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Slow but steady decline for living annuity drawdown rates

By Peter Dempsey, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) The average income drawdown rate for living annuities continued its slow yet steady decline in 2015, edging a little closer to the recommended 5% of capital. The 2015 Living ...
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It’s never too late to start saving for retirement

Cape Town: Research into the latest retirement trends indicates that most South Africans procrastinate when it comes to financial planning, leaving serious retirement investing until their 40’s or 50’s. According to the 2016 Sanlam BENCHMARK Survey, three quarters of total pensioners ...
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Reflections on the hedge fund industry from the recent ASSA Investments Conference

At the recent ASSA conference in Sandton, a panel of leading hedge fund managers participated in a robust discussion of hedge funds and their long road to freedom. Says Bruce Simpson of Sanlam Alternative Investments, “We will soon be approaching an historic milestone in the hedge fund industry: ...
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Loans to trusts: problems on the horizon

By Graham Crocker, associate in Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group's Tax Practice   A common approach to estate planning is to make an interest free loan to a local trust, to enable the trust to fund assets (ideally growth assets, such as shares or immovable property), and then write-off the ...
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FSB warns the public against entities and individuals posing to be representatives of Alexander Forbes

The Financial Services Board (FSB) warns the public to act with caution when dealing with certain entities and individuals purportedly acting on behalf of Alexander Forbes, for the recovery of unclaimed pension benefits. The FSB has received information that certain entities have been advising ...
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