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SA banks and insurers set to ride out the 2022 inflation shock

There are a couple of stories dominating world news circa May 2022 and they are inextricably intertwined. The first, and probably most notable, is the Russia-Ukraine conflict which had entered its 87th day by the time of writing; and the second, inflation. Inflation, defined by Wikipedia.org as “a general increase in the prices of goods and services in an economy” was readying for an onslaught before the conflict started, due largely to the impact of the 2020/2021 COVID-19 pandemic on global supply chains, and the record stimulus that governments pumped into their economies to survive the crisis. The war added fuel to the fire in the form of surging commodity, gas and oil prices.

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Straight Talk
Can your life insurer pay up 40-years from now?

South Africa’s largest life insurers passed their 2021 ‘health check’ with flying colours, having met escalating obligations to policyholders and maintaining the required capital and liquidity positions despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying financial market volatility.

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Big insurance happenings in Africa

The African life and non-life insurance landscape is in for a shake-up following a Joint Venture (JV) announcement by two leading multinational insurance brands. In a media release issued 4 May 2022, Allianz SE and Sanlam announced they would enter into a JV to create a premier pan-African non-banking financial services entity operating in 29 countries across the continent.

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There are countless articles written about South Africa’s poor retirement outcomes. Which of the following would you single out as the biggest contributor to local savers not accumulating enough to buy an adequate and sustainable pension?

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Lack of personal accountability
Poor participation in formal retirement funds
Reluctance to seek financial advice early on
SA’s high unemployment rate
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