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FOR YOUR EYES ONLY-POPIA ESSENTIALS

Published: Thu, 12 Nov 20

The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) has been in the making for a while, with certain aspects already introduced. It is finally set to come into full effect after President Cyril Ramaphosa said, in June, that the effective date for compliance is 1 July 2021, and most organisations will have much to do ...
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SA retirees don’t want to gamble on their retirement savings

Published: Mon, 09 Nov 20

New research shows a 25% jump in the number of retirees less willing to take risks with their money for saving or investment Percentage of respondents who now set goals and are planning for their financial future up by 10% from 2019 Only two fifths are confident that their retirement savings will last ...
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The importance of having a Will

Published: Thu, 29 Oct 20

Drawing up a Will can be a very sensitive and uncomfortable subject but as death is inevitable, it is always better to be prepared. As a legal document expressing your last wishes, a Will may well be the most important document that you will ever sign. And while it is recommended that you use the services of a professional ...
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Increasing need for cross-border estate planning as more SA investors look offshore

Published: Tue, 27 Oct 20

What advisers should consider with offshore structures and complicated cross-border estate planning   27 October 2020: Market volatility, a weakening rand, and a steep Gross Domestic Product (GDP) decline of 51% in the second quarter of 2020 are just some of the reasons why South Africans are increasingly ...
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Wealthy families support the fight against COVID-19

Published: Wed, 07 Oct 20

New research from international family office Stonehage Fleming has revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic is leading to a significant shift in the key priorities of many wealthy families. This finding and others is contained in Stonehage Fleming’s report, ‘Four Pillars of Capital: a time for reflection. ...
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Review your will to account for COVID-19, advises JustMoney

Published: Mon, 05 Oct 20

The COVID-19 pandemic is a timely reminder of the importance of ensuring your personal finances are in order – and a key component of this is an up-to-date will. This legal document, that should take into account the current value of your assets, with instructions on how you wish to allocate them, is particularly ...
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HOW UNCLAIMED MONIES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES

Published: Mon, 05 Oct 20

By: Elio E’Silva, Head of Direct Corporate Solutions, Alexander Forbes Prescribed assets for retirement funds have been discussed extensively as a potential source of funding for state-owned entity (SOE) debt as well as the country’s developmental imperatives. This raises concerns about the possible ...
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CAN I AFFORD TO DIE?

Published: Thu, 01 Oct 20

The Covid-19 pandemic has served as a reminder that death can come at any time, and although it is not a subject we like to think about, there are some important things one should put in place to protect those you will leave behind. Besides the emotional stress your death will bring to your loved ones, without proper ...
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SIMPLIFYING THE RETIREMENT FUND DEATH CLAIMS PROCESS

Published: Tue, 15 Sep 20

By Dolana Conco, Regional Executive at Alexander Forbes   Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences a person can go through, and during this difficult time, you don’t want your loved ones to have to worry about finances. Your family will receive a share of your retirement ...
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Want to withdraw retirement funds on emigration? National Treasury and SARS say try again in 3 years' time

Published: Wed, 09 Sep 20

            by Joon Chong, Partner & Wesley Grimm, Associate at Webber Wentzel   The National Treasury published the Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2020 (Draft Tax Bill) for public comment. One ...
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Don’t rush investment decisions in times of uncertainty

Published: Thu, 13 Aug 20

Article by Bjorn Ladewig, Longevity Actuary at Just SA   It’s natural to feel a certain amount of panic during any crisis, let alone a global pandemic. But rushing into investment decisions through panic is always a bad idea, even if your nervous system is screaming at you to act.   When ...
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Making saving a priority this Women’s Month

Published: Tue, 11 Aug 20

By Mandy Porter, Alexander Forbes senior financial adviser   Women could live to up to eight years longer than men according to research by the World Health Organization. As a result, women need to save more, for longer, to provide for a dignified retirement. Research by Stellenbosch University’s ...
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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, first read it, her heart sank. An elderly woman had anonymously poured her heart out, searching for help after she was sexually assaulted by a relative. The woman’s family and friends ...
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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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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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HOW TO CATCH UP ON YOUR RETIREMENT SAVINGS

Published: Wed, 08 Jul 20

              By Gerard Visser, Certified Financial Planner at Alexander Forbes   For many South Africans who were already finding it difficult to save for retirement, Covid-19 has created additional financial pressures which may take years ...
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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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