NHI proposal welcomed but further clarity needed

National Health Insurance (NHI) contributions will be mandatory for all those earning above a certain threshold, according to the government’s recently released Green Paper on the scheme. However, one of the main concerns of the healthcare industry is that the document still lacks clarity on certain key issues such as the earnings threshold, the level […]

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Fedhealth applauds realsitic NHI plan

Commenting on the release of Government’s Green paper on the roll out of the proposed National Health Insurance plan, Katy Caldis, CEO and Principal Officer of Fedhealth says she welcomes the Health Ministers realistic interpretation and understanding of the issues and challenges which need to be addressed in the overall South African healthcare sector. “We […]

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Inflation on an upward trend

The latest inflation figures for July again showed an increase. The annual CPI rate rose to 5.3% in July 2011. According to Stanlib economist Kevin Lings this large increase was higher than market expectations, and CPI is “clearly trending higher.” One of the significant prices increase in July came from electricity and another was water. […]

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Women and Money

    By Erica Stuart: Retail Investment Marketing at STANLIB       Why are there so many books on women and money? What is so different about women and finances that has spawned a whole subsection of personal finance?   The role of women as mothers and caregivers in society fundamentally changes their relationship […]

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Mysterious Mr Market

By Paul Stewart, Managing Director of Plexus Asset Management   I have been avoiding adding to the already uncountable amount of column space dedicated to fund managers’ views on the recent market correction and importantly the prospects lying ahead. But, like the proverbial moth circling the flame, I have found the attraction irresistible.   Of […]

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Keep a long term view

– “Despite the current difficult market conditions, investors should keep a long-term view when it comes to their investments and stick with the solutions they’ve chosen in line with their long-term goals. It’s important not to panic and sell now, when markets are weak or volatile, as this will simply lock in losses in a […]

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Japan Achilles’ Heel of US economy in Q2

  Much has been said and written about the Fed’s inability to sustain US economic growth. “Although the massive impact of Japan’s twin disasters on the health of China’s manufacturing sector is clearly evident in indicators of this sector, what is less obvious is the effect this has had on the US economy,” says Dr […]

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Bold brand shift

In a bold move, Mutual & Federal, a member of the Old Mutual group, has announced that it will be refreshing its brand to reflect the evolution of the company and the insurance market.   “Our brand refresh was a direct response to research which we had conducted into perceptions of the Mutual & Federal […]

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Women encouraged to flex their financial muscles

“Financial vulnerability is o­ne of the greatest challenges women face today. While women have more opportunities to be leaders than previous generations had, there are more pitfalls, says Karabo Morule, Strategy and Marketing Executive at Old Mutual.   “As we celebrate women’s month in August, we want to encourage women to empower themselves financially as […]

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Financial empowerment – being an equal finance partner

By Tendani Mantshimuli, Consumer economist at Liberty Retail SA  What does it mean? Being an equal finance partner does not only mean sharing expenses with your partner – it also included being informed and being in control of your life.     Steps to becoming an equal finance partner: · Make sure that you understand […]

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