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01 January 2010 Michelle Schreuder-Rankin
Gareth Stokes, FAnews Online Editor

Gareth Stokes, FAnews Online Editor

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January 2010
Resource-heavy equity unit trusts top in 2009 - Featured Article - 11 January 2010
Rental property struggling to shake recession - Straight Talk - 11 Janaury 2010
Praying for rain? You might have to if your local water board goes under! - Stokes Stage - 11 January 2010
A busy December for the Council for Medical Schemes - 11 January 2010
Short-term insurers cannot refute on negligence alone - 12 January 2010
Preparing for round two of the credit crisis - 13 January 2010
The economy will dictate house price growth - 14 January 2010
Consumers brace for softer bank profits - 18 January 2010
Real house price growth remains illusive - 19 January 2010
Investing in a low return world - 20 January 2010
A slow return to confidence in the life insurance industry - 21 January 2010
Don’t become a victim of Internet crime - Stokes Stage - 22 January 2010
The great consumption conundrum - Straight Talk - 22 January 2010
The best ‘guess’ for SA macroeconomic indicators through 2010 - Featured Article - 22 January 2010
FAIS Ombud nails short-term insurer - 26 January 2010
Life industry commission ‘petition’ stirs broker emotion - 28 January 2010

February 2010
South African retirees choke on the reality pill - 01 February 2010
Insurance companies feel red tape burden too - 02 February 2010
Mutual & Federal de-lists after four decades - 03 February 2010
A gap the life industry should be talking about - 04 February 2010
Is ‘raping the fiscus’ a crime? - Stokes Stage - 05 February 2010
The best ‘guess’ for SA macroeconomic indicators through 2010 - Feature Article - 05 February 2010
South Africa Inc laments skills shortage - Straight Talk - 05 February 2010
A record year for collective investment schemes - 8 February 2010
Planning for the worst - 9 February 2010
Commercial property defies logic - 10 February 2010
Where to establish your business - 11 February 2010
It’s time to get your tax affairs in order - 15 February 2010
Brokers still paying for Leaderguard collapse - 16 February 2010
High earners brace for 2010 budget shocks - 17 February 2010
Bridging finance ‘advice’ costs broker dearly - 18 February 2010
Another year, another budget  - Straight Talk - 19 February 2010
More questions than answers as Zuma addresses nation- Stokes Stage - 19 February 2010
Wake up South Africa! You don’t have it that bad… - Featured Article - 19 February 2010
Budget blues for the reds - 22 February 2010
Hold thumbs for another interest rate cut - 23 February 2010
Mixing alcohol and insurance - 25 February 2010

March 2010
The onus of proof lies with the insurer - 01 March 2010
Consumers lose out as short-term insurance evolves - 02 March 2010
Discovery proves there’s life in financial services - 04 March 2010
The banking sector has to meet challenges head on - Straigth Talk - 05 March 2010
Showing the finger to the blue light gang - Stokes Stage - 05 March 2010
Consumer protection bill rides roughshod over insurance legislation - Featured Article - 05 March 2010
A look at insurance trends through 2010 - 08 March 2010
Top short-term insurer makes steady progress - 09 March 2010
Money market instruments finally join the electronic age! - 11 March 2010
Equity investors stuck with a spot of indigestion - 15 March 2010
Health business outperforms at Metropolitan - 16 March 2010
A long list of insider trading investigations - 18 March 2010
Too late to board the flight to safety - Straight Talk - 19 March 2010
The problem with affirmative action - Stokes Stage - 19 March 2010
Listed property the place to be till 2012 - Featured Article - 19 March 2010
Towards consistency in insurance company reporting - 22 March 2010
A look at insurance trends through 2010 - 24 March 2010
Key trends shaping the retirement funds space - 26 March 2010
Fighting greenhouse gases with financial innovation - 29 March 2010
Preserve or bust! - 31 March 2010

April 2010
Life insurers still licking financial crisis wounds - 01 April 2010
Retirement reform shifts to private sector umbrella funds - 06 April 2010
Brace yourself – conflict of interest is coming! - 07 April 2010
The evolution of systemic risk - Featured Article - 09 April 2010
Taking with both hands – taxation by stealth - Stokes Stage - 09 April 2010
The ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ nature of resource shares - Straight Talk - 09 April 2010
A record 2009 for the short-term ombudsman - 12 April 2010
Is 180 days reasonable for a fund transfer? - 15 April 2010
Long term insurers urged to play fair - 19 April 2010
Volcanic ash an advertisement for travel insurance - 20 April 2010
Life ombudsman issues three determinations in 2009 - 22 April 2010
The world’s richest ‘not for profit’ organisation - Stokes Stage - 23 April 2010
Financial intermediaries brace for legislative onslaught - Straight Talk - 23 April 2010
Are insurers and bankers on the same page? - Featured Article - 23 April 2010
The strong rand conundrum- 26 April 2010
A decade of life industry innovation - 28 April 2010
Reviving the short-term motor book - 29 April 2010

May 2010
National health is an unaffordable luxury - 03 May 2010
New code of conduct for short-term insurers - 05 May 2010
Does your practice meet conflict of interest provisions? - 06 May 2010
Africa – at the crest of the emerging market investment wave - Featured Article - 07 May 2010
Stopping moral decay in its tracks - Stokes Stage - 07 May 2010
A triple victory for GAREK investors - Straight Talk - 07 May 2010
Emotion destroys the best-laid financial plan - 10 May 2010
Volatility returns as Greece falters - 12 May 2010
Industry regulator processes ‘truck loads’ of license applications - 17 May 2010
Another dose of consumer protection - 18 May 2010
Some ideas to cure those motor insurance blues - 19 May 2010
So you want a super Ombudsman - 20 May 2010
The inflation juggernaut hits high gear - Stokes Stage - 21 May 2010
Investment professionals flounder through unknown territory - Featured Article - 21 May 2010
Smoothed bonus and recession - Straight Talk - 21 May 2010
New regulations – embrace or resist? - 24 May 2010
CIPRO embarks on deregistration by stealth - 25 May 2010
Getting to grips with insurance - 26 May 2010
Short-term insurance regulation tailored for customers - 27 May 2010
Hospital group warns potential shareholders - 31 May 2010

June 2010
Insurance leadership for the new normal - 01 June 2010
Forcing banks to change - 02 June 2010
Terrorist groups set to piggyback on soccer spectacular - Featured Article - 04 June 2010
You win some, you lose some - Stokes Stage - 04 June 2010
Insurance industry must nurture leaders - Straight Talk - 04 June 2010
Regulator gets tough on insider trader - 07 June 2010
Another threat to Aussie insurance commissions - 08 June 2010
52-hours till the magic starts - 09 June 2010
Reaping the rewards of financial services diversification - 14 June 2010
Fees bonanza as FSB pushes through inflation plus hike - 15 June 2010
Asset manager wins with football strategy - 17 June 2010
Financial services giant ready for post-recession world - Featured Article - 18 June 2010
First home a step too far for many - Straight Talk - 18 June 2010
South Africa is awash in debt - Stokes Stage - 18 June 2010
Six costing models, zero affordable solutions - 21 June 2010
The worst mistake to make with your life policy - 22 June 2010
The harsh reality of retirement - 24 June 2010
Call for compulsory third party insurance grows - 28 June 2010
Is the retirement annuity back in vogue? - 30 June 2010

July 2010
Where to apply for your dream job - 01 July 2010
This recovery looks shot to hell - Straight Talk - 02 July 2010
The power of political connection - Stokes Stage - 02 July 2010
Plenty of surprises in store for new home buyers - Featured Article - 02 July 2010
Positive signs from motor industry - 05 July 2010
A sensible approach to third party insurance - 06 July 2010
SARS ups the ante in revenue collection game - 07 July 2010
Whose pension money is it anyway? - 12 July 2010
Four standards to protect pensioners - 13 July 2010
Save thousands by understanding your right to medical benefit - 14 July 2010
More legislation for brokers to deal with - 15 July 2010
No thanks – let’s give the dx220x a whirl - Stokes Stage - 16 July 2010
Full comprehensive cover still has some pitfalls - Straight Talk - 16 July 2010
Who to believe in the buy-to-let debate - Featured Article - 16 July 2010
Saving for a rainy day - 19 July 2010
The role of financial adviser in long-term savings - 20 July 2010
Signs of life in long-term insurance space - 22 July 2010
Another nail in the rate cut coffin - 26 July 2010
The foundation for sustainable motor insurance - 27 July 2010
Cleaning up the financial services space - 28 July 2010
Love affair or investment - 29 July 2010
Have you stopped to wonder why the rand is so strong? - Straight Talk - 30 July 2010
The war on insurance fraud - Featured Article - 30 July 2010
Jail time looms for ‘b^st^rds’ and ‘bl##dy’ agents - Stokes Stage - 30 July 2010

August 2010
Short-term insurers gear up for future challenges - 02 August 2010
How to supercharge your investments in a low-return world - 03 August 2010
Asked and answered – banks clear their own hurdles! - 04 August 2010
Liberty adds concrete to its business foundations - 10 August 2010
Average Jane takes a cautious view on the markets - 12 August 2010
Rooting out insurance fraud - Featured Article - 13 August 2010
Lies – damn lies – and statistics - Stokes Stage - 13 August 2010
Don’t shoot the messenger - Straight Talk - 13 August 2010
Cyber criminals are always a step ahead of the game - 16 August 2010
Knocking the wind out of the reform debate - 17 August 2010
Recession knocks European savers for six - 18 August 2010
Another rate cut may not be the quick fix we hope for - 23 August 2010
Plain English could save insurers millions - 25 August 2010
The taxman hauls out another heavy stick - 26 August 2010
Service please South Africa - Stokes Stage - 27 August 2010
Tripping back to 1965 - Featured Article - 27 August 2010
The birth of another insurance giant - Straight Talk - 27 August 2010
Actions speak louder than words - 30 August 2010
The value of insurance - 31 August 2010

September 2010
The recovery through rose tinted glass - 01 September 2010
Last minute deal could hurt Sharemax shareholders - 02 September 2010
Insurer positions for a better 2010 - 06 September 2010
Giving financial advice in an uncertain world - 07 September 2010
A fresh take on equity investing - 08 September 2010
You can’t blame the media for this mess - 09 September 2010
Now that’s how you impress an audience - Stokes Stage - 10 September 2010
Get maximum value from your financial intermediary practice - Straight Talk - 10 September 2010
The step by step to conflict of interest readiness - Featured Article - 10 September 2010
Another "final" interest rate cut - 13 September 2010
Another tough year for medical schemes - 14 September 2010
Unpacking the customer value proposition concept - 15 September 2010
Dynamic wealth loses two FSB licenses - 16 September 2010
The rich will pay less tax - 20 September 2010
If you want to retire comfortably you must... - 21 September 2010
Spending our way to trouble - 22 September 2010
A fresh take on retirement reform - 23 September 2010
National health might be less than you bargain for -  28 September 2010
Are insurers ahead of government in the AARTO readiness stakes? - 29 September 2010
An introduction to treating customers fairly - 30 September 2010

October 2010
Is this an unhealthy obsession? - Featured Article - 01 October 2010
Is the youth league doing Mugabe’s bidding? - Stokes Stage - 01 October 2010
National health could burn through R376bn per annum by 2025 - Straight Talk - 01 October 2010
Changing business culture to treat customers fairly - 04 October 2010
Building value in your financial services practice - 05 October 2010
Retail bank confidence on the rise - 07 October 2010
The taxpayer holiday could be over - 11 October 2010
Insurers have more to fear from Mother Nature through 2010 - 12 October 2010
Closing the retirement coverage gap - 14 October 2010
The six key objectives of retirement reform - Featured Article - 15 October 2010
Some neat tricks to reduce your motor insurance bill - Straight Talk - 15 October 2010
Time for a land reform re-think - Stokes Stage - 15 October 2010
The dark side of financial services mergers - 18 October 2010
A new data standard for the short-term industry - 19 October 2010
Ombud has a say - 21 October 2010
Finding solutions to low savings and preservation - 25 October 2010
The vultures are circling this property syndication carcass - 26 October 2010
Excuse my ignorance, but what is "violation" cover? - 28 October 2010
A decade from now you won’t recognise the insurance landscape - Straight Talk - 29 October 2010
Can South Africa bank on its emerging market status? - Featured Article - 29 October 2010
What “The Wolf” says about ethics and morality - Stokes Stage - 29 October 2010

November 2010
Four steps to outperform the index - 01 November 2010
Shifting a target we cannot hit - 03 November 2010
Need help to pass your regulatory exams - 04 November 2010
Property dreams lie in tatters – for now - 08 November 2010
The pros and cons of quantitative easing - 09 November 2010
The continued evolution of tax laws - 10 November 2010
Crisis tears the heart out of pension savings - Featured Article - 12 November 2010
This job creation plan is doomed from the get go - Stokes Stokes - 12 November 2010
Treat your cards like cash - Straight Talk - 12 November 2010
The battle against rising healthcare costs continues - 15 November 2010
Insurance shortfall points to opportunities for intermediaries - 18 November 2010
A festive season windfall for some - 22 November 2010
Education and income drive life and disability insurance - 23 November 2010
Slow growth will derail the best laid plans - 24 November 2010
Cancer, heart attack and trauma strike when you least expect - 25 November 2010
Late starters can retire comfortably too - Featured Article - 26 November 2010
Battle lines drawn in this 21st Century jobs debacle - Stokes Stage - 26 November 2010
South Africa Inc is firing on all cylinders – for now - Straight Talk - 26 November 2010












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Is 30 the new 65?

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