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Walter Van Der Merwe

Fedgroup driving industry reform in unclaimed benefits sector

Independent South African financial services provider, Fedgroup, was recently awarded a tender issued by ARGEN Actuarial Solutions to administer four liquidated unclaimed funds, totalling R180m. ARGEN is an expert in the liquidation of retirement funds and it went through a selection exercise to select an ideal unclaimed benefit fund to house the benefits of untraced […]

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Ian Matthews, Head of Business Development at Bravura

Woolworths’ Australian struggles overshadow good investment opportunities

David Jones continues to present problems for Woolworths; this time much closer to home. Last week, the company announced that it would be rebranding the David Jones clothing label under its own Classic Collection brand.  This is yet another setback that presents itself in what has been a series of unfortunate events for the company […]

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What to expect in the week ahead – company results

Remgro (Full Year Results): According to Bloomberg estimates, headline earnings per share (HEPS) are expected to increase by 15.6% for the full year. The company reported a drop in HEPS of 10.4% during the first half as Mediclinic’s contribution to earnings fell 50.5%. Other investments’ contributions declined 25.6%. Banking, consumer products and insurance are expected […]

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Facilitate the right choices today for better retirement outcomes tomorrow

Partnering with the right umbrella fund can reduce the inherent conflict between saving for retirement and spending on more pressing day-to-day expenses. Katherine Barker, Head of Momentum FundsAtWork, says that this conflict, which inevitably impacts negatively on retirement outcomes, can be lessened by proactively encouraging certain pre-retirement behaviour. (more…)

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Regard Budler, Head: Product Solutions, Momentum Corporate

An industry first for group insurance in SA

In a complex, intimidating industry like insurance, it is heartening when an innovative customer-centric solution with clear benefits for financial advisers and their clients comes along. This is what financial advisers can expect from the Smart Underwriting process Momentum Corporate recently launched, says Regard Budler, Head: Product Solutions, Momentum Corporate. (more…)

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Bertus Visser, Chief Executive of Distribution at PSG Insure

Building or renovating? Contractor’s cover is crucial

Anyone who’s ever been involved in a building project that’s gone wrong will appreciate the importance of adequate insurance cover in the construction industry. Whether it’s storm damage to a roof in your newly built guest bedroom, or a bridge collapsing and causing injuries, the list of things that can go wrong during construction is […]

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Adriaan Pask, CIO at PSG Wealth

The four best investment lessons we learn from volatility

Volatility is a given in the investment world, and in the past year investors have been exposed to several events that sparked short-term volatility. There were irregularities around corporate finances, sovereign events like the ANC elective conference, and concerns around rising inflation in the United States, which led to a sharp decline in US markets […]

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Is Bitcoin just a digital tulip?

Throughout history, the world has been exposed to numerous economic bubbles. From Japan’s real estate and stock market bubble in 1990 to the dot-com bubble and US housing bubble, each one had dire consequences for the economy and detrimentally impacted millions of people. Whether Bitcoin is destined for a similar fate remains a rife debate […]

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