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Silicon Valley Bank – Overview


Silicon Valley Bank - Overview On Friday last week, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was closed by US regulators after a run on the bank’s deposits occurred. In terms of assets, SVB’s collapse was the second biggest bank failure in US history. By the end of 2022, the bank had around $209bn in [...]

Silicon Valley Bank – Overview2023-03-16T12:57:51+00:00

2023 Budget Speech Update


2023 Budget Speech Update The 2023 Budget speech was delivered against the backdrop of high living costs, a dismal unemployment rate and intensive loadshedding crippling businesses, all of which are placing severe strain on South Africa’s economic recovery and growth. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana provided some relief by proposing no significant tax [...]

2023 Budget Speech Update2023-03-02T06:59:09+00:00

Investment Outlook Q4 2022


Investment Outlook Q4 2022 The Fourth Wave Remains The past few years have created more investment angst than usual, and it has been difficult at times to make sense of return prospects across asset classes. The collision between investments, economics, politics, and social issues has undermined the ability to gain comfort in [...]

Investment Outlook Q4 20222023-01-20T12:25:33+00:00

Moonwalk Away


Moonwalk Away In financial services we focus on investment outcomes, on providing sound investment advice, explanations on what is driving investment markets, and how to deal with some of our less virtuous behavioural biases so that we can get out of our own way when it comes to decision making. But what [...]

Moonwalk Away2022-10-03T13:23:10+00:00

Average Clause Explanation


Average Clause Explanation When you insure your asset like a building, you advise your Insurer of the value which then forms the sum insured under your policy. The insurer charges you an insurance premium based on this declared sum insured. If you get this insurance value wrong and it is lower than [...]

Average Clause Explanation2022-08-26T08:03:56+00:00

How is the ‘US Inflation Drop’ Good News for South Africa?


How is the 'US Inflation Drop' Good News for South Africa? US inflation drop in July from 9.1% to 8.5% really is a big deal.  Washington DC is 13 000km from Johannesburg. Yet what happens today in the US capital has a direct influence on what will happen to SA's commercial hearbeat [...]

How is the ‘US Inflation Drop’ Good News for South Africa?2022-08-11T15:09:07+00:00

Insurance: Protecting Against a Power Surge


Insurance: Protecting Against a Power Surge Loadshedding has become a part of the daily lives of South Africans all over the country. In 2022, we had 960 hours of national loadshedding and recently reached stage 6, further increasing outages. With increased loadshedding comes a bigger chance of electrical faults that lead to [...]

Insurance: Protecting Against a Power Surge2022-07-15T12:23:07+00:00

Increase in Vehicle Theft Using Relay Attacks


Increase in Vehicle Theft Using Relay Attacks In recent months, the Insurance Crime Bureau has seen an increase in thefts of newer model Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV), that have keyless entry and ignition technology. This Modus Operandi sees criminal syndicates using “Relay Attacks” as method to steal these vehicles. In essence, the [...]

Increase in Vehicle Theft Using Relay Attacks2022-05-24T14:35:35+00:00

The Great Rotation?


The Great Rotation? In the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, and the easy monetary policy and stimulus which followed, it has been a relentless surge upwards in investment markets, momentarily paused only by the COVID pandemic in 2020. As at the end of 2021, the average 10-year return for an investor [...]

The Great Rotation?2022-05-11T12:25:04+00:00
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