Think big for long term investment gains

Investors are continually told they should think long term, but that’s only half the story. For improved returns they should also think BIG. The investment tip comes from Chris Botha, senior fund manager at Imara Asset Management South Africa, a firm with a reputation for securing contrarian gains. Botha disputes the contrarian label. He says […]

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Growth in luxury brands in SA calls for specialised insurance

According to London-based Euromonitor, Africa’s fast-growing emerging markets provide great potential for purveyors of luxury goods. During a webinar held in early May, the company said that South Africa is an important market for luxury goods with its large population of high-income earners. With 60% of Africa’s millionaires based in South Africa, owners of luxury […]

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Men: Protect yourself against these killers

In support of Men’s Health Month this June, Liberty Medical Scheme highlights five of the biggest killers of men in South Africa1, helping men to arm themselves with healthier habits earlier on so as to ensure long-term good health! Heart disease Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in South Africa. Around one in […]

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How building great wealth is similar to producing and appreciating great wine

The seven investment principles that apply to both At an awards lunch in Cape Town on May 28, this year’s winners of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show were announced. The competition, chaired by Michael Fridjhon and judged by a panel of national and international experts, identifies the country’s top wines and is regarded as […]

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Interest rates and the battle of stagflation

By Nico Els, head of fixed income at Ashburton Investments, the asset management arm of FirstRand Group @AshburtonInvest No central banker, especially one who has inflation targeting as its main objective, ever likes to hear the word stagflation. This is unfortunately the harsh reality currently facing the South African economy. The latest CPI inflation release […]

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Retirement reform proposals are for the common good of South Africans

By Cobus Strydom, Head of Consulting, Absa Employee Benefits Criticism of government’s retirement reform proposals is largely misguided. Sceptics argue that the proposed changes are simply an attempt by government to dictate how South Africans should manage their hard-earned retirement savings. Deeper analysis reveals that individuals are intentionally job-hopping to gain access to retirement funds […]

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Low risk shown to yield higher returns over longer time horizons

While finance theory typically says that investors who buy higher risk stocks will be compensated with higher returns, the empirical reality is that the relationship between risk and return is hard to define. This is according to presenters at the Old Mutual Investment Group investment session this week which aimed to challenge beliefs in the […]

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National Treasury has reason to fear Friday 13 June

With two ratings agencies due to announce their reviews of the country’s ratings on Friday, it’s not superstition that will be making those working in the National Treasury nervous. Jean-Pierre du Plessis, Fixed Interest Strategist at Prescient Investment Management commented today that it is widely expected that Standard& Poor’s (S&P) will downgrade the local currency […]

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Tips to minimize the threat of winter fires

As the cold weather begins to set in, Alexander Forbes Insurance (AFI) urges South Africans to stay warm and safe by taking steps to minimise the increased dangers of fire and injury to their loved ones. Despite the fact that AFI’s data shows an increase in home fire-related damages during the winter months, relatively few […]

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Is South Africa headed for a recession?

By Dave Mohr, Chief Investment Strategist, Old Mutual Wealth South Africa’s economy contracted in the first quarter by -0.6%. The protracted strike in the platinum sector shoulders a large part of the blame, and even if the strike ends soon, it could still take up to three months for the platinum mines to get return […]

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