Why am I not allowed to withdraw money from my RA? I am in a bit of a financial crunch at the moment and wanted to withdraw money from my retirement annuity (RA) at Allan Gray. It informed me that I would only be able to withdraw the money if the total [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
Investment Outlook Q1 2022 Focus on the next decade, not the next crisis As much as things change, so they stay the same. It has been relatively easy to get lost in the complexity of investment markets over the past year (or two, or three!). The blend of geo-political dynamics, extreme global [...]
Ready Player One: Mapping the Metaverse "This is the Oasis. It's a place where the limits of reality are your own imagination. You can do anything, go anywhere." - Wade Watts, Ready Player One Set in a dystopian world 40 years in the future, Ernst Cline’s magnus opus, Ready Player One, captivated [...]
Important Update: Russian Exposure within Global Model Portfolios With Russia instigating significant risk to Ukraine and surrounding nations, we have assessed portfolio exposure and positioning to evaluate where there may be potential issues and where we need to take action. The note details specific fund by fund exposure across funds which we [...]
Investment Outlook Q4 2021 Over the past number of years we have often discussed the topic of inflation and its importance as an underpin for asset prices. With low inflation – a function of technological innovation and globalisation as key drivers – allied with low interest rates, times have been good for [...]
2022 Investment Outlook We have highlighted a few major impacts to markets as we start the year off, to give you a sense of what is affecting the performance of your investments. International Markets Global equities were buoyed by signs that the highly transmissible Omicron COVID-19 variant appears to be substantially less [...]
China - An Opportunity Among Growing Uncertainty? Over the last year, Chinese equities have been battered after the Chinese government, directed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), stepped up regulatory interventions across the technology sector and wealthy individuals. These actions have sent the share prices of the most beloved Chinese tech companies [...]
What is "All Risk" Insurance? Most people understand that House Contents insurance covers you for fire, storm and theft of your belongings whilst inside your residential property. When people leave their houses and take belongings with them however, things become a bit vague. This post is to tell you more about how to correctly insure your [...]