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Institute of Retirement Funds Africa’s (IRFA) conference

Influences that affect the retirement fund ecosystem will be in the spotlight

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An ecosystem is a complex system of living organisms, their environment and all of their interrelationships in a particular unit of space

The crucial role played by any industry body in the retirement sector

Upskilling is essential, and local industry rates IRFA's contribution highly

Institute of Retirement Funds Africa’s (IRFA) conference

Influences that affect the retirement fund ecosystem will be in the spotlight

You have the power

The need for better retirement outcomes is crucial to the economic growth of Africa and for society as a whole

A wider variety

Franklin Templeton Investments has 40 offshore collective investment schemes registered with the South African Financial Services Board. Michael King, Franklin Templeton director for Africa, says the group offers a range of investment opportunities to South African investors, available through the foreign exchange offshore allowance.

A fund of global managers

In mid-2004 Sanlam Multi-Manager International restructured its international offering to its South African clients by applying its process to its new global equity and global bond products. Previously SMMI operated on a regional basis, finding the best investment managers in each geographic area to manage its assets.

Cut in offshore red tape increases options

For many years we have waited for Finance Minister Trevor Manuel to announce further investment exchange control relaxation in the annual national budget, only to have our hopes dashed. Thabo Khojane, MD of Investec Asset Management in South Africa, speaks to Eamonn Ryan.

Excellent opportunities exist

The United Kingdom commercial property sector has gone through a signi­ficant slump in the past year with capital values falling an average of 15% since June last year, reports investment broker at Broll Property Group, David Adams. This market, says Adams, provides an excellent opportunity for South Africans to use offshore allowances or asset swaps to create offshore assets with the UK property pricing.

It’s never too late to save

Financial planning varies from person to person -- the individual who has more money than he or she knows what to do with clearly has a different financial planning problem from the person who's been living beyond his means for the past 12 months.

Turning tide for the rand

Offshore financial markets look a sorry sight at the moment with stock markets across Europe down 15% on average compared to their value eight years ago. Some properties in the US are more than 60% cheaper than a few years ago. But what this means for the investor with an appetite for risk is opportunity.

Bargains galore for those with an appetite for risk

One of the major questions facing global investors is: What will happen in the US economy? According to Paul Hansen, group director for retail investing at Stanlib, the United States Federal Reserve Bank has taken aggressive corrective action that should stimulate the economy by the second half of 2008.

Easing the transition

International assignment is booming as business globalises: not only are South African companies importing and exporting skills, but they're also transferring them between foreign countries. Multinationals have operated like this for decades, but it's a relatively new phenomenon in South Africa. The local market is rather small by international standards.

What to expect from a relocations company

Corallie Pringle, managing director of Corporate Relocations, lists the services that clients should expect from their relocations firm. Among them is the arrival services for inbound expatriates: pre-assignment­/look-see orientations; home-finding programmes; school search and educational consultancy; settling-in services; domestic help; obtaining­ goods and services; coordinating of specialist services and, in many instances, paying the service providers on behalf of the client company; linking spouse/partner to international and local support groups.

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