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July 23, 2024
Falling interest rates will help homeowners facing challenge of growing administrative costs
The easing inflationary environment has raised the prospect that the South African Reserve Bank may cut interest rates, with Standard Bank forecasting two cuts by year-end. However, higher administrative and home servicing costs will continue to pressure clients, despite potential rate cuts.
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July 22, 2024
2024 FPI Financial Planner of the Year Finalists
The top three finalists for the esteemed 2024 Financial Planner of the Year Award, presented by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI), have been unveiled.
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July 22, 2024
The Ocean Next Door
The Indian Ocean region, despite being underappreciated, holds significant economic potential due to rapid growth in South and Southeast Asia, especially India. Increasing regional trade and improved logistics could unlock vast opportunities for South African firms and the broader economic ecosystem.
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July 22, 2024
What would a Trump presidency mean for the US economy?
George Brown, Senior US Economist at Schroders, explores the economic implications of a potential Trump presidency. His analysis highlights the effects of protectionist measures and immigration policies, projecting stronger growth and higher inflation if Trump is re-elected.
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July 22, 2024
Commercial fires the single biggest risk to SA businesses
South African businesses lose millions annually due to fires, making commercial fire the biggest risk from an insurer's perspective. Thabo Twalo of Santam emphasizes comprehensive fire safety strategies and the importance of automatic fire sprinkler systems to mitigate these risks and reduce insurance premiums.
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July 22, 2024
President Signs Pension Funds Bill. Two-Pot on track for 1 September
President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Pension Funds Amendment Bill, enabling the Two-Pot Retirement System, effective from 1 September 2024. Old Mutual Corporate supports this legislation, but emphasizes the need for patience and thorough readiness from retirement funds and administrators.
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July 22, 2024
Two-Pot legal hurdle crossed, now the race to prepare is on
Today, the President signed the Pension Funds Amendment Bill into law, following his signing of the Revenue Laws Amendment Bill last month on 1 June 2024. This means that all prerequisites for SA’s new Two-Pot retirement system to take effect from 1 September 2024 have successfully been concluded.
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July 22, 2024
FNB survey reveals that nearly 50% of South Africans don’t have a retirement plan
The 2024 FNB Retirement Insights Survey offers a glimpse into the current state and evolving dynamics of pre- and post-retirement planning in South Africa. In its second year, the in-depth research reveals persistent challenges around retirement in South Africa and highlights emerging opportunities
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July 22, 2024
Rand set to face continuous volatility
The biggest recent global event to affect the rand’s performance was the Donald Trump assassination attempt at the weekend. The recent period of rand volatility amid heightened local post-election uncertainty has now been swapped out for greater sensitivity to global events, most notably the US elections, currency experts say.
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July 19, 2024
Spotlight on a fragmenting world
Kondi Nkosi and Azad Zangana of Schroders discuss how geopolitical shifts and nationalist politics impact global markets and economies, emphasizing long-term investment implications amid recent global events.
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Technology has become indispensable in the digital age. As for the insurance and financial industries, if you had the privilege, or foresight, to attend COVER's TechFest2023, you would have heard from the various presenters how crucial innovation on the back of technology has become for survival and a sustainable competitive strategy.

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