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As a central knowledge portal to the retirement and related industries, EBnet publishes a range of daily articles submitted by a range of industry organisations, experts and contributors. Readers can also comment on and contribute to articles.

Retirement fund trustees often ask us how it is possible for every investment manager pitching for business to claim to be the top performing manager or that they have consistently outperformed their benchmark for all reporting periods over the past 10 years.

Ensimini Financial Services CEO, Jaco Pretorius, says the answer to this lies in understanding what and against whom the managers are comparing or measuring themselves. “Utilising inappropriate benchmarks can easily lead one to derive nonsensical conclusions. The choice of benchmark has a significant influence on decisions throughout the i...

The recent amendments to the Pensions Fund Act have brought the importance of retirement benefits counselling to the fore and Jaco Pretorius, CEO of Ensimini Financial Services, says this is a step in the right direction. “For some time now we have been advocating that more needs to be done to improve access to information and financial services and to enhance the level of transparency in the retirement savings industry. While it has been easy for the retirement savings industry to blame consumer apathy for poor consumer decisions, it is often more likely the result of lack of access to releva...

A divorce is a highly stressful time for both parties and the last thing either party wants is for there to be complications around the allocation of retirement fund benefits.

The Divorce Act allows a non-member spouse to claim a portion of his / her spouse’s accrued savings in a retirement fund as part of the divorce settlement. The retirement fund can be instructed to either immediately pay or reserve the proportion or amount of the member’s accrued savings payable to the non-member spouse that the parties agreed upon for later payment to the non-member spouse.

There are certain conditions, ho...

The implosion of JSE-listed Steinhoff International Holdings NV (“Steinhoff”) has received a significant amount of attention since the spectacular collapse of its share price early in December 2017.

While it’s generally agreed Steinhoff’s legal headwinds will take many years to settle, only time will tell whether shareholders will be able to recover any of the losses that they have suffered. The international flavour of Steinhoff’s operations will further complicate the legal wrangling in the years ahead.

Jaco Pretorius, CEO of Ensimini Financial Services, says while the various investigations,...

In light of the political turmoil of the past six months, we are delighted with the depth and foresight of the 2018 National Budget Review Framework. In the midst of state capture allegations, it is pleasing to note the quality of skills and level of commitment of staff within National Treasury.

As expected, it is, as Minister Gigaba stated at the start of his budget speech, “a tough but hopeful budget".

Even though the fiscal deficit will remain for some time, the measures that have been taken demonstrate the resolve and willingness of the Ramaphosa administration to reverse the decade of econo...

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