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To have and to hold a signed Will

Published: Wed, 08 Sep 21

National Wills Week will be held from 13 to 17 September 2021. This is an ideal opportunity to draft a Will or to review an existing Will. In recent times, we have come to realise that death can happen to anyone, at any time. Whether you’re young or old it is therefore important to ensure your affairs are ...
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Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Risks and Insurance: Q&A with Allianz Specialists

Published: Tue, 07 Sep 21

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution rolls out across Africa and the world, insurers of the pharmaceutical industry are in a position to share their experience as to what constitutes a successful and safe distribution process. Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is one insurer with such experience working ...
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The Female Economy – what women want from a financial adviser

Published: Tue, 24 Aug 21

As women earn and control an increasing portion of wealth, advisers must reconsider how they engage with this group or risk losing the opportunity to serve them. This will take more than just falling back on reductive stereotypes and “pinkified” marketing tactics. When it comes to buying power ...
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Life insurers report significant increases in funeral insurance fraud for 2020

Published: Mon, 23 Aug 21

South African life insurers reported a 12% increase in fraudulent and dishonest claims across all lines of risk business in 2020 when compared to 2019. The 2020 fraudulent and dishonest claims statistics, released this week by the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA), show that last year 3 186 ...
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The representation of women in the South African economy

Published: Mon, 23 Aug 21

More than 26 years later, women are still underrepresented in the South African economy Every Women’s Day commemoration brings us an opportunity to track progress on the declaration made in 1994 by the country’s first democratic government to prioritise gender equality as reflected in the South African ...
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CIS assets under management fast approaching the R3 trillion threshold

Published: Thu, 19 Aug 21

The local Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) industry reported net outflows of R18 billion for the second quarter of this year following the closure of South Africa’s biggest money market fund. Releasing the CIS industry statistics for the quarter and year ended June 2021, Sunette Mulder, senior policy advisor ...
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ASISA Media Statement: Green Paper on Comprehensive Social Security and Retirement Fund Reform

Published: Thu, 19 Aug 21

The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) has taken note of the Green Paper on Comprehensive Social Security and Retirement Reform published yesterday by the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, for comment by 10 December 2021. A Green Paper is a government policy discussion paper that ...
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National Treasury’s proposed “two-bucket system” a promising response to meet short and long-term financial needs

Published: Thu, 12 Aug 21

The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) and its members support meaningful changes to the current retirement system that are aimed at strengthening preservation of savings, while at the same time providing a manageable solution to emergency access to savings. Rosemary Lightbody, senior policy ...
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NATIONAL TREASURY’S PROPOSED TWO-BUCKET SYSTEM

Published: Thu, 12 Aug 21

National Treasury released a media statement on 11 August, noting that government and other stakeholders are exploring a ‘two-bucket’ system to address retirement fund members’ conflicting needs for longer-term financial security and short-term financial relief: First bucket for longer-term ...
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Rights and responsibilities under the data privacy laws

Published: Wed, 11 Aug 21

Over the years, data privacy and protecting personal information has become increasingly important, both from a business and client perspective. The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI) was gazetted in South Africa in 2014 with the intention to protect your data privacy rights as well as your personal ...
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The difference between a living Will and a last Will and testament

Published: Wed, 11 Aug 21

Sometimes family members face a difficult situation when a decision has to be made about a loved one in circumstances in which they are not able to make informed decisions and give their consent regarding medical treatment. In some cases, a family can be left with enduring questions and feel of guilt after making ...
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PPS Investments: MPC Media commentary

Published: Thu, 22 Jul 21

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decided to leave the repo rate unchanged at 3. 5%. This was a unanimous decision even after the recent increases to inflation, above the midpoint of the inflation target band. The recent unrest in South Africa was noted as a concern to economic growth after the strong GDP print ...
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DELAYED GOVERNMENT PAYMENTS IMPACT ON PENSION FUND CONTRIBUTIONS

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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