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Published: Tue, 29 Jun 21

Having been inundated over the last several years with volumes of complaints against the Private Security Sector Provident Fund (PSSPF) and its participating employers, the Pension Funds Adjudicator, Adv Muvhango Lukhaimane, has in a recent determination called into question the viability of the fund that is compulsory ...
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CPI for May 2021

Published: Wed, 23 Jun 21

Consumer price inflation increased by 5. 2% year-on-year as at the end of May 2021, which was greater than the 4. 4% year-on-year increase from the previous month. Inflation is a subject of real interest globally as the US saw a sharp increase in their rate of inflation. The US Federal Reserve has however stated their ...
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Free Online Discussion – recent regulatory impact on claims

Published: Thu, 17 Jun 21

Learn about the recent regulatory impact on claims by joining us online this Friday 18 June 2021. The amended Policyholder Protection Rules promulgated under section 55(5) of the Short-term Insurance Act as amended and currently in operation, alongside several key board notices has far-reaching implications when it ...
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Supporting Brokers In Optimising The Claims Experience Of Their Clients.

Published: Mon, 07 Jun 21

TANSA is a team of dedicated professional Attorneys, Forensic accountants, Disaster Claims Experts and Insurance Specialists focused on Insurance Claims & Dispute Resolution. Their mission is to support brokers in optimising the claims experience of their clients. They collaborate with brokers to effectively ...
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Navigating the now – Making sense of an unsettled world

Published: Wed, 02 Jun 21

The unsettled world as a result of Covid-19’s broader societal impact of empty sports stadiums and travel restrictions notwithstanding the whipsaw in markets has provided opportunities for certain sectors to thrive sooner than previously expected and has changed the investment landscape in others. So, what has ...
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Fourfold increase in death claims against fully underwritten life policies during second Covid-19 wave

Published: Tue, 01 Jun 21

Four of South Africa’s largest life insurers reported increases of between 50% and 60% in death claims against fully underwritten new generation individual life policies between March last year, when the first Covid-19 case was recorded in South Africa, and the end of January 2021. The increase in death claims ...
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Has COVID shaped new trends for SA investors?

Published: Mon, 17 May 21

In a TransUnion survey, two of the top 10 changes in behaviour related to retirement savings – one was accessing it early to cover the shortfall and another was stopping retirement savings. These are both alarming. According to the World Bank’s 2019 report, South Africa’s savings rate is 15% of its ...
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How markets have performed in the first quarter

Published: Tue, 11 May 21

Since the equity markets bottomed a year ago after one of the sharpest sell-offs in history, life and the economy have yet to return to normal. However, financial markets continue to look beyond the current reality, toward a rosier future. This quarter equity markets once again showed impressive strength, ...
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Stonehage Fleming Appoints New Director in South Africa

Published: Tue, 04 May 21

Stonehage Fleming has announced the appointment of Mario Schoeman as Director of Business Development in South Africa. Mario will be responsible for leading the distribution of Stonehage Fleming’s global service offerings, including the firm’s flagship Global Best Ideas Equity fund, into the South African ...
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Better growth prospects and policy support bode well for markets

Published: Mon, 03 May 21

It’s been a year since the pandemic and the events that followed, took the world into unchartered territory, calling on humankind’s innate ability to adapt to survive. The loss of life has been painful, and the loss of livelihoods has been devastating. The events that followed have also been remarkable ...
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Coface records a good start to the year with a net income of €56.4m

Published: Wed, 28 Apr 21

Xavier Durand, Coface CEO, commented: “Our first-quarter results reflect our continued strong operating performance and an exceptional environment, where the number of bankruptcies has declined. We anticipate that bankruptcies will increase again once the health crisis is over and special measures to support ...
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Consumer price inflation increased by 3.2%

Published: Wed, 21 Apr 21

Consumer price inflation increased by 3. 2% year-on-year as at the end of March 2021, which was greater than the 2. 9% year-on-year increase from the previous month. Inflation breached the lower end of the target band for only one month but has remained modest at the lower end of the band. There were year-on-year ...
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Offering clients options to cope with volatility

Published: Mon, 19 Apr 21

Anyone who has been in the trenches of investing long enough will tell you that frightening market slumps are inevitable, as is long-term growth. One real hedge against these savings potholes are insurance-based investment strategies that provide a guarantee against excess downside volatility, protecting clients against ...
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First edition of the Ombudsman’s Briefcase for 2021

Published: Tue, 06 Apr 21

In our first edition of the Ombudsman’s Briefcase for 2021 we take this opportunity to wish you a safe and prosperous year ahead. We face this year with a little more hope having emerged from a second wave of the coronavirus and with the COVID-19 vaccine being rolled-out. In this edition we look at insurance ...
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Published: Thu, 01 Apr 21

All businesses with employees, customers and suppliers must comply with POPIA, which comes into effect on 1 July 2021. Here is a practical guide to the most important aspects   With the commencement date of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI) of 1 July 2021 fast approaching, businesses ...
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Don’t fall for the hype around speculative investments

Published: Wed, 17 Mar 21

In the current market climate where market returns disappoint expectations, investors can easily fall for the hype around speculative investments that promise high yields. However, investors should also be careful not to get caught up in a trading frenzy in fear of missing out on the latest buzzing stocks. While some ...
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Published: Mon, 15 Mar 21

Satrix, South Africa’s leading provider of index-tracking products, has today been named the 2021 Best Fund House – Larger Fund Range in South Africa by Morningstar, a global financial services firm with 35 years of investment research. Satrix, which launched South Africa’s first-ever exchange-traded ...
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Diversification is one of the many effects of oil price volatility on Middle Eastern and African oil producers

Published: Mon, 15 Mar 21

Study on the impact of oil price volatility in the Middle East and Africa   Paris, March 11, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic’s negative impact on global GDP growth and global trade volumes has caused a sharp drop in oil prices in the spring of 2020. This price drop, even if temporary, has affected Middle ...
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Local hedge funds industry finding its feet in a regulated environment

Published: Mon, 08 Mar 21

The South African hedge funds industry ended 2020 with assets under management of R73. 27 billion. Statistics released by the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) show that assets under management increased by R4. Hayden Reinders, convenor of the ASISA Hedge Funds Standing Committee, says this ...
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Interest bearing CIS portfolios attract record breaking net inflows in 2020

Published: Mon, 08 Mar 21

The local Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) industry attracted net annual inflows of R213 billion last year – the highest ever in the industry’s 55 year history. As a result assets under management by the local CIS industry increased to R2. This means that the local CIS industry almost tripled its asset ...
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