Beating inflation in retirement

Inflation is described as “a persistent increase in the level of consumer prices or a persistent decline in the purchasing power of money.” Every year, we all feel the effects of inflation as prices of consumer goods like basic foodstuffs and services like electricity rise – and we hope that our salaries will also be […]

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SA companies warned of huge fines as a result of international anti-corruption laws

Failure to adhere to anti-bribery compliance obligations in terms of new and existing international anti-corruption laws can result in substantial and potentially debilitating fines being imposed against the company. This is according to Steven Powell, Director of the Forensics Services Division of Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, says while South Africa has its own anti-corruption legislation in […]

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SA retirement funds set for lower returns

Retirement funds in South Africa face a difficult time over the next few years with trendless markets, lower growth, high volatility and increased probability of losses all set to impact on their performance. As a result, the net effect will be that members will have less to retire on than originally anticipated. This is according […]

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Investing in platinum via ETNs

By Mike Brown, Managing Director, etfSA.co.za For investors looking to invest in the platinum price on world markets, the two ETNs listed on the JSE offer a prime means of exposure. These two products are: the Standard Bank Platinum-Linker ETN and the Absa Capital NewWave Platinum ETN. Investing directly in platinum markets through ETNs is […]

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Start saving as early as possible

Are you just aching to buy that new car you saw on the weekend? Or perhaps you are looking to upgrade your smartphone? Yes, there are various ways in which we could spend the money that we earn. Let’s be honest, putting cash away towards retirement is not high on the priority lists of most […]

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Fear of missing our affecting SA’s wallets

Impulsive actions and habits ultimately can seriously affect consumers’ wallets and, according to Henry van Deventer, Head of Business Development at acsis, unfortunately the majority of South Africans are guilty of caving into this impulse without giving a second thought to the financial consequences of these actions. Van Deventer points to a recent Pharma Dynamics […]

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Is now the time to buy equities?

By Max King, Strategist, Investec Asset Management When Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, vowed on 26 July that the ECB was ready to do “whatever it takes to preserve the euro; and believe me, it will be enough”, equity markets jumped and the euro rallied. Sceptics soon pointed out that his comments […]

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South Africa’s property sector valued at R4,9trn

The South African property sector is worth a whopping R4.9 trillion according to a new study undertaken to discover the size of the country’s property sector. This Property Sector Charter Council commissioned research is the first study of its kind in South Africa. CEO of the Property Sector Charter Council, Portia Tau-Sekati says: “The research […]

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South African consumers maintain optimistic outlook

South African consumer confidence has maintained a positive year-on-year outlook according to the latest MasterCard Worldwide Index of Consumer Confidence, released today. The survey recorded an overall increase of two points in South African consumer confidence to a current score of 69.8 compared to 2011, when a score of 67.8 was recorded. Now in its […]

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Be inspired retired

Don’t just be retired, be inspired-retired! Visit the Retirement Expo for a healthy dose of inspiration and find out how gratifying and fulfilling your retirement can be. The original Retirement Expo runs from 26-28 October 2012 at the Coca-Cola dome in Johannesburg. See, feel, touch, talk about and experience: • Interactive Workshops: Get constructive and […]

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