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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Successful investing calls for pragmatism

Internationally, investors remain risk averse, with the current global market turmoil and frequent ‘bad news’ from the US and Europe adding to their cautiousness. However, there are always opportunities in the market. Armien Tyer, managing director of Sanlam Investment Management (SIM) believes the key is to find mispriced risk and arbitrage this in some way. […]

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Car thieves using smart technology

Thieves are now using technology against us by blocking radio signals from car key remotes says leading insurance brokers, Aon South Africa.   Because of this interference, although you activate your remote in the usual fashion when leaving your car, you may miss the fact that the comforting ‘bleep’ you expect has not happened and […]

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Survey shows equity market optimism

Results from the South African Investor Confidence Index – a monthly survey conducted by the Institute of Behavioural Finance among institutional investors and financial advisors.   Investors continue to feel optimistic about the valuation of the local equity market, according to the July 2011 results of the South African Investor Confidence Index.   The panel […]

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Massive insurance price hikes unlikely in SA

While insurance premiums in countries such as the US and Japan have risen sharply as a result of the spike in global natural disasters in the first half of 2011, it appears likely that South African businesses will not experience similar increases.   A recent study released in July indicated 2011 as being the highest […]

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