The South African government’s recently concluded three-year wage agreement with the public sector unions is an encouraging step towards improving the country’s current tepid potential growth. The agreement comprised a consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 2% (7% nominal) increase in 2015, followed by increases of CPI plus 1% in each of 2016 and 2017. There […]
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- Q: How did you get involved in financial services - was it always something you wanted to do?
- A: I was a school teacher before I got into financial services in 1991. I initially got into it because I thought it had exciting career opportunities. I joined Liberty as an associate financial adviser and, as I rose up the ranks there, I came to appreciate the value of good advice more and more. I became very passionate about the life insurance industry. Insurance is about protecting the people that are most important in your life. It gave me a platform to help people make the best financial decisions for their families.
- Q: How competitive is the local long-term insurance market - does this benefit the end user?
- A: The South African long-term insurance industry is highly competitive. We’re world leaders when it comes to innovation and product development. BrightRock was born out of the need to give consumers the most cutting-edge needs-matched solutions in market. We’re constantly moving forward with our product development and the way we interact with our policyholders. So yes, I think that the competitive nature of our industry definitely benefits the user in the end.
- Q: What makes a good long-term insurance product?
- A: There are many elements that make a good life insurance product. Transparency is one of them; clients must be aware and understand the products they are buying. A lot of products in the market today are based on price instead of quality. The client should be able to get value for their premiums and that makes the product more sustainable long-term. The needs and risks of clients change as their lives change and their insurance policies should change with them. When clients buy insurance policies based on price instead of value, they lose out in the end.
- Q: How (and why) important are independent financial advisers to the SA financial services industry?
- A: Quality financial advice as a whole is essential in our industry. Clients need advisers who’ll be able to help them plan for their future while taking all of their needs into account. Independent financial advice helps clients because they know that the person who’s giving them the advice isn’t incentivised to sell one product over another. The value of independent financial advisers in our industry is that they keep the industry as a whole honest and accountable to the end-user.
I quite like Zwelinzima Vavi’s call – don’t mourn – organize. I know he didn’t mean it as such – but I think it should be applied to our finances. Actually – I think it could apply to a lot of things in life. Of course there is a time for mourning – and how […]
Uber, the on-demand transport business, is now the world’s most valuable travel start-up, valued at more than $40 billion. In fact, it has the potential to become the most highly valued private company in the world. All of this with no fleet of its own. (more…)
Given that state-owned power utility Eskom’s woes continue to weigh heavily on the country’s economy, most analysts view the appointment of Brian Molefe as acting CEO of the parastatal in a very positive light. Molefe, after all, has been successful in turning around Transnet – another parastatal. (more…)
Today we’re privileged to have award winning economist Colen Garrow as our guest newsletter writer. Colen has a BCom (Hons) in Economics. He started a career in banking with Barclays Bank in 1983. He joined Brait, a JSE listed private equity company in 2001. Since his exit from Brait, Colen started Meganomics, a platform being […]
Offshore investing and wealth management require a different perspective and view. If a wealth portfolio is global does it make sense to use a global adviser? Mike Abbott, head of Sable Wealth, says that an international adviser can give advice when various jurisdictions are involved, and can build and manage a global portfolio. A growing […]
Major investment institutions and leading asset managers have welcomed the recent launch of the South African Investment Panorama survey. The study, which is a project spearheaded by international strategic research company Insight Discovery, is designed to identify the issues that have an impact on South Africa’s Independent Financial Advisors. Nigel Sillitoe, CEO of Insight Discovery, […]
Life happens. Before you know it, your child is six years old and ready to start Grade R…and you realise you haven’t put a cent away for their education. “We sometimes find it difficult to prioritise education savings because of urgent financial commitments. Very often paying off a mortgage bond, utility bills, medical and grocery […]
Beware of too high cash allocations in post retirement savings. This can be a problem for an investor who needs growth and doesn’t take a holistic view of their investment portfolio. Saving for retirement and managing wealth in retirement requires specific objectives and skills. Business development manager at Grindrod Asset Management, Marc Thomas, says that […]
Preserving one’s wealth for current and future generations is a constantly changing ballgame – particularly now as more and more global investment opportunities present themselves. Derek Alton, Portfolio Manager at Old Mutual Wealth Private Client Securities, says it is more important than ever for high net wealth individuals to ensure they have strong legal structures […]
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- The top ten traits of a financial planner
- Twin Peaks - what is it and how will it work
- Tax free savings accounts
- Hedge fund - how to assess these investments
- Annuities - the pros and cons
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