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June 29, 2018

Sanlam has been named the 2018 Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa’s (FIA) Employee Benefits Product Supplier of the Year. These awards take place to celebrate the role of advice, acknowledge the product providers who, in the opinion of the members of the FIA, have excelled over the past year in supplying exceptional products and service delivery, The FIA awards provide financial intermediaries the opportunity to recognise product suppliers that consistently deliver exceptional value to clients.

Dawie de Villiers, Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Employee Benefits, said tha...

June 29, 2018

Government’s recent default regulations applicable to the pension funds industry will ensure that members are better informed about their decisions at retirement, said Muvhango Lukhaimane, the Pension Funds Adjudicator.

She said once fully implemented, the regulations will require that pension funds ensure that an explanation is given to a member in “understandable language” about the risks and costs of electing a one-third lumpsum benefit with a guaranteed period and a spouse’s pension.

Ms Lukhaimane was commenting in a determination she issued following a complaint that Sentinel Retirement Fun...

June 29, 2018

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) warns the public to act with caution when dealing with Xchange Share Tracking and Trading and/or DSB Brokers / DSB Securities Ltd which are not authorised in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 (“FAIS Act”), to render any financial advice and intermediary services.

It was brought to the attention the FSCA that the aforementioned entities were purporting to be authorised financial services providers who provide various money market facilities on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

It has further been brought to the attenti...

“We should put behind us the era of diminishing trust in public institutions and weakened confidence in leaders,” was a key statement to come out of President Ramaphosa's State of the Nation address earlier this year. Statements such as this show that President Ramaphosa is clearly keenly aware of the issues facing South Africa, and appears to be sensitive to the challenges ahead. During his first address as State President, he spoke of a necessary collaboration between business and labour, the need to ensure economic growth, and a requirement to encourage significant new investment. In additi...

It has been brought to our attention that the UDM leader, Mr. Bantu Holomisa has written a letter to the President of the Republic, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa alleging an untoward relationship between Harith General Partners and Lebashe Investment Group with the PIC.

Mr. Holomisa’s letter is riddled with untruths and innuendoes that seek to maliciously besmirch the corporate reputations of our clients, Harith and Lebashe in exchange for cheap political points. We have attached herewith our comprehensive rebuttal of the allegations by Mr. Holomisa as well as a copy of the letter that has bee...

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...

Over the last decade, marketing companies, advertising agents and retailers have been struggling to understand millennial saving and spending habits. This generation, also known as Gen Y (born between 1977 and 1995) has been labelled as lazy and narcissistic on the one hand, and as a tech savvy generation that will shape the future on the other hand.

Unlike previous generations, generation Y has formulated very different attitudes towards their jobs, careers, skills development, social interaction, financial security and asset accumulation. Most believe that this is due to the rapid advancement...

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...

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