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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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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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Why female investors are on the rise

Published: Wed, 26 Aug 20

Research shows that certain gender-based qualities give women a natural advantage in long-term investing. Stonehage Fleming Investment Management in South Africa reported a 35% rise in female investor clients over the last four years. Client Portfolio Analyst, Marietjie Geldenhuys, agrees that women naturally possess ...
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SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN’S INDIVIDUALISED FINANCIAL JOURNEY

Published: Mon, 24 Aug 20

Balancing work and home life has always been challenging, but our new normal has had an even greater impact on our personal lives, affecting our families, livelihoods, well-being and health. As women in South Africa, the impact has been even greater. According to the National Income Dynamics Study Coronavirus Rapid ...
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MANAGING ABSENTEEISM AND MEDICAL INCAPACITY DURING A PANDEMIC

Published: Mon, 24 Aug 20

By Anton Engelbrecht, Alexander Forbes Health Management Solutions   Employers need to formulate new strategies to manage employee productivity as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown regulations. Scientists are still studying the effects of the coronavirus in the medium to long term, ...
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LESSONS FROM ROBINHOOD TRADING FRENZY

Published: Tue, 11 Aug 20

Lockdown boredom boosts risky derivatives trading   11 August 2020: Stock trading is no longer the exclusive club of the old, rich and financially astute. Whether it is down to an ever increasingly astute consumer or lockdown boredom, the amount of people taking to direct equity trading platforms is fueling ...
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Making saving a priority this Women’s Month

Published: Tue, 11 Aug 20

By Mandy Porter, Alexander Forbes senior financial adviser   Women could live to up to eight years longer than men according to research by the World Health Organization. As a result, women need to save more, for longer, to provide for a dignified retirement. Research by Stellenbosch University’s ...
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Coface reports a positive net income of €11.3m for the second quarter 2020 and continues to implement its strategic plan

Published: Tue, 04 Aug 20

Turnover for the first semester: €725m, down 0. 6% at constant FX and perimeter Client retention and new business achieve record levels, with a positive net production of €33m First effects of re-pricing are now visible (+0. 2%) Revenues from services progress by 7%, including information services ...
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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, first read it, her heart sank. An elderly woman had anonymously poured her heart out, searching for help after she was sexually assaulted by a relative. The woman’s family and friends ...
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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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