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DRAFTING A WILL DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 20

By Christel Botha, Alexander Forbes Fiduciary Services Manager   Life in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic has given people time to reflect on their personal affairs, leading to an increase in numbers of people making and updating their Last Will and Testament in a bid to regain control over their lives ...
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Insurance Gateway Launches Virtual Offices

Published: Fri, 26 Jun 20

Insurance Gateway developed a new way of connecting brokers to their clients. This new platform will launch 1 July 2020 and I would like to invite you to have a look. To view our offices please click the link below. Features include online appointments, instant video meetings, document management, AI, CRM and even ...
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No shelter from the storm for middle class in Mboweni’s budget

Published: Thu, 25 Jun 20

On Wednesday, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tabled the national emergency budget outlining reprioritisation of spend in light of the impact of the pandemic. Apart from numerous COVID-19 health and frontline services, boosts to local government spend and talk of potential infrastructure injections, Mboweni laid out ...
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Three investor reactions that could impact your wealth post-Covid-19

Published: Tue, 23 Jun 20

          Stonehage Fleming warns against investors letting emotions drive their investment decisions   The market selloff in March as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak resulted in three different investor reactions. According to Lehani Marais, Director ...
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Crisis brings opportunities for equity investors

Published: Mon, 01 Jun 20

By Justin Floor, fund manager at PSG Asset Management   It has been a long winter for many SA investors and we don’t know when it will turn around. In fact, there is still very little we know for sure about the current crisis, other than that it is entirely unprecedented and is being accompanied ...
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COVID-19 Swings the Spotlight Back onto Emerging Countries’ Debt

Published: Mon, 01 Jun 20

While the focus so far has been mainly on China, Europe and the United States, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to be even more severe for emerging economies, says International credit insurer, Coface. Even though their degree of vulnerability to this shock depends on many factors, the starting ...
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TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR CASHFLOW DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Published: Wed, 27 May 20

By Rita Cool, Certified Financial Planner at Alexander Forbes Financial Planning Consultants   The full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is as yet unknown, but individuals have already begun to have their lives disrupted by the country’s economic shutdown, with retrenchments, salary cuts and forced ...
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Your financial wellbeing has never been more important – now is the time

Published: Tue, 26 May 20

The outbreak and rapid spread across the globe of COVID-19 shocked the world and left many already struggling economies, and even strong economies, in trouble. The good news is that measures can be implemented to help individuals to cope with the situation. Iemas Insurance Brokers’ experts give their perspective ...
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Coface Shows Solid Q1 Operational Performance

Published: Wed, 20 May 20

France-based international credit insurer Coface has reported solid Q1 results with positive net income of €12. 7m on a 0. 9% increase in turnover to €370m. Xavier Durand, Coface CEO, said the positive net income reflects only the initial effects of the crisis, and will affect revenues through ...
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Life Annuity Sales Soar Amid Lockdown Losses

Published: Tue, 19 May 20

Cape Town, 19 May 2020: Amid the market instability brought on by COVID-19, retirement income specialist Just has reported record demand for life annuity solutions from South African pensioners looking to lock in an income for life.   Sales for life annuities have doubled relative to 2019 since ...
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Wealth management in the time of Covid-19

Published: Tue, 05 May 20

The world is facing one of its gravest crises in recent memory as it stares down Covid-19 and the wealth management industry has a key role to play by steadying the investment ship and navigating investors’ safely through this storm. Global equity markets went from all-time highs to drawdowns in excess ...
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Covid-19: TERS - 5 important updates

Published: Mon, 04 May 20

by Joon Chong, Dhevarsha Ramjettan, Johan Olivier, Shane Johnson, Bianca Viljoen, Zipho Tile   Since the launch of TERS, there has been (almost) daily changes introduced by the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Following those amendments, the Minister of Employment & Labour ...
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Investing in a post Covid-19 world

Published: Wed, 29 Apr 20

As the coronavirus sweeps its way around the globe, the trends established in most countries in terms of taming its spread after lockdown appears similar to that set in China. While it might take somewhat longer for some of those countries that started their control measures later, the outlook seems positive and the ...
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WEATHER THE STORM OF RETRENCHMENT BY RESKILLING

Published: Wed, 29 Apr 20

When my husband was told he was being retrenched thanks to the economic effects of COVID-19, it was a call we were expecting but it was still a shock. Gosh, I thought to myself. What do we do now? My husband had just been retrenched, albeit temporarily under the COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme ...
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1Life Insurance offers free tuition for school children through Boston City Campus Connect and Ivy Digital

Published: Tue, 28 Apr 20

1Life Insurance has reaffirmed the company’s long-standing commitment to educating South Africans by launching a new partnership with Boston City Campus Connect and Ivy Digital, that will provide children of 1Life newsletter subscribers with free tuition from Grades 8 – 12. “In 2013 we ...
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The non-legal guide to surviving the Coronavirus

Published: Fri, 24 Apr 20

Soon after the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and the declaration of the National Disaster, there was an outbreak of legal and other publications, some more helpful than others, dealing with COVID-19, the law, the end of the world, and surviving the Coronavirus. You could seek guidance from a letter supposedly ...
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Financial freedom: Marginal changes can lead to exceptional gains

Published: Thu, 23 Apr 20

Achieving your long-term financial goals may seem overwhelming at the moment. However, by focusing on the factors you can control, and implementing small changes to your spending and saving habits, financial freedom is still within- reach. Don’t sweat the small stuff Looking at the FTSE/JSE All ...
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Can China shield its economy from the impact of COVID-19?

Published: Thu, 16 Apr 20

Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on the global economy, it is unlikely that China will be able to achieve its 2020 growth target. Coface forecasts a growth rate of 4% for the Chinese economy in 2020. Economic activity in China could decelerate faster than expected this year ...
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The Pandemic, Physical Damage, Business Interruption Losses and Reinsurance

Published: Tue, 07 Apr 20

The Pandemic, Physical Damage, Business Interruption Losses and Reinsurance How is your 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle progressing?   Coronavirus and physical damage You may have seen reference to the recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision in MDS Inc v Factory Mutual Insurance Company ...
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Poland Payment Survey: reduced payment delays, but a challenging outlook

Published: Tue, 07 Apr 20

Despite the economic slowdown, Coface’s latest survey on business payments in Poland shows that payment delays have systematically shortened since 2017 – but the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the Polish economy remains to be seen. Payment terms: transport and construct offer the most generous ...
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