Surviving the digital giants


By Peter Armitage, Anchor Capital’s CEO. Few would deny the benefits of the industrial revolution — increased productivity brought with it rising household income and innovation-enhanced quality of life. But the disruption, displacement and dispossession it entailed meant that, at the time, many would have struggled to recognise its good. So too with the digital revolution. […]

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Report points to deterioration in global economic and geopolitical conditions

The world’s ability to foster collective action in the face of urgent major crises has reached crisis levels, with worsening international relations hindering action across a growing array of serious challenges. Meanwhile, a darkening economic outlook, in part caused by geopolitical tensions, looks set to further reduce the potential for international cooperation in 2019. These […]

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MPC decision ‘widely expected’

‘The widely expected decision by the MPC to leave interest rates unchanged yesterday is the right one in present economic circumstances,” says Professor Raymond Parsons, MWU Business School economist. (more…)

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Biking to retirement: how cycling connects to better long-term investing

By Richus Nel, Financial Adviser, PSG Wealth Old Oak. As a recreational cyclist, I regard cycling as one of the most enjoyable and effective ways to get around. But while some cycling is for recreation, other times it can be about incremental goal setting. Every hill, every valley or every time challenge is within reach, […]

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SARB keeps interest rates unchanged

Following the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) decision to keep interest rates unchanged, FNB confirms that it will maintain its prime lending rate at 10.25% and will review its position following the next SARB Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in March 2019. (more…)

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December 2018 experienced little of the usual market optimism

By Gielie de Swardt, head of Retail Distribution at Sanlam Investments. Following the positive outcome from the G20 Summit talks, the US and China have entered a three-month truce, causing markets around the world to climb at month start. (more…)

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New financial services qualification launched in South Africa

A new internationally recognised professional qualification is available to South Africans who have a professional degree and are looking to expand into an analytical career in the financial services sector. (more…)

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SA’s ranking on passport index remains stable

The South African passport remains stable in 2019 on the latest Henley Passport Index. South Africa, ranked 53rd globally, continues to occupy 3rd place in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, following the Seychelles, ranked 27th globally, and Mauritius, ranked 31st globally. Somalia, Libya, and Eritrea sit at the bottom of the index in Africa, each only […]

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ANC’s manifesto is a ‘wake-up call’ for investors, warns deVere Acuma

The ANC’s manifesto should serve as a “wake-up call” for investors to consider creating, building and safeguarding wealth internationally. This is the clear warning from Gavin Smith, Head of Africa at deVere Acuma. (more…)

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RA or TFSA? How to maximise your retirement savings

Jan van der Merwe, Head: Actuarial and Product at PSG Wealth If you still want to take advantage of this year’s tax exemptions, the clock is ticking. What is the best way to maximise your savings? Theoretically, the most efficient option is investing in a retirement annuity (RA) before investing any excess amounts in a […]

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Is 2019 an opportunity for a new insurance compact?

By Donald Dinnie, CEO of Natmed Medical Defence Spare a thought for Momentum and its Ganas Life claim debacle which occurred towards the end of 2018. Momentum was correct in law in avoiding the insured’s life policy for material non-disclosure, a position affirmed by the relevant ombudsman, but lost in the court of public opinion […]

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