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Still hope for a New Dawn?

Published: Tue, 03 Sep 19

With GDP up 3. 1% in the second quarter of 2019 (seasonally adjusted, annualised) and 0. 9% for the year to June 2019, the markets have responded positively. The rand appreciated by some 10 cents on publication of the data and bonds yields declined by about 10 basis points. It is comforting to see that we ...
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How often should employers review their umbrella fund provider?

Published: Tue, 03 Sep 19

The 2019 Sanlam Benchmark Survey found that one-third of employers using umbrella funds have never reviewed their provider, while less than half of respondents conducted a review of their provider every one to three years. “Employers have a duty of care to ensure that they choose an umbrella fund that ...
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1Life launches 1Life Vantage

Published: Thu, 22 Aug 19

1Life announced the launch of their new digital intermediary solution for life and investment financial advisors – 1Life Vantage - aimed at enabling financial advisers to provide superior financial planning, product advice and ongoing product service to customers for long-term insurance and investment products ...
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OLD MUTUAL LAUNCHES HANDPICKED RANGE OF PRODUCTS TO SUIT SPECIFIC INVESTMENT GOALS

Published: Mon, 05 Aug 19

According to the 2019 Old Mutual Savings and Retirement Monitor, less than 30% of people are saving for emergencies and more than 42% are not making contributions to formal retirement savings. Coupled with this, consumers are often overwhelmed by the myriad of unit trust options available and don’t know where ...
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What SA investors can learn from the case of Greek government bonds

Published: Wed, 31 Jul 19

Justin Floor, PSG Asset Management   Ten-year Greek government bonds – deemed ‘uninvestable’ at the height of the eurozone crisis – are currently yielding 2. 2%. What makes this remarkable is firstly that yields in Greece are now only slightly higher than those in the US, meaning ...
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Introducing Our New Website!

Published: Mon, 29 Jul 19

The Insurance Gateway® team is excited to share our new website with you. Given our strategic objectives for 2019 and the fact that our last website redesign was over five years ago, we decided on a much anticipated mid-year launch. za was founded in 2005 by the late Michael Stoker as an insurance and financial ...
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Exciting prospects in both equities and bonds, despite negative sentiment

Published: Thu, 25 Jul 19

A prolonged period of poor performance from the local equity market has left many investors anxious and frustrated. While most understand the importance of taking a long-term view, it’s usually more difficult than anticipated to put this into practice. When the values of investments fall, investors’ gut ...
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Are you cut out for investing in tough times?

Published: Wed, 10 Jul 19

By Anet Ahern, CEO PSG Asset Management   Contrarian investors deliberately go against prevailing market trends. They buy when others are selling, and sell when others are buying. Why? This investment strategy is based on the belief that herd behaviour in the markets can result in mispriced shares – ...
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Four simple investment behaviours that can help you tame emotions

Published: Tue, 09 Jul 19

By Marilize Lansdell, CEO, PSG Wealth Market volatility often causes people to delay saving for fear of losing money. But the primary reason that people don’t have enough money saved, is simply because they don’t save enough! Therefore, you should rather focus on the factors under your control, instead ...
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Fear in SA bond market presents opportunities for investors

Published: Mon, 01 Jul 19

Following the release of inflation data in May, the South African Reserve Bank indicated that there is room for interest rate cuts as the inflation rate circles 4. 5%. As a result, markets now expect interest rate cuts of close to 0. But if rate cuts are anticipated, why has the government bond curve steepened, with ...
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FSCA appoint the new Divisional Executive for Conduct of Business Supervision

Published: Fri, 28 Jun 19

FSCA commissioner, Mr Abel Sithole has appointed Ms. Kedibone Dikokwe as the Divisional Executive: Conduct of Business Supervision, effective from 1 July 2019. This is the division that supervises the way financial institutions interact with their customers. Dikokwe will oversee the implementation of the FSCA's ...
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Comfort and the art of investing

Published: Thu, 27 Jun 19

By Anet Ahern, Chief Executive Officer at PSG Asset Management “In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable. ” Robert Arnott Investment markets are often rich with opportunity when sentiment is poor. This has been the case at several points of extreme exuberance over the past four decades ...
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PRESCRIBED ASSETS – THE BAD, NOT SO BAD AND THE GREAT

Published: Wed, 26 Jun 19

The ANC’s 2019 manifesto refers to investigating prescribed assets, which are defined as the proportion of financial institutions’ resources that would be assigned to socially productive assets as a key priority. Janina Slawski, principal investment consultant at Alexander Forbes Investments, explains ...
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Tax free investments for your child’s future

Published: Wed, 26 Jun 19

Jan van der Merwe, Head of Actuarial and Product, PSG Wealth Ensuring there is money aside for the future of your children is an essential part of being a parent. Be it that you’d like to start saving for your child’s tertiary education or you would like a few years to get together a nest egg for your ...
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South Africa, China lift ties to a new level

Published: Mon, 03 Sep 18

South Africa and China have entered into several agreements that will enable economic growth and educational opportunities, the Presidency said on Monday. One agreement signed during the state visit by President Cyril Ramaphosa – on investment and trade promotion between the two countries – carries a monetary ...
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Spring has sprung, so should your finances

Published: Mon, 03 Sep 18

Spring is on our doorsteps, and it’s time to put away the heavy winter blankets and pull out our shorts and sandals. This is the perfect time to add new energy and press the refresh button. Think about it: a cool breeze, your favourite outfit and the warmth of the sun on your skin. Amazing, isn’t ...
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Global investing: finding opportunities in uncrowded spaces

Published: Mon, 03 Sep 18

Investing successfully over long periods is tough and there are masses of incredibly smart people combing the globe for bargains. To think that anyone has a leading edge in such a competitive space may well be misguided, especially when it’s been shown time and again that the average investor underperforms market ...
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World Economic Forum Announces Record Participation for Summer Davos

Published: Fri, 31 Aug 18

More than 2,000 leaders from government, business, science and civil society will participate in the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2018 Record number of participants from 111 countries For more information about the meeting, please visit: http://wef. ch/amnc18 Follow the conversation using #AMNC18 Geneva, ...
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Solid financial delivery by Old Mutual Limited and R46.8bn to be returned to shareholders

Published: Fri, 31 Aug 18

Johannesburg: Old Mutual Limited (OML) today announced its first interim results since its primary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in June 2018, and confirmed it was making good progress on its strategic priorities. It stated its solid financial delivery in a tough operating environment, growing its Results ...
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SA’s entrepreneurs are not thriving warns large entrepreneurship survey

Published: Thu, 30 Aug 18

Today, Seed Academy reveals the State of Entrepreneurship in South Africa after surveying more than 1000 entrepreneurs across the county. The results indicate that entrepreneurs are not thriving and dramatically more needs to be done to improve SA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Donna Rachelson, CEO of ...
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