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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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Ultra-High Net Worth Families Remain Committed to ESG Investment Approach in Post COVID-19 Market Environment According to Stonehage Fleming Report

Published: Tue, 20 Oct 20

83% of respondents that apply ESG principles to their investments have not altered their approach despite impact of COVID-19   Cape Town, 20 October 2020: Research from Stonehage Fleming, one of the world’s leading international family offices, has found that ultra-high net worth (UHNW) families ...
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POSITIONING SOUTH AFRICA FOR A GREEN RECOVERY

Published: Fri, 16 Oct 20

Following the devastating impact which the Covid-19 pandemic has had on South Africa and the world, governments, corporates, and citizens collaborate to focus on a green economic recovery. This is a result of the pandemic being inextricably intertwined with global environmental issues such as biodiversity loss, climate ...
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Create a financial legacy for your children

Published: Wed, 14 Oct 20

Whether you consider yourself wealthy or not, there are steps you can take to secure a financial legacy for your children. Before diving into the detail of the investment products that may help you in creating growing generational wealth for your child, it is important to consider the following: If you have ...
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Wealthy families support the fight against COVID-19

Published: Wed, 07 Oct 20

New research from international family office Stonehage Fleming has revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic is leading to a significant shift in the key priorities of many wealthy families. This finding and others is contained in Stonehage Fleming’s report, ‘Four Pillars of Capital: a time for reflection. ...
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Review your will to account for COVID-19, advises JustMoney

Published: Mon, 05 Oct 20

The COVID-19 pandemic is a timely reminder of the importance of ensuring your personal finances are in order – and a key component of this is an up-to-date will. This legal document, that should take into account the current value of your assets, with instructions on how you wish to allocate them, is particularly ...
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HOW UNCLAIMED MONIES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES

Published: Mon, 05 Oct 20

By: Elio E’Silva, Head of Direct Corporate Solutions, Alexander Forbes Prescribed assets for retirement funds have been discussed extensively as a potential source of funding for state-owned entity (SOE) debt as well as the country’s developmental imperatives. This raises concerns about the possible ...
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CAN I AFFORD TO DIE?

Published: Thu, 01 Oct 20

The Covid-19 pandemic has served as a reminder that death can come at any time, and although it is not a subject we like to think about, there are some important things one should put in place to protect those you will leave behind. Besides the emotional stress your death will bring to your loved ones, without proper ...
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FNB announces TaxTim as a new eBucks Rewards partner

Published: Tue, 22 Sep 20

FNB has announced a new partnership with online tax solution firm TaxTim, the latest partner to join its eBucks Rewards programme. FNB and RMB Private Bank customers can now earn up to 50% of the cost of their tax return submission fee back in eBucks when paying for the service using their qualifying FNB/RMB Private ...
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Want to withdraw retirement funds on emigration? National Treasury and SARS say try again in 3 years' time

Published: Wed, 09 Sep 20

            by Joon Chong, Partner & Wesley Grimm, Associate at Webber Wentzel   The National Treasury published the Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2020 (Draft Tax Bill) for public comment. One ...
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