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Making sense of the rand

By Linda Kallis on 10 Oct 2019

Like other emerging market currencies, the rand has seen periods of prolonged fluctuation since September 2018 but has remained relatively stable over time....

Trade wars

By Sandy McGregor on 29 Jul 2019

In recent months, we have observed increasing uncertainty and concern among our clients about what impact rising international tensions, particularly the tra...

PART 2: Saving for education – later is still better than never

By Ray Mhere on 16 Jul 2019

When it comes to paying for the best education for your child, making small sacrifices early on and taking a long-term approach to investing is the smart thi...

PART 3: What are the best investment options for education savings?

By Ray Mhere on 16 Jul 2019

With the cost of education soaring, relying purely on your salary to finance your children’s education is becoming increasingly difficult. Consider saving fo...

PART 1: How to overcome the growing cost of education

By Ray Mhere on 16 Jul 2019

Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of how you will finance your children’s education? You are not alone. We all want to empower our children by giving th...

Global business conditions deteriorate

By Sandy McGregor on 12 Jul 2019

Negative news about the global economy persists. Purchasing manager indices continue to signal a widespread deterioration in business conditions. Even in the...

Is a money market fund right for you right now?

By Earl Van Zyl on 05 Apr 2019

Money market unit trusts have become popular as they appear to provide a safe, secure and reliable haven for your investments. During times with extreme...

Global economy losing momentum

By Sandy McGregor on 18 Jan 2019

After two years of strong synchronous growth the global economy is losing momentum. Almost without exception the most recent purchasing manager’s indices are...

SA needs to unlock its 'demographic dividend' by getting the private sector to invest

By Kevin Lings on 18 Jul 2018

South Africa needs to stop looking to government spending as the catalyst for economic growth and should instead foster a more conducive environment for...

Business confidence improves in South Africa

By Sandy McGregor on 13 Apr 2018

After 18 months of accelerating growth, the momentum of the expansion of the global economy slowed in the first quarter of 2018.  It is noteworthy that an...

Facing a fiscal crisis

By Sandy McGregor on 13 Oct 2017

The synchronised global economic expansion continues to gain momentum. World trade is growing and increasing demand is putting upward pressure on commodity...

Invest in stocks with dividends, but put stop losses in place

By Todd Buchholz on 01 Sep 2017

It is always a good time to invest, the question is where...

SA economy in the doldrums as the rest of the world picks up

By Sandy McGregor on 14 Jul 2017

Since January, domestic demand in South Africa has been very weak, the clearest evidence of which has been poor retail sales. The consumer is no longer in a...

The winds of change

By Sandy McGregor on 06 Jan 2017

While the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States was not expected by investors, it does not seem to have been unwelcome:  both t...

Money Market Fund update: Rising inflation and low growth continue to cause concern

By Gary Elston on 05 Aug 2016

Global yields have fallen after Brexit became a reality when the UK voted to leave the EU. This uncertainty has decreased the expectation that the US Federal...

Stable Fund update: How to invest in ‘interesting’ times

By Mark Dunley-Owen on 15 Jul 2016

‘May you live in interesting times' is an English expression which many believe to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. The expression seems to...

The economic consequences of political decisions

By Sandy McGregor on 06 Jul 2016

The vote by the British electorate in support of leaving the European Union (EU) took markets by surprise. The immediate impact was a strengthening of the US...

Uncertainty persists

By Gary Elston on 20 Apr 2016

The increased uncertainty that arose in December of last year has persisted throughout the first quarter of 2016. The current political climate and the threa...

Saving in a rising interest rate environment

By Jeanette Marais on 20 Nov 2015

The South African Reserve bank has announced an interest rate increase from 6% to 6.25% confirming that the country is in a rising interest rate cycle.   Whi...

Understand the impact of inflation

By Thandi Ngwane on 30 Sep 2014

There are different types of investment risks, some more obvious than others. One risk that people often forget about is the risk that their invested money...

Consider your lifestyle inflation when saving for retirement

By Shaun Duddy on 25 Feb 2014

While most investors seem to understand the need to contribute consistently to their retirement funds, and to start saving as early as possible, many investo...

Make sustainability a priority when planning your retirement income

By Richard Carter on 29 Oct 2012

Over the last 20 years pension funds have increasingly passed the responsibility for generating income after retirement on to retirees and insurers, rather...

Investing for education

By Wanita Isaacs on 30 Sep 2012

As Wanita Isaacs joins the ranks of parents investigating ways to afford the best possible education for their children, she learns that, although long-term...

Planning for income post retirement

By Richard Carter on 30 Sep 2012

If you are knocking at 60's door and fall into the small minority of South Africans who have saved enough to retire comfortably, you may be planning your...

Delayed gratification is priceless

By Rob Formby on 02 Dec 2011

Acknowledging your future financial needs and making concrete plans to meet these is a discipline that will benefit you and your family enormously. It is the...

It is worthwhile starting to save early - a little can go a long way

By Jeanette Marais on 20 Oct 2011

You can substantially improve your financial situation if you start saving sooner rather than later and you will be a step closer to being financially...

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...

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