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April 30, 2020

Respondents were staying indoors and only left their houses to get food or medicine, according to the COVID-19 behavioural and health perception survey results released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

The survey was conducted in the week of 13 to 26 April 2020.

More than half (60,1%) of respondents were very concerned or extremely concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on their own health. Many of the respondents (93,2%) were very concerned or extremely concerned about the possible economic collapse of the country due to the COVID-19 epidemic, while 79,7% were concerned about the civil di...

The month of March 2020 has seen the full impact of the COVID-19 on the markets, bottom of the market taking place on 19 March 2020. Once again reinforcing the wisdom that we are in this for the long term, be careful of knee jerk reactions in times of volatility.

This month’s commentary is from Lima Mbeu Investment Managers.

In our Global Multi-Asset (Global Balanced) section, we have introduced the “Global LMW Median” as an indicator and have credited Alexander Forbes Manager Watch.

We are truly living through extraordinary times.

Please stay safe and stay calm.

Mark Davids

Investment Strategy and...

Here are some points to consider:

  • This market crash is going to be like the kleptocracy of the Zuma regime. The full results will only come through much later. For example, the downgrading of South Africa’s debt only came months after he departed. Markets are already looking like hitting a W-curve with the markets dropping, then recovering and then dropping again to come back again later.

  • Take a deep breath. Panic can lead to wrong decisions. Markets move in cycles and following collapses, such as now, we have seen they are likely to recover. The question is how deep will the depressio...

Amid the anxiety of a particularly potent virus forcing mankind indoors throughout the world, spare a thought for those amongst us who, after 35-40 years of hard work, planned or are forced to retire this year.

The economic news in the run-up to this pandemic was hardly comforting but is now almost forgotten – international trade wars, the Middle East still on edge after all these years, the Brits calling it quits with Europe, an operationally and financially struggling electricity provider, government debt in the process of being downgraded to junk and then in the midst of it all actually bein...

You’ve worked the last 40 years of your life only to reach retirement during a time when markets have dropped more than 20% since the start of the year. Those who now need to receive an income from their retirement savings are sitting with the dilemma of what type of annuity (a financial product that gives you an income in retirement) to choose and how to navigate through these unprecedented times.

At retirement, according to the rules of a Pension Fund and Retirement Annuity Fund, you’re allowed to take up to a third in cash (subject to tax) and allocate the remaining portion of your retiremen...

No one generic pension fund product provider is better than another. They offer different solutions to different people. But research by Alexander Forbes shows that not enough research  is actually done, particularly in the first 10 years, to establish the best solution.

If you have sufficient capital on which to retire, you can use almost any retirement annuity on offer and preferably a combination of a living annuity and a guaranteed annuity.

But, even if you retire with sufficient capital, and then make mistakes in investing your retirement capital, you are likely to become unstuck. 

The one t...

Lockdown has had a major impact on how people live, work and communicate. While most people are focused on food security and when they will be going back to work, life will never be the same for most industries.

The retirement fund industry is not one that people think about often, but a small player is making big waves to help the industry adopt technology and serve members remotely.

Total lockdown might come to an end next week, but our movements will be restricted for quite some time to come. It is estimated that it can take months for the economy to return to normal and for most people how t...

Isaac Ramputa, Executive Director at RisCura, Glenn Silverman, CEO of GS Investments, Karl Leinberger, CIO at Coronation, Malungelo Zilimbola, CIO of Mazi Asset Management and Shane Watkins, CIO of All Weather Capital.

The local and global economic outlook is bleak, yet the same may not be true for markets. Investment firm RisCura recently hosted a webinar with leading investment specialists in order to get their views on Covid-19 and its impact on markets, the economy and society.

“The impact of Covid-19 will be with us for a long time, likely generations,” said keynote speaker Glenn Silverman,...

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