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On ice ages, great expectations and the timelessness of investment returns

The path to financial happiness lies in balancing your income with your lifestyle expectations. This gem emerged during the 2021 Allan Gray Investment Summit, courtesy a presentation by US-based author and journalist, and partner at The Collaborative Fund, Morgan Housel. His main thesis was that economic and financial shocks could be better understood when viewed through a biology, psychology, sociology or political rather than financial lens.

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Straight Talk
Can coal-fired anything survive climate change?

The fossil fuel industry is under scrutiny as global allocators of capital look for ways to exert their influence over carbon emissions and other factors that are believed to contribute to climate change. Calls for asset managers to reassess existing and future commitments to coal-fired electricity projects are also gaining momentum, as global leaders prepare for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) that will take place in Scotland later this year. Against this backdrop, Sanlam Investments chose climate change as the core focus during the second of three Critical Conversations scheduled for the year.

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Two buckets to help your clients with financial bailouts

There are plenty of painful similarities between your client’s retirement savings arrangements and the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic. The journeys, one an Atlantic ocean crossing and the other a four-decade-decade long bumble to retirement, flash by at breakneck speed. Both the captain of the cruise liner and your client valiantly cling to their respective vessels, a ship and a retirement plan respectively, long after the evidence demands that they let go… And if South Africa’s oft-reported retirement savings outcomes are anything to go by, then your client’s savings plan, just like the Titanic, may be doomed to a watery grave.

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Women and their unique investment needs
Women and their unique investment needs

The investment industry is one of the most male-dominated worldwide… Isn’t it time the dial changed?

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South Africa’s Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has the power to raise revenues by issuing administrative penalties and fines against non-compliant financial services providers, with this money flowing back to the Treasury… Does this, in your view, create a regulatory / government conflict of interest?


Absolutely, as conflicted as it gets
Maybe, I’m on the fence on this
No, the FSCA can do no wrong
The guilty must pay
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