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Never stop investing because of volatility

South Africa’s recent downgrades by rating agencies may put off some people from continuing to invest. This should not be the case, the market goes through periods of volatility and that’s never reason enough not to stay invested. (more…)

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WEF outlines top trends in global risks for 2017

Economic inequality, societal polarization and intensifying environmental dangers are the top three trends that will shape global developments over the next 10 years, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2017 found. Collaborative action by world leaders will be urgently needed to avert further hardship and volatility in the coming decade. (more…)

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Wayne McCurrie

2016, a “Perfect Storm”

What are we to expect from 2017?  Below find an article in which Wayne McCurrie, Fund Manager at Ashburton Investments, tells us that next year will be better than 2016. (more…)

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Arthur Kamp, economist at Sanlam Investments

MTBPS 2016: The different shades of junk

Arthur Kamp, economist at Sanlam Investments, offers his views on Minister Gordhan’s budget announcement yesterday. (more…)

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It’s a buyers’ market for house sales

The sad house

My husband and I have done a bit of house-hunting over the last few weeks.  While we’re looking for more space to accommodate my husband’s hobbies (collecting cars and motorbikes) and my book collection, we’re taking our time about moving house. During our outings with realtors to look at various properties, we’ve seen some sad […]

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Christelle Colman of Europ Assistance discusses the working mother and how to set priorities

No, women can’t have it all – Women’s Month

As we celebrate Women’s Month, Christelle Colman, Chief Executive Officer of Europ Assistance South Africa says women “can’t have it all.” (more…)

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Consumer compares cost of living between South Africa, Spain and the UK

Is food really that expensive in South Africa?

Well just how pricey is our food?  From this account, written by a fellow journalist who prefers to remain anonymous, (let’s call him M), we’re not badly off here when it comes to shopping at our supermarkets.  This is what he said in an email to friends and colleagues upon his return to South Africa. […]

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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

What we expect from Budget 2016

The first question I always encounter when discussing budget previews is: Will we pay more tax?  The answer is a definite ‘yes’.  PWC says there has been a rapid slow down in revenue collections since the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) was presented in October last year. (more…)

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