much to do ...
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HEDGE FUNDS-A BROADER TOOLKIT TO CAPTURE MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

Published: Tue, 03 Nov 20

Flexibility gives hedge funds greater opportunism Meeting investment objectives in the future requires greater opportunism given challenging global growth outlooks and elevated volatility we see from traditional investments. Preparation for uncertainty means being better positioned to protect during extreme conditions ...
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Economic Focus – A quick take on the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement 2020

Published: Wed, 28 Oct 20

Positive on structural reforms but lingering risk from the execution of the wage bill reduction   Highlights: A marginally worse economic environment relative to the June Special Adjustment Budget as economic growth is revised lower. Tax revenue underperformance relative to the Special Adjustment ...
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Increasing need for cross-border estate planning as more SA investors look offshore

Published: Tue, 27 Oct 20

What advisers should consider with offshore structures and complicated cross-border estate planning   27 October 2020: Market volatility, a weakening rand, and a steep Gross Domestic Product (GDP) decline of 51% in the second quarter of 2020 are just some of the reasons why South Africans are increasingly ...
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Retirement is a Reality, not a Choice

Published: Mon, 26 Oct 20

The annual 10X Investments’ Retirement Reality Report (RRR20), released last week, is one of the most significant surveys published in a long time. It is of specific importance to financial advisers who face the difficult task of having to convince clients to prepare for the inevitable. Earlier this year, the ...
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Retirement is a Reality, not a Choice

Published: Mon, 26 Oct 20

The annual 10X Investments’ Retirement Reality Report (RRR20), released last week, is one of the most significant surveys published in a long time. It is of specific importance to financial advisers who face the difficult task of having to convince clients to prepare for the inevitable. Earlier this year, the ...
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What will Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's 2020 Medium Term budget offer?

Published: Thu, 22 Oct 20

South Africa's economic recovery plan The plan is aimed at fast-tracking the recovery of the economy from the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It outlines government's plan to revive the economy with short and long-term interventions. If the plan is executed as presented, it is expected to ...
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