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Investing in South Africa is still a good plan

By Bruce Williamson, Chief Investment Officer at Imara Asset Management South Africa. Bad news around power outages, the rand, public sector shortcomings and the industrial relations climate is drowning out an important message for local investors: South Africa is still a good place to invest if you know where to look. South Africans are great at...

What to consider when investing internationally

By Tracy Muller, Head: Fiduciary at Nedbank Private Wealth Individuals are often driven to invest internationally for the wrong reasons, as emotions override financial acumen. They often only consider investing internationally when the rand starts depreciating against other currencies. But investing internationally should rather be a decision...

Caution needed during this ‘risk-on’ party

By Shaun Ruiters, head of Retail Strategy and Solutions at Sanlam Investments. The first quarter of 2015 was once again dominated by strong returns in the equity markets, both locally and globally. Locally the FTSE/JSE All Share Index delivered stellar returns of 5.9%, while the MSCI World Index returned 2.3% in US dollars. For the past few years...

What to do if you’ve cashed in your pension fund

The continued mass resignations and cashing-in of pension funds by employees belonging to the Government Employees Pension Fund is a concern that has been highlighted widely. The biggest risk in withdrawing your pension fund is the issue of financial stability at retirement; the 2014 Sanlam Benchmark Survey found that only 29% of working South...