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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.

September 14, 2018

Funds will need a clear strategy in each of three areas

Retirement funds will have to establish appropriate, compliant and comprehensive default strategies to:

  • Ensure that they have a sound default strategy for investing members’ contributions if they don’t specify otherwise,

  • Afford members the opportunity to preserve their savings when moving between funds, and

  • Provide an annuity strategy to allow members to seamlessly convert their accumulated savings into a monthly pension when they retire.

Designing a solid default investment strategy

A sound default investment strategy is vit...

August 21, 2018

WHOSE MACHINES ARE LEARNING THE FASTEST?

With all the technological breakthroughs coming from places like Silicon Valley and Shanghai, it’s easy to assume that the US and China are leading the way when it comes to tech in general. But a new giant is awakening.

Data from the World Economic Forum shows that Bangalore is the number one destination in India for startups and home to 40% of the country’s IT industry. The number of startups in the city rivals those of technology hubs like San Francisco, and in 2015 research firm Compass rated Bangalore the second-fastest growing start-up ecosystem in t...

June 27, 2018

This is a big moment for our business.

We are very proud of our deep African roots and our strong reputation spans 173 years. We see this remarkable moment in our history as an extraordinary opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the stability and prosperity of this continent.

Our deep, long-standing commitment to making a positive impact in the communities and countries where we operate remains a priority, together with our quest to champion financial inclusion, education and responsible investment.

Exciting opportunities lie ahead for us as an independently listed business and we look for...

June 27, 2018

There is a financial metric that says 50% of your money should be for living expenses, 30% should be spent on the things that provide you with enjoyment and fulfilment, and the remaining 20% should be allocated to savings.

If you are a Millennial, or a GenX, you may think retirement is a long way off. However, this is an opportunity to make sure you are on the right track when it comes to saving enough to maintain your lifestyle beyond the end of your working life.

Sadly, economists estimate that less than 10% of South Africans will be able to uphold their current standard of living after they r...

May 14, 2018

Old Mutual Investment Group has been named as Best Managed Company in the Financial Services Sector, as well as winning the headline award for Best Managed Company of the Year at the Top 500 Awards 2018.

The Top 500 Awards select its recipients from the leading and most prestigious South African companies based on stringent performance criteria.

Managing Director for the Old Mutual Wealth and Investment Cluster, Dave Macready said that this accolade was particularly significant for the business.

“Winning these awards is testament to the fact that not only is Old Mutual Investment Group a great pl...

April 25, 2018

It’s hard to develop good money habits. It’s especially hard when those habits include delaying gratification and cutting back on impulse purchases.

When it comes to money, too many of us opt to satisfy all today’s wants instead of securing tomorrow’s financial freedom.

“Even though we know that small changes can have a big impact over time, we often lack proper motivation – or discipline – to do what’s right today for our future selves, particularly if we have to keep it up for a long time,” says Jikku Joseph, Managing Director at 22seven.

This is where our automated financial systems can play a...

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