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Are you sitting on savings you could be investing?

By Nomi Bodlani on 30 Oct 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people's finances in very different ways. While it has highlighted the need for emergency savings as a buffer against toug...

The dangers of printing money

By Sandy McGregor on 16 Oct 2020

Modern Monetary Theory, or MMT as it is often called, is a new term for an old idea. Its proponents argue that a state which issues fiat money does not have ...

Looking at the woman in the mirror

By Noluyolo Betela on 19 Aug 2020

The current pandemic may have thrown things out of kilter, but it has also provided us with an opportunity to reflect on all the aspects of our lives,...

The world after the COVID-19 pandemic

By Sandy McGregor on 23 Apr 2020

We are witnessing a global economic collapse without precedent in modern times. As investors we must think about what the world will look like when the...

The end of the free lunch

By Mark Dunley-Owen on 17 Apr 2020

There is no such thing as a free lunch. Yet recent times have provided South African savers with something close to this, as risk-free returns from money...

Are you financially resilient?

By Mthobisi Mthimkhulu on 23 Oct 2019

Most of us know what it means to build resilience in the context of health and wellness: eat healthily, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and manage stres...

Broadened horizons, local learnings

By Nick Ndiritu and Leonard Krüger on 22 Oct 2019

Leonard Krüger and Nick Ndiritu look at how we have tailored our investment philosophy and process to invest in Frontier Africa markets. They discuss lessons...

Spring is here, it’s time to spring clean your finances

By Lettie Mzwinila on 25 Sep 2019

The year is flying by, but don’t let it pass without taking stock of your financial decisions, writes Lettie Mzwinila.

PART 1: Why you should invest

By Mthobisi Mthimkhulu on 18 Sep 2017

There are many reasons to invest. Start now: small sacrifices today can make a big difference over the long term...

Investing in Africa’s debt markets

By Nick Ndiritu on 30 Sep 2016

Patient capital dedicated to Africa’s capital markets is scarce, especially during economic or political downturns. Nick Ndiritu explains how long-term...

Money for everyone

By Jacques Plaut on 30 Sep 2011

Microlending has a history that can be traced back to 3 000 BC. Throughout this period people have shown a tendency to become over-indebted, and when this...

The long-term outlook for the South African bond market

By Andrew Lapping on 31 Mar 2011

As a bond investor you need to ask yourself two questions: are your inflation expectations reasonable, and will the potential real return be sufficient? Andr...

Deflation

By Sandy McGregor on 30 Sep 2010

It seems the world may divide into two distinct camps: the mature economies gripped by deflation and stagnation, and the emerging markets, which continue to...

Another view

By Duncan Artus on 31 Dec 2009

Governments around the world are engaged in significant fiscal and monetary stimulus. But there is some doubt about whether their efforts will improve the re...

The triumph of the markets

By Sandy McGregor on 31 Dec 2009

It is the nature of markets to reward success and eliminate what is unsustainable. During the past year we have seen a dramatic manifestation of this process...

South African banks - Not just a bad debt story

By Jacques Plaut on 30 Sep 2009

Record-high bad debts are currently weighing on the banking sector. Typically, an industry experiencing depressed profits due to cyclical factors is a good...

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