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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, ...
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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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Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA)

Published: Fri, 10 Jul 20

ASISA commits to B4SA compact for economic recovery The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) and its members are firmly committed to the new social and economic compact being forged between the private sector under the banner of Business for South Africa (B4SA), Government and other key social ...
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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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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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No shelter from the storm for middle class in Mboweni’s budget

Published: Thu, 25 Jun 20

On Wednesday, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tabled the national emergency budget outlining reprioritisation of spend in light of the impact of the pandemic. Apart from numerous COVID-19 health and frontline services, boosts to local government spend and talk of potential infrastructure injections, Mboweni laid out ...
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Three investor reactions that could impact your wealth post-Covid-19

Published: Tue, 23 Jun 20

          Stonehage Fleming warns against investors letting emotions drive their investment decisions   The market selloff in March as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak resulted in three different investor reactions. According to Lehani Marais, Director ...
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Crisis brings opportunities for equity investors

Published: Mon, 01 Jun 20

By Justin Floor, fund manager at PSG Asset Management   It has been a long winter for many SA investors and we don’t know when it will turn around. In fact, there is still very little we know for sure about the current crisis, other than that it is entirely unprecedented and is being accompanied ...
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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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