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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RE:CM finds value in healthcare and pharmaceutical companies

The share prices of global pharmaceutical and healthcare companies have underperformed significantly since 2000. These businesses do, however, present good opportunities for investors looking to achieve long-term capital growth by investing in shares that are trading at historically low multiples.   This is the opinion of the RE:CM investment team, a value based asset manager. […]

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Widows a latent threat to every adviser’s business

The biggest long-term threat to an adviser’s business may not be a market collapse, stringent regulation or rapidly rising costs. The latent, largely unrecognised danger could turn out to be the future widows of current clients.   The ‘widow alert’ has been sounded by Sunél Veldtman, author and presenter of a popular series of workshops […]

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Kagiso PMI declines to a two year low

The seasonally adjusted Kagiso PMI declined sharply by 9.7 points to a two-year low of 44.2 index points during July. Abdul Davids, the Head of Research at Kagiso Asset Management, commented that “the Kagiso PMI has been losing ground for the fourth consecutive month and declined to a level significantly below the latest readings on […]

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