Bitcoin: what it is and why you should be cautious

Today I saw a smart young man in a brand new VW Golf. ‘I mine bitcoins for profit – let me show you how’ said the sticker on the side. Bitcoin is everywhere. There’s no escaping it: there are adverts on my mobile phone, on my computer, in magazines, and even flyers in...

South African politics: Stalemate

The following commentary on the ANC leadership election has come from award winning, South African political analyst Nic Borain of BNP Paribas bank. We find his analysis of the election outcome to be insightful and a useful contribution to the debate on the political...

Steinhoff Note

During the week commencing 4 December 2017, the share price of Steinhoff International Holdings NV came under intense pressure falling from a closing price on Friday 1 December of R55.60 to its closing price today, Friday 8th December of R6.00, a fall of just over...

A Case for the Guaranteed Life Annuity

The following article underlines the importance of understanding what you are committing to when choosing between a living annuity and a guaranteed life annuity.  With almost all financial markets currently exhibiting signs of exuberance it may be prudent right now to...