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Alexander Forbes yesterday released BenefitsALL Barometer Africa, the thought leadership publication that challenges employers, fiduciaries, policymakers and financial services providers to help address the well-being needs of Africans. 

Anne Cabot-Alletzhauser, Head of Alexander Forbes Research Institute, believes that unlocking future value will depend on a true collaborative effort between business, government, communities and the people who inhabit this continent.

BenefitsALL Barometer Africa tackles the following eleven themes, relevant for multinational companies operating in Africa:

1. The...

May 31, 2019

In a first for South Africa, at Standard Bank’s Annual General Meeting yesterday climate-conscious shareholders compelled the bank to adopt and publicly disclose a policy on lending to coal-fired power projects and coal mining operations. Resolution 10.2 received 55% of shareholder votes, and is therefore binding on the company. This is the first time that a South African bank – or any listed South African company – has faced a shareholder resolution on a climate-related issue. Standard Bank’s board had recommended that shareholders vote against it.  

A second part to the climate-related r...

Cranes, planes, and rock and roll may on the face of it seem like they don’t quite fit into the world of hard-core investments, but you may already have them in your portfolio.

What are they doing there?

Against a backdrop of lower returns for longer, asset managers have been forced to venture ‘off the beaten track’ in search of alternative sources of returns, along with a greater focus on risk management, in constructing optimal, well-diversified portfolios.

Lower GDP forecasts mean lower returns going forward

We are living in challenging times and SA’s GDP is expected to be even lower than the...

When it comes to a sustainable retirement, retirees should consider their needs in terms of the level of income required, both now and in the future, and the ability to provide for dependants after death. However, these needs offset each other because if you consume more capital during your lifetime, the benefit to your dependants will ultimately be smaller.

Just Retirement Insights conducted in 2018 substantiates that leaving money for family and having a guaranteed income are the most important aspects of retirement products. But these opposing desires are compounde...

As rocketing fuel and electricity prices place even greater demand on stretched pockets, the task of saving money and building your wealth may seem more daunting than ever.

But in tough economic times, the key to keeping your financial goals on track is to work smarter, not harder.

With this in mind, here are three simple, yet powerful tips for optimising your savings:

1. Trim the fat

It’s often more difficult to increase your income than it is to cut down on spending.

Trim the fat from your budget by consciously cutting out wasteful or unnecessary expenditure. Shop around and compare monthly premi...

Is the current skill sets inappropriate for the adaptive, agile changing nature of work?

Is your organisation misfiring? Or worse, backfiring?

Is there evidence of silo mentality and non-collaborative behaviour?

Are staff misaligned with the organisation mission and purpose?

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, most likely, something should be done about it. Read on to learn more about influencing factors and potential strategies to build the work force of the future.

The world of work is transforming with new technologies and industries changing the landscape and affecting how work...

In 2018, Sanlam paid out R3,9b in claims: R3,2b were for life cover, R329m for income cover and R323,5m for trauma and injury. The company also maintained its more than 99% admittance of death claims for the fifth consecutive year, of which 25% were linked to cardiovascular disease.

Karin Muller, Chief Executive of Sanlam Individual Life, notes that some of the 2018 statistics presented concern and she draws attention to the predominant illnesses and injuries faced by South Africans – and the corresponding importance of insurance.

“Our claims statistics provide crucial current and historical dat...

Cancer is statistically the fastest-growing critical illness in South Africa with a projected increase of 78% by 2030, according to an article “The future cost of cancer in South Africa: An interdisciplinary cost management strategy” published in the South African Medical Journal in October 2016. This trend is also highlighted by Momentum Corporate’s claims statistics, indicating that overall cancer claims have increased by 48% since 2012, and represent 15% of all disability benefit claims in 2018.

Furthermore, 21% of Momentum Corporate’s total cancer-related claims between 2012 and 2018 were p...

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