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  • Feeling the pinch - make informed financial decisions

    7/24/2014 12:00:00 AM

    South African consumers will be feeling the pinch due to last week’s interest rate hike, the recent fuel price increase and looming electricity price hikes. The contracting economy, weaker Rand and prolonged strike action are just some of the factors contributing to the bleak economic forecast, which will have an impact on consumers.


  • Platinum strike and the way forward

    7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM

    The debate about income inequality is often limited to executive remuneration, which is just one important factor that requires reform if SA is to become a country where all people can enjoy a good quality of life.


  • Baby Boomers retirement concerns - lessons to be learnt

    7/16/2014 12:00:00 AM

    As South Africa’s so-called Baby Boomers reach retirement age, around a third have no formal provision for their retirement and face the prospect of hardship. This serves as a wake-up call for Generations X (born 1965 – 1979) and Y (born 1980 and after) that the sooner you get good financial advice and take control of your financial future, the better.


  • Baby Boomers retirement concerns - lessons to be learnt

    7/16/2014 12:00:00 AM

    As South Africa’s so-called Baby Boomers reach retirement age, around a third have no formal provision for their retirement and face the prospect of hardship. This serves as a wake-up call for Generations X (born 1965 – 1979) and Y (born 1980 and after) that the sooner you get good financial advice and take control of your financial future, the better.


  • OM, Seed of Prosperity to host free financial education workshops

    7/8/2014 12:00:00 AM

    With only 6% of South Africans able to retire comfortably, many will depend on their children to provide for them.  This puts pressure on young people to manage their finances to accommodate for this added responsibility.


  • Limpopo Bridge - SA's first Build, Operate, Transfer concession

    7/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

    The Zimbabwean Government has taken over ownership and operations of Southern Africa’s first Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Build, Operate & Transfer (BOT) concession, the New Limpopo Bridge, following the expiry of the BOT agreement last week. This is according to Old Mutual Investment Group’s Sean Friend, Fund Manager of the IDEAS Managed Fund, one of the project’s shareholders, who says that this is the first BOT concession in Africa to have run its course with the asset returning to the public sector.


  • Shortage of actuaries opens opportunities for bright youngsters

    6/25/2014 12:00:00 AM

    Ambitious young South Africans who are good at mathematics would do well to consider a fulfilling and lucrative career in actuarial science.


  • Higher risk doesn't always yield highest returns

    6/5/2014 12:00:00 AM

    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 on challenging beliefs, who believe that lower risk stocks have earned higher returns globally and over longer time horizons, and that this anomaly is set to persist.


  • Higher risk doesn't always yield highest returns

    6/5/2014 12:00:00 AM

    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 on challenging beliefs, who believe that lower risk stocks have earned higher returns globally and over longer time horizons, and that this anomaly is set to persist.


  • Wasting away: Provisioning for the rehabilitation of mine closures

    6/5/2014 12:00:00 AM

    It is no secret that the mining sector is currently plagued by a host of significant issues, with mine closure being just one of many. Given the current focus on labour issues and the increasing tensions surrounding continued and prolific strike action, mining closures and rehabilitation of these closures simply aren’t viewed as high profile issues. Yet this attitude belies the serious nature of the risks arising from a lack of safe rehabilitation of closures, largely based on inefficiencies in this arena.



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