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The South African economy is struggling somewhat and the impact of slow growth is now being felt by some companies who have begun retrenching or talking about retrenching employees. It is therefore important to educate yourself about the impact of retrenchment on your financial well-being and what to do if you lose your job. While this is a scary thought, it is always better to hope for the best but plan for the worst.

If you are retrenched, you will be entitled to a severance package, of at least one week’s pay for every completed year of continuous employment with your employer.

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South African politics is far from dull. The fractures within the African National Congress (ANC) were once again highlighted at the end of July when ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule accused former cabinet minister and ANC NEC member Derek Hanekom of being a charlatan and a wedge-driver.These accusations were sparked by a meeting between Hanekom and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to hatch a plan to support a vote of no confidence against Former President Jacob Zuma.

How does this political circus affect the financial services industry? 

Speaking at the recently held Momentum Investments...

With so much uncertainty in the markets, it feels like there is no place to hide – especially, it seems, for small businesses in South Africa, raising concern for the outlook of small cap investments.

Anthony Sedgwick, Fund Manager of the Nedgroup Investments Entrepreneur Fund addressed this issue at the recent Nedgroup investment Summit – an annual event attended by over 800 industry professionals.

“Times have been tough for small businesses and the South African economy as a whole - But it looks like it will remain that way. Periods like this expose the businesses lacking the resources to pers...

I don’t believe anyone will deny that we are in the midst of digital disruption – or that businesses that embrace technology will benefit, while those who do not will lag behind. Technology undoubtedly has the potential to make business more efficient, introduce new business models and broadly stimulate the economy.  

Despite these benefits being widely acknowledged, there is still an underlying fear that the technology of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – such as AI – will make jobs disappear. That fear is mostly unfounded, as many businesses who have already invested in this technology...

Following on from the success of the film streaming business model, the meteoric rise of cloud-based video game streaming has breathed new life into the gaming industry, uncovering a wealth of opportunities for investors with a taste for tech.

Increasingly sophisticated product offerings have seen millennials progressively choosing gaming over mall trips and movies for entertainment. But, contrary to stereotypical perceptions of gaming as an anti-social activity carried out in dark rooms or dingy arcades, online gaming has become something of a social and cultural phenomenon.

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The majority of Sanlam’s 2018 disability claims (25%) were for cancer. Additionally, cancer and tumours accounted for 61% of severe illness claims. 80% of severe illness claims for women were for cancer, 31% of which were for breast cancer and 6% for skin cancer. 45% of men’s claims were for cancer, with 33% of these for prostate cancer. But regardless of the type of cancer and who is affected, one thing is for sure: Cancer is costly in myriad ways.

Annually, a hundred million people globally face poverty because of healthcare expenses, according to a recent forum hosted by the World Health Org...

July 29, 2019

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) warns the public against doing any financial services business with First Cash (Pty) Ltd (First Cash). The entity, First Cash 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 has received information that there is a person using a fake certificate purporting to be issued by the FSCA. This fake certificate uses the FSP No: 22588 and claims to have been issued by the previous regulator, the Financial Services Board (FSB) on 9 May 2019...

July 25, 2019

More than 90% of human decisions are shaped by emotional brain systems that we share with other animal species. “The rational brain constructs narratives in support of what the emotional brain has already decided to do – and we are not even aware of it,” said Baba Shiv, marketing professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was speaking last month about neural networks and how they shape emotions, motivation and ultimately your client’s financial plan at the sixth annual i3 Summit, hosted jointly by Sanlam Investments and Glacier by Sanlam.

What does your client fear more: failure or m...

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