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October 25, 2018

SA ECONOMY, A BREAKDOWN

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has published its latest Global Competitiveness Index, showing that South Africa has dropped five places in the rankings since 2017.

The report measures and assesses the competitiveness landscape of 140 economies, and gives insights into what drives economic growth among them.

This is done through assigning scores to various indicators across 12 key pillars – starting with a country’s institutions, all the way through to the business dynamics.

In 2018, South Africa ranked 67th globally – with an overall score of 60.8 – attaining the second spot in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is down five places from 62nd place in 2017.

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September 5, 2018

IS YOUR INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO READY FOR OPPORTUNITIES 20 YEARS AWAY?

Long-term investing requires thinking about what the world may look like in 20 years from now and allocating capital to those areas of the economy that will grow in relevance.

To capture the prevalent investment themes of the next couple of decades requires a different approach, and access is not always easy. Most opportunities, especially in the nascent stages, are not yet listed and therefore only available through private markets.

However, the hard work can be well worth the effort. Many investors such as pension savers have an investment horizon that spans more than a decade, yet their investment strategy does not take into account the high potential long-term [...]

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September 5, 2018

6 IMPORTANT ELEMENTS EVERY FINANCIAL PLAN SHOULD HAVE

As an investment planner at Liberty, in her view, one needs a “full-circle” understanding of what your financial plan is.

She lists 6 important features a financial plan should have:

Budgeting or paying off debt

Personally, Rampersad draws up a monthly spreadsheet. That works for her.

She also uses good budget apps to help her keep track of her expenses – in real time – compared to her income.

“You must identify your spending as you cannot deal with something you do not acknowledge – for instance what you really spend,” she says.

She often gets asked whether it is a good idea to consolidate your debt [...]

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August 17, 2018

NEW LABOUR LAWS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

According to law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH), the bills deal with a broad range of labour issues including minimum wage, parental leave, disputes, and strike action.

The Bills will now be placed before a plenary sitting of the National Council of Provinces. If adopted, the Bills will be sent to the President of the Republic of South Africa for final assent and signature. Once signed by the president, the bills will become law.

Below CDH broke down the most important aspects of each Bill.

National Minimum Wage Bill

The National Minimum Wage Bill, together with the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill, proposes that the national minimum wage is [...]

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