Saving for education

South Africa’s public education system has shown signs of serious decline over the past two decades, with a significant drop in numeracy, literacy and graduation rates. As a result, many parents believe it has become increasingly critical for them to consider investing as early as possible to ensure their children can receive the best possible […]

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Lightning a growing risk

South Africa has one of the highest lightning ground strike densities in the world, which can have major financial repercussions for businesses and local homeowners. In the US, the cost of damage caused by lightning strikes totalled nearly $1 billion in insured losses in 2011 alone, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Warwick Scott-Rodger, Gauteng […]

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Three cheers for extended Gautrain

Geoff Blount, CEO of Cannon Asset Managers, takes an early look at investment opportunities that are likely to arise from the extension to the Gautrain network Unlike the scepticism that met the announcement of the initial 80km’s of Gautrain’s routes, the additional 140km’s announced by Gautrain, as part of the 25-year Transport Plan for Gauteng […]

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Change in attitude could reverse poor savings culture

The poor savings culture in South Africa and a lack of concern about creating personal wealth building for the future can be reversed if people tackle the complexities of saving for the future and are prepared to monitor their investments effectively, says professional services firm Deloitte. Dinesh Munu, Partner and Head of Funds and Asset […]

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ethicsXchange

Between individual behaviour, private business and government dealings, unethical choices seem to have been accepted as the norm. Why is this? What can we do to stop it? How do we identify unethical behaviour and stop it before it becomes who we are? Futuregrowth, in partnership with ASISA, believes that the time is right for […]

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Africa – the great investment story of the next 50 years

Despite recent political unrest across the continent, Africa is still offering a compelling investment case and will be the great investment story over the next 50 years. This is according to Diane Radley, CEO of Old Mutual Investment Group, speaking at a media roundtable o­n African investment today, who said that the investment manager is […]

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Africa: An investment class all of its own

Africa’s population is growing fast and the United Nations (UN) has forecast that 22% of the world’s inhabitants will be living on the continent by 2050. Being nearly as urbanised as China, Africa has 52 cities with in excess of one million inhabitants (as at 2010). These demographics, coupled with a burgeoning middle class, mean […]

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What is the shape of your retirement plan

Most South Africans do not plan adequately for retirement. The upcoming Retirement Expo, sponsored by Efficient Group aims to show how retirement can be a time to look forward to, provided you start or boost your retirement strategy and savings now. This is according to retirement experts set to participate in the expo from 25 […]

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SA bonds not presenting value at current prices

Although South African government bonds are less expensive than they were a few months ago, they remain overpriced and continue to offer little value to investors. This is according to value based asset manager, RECM, which says that despite the recent sell-off following concerns over the US tapering its Quantitative Easing (QE) programme, local government […]

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How to implement TCF workshops

Compli-Serve events will be hosting a regulatory workshop titled How to Implement TCF over the coming weeks. The workshop will be hosted by The TCF Parternership’s Brian Foster. Topics to be covered: • TCF is moving from Awareness to Implementation – how are you going to do this? • How do you create the vision […]

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