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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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DRAFTING A WILL DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 20

By Christel Botha, Alexander Forbes Fiduciary Services Manager   Life in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic has given people time to reflect on their personal affairs, leading to an increase in numbers of people making and updating their Last Will and Testament in a bid to regain control over their lives ...
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Minister urges South Africans to build their houses on rock

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 20

Why this has a profound meaning for your retirement investments   In his recent budget speech, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni warned South Africans that “the storm is not over”. Although lockdown restrictions are easing, the unprecedented emergency budget speech drove home the sobering impact ...
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EMERGENCY BUDGET SIGNALS THAT NOW IS THE TIME TO RECESSION PROOF YOUR FINANCIAL GOALS

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 20

Despite a gloomy emergency budget, investors urged to control what they can by taking practical steps to protect their finances during an economic downturn. 1 July 2020: Last week, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni painted a bleak picture, indicating that South Africans will be facing a deep recession. Despite this, ...
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Seven essential start-up tips from JustMoney

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 20

COVID-19 has kick-started many of us into thinking about setting up our own businesses. Whether you’ve been retrenched, taken a salary cut, or have simply realised that life’s short and it’s time to reach for that long-postponed dream, you’re likely to be re-assessing your talents and deciding ...
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Insurance Gateway Launches Virtual Offices

Published: Fri, 26 Jun 20

Insurance Gateway developed a new way of connecting brokers to their clients. This new platform will launch 1 July 2020 and I would like to invite you to have a look. To view our offices please click the link below. Features include online appointments, instant video meetings, document management, AI, CRM and even ...
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RISKS FACING RETIREES IN THE COVID-19 ERA

Published: Tue, 09 Jun 20

The worldwide Covid-19 pandemic has cast a spotlight on the risks facing those about to retire or already retired. But no matter the economic environment, preparing for one’s best possible retirement takes careful planning and consideration of the available retirement options as well as the risks of each. There ...
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Change your living annuity, not your drawdown rate

Published: Mon, 01 Jun 20

Johann Swanepoel, Product Actuary, Just SA   Cape Town, 1 June 2020: The relatively poor market returns over the last five years, coupled with the devastating crash in March this year, has exposed the risks associated with standard living annuities where pensioners carry all of the investment and longevity ...
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COVID-19 Swings the Spotlight Back onto Emerging Countries’ Debt

Published: Mon, 01 Jun 20

While the focus so far has been mainly on China, Europe and the United States, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to be even more severe for emerging economies, says International credit insurer, Coface. Even though their degree of vulnerability to this shock depends on many factors, the starting ...
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TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR CASHFLOW DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Published: Wed, 27 May 20

By Rita Cool, Certified Financial Planner at Alexander Forbes Financial Planning Consultants   The full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is as yet unknown, but individuals have already begun to have their lives disrupted by the country’s economic shutdown, with retrenchments, salary cuts and forced ...
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Your financial wellbeing has never been more important – now is the time

Published: Tue, 26 May 20

The outbreak and rapid spread across the globe of COVID-19 shocked the world and left many already struggling economies, and even strong economies, in trouble. The good news is that measures can be implemented to help individuals to cope with the situation. Iemas Insurance Brokers’ experts give their perspective ...
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Lockdown learnings for retirement

Published: Wed, 13 May 20

A volatile financial climate has seen many South African pensioners in living annuities looking to increase their withdrawals to cover current cash shortages. However, retirement income specialist Just advises strongly against this, recommending instead that they find ways to trim their spending, or else they run ...
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Is Covid-19 giving us a taste of an unplanned retirement?

Published: Mon, 11 May 20

By Richus Nel, financial adviser at PSG Wealth   Over the last two months, the world has undeniably changed. Markets have contracted, our financial resources have been depleted, and uncertainty is at historic highs. How we think about ourselves and others, what and how we buy, how we move (or don’t ...
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Covid-19: TERS - 5 important updates

Published: Mon, 04 May 20

by Joon Chong, Dhevarsha Ramjettan, Johan Olivier, Shane Johnson, Bianca Viljoen, Zipho Tile   Since the launch of TERS, there has been (almost) daily changes introduced by the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Following those amendments, the Minister of Employment & Labour ...
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WEATHER THE STORM OF RETRENCHMENT BY RESKILLING

Published: Wed, 29 Apr 20

When my husband was told he was being retrenched thanks to the economic effects of COVID-19, it was a call we were expecting but it was still a shock. Gosh, I thought to myself. What do we do now? My husband had just been retrenched, albeit temporarily under the COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme ...
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1Life Insurance offers free tuition for school children through Boston City Campus Connect and Ivy Digital

Published: Tue, 28 Apr 20

1Life Insurance has reaffirmed the company’s long-standing commitment to educating South Africans by launching a new partnership with Boston City Campus Connect and Ivy Digital, that will provide children of 1Life newsletter subscribers with free tuition from Grades 8 – 12. “In 2013 we ...
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The non-legal guide to surviving the Coronavirus

Published: Fri, 24 Apr 20

Soon after the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and the declaration of the National Disaster, there was an outbreak of legal and other publications, some more helpful than others, dealing with COVID-19, the law, the end of the world, and surviving the Coronavirus. You could seek guidance from a letter supposedly ...
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ARM YOURSELF WITH KNOWLEDGE – HOW FINANCIAL MARKET SHOCKS AFFECT YOU AND YOUR FINANCES

Published: Wed, 15 Apr 20

The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we have experienced. It affects many areas of our lives, causing us to experience uncomfortable levels of uncertainty and worry. Dealing with uncertainty can be tricky and we need to find ways to keep calm and to take control of our finances. Shelley van der Westhuizen, ...
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