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What is the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Published: Mon, 02 Dec 19

Cyber Monday originated in the US and is a marketing term used for the Monday after Thanksgiving. It was created by retailers to encourage people to shop online. The term was coined by Ellen Davis of the National Retail Federation and Scott Silverman, and has actually been around ...
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Interview with Bright Rock CEO, Schalk Malan about their ground-breaking temporary disability cover

Published: Mon, 11 Nov 19

In October 2019 Needs-matched life insurance provider, BrightRock, announced enhancements to their temporary expenses cover. Read More More recently Insurancegateway® Interviewed Schalk Malan to not only learn more about their product enhancements but also to talk about Bright Rock’s strategic ...
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Early intervention key for organisations heading towards financial distress

Published: Mon, 11 Nov 19

In his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) delivered in October, the Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, revealed the extent of South Africa’s growing fiscal and economic woes, with the most significant cause for concern being that the country’s debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio is currently ...
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South Africa’s consumers are ‘Tapping and Scanning’ to pay, says FNB

Published: Mon, 11 Nov 19

FNB customers have made over R14 billion in ‘tap’ or contactless payments in the twelve months to June 2019, with continued month on month growth. This upward trend points to growing appetite for the convenience of contactless payments in South Africa’s consumer and business sectors. The ...
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How to manage money as a family

Published: Thu, 07 Nov 19

You share your life with your family. They celebrate your successes with you and are the go to people when you need a shoulder to lean on. In fact, most people’s financial affairs involve taking care of family, whether to cover school fees, save for a family holiday or to attain financial security as life-long ...
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Tomorrow’s retirement industry will be radically different – So what should pension funds be thinking about now?

Published: Mon, 04 Nov 19

By Petri Greeff, Head of Investment Advisory at RisCura Pension funds today should be investing for a horizon of 80 years or more. While it’s impossible to predict what the world will be like in 2100, it’s safe to assume it will be radically different to the one we live in today. We can expect the retirement ...
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Safe havens far from low risk

Published: Wed, 23 Oct 19

2019 has been a challenging year for asset managers and their clients. Confidence in South Africa remains dismal, and global macro risks have risen amid trade wars and a slowing global economy. This has seen a very aggressive sell-off in parts of the global equity market, and especially in the case of out-of-favour ...
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Exchange control risks when moving funds offshore

Published: Wed, 23 Oct 19

Bianca Botes, Treasury Partner at Peregrine Treasury Solutions   23 October 2019: Many South Africans are actively looking to move funds offshore, for reasons that range from travel and investing to importing or exporting new products and launching new businesses. But without observing the correct exchange ...
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Why looking for a catalyst is not always helpful

Published: Wed, 23 Oct 19

Anet Ahern, CEO, PSG Asset Management   As any parent of young children will attest, the need to know “why” and “when” is a natural human tendency. It is also the mainstay of daily market commentary and investment articles. Human beings believe that if we know why something happened, ...
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Stonehage Fleming appoints Non-Executive Director to Boards in South Africa

Published: Tue, 22 Oct 19

Stonehage Fleming has recently welcomed Fred Robertson to the Stonehage Fleming family as a Non-Executive Board member on its local Board of Directors. His impressive resume reflects over 3 decades of experience on both the national and international business stage. He currently serves as the Executive Chairman of ...
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Classification of SA hedge funds underway

Published: Thu, 10 Oct 19

South African hedge fund managers have begun the process of categorising their hedge fund portfolios in line with the provisions of the new Hedge Fund Classification Standard, which was recently introduced by the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA). The new ASISA Hedge Fund Classification Standard ...
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Longevity in estate planning

Published: Tue, 08 Oct 19

Willie Fourie, Head of Estate and Trust advisory services at PSG Wealth We often think of longevity when it comes to financial planning, but there is also something to be said for considering the longevity of your estate planning. A distinguishing feature of robust estate planning is that the structures and the ...
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The risk of a US bear market is higher than a year ago – PSG Wealth

Published: Thu, 03 Oct 19

The current bull market reached its 10-year anniversary this June, making it the longest bull market run in modern history. Understandably, this makes investors nervous. Everyone remembers the mayhem of 2008 – and with the prices of shares at all-time highs, especially in the US, the fear of a recession is a ...
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Five key reasons not to DIY your investments

Published: Wed, 18 Sep 19

The rise of new technologies and fintech has made investing simpler, more transparent and cheaper than ever before, leading many to adopt a DIY-approach to their finances. So, in a world where investing is as easy as ordering take-out, what are the dangers of self-managing your investments, and why should you consider ...
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The risk of selling low

Published: Wed, 11 Sep 19

The premise of investing is simple: buy low, sell high and, by doing so, earn an investment return. In practice, however, it’s far more difficult. How we’re wired as humans makes it hard for us to set aside our emotions as investors. This applies both to buying when share prices are low due to ...
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Short-term insurance savvy goes the distance

Published: Wed, 11 Sep 19

Short-term insurance savvy goes the distance In the spirit of Spring, here are some top tips for women to follow to refresh their short-term insurance cover, while staying both cost-effective and safe. Relook luxury and upgrade your outlook It can be very expensive to specify items like cell phones, notebooks, ...
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Global Feeder fund reaches ZAR100m as local desire to externalise assets continues

Published: Tue, 10 Sep 19

South Africans have a healthy appetite for global feeder investments in the current environment of domestic political and economic uncertainty, as we have seen with our feeder fund which launched less than a year ago and has already surpassed the ZAR100 million mark in assets under management. Feeder funds ...
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Still hope for a New Dawn?

Published: Tue, 03 Sep 19

With GDP up 3. 1% in the second quarter of 2019 (seasonally adjusted, annualised) and 0. 9% for the year to June 2019, the markets have responded positively. The rand appreciated by some 10 cents on publication of the data and bonds yields declined by about 10 basis points. It is comforting to see that we ...
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How often should employers review their umbrella fund provider?

Published: Tue, 03 Sep 19

The 2019 Sanlam Benchmark Survey found that one-third of employers using umbrella funds have never reviewed their provider, while less than half of respondents conducted a review of their provider every one to three years. “Employers have a duty of care to ensure that they choose an umbrella fund that ...
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1Life launches 1Life Vantage

Published: Thu, 22 Aug 19

1Life announced the launch of their new digital intermediary solution for life and investment financial advisors – 1Life Vantage - aimed at enabling financial advisers to provide superior financial planning, product advice and ongoing product service to customers for long-term insurance and investment products ...
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