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Thalia Holmes

Thalia Holmes

Thalia is a freelance business reporter for the Mail & Guardian. She grew up in Swaziland and lived in the US before returning to South Africa.She got a cum laude degree in marketing and followed it with another in English literature and psychology before further confusing things by becoming a black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) consultant.After spending five years hearing the surprised exclamation, "But you're white!", she decided to pursue her latent passion for journalism, and joined the M&G in 2012. The next year, she won the Brandhouse Journalist of the Year Award, the Brandhouse Best Online Award and was chosen as one of five finalists from Africa for the German Media Development Award. In 2014, she and a colleague won the Standard Bank Sivukile Multimedia Award. She now writes and edits for various publications, but her heart still belongs to the M&G.     
Nurturing the yolk in your nest egg
Nurturing the yolk in your nest egg
The previous two #investmentMatters articles gave an insight into retirement: how much you need to save, and the ins and outs of living annuities....
Retirement? Just forget about it!
Retirement? Just forget about it!
Saving for retirement is like trying to solve a tough maths problem – one that few South Africans have succeeded in doing.
Match your annuity and expiry date
Match your annuity and expiry date
Retirement, the moment you have spent the past 40 years working towards, is, when reached, often overwhelming or downright terrifying. After all,...
Eish, robot: Automation is eating jobs
Eish, robot: Automation is eating jobs
With two-thirds of its jobs at risk of replacement by robots, the South African economy is shifting towards services. But some say this deindustrialisation is premature: an economy trying to run before it can walk....
No place in the sun for BEE funds
No place in the sun for BEE funds
Most people buy into the idea that a more inclusive economy is one that is stable, better geared for growth and yields more wealth. But when did...
Wealth taxes mooted to zap inequality
Wealth taxes mooted to zap inequality
The committee reviewing the country’s tax system has called for submissions on possible forms of wealth tax, despite the tax revenue already...
Stokvels move with the times
Stokvels move with the times
Johannesburg resident Noks Shoko has a little something to help soften the “Janu-worry”. In 2016 she and three friends every month diligently...
The future of financial indicators
The future of financial indicators
You’re driving in your car, listening to the 6pm news bulletin on the radio. The news ends, the anchor reads the weather forecast and then gives...
Is your personality creditworthy?
Is your personality creditworthy?
Those who were previously disqualified from getting bank loans because they were deemed too risky or lacked a credit history may now qualify – if...
​Betting on addiction is a sure winner
​Betting on addiction is a sure winner
Humankind has often been the source of its own progress — and its own downfall. Nowhere is this better illustrated than on the JSE: look for...
​Unsecured lending ‘has had a bad rap’
​Unsecured lending ‘has had a bad rap’
Unsecured lending is the key to many South Africans’ journeys to economic stability and relative affluence.
Turkey's credit downgrade could be a bad omen for South Africa
Turkey's credit downgrade could be a bad omen for South Africa
Emerging economies looked on, clutching one another’s arms and grimacing, as their Turkish peer was dealt its junk status blow by rating agency...