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POSTPONEMENT NOTICE: SAIA BREAKFAST SESSION 2020

Published: Mon, 16 Mar 20

Following the national disaster declaration made by the President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, on 15 March 2020 around the spread of the coronavirus, the South African Insurance Association (SAIA) has decided to postpone the SAIA Breakfast Session which was to be held on 19 March to a later date in May 2020 ...
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Allianz: 5 sustainability trends to watch for companies

Published: Thu, 12 Mar 20

Companies can potentially face reputational damage or legal liabilities if they fail to appropriately manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s ESG team identified key trends to watch: climate change, water management, preserving biodiversity degradation ...
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CORONAVIRUS Q&A: KNOW YOUR EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS

Published: Wed, 11 Mar 20

Aadil Patel, National Head of the Employment practice and Anli Bezuidenhout, Senior Associate in the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr   The COVID – 19 (or "Coronavirus") is spreading. In this alert, we answer some of the most pressing questions that have been asked over ...
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OLD MUTUAL CORPORATE WELCOMES RENEWED COMMITMENT TO ALIGN PENSION AND PROVIDENT FUNDS

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 20

South Africans urged to take advantage of tax reprieve to improve their retirement savings. 2 March 2020: The 2020/21 Budget provided a welcome surprise for embattled consumers as the Minister of Finance announced that personal income taxes would not be raised. Possibly even more valuable was the fact that ...
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BUDGET 2020: THE RIGHT INTENT, BUT THE CHALLENGE REMAINS DAUNTING

Published: Thu, 27 Feb 20

BY ARTHUR KAMP, CHIEF ECONOMIST AT SANLAM INVESTMENTS Budget 2020 is the best we could have hoped for in difficult circumstances. In essence, it aims to constrain consumption spending relative to capital expenditure, while recognising that persistent tax increases are counter-productive and constrain growth. Budget ...
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Hard choices for Budget 2020

Published: Mon, 17 Feb 20

Citadel Portfolio Manager Mike van der Westhuizen believes a strong Budget will come down to simple action and hard choices taken now for the long-term benefit of the country. 17 February 2020: “The main thing to look at, given that the Moody’s is watching closely, is the need to rein in the ...
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Coronavirus and its effects on international trade and insurance

Published: Thu, 13 Feb 20

The deadly novel coronavirus outbreak (2019-CoV) has resulted in passenger and cargo ships being quarantined around the world, partial and complete travel bans to parts of China and shipping and airlines being unable or unwilling to deliver cargo to the contractual destination. Malcolm Hartwell, head of ...
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COMPARING THE BENEFITS OF A TAX FREE SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND A RETIREMENT ANNUITY FUND

Published: Thu, 30 Jan 20

By Jaco Prinsloo, Certified Financial Planner at Alexander Forbes Financial Planning Consultants   The benefits of saving are well known, as are the tax benefits offered by tax-free savings accounts (TFSA) and retirement annuity funds (RA). Before we look at what the benefits of each, let's look at ...
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Cyber attackers’ home in on South African businesses

Published: Mon, 27 Jan 20

Ransomware industry flourishes in SA while business are largely unprepared for the business interruption and financial fallout of a breach   In a recent Carte Blanche episode, the investigative news programme revealed that South Africa had faced a number of major cyberattacks during 2019 – one of ...
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SELECTING THE WRONG DIRECTORS FOR THE SOE AND SOC BOARDS HAS BEEN DISASTROUS

Published: Fri, 24 Jan 20

By Terrance M. Booysen and peer reviewed by Jene’ Palmer CA(SA) (CGF Lead Independent Consultant)    As most South Africans eagerly awaited some reprieve from a year of constant and negative bombardment, be this over matters such as a massively contracted economy, rising unemployment, state capture, ...
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Financially independent parents on the wish list this festive season

Published: Fri, 06 Dec 19

It’s the time of year again where South Africans nationwide swap work check lists for personal wish lists and the search for gifts becomes all-consuming. The festive season also presents a timely opportunity for pre-retirees and retirees to consider a more pragmatic approach to gift giving; namely to identify ...
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Protecting your Identity this Holiday Season

Published: Wed, 04 Dec 19

The South African Insurance Association (SAIA) encourages consumers to consider taking extra care in protecting their identity this festive season. Criminal activity tends to increase considerably over the holiday season. It is also often a time for criminals to take advantage of consumers through several cybercriminal ...
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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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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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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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Where technology meets real people – the trustees’ dilemma

Published: Mon, 14 Oct 19

Retirement funds’ topmost purpose and intention is to ensure that their members’ needs are met during retirement. This is akin to summiting Mount Everest, the world’s highest and toughest peak. Given the ever-changing nature of the workforce, fund consultants must find innovate ways to offer fund ...
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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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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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Gender matters: For Women, healthcare and retirement planning challenges are often greater and more complex

Published: Mon, 09 Sep 19

Women typically face a greater retirement savings shortfall than their male counterparts. A longer life expectancy coupled with lower compensation throughout their lifetime creates a larger financial burden over a longer period compared with the needs of male retirees. In addition to earning less, on average, ...
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