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Many investors ask, “How much money can I make?” before taking an investment position.

But events like the accounting scandal at Steinhoff or business fraud at Theranos – and their subsequent share price collapses – highlight that an investor’s first consideration should rather be “How much money can I lose?”

And risk extends well beyond the crass risk of accounting scandals and fraud: it can also take a veiled form, such as the “slow puncture” experience by industrial giant General Electric; it can flow from industrial shifts, seen in the cases of one-time champions Nokia, Xerox and Kodak; and...

Asisa’s recent South Africa Insurance Gap Report  identified a death insurance gap of about R12.9 trillion in SA, and a disability insurance gap is around R16 trillion. These findings highlights that SA income-earners are underinsured for death and disability by R28.9 trillion. 

The dramatic cover deficit has long-term implications for individuals and the country at large and part of the problem, is a lack of understanding regarding which policies are necessary for adequate risk protection. Moreover, many young people find it extremely daunting to decide what kind of cover is important, e...

January 30, 2019

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) warns the public to act with caution when dealing with Afrikan (Afrikan Financial Services (Pty) Ltd FSP 48238).

This followed the Authority’s decision to provisionally suspend the license of Afrikan due to information received indicating possible misuse of a FSP license. The Authority is investigating a number of complaints received, alleging that Afrikan was taking investments from members of the public and promising unrealistic returns ranging from 9% to 50% monthly.

It was further alleged that when clients needed to withdraw their funds, Afrikan...

January 30, 2019

The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), National Treasury (NT), South African Revenue Service (SARS) and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) this week released a consultation paper on crypto assets.

Commonly referred to as crypto currencies, crypto assets are digital representations or tokens that are accessed, verified, transacted and traded electronically by a community of users.

An initial public statement on crypto assets was issued by South African authorities (see notes below) in 2014. Their statement warned members of the public about the risk...

January 30, 2019

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) warns the public not to do any financial services business with Wig Markets. Wig Markets is not authorised in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 (“FAIS Act”), to render any financial advice and intermediary services.

The FSCA received information that there is a company called Wig Markets which operates through the website wigmarkets.com. Wig Markets falsely claims on their website that they are regulated by the Financial Services Board (the predecessor to the FSCA).

Wig Markets is not a registered financial services...

For the first time, the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting had an unprecedented focus on mental health, calling for more support for affected people in the workplace. 

Speaking on a panel at the meeting of global leaders in Switzerland, Prince William shared his belief that employers have a vital role in promoting mentally healthy societies and workplaces.

South African research involving more than 1 000 employed and previously employed workers or managers in the country has proved that depression is not just a ‘bad mood’ - 74% of respondents reported experiencing trouble concentrating, forg...

Shares make good long-term investments, and this is no different when it comes to retirement savings – perhaps the ultimate form of long-term investment. Knowing how much to save and understanding some basic investment principles will put you in an excellent position to achieve your retirement savings goals. 

Here are seven pointers to bear in mind when saving for retirement by investing directly in shares.  

1.    Be clear about your goal

When working and saving, the goal of your retirement portfolio should be to earn the highest possible rate of return while not taking so much risk t...

People hate losing money.

In fact, this aversion to the loss of money is so significant it has become the subject of a substantial number of studies. The “pain” that is felt when people lose money is stronger than the “joy” of a gain. And it is even more pronounced when a person has worked hard to build their capital base, often through diligent behaviour and determination, over many years – possibly even a lifetime.

However, it is in families, where a parent has built a legacy for his or her children that the potential for loss particularly comes to the fore – many wealthy families seldom see t...

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