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Liberty Drives Hope - and places the needs of ordinary South Africans at the core

Published: Fri, 31 Jul 20

                                    It was a desperate cry for help on Facebook. When Karen Denny, Divisional Executive for Liberty’s Digital Marketing team, ...
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Is the Covid-19 e-commerce boom here to stay?

Published: Tue, 28 Jul 20

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of e-commerce in a way no company could have imagined. In fact, in many instances, it has brought 3-5-year sales projections forward in just a matter of months. “Many businesses are already living in the future,” said Gerrit Smit, Partner - Head of Equity ...
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SOUTH AFRICA FACES WEALTH DETERIORATION CRISIS

Published: Mon, 27 Jul 20

How understanding the real value of good financial advice can help   27 July 2020: The Centre for Applied Research (CAR) reported that the global financial services industry is facing a ‘crisis of faith’, as clients increasingly question the cost of advice that they believe they could have gotten ...
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Art as a store of value in times of crisis

Published: Mon, 27 Jul 20

During times of crisis, the appeal of collectible assets like art can intensify. Nervous of the present risks in investment markets, investors will look to include assets with a more consistent store of value in their portfolios.   Historically, average valuations across the art market have tended ...
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FINANCIAL LESSONS 2020 HAS TAUGHT US

Published: Mon, 20 Jul 20

While most of us would choose to fast forward to 2021, this year has taught us many hard lessons, including financial ones. Jaco Prinsloo, Certified Financial Planner at Alexander Forbes, reflects on some of the learnings we should all take with us. Lesson 1: Debt can be scary There are few things scarier ...
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How to spot a financial scam

Published: Thu, 09 Jul 20

Richard Rattue, MD, Compli-Serve SA   The prevalence of online financial crime speaks to the value of personal and company data. At a recent webinar, Reuters, shared some important reminders. Even though you may have taken the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe, scams evolve just as we do. Becoming ...
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HOW TO CATCH UP ON YOUR RETIREMENT SAVINGS

Published: Wed, 08 Jul 20

              By Gerard Visser, Certified Financial Planner at Alexander Forbes   For many South Africans who were already finding it difficult to save for retirement, Covid-19 has created additional financial pressures which may take years ...
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POPI ACT IS NOW IN FORCE

Published: Tue, 07 Jul 20

FIVE STEPS TO ENSURE POPI COMPLIANCE FOR DIRECT MARKETING   07 July 2020: The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI) has now come into effect and it is important that South Africa businesses adhere to the new regulations. The use of personal information is everywhere and it’s almost ...
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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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Minister urges South Africans to build their houses on rock

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 20

Why this has a profound meaning for your retirement investments   In his recent budget speech, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni warned South Africans that “the storm is not over”. Although lockdown restrictions are easing, the unprecedented emergency budget speech drove home the sobering impact ...
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EMERGENCY BUDGET SIGNALS THAT NOW IS THE TIME TO RECESSION PROOF YOUR FINANCIAL GOALS

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 20

Despite a gloomy emergency budget, investors urged to control what they can by taking practical steps to protect their finances during an economic downturn. 1 July 2020: Last week, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni painted a bleak picture, indicating that South Africans will be facing a deep recession. Despite this, ...
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Seven essential start-up tips from JustMoney

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 20

COVID-19 has kick-started many of us into thinking about setting up our own businesses. Whether you’ve been retrenched, taken a salary cut, or have simply realised that life’s short and it’s time to reach for that long-postponed dream, you’re likely to be re-assessing your talents and deciding ...
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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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RISKS FACING RETIREES IN THE COVID-19 ERA

Published: Tue, 09 Jun 20

The worldwide Covid-19 pandemic has cast a spotlight on the risks facing those about to retire or already retired. But no matter the economic environment, preparing for one’s best possible retirement takes careful planning and consideration of the available retirement options as well as the risks of each. There ...
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Change your living annuity, not your drawdown rate

Published: Mon, 01 Jun 20

Johann Swanepoel, Product Actuary, Just SA   Cape Town, 1 June 2020: The relatively poor market returns over the last five years, coupled with the devastating crash in March this year, has exposed the risks associated with standard living annuities where pensioners carry all of the investment and longevity ...
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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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Lockdown learnings for retirement

Published: Wed, 13 May 20

A volatile financial climate has seen many South African pensioners in living annuities looking to increase their withdrawals to cover current cash shortages. However, retirement income specialist Just advises strongly against this, recommending instead that they find ways to trim their spending, or else they run ...
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Is Covid-19 giving us a taste of an unplanned retirement?

Published: Mon, 11 May 20

By Richus Nel, financial adviser at PSG Wealth   Over the last two months, the world has undeniably changed. Markets have contracted, our financial resources have been depleted, and uncertainty is at historic highs. How we think about ourselves and others, what and how we buy, how we move (or don’t ...
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