SA could achieve 5.4% growth – by 2030

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Taking advantage of its growing working-age population could help accelerate South Africa’s growth to 5.4 percent a year and double per capita incomes by 2030, according to the South Africa Economic Update released by the World Bank earlier this week. (more…)

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Santam’s Be Safe App helps to see where loved ones are located at a specific time

SA’s bleak crime statistics

South Africa’s latest crime statistics came out this week.  They made for shocking reading with murder up by 4.6% and attempted murder showing an increase of 3.2%.  Aggravated robbery, car and truck hijackings all rose. (more…)

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Significant number of ‘lost’ policyholders and beneficiaries traced

Life insurers have reunited 431 364 policyholders and beneficiaries with their unclaimed benefits since the implementation in June 2013 of the ASISA Standard on Unclaimed Assets. (more…)

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The Volkswagen emissions scandal has seen its shares plunges. Janice Roberts of MoneyMarketing considers the wisdom of investing in VW and wonders whether Tesla would not be a better investment.

Is it time to buy VW shares?

It’s only natural that some will view Volkswagen’s share plunge as a buying opportunity. Unless you’re living in another universe, you’ll know by now that the car manufacturer has been caught trying to fool US regulators into thinking that emissions from its diesel cars were lower than they actually were. (What the manufacturer did was […]

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Enhancing returns on cash using money market funds

Managing your cash

Cash is often the asset class that earns the least respect and attention from businesses and individual investors, says Lyle Sankar, Analyst, PSG Asset Management. (more…)

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Findings of the 2015 LifeCare/FPA Financial Confidence of American Workers Survey

Are American workers financially confident?

The 2015 LifeCare/FPA Financial Confidence of American Workers Survey – released this month – finds that day-to-day finances are having a drain on workers’ ability to plan for the long-term. It also reveals that workers are confident for the short-term and less confident about the long-term. While savings is a key area of confidence, it’s […]

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Investors given access to 2 international equity products

Absa Active Asset Management says its recently announced partnership with UK-based Schroders will now give local investors access to the Global Recovery Fund by the end of November, giving them a wider choice and access to global equities. This is in addition to the Global Core Equity Fund launched last month by the two firms. […]

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Capital protecting hedge funds thrive on market turmoil

Hedge funds come into their own in turbulent markets. (more…)

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Pressure on consumers may drive SA into recession

A report released by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has warned that South African consumers are under growing economic pressure and that this may further dampen the country’s economic outlook.  Consumer spending plays a pivotal role in the economy with household consumption expenditure being equivalent to over 60% of GDP.   (more…)

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Watch your investment fees

This week marks National Financial Planning Week and offers us all the perfect opportunity to take a look at our financial planning, which includes investing. Like when using any professional service, there is a cost involved when investing your money. By investing and/or using an adviser, you pay for the knowledge and guidance you’ll receive, […]

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