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What’s inside… FAnews Magazine June 2022

I came across this quote from Jack Vinson (*1966, American consultant knowledge management) that says, “If you aren’t sharing knowledge, you are no different from the guy who files false workers’ compensation insurance claims.” I quite enjoyed the relevance, but it was a good reminder of the important role we, as an industry publication, play in a time when staying up to date is not a luxury, but a necessity. I would like to make mention of the fact that our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) platform was a lifesaver for many at the end of the CPD cycle, and the positive feedback on the ease-of-use and the relevance of the content we share is overwhelming. We are incredibly proud of the service we offer, and of the quality of our publication, and we will continue to serve the insurance and financial services industry for many years to come.

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Straight Talk
On value versus growth and the China Contrarian Conundrum

This writer started his career as an editor for a share-tipping rag back in 2005, spending hours trawling the JSE listed share universe in the hope of finding the next big things. The process is quite repetitive and simple; you start with a trend analysis and then try to find a company that offers products or services that are in the sweet spot of that trend. The aforementioned information is further sweetened by considering what segment of the market is ripe for picking, bringing the good old growth versus value debate into picture. Of course, we published everything with a healthy disclaimer, similar two what one finds nowadays with any fund manager or financial adviser article or presentation.

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Featured story
A war cry for advisers: disrupt or fail

Climate change, coronavirus, inflation, monetary policy experiments, supply side squeezes and war: the world is in state of flux, demanding flexible and intuitive approaches from asset managers and the financial and investment advisers that work alongside them. This was the positioning statement that kicked off an enthralling CEO panel debate held at the Investment Forum 2022 under the title ‘Radical disruption and how the investment management industry is responding’. Panel moderator and CEO at PortfolioMetrix, Brandon Zietsman, observed that change was a breeding ground for disruption, and that the financial services sector was not immune.

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We have watched with interest as each of the country’s large life insurers report their 2021 life claims statistics, with soaring claims and claims values. That got us thinking: how do the big life insurers compare against one another, from an IFA perspective?

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