Editorials

FIRST WORD

Illegal strikes and unattainable demands are disrupting productivity, affecting investment and again threatening SA’s sovereign debt rating. The rainbow nation desperately needs a social compact before the National Development Plan becomes pie in the sky.Read more...


CURATORSHIP

Where the sentence of J Arthur Brown went “sorely wrong”; Nash trial wends its weary way; Contingency fees in the clear; SCA decision can impact on surplus-strip claims; Standard Bank inches forwards in Saccawu fund arbitration.Read more...


CURRENTS

Canyon Springs wrongdoing at Trilinear revealed; PIC and GEPF get bold in challenging directors’ pay practices; Where workers lose out on strikes; IRF likely to be overtaken; R1bn pension-fund boost for renewable energy.Read more...


LEGISLATION

Unintended consequences in the Protection of Personal Information Bill. It can make more difficult the process of accessing information about shareholders.Read more...


INVESTMENT

The great active versus passive debate. A representative panel discusses the respective merits, and even reaches some agreement that there’s room for both.Read more...


COVER STORY

Mandatory preservation by individuals of their pension savings should not be allowed to become politically contentions. The issue has been explosive in the past and can be exploited for point-scoring, or worse, in the future. The stakes are too high for President Zuma to let it happen. He must be seen to back National Treasury.Read more...


OFFSHORE ALLOWANCE

Getting into Africa has become all the rage, and pension funds can now invest as much as 30% of their portfolios in other parts of the continent. Private equity looks a better bet than market indices.Read more...


UMBRELLA FUNDS

Member committees are vital to their structures, so much so that there’s a case for making them statutory as the essential liaison between employer and employee on pension matters in the workplace.Read more...


STAKEHOLDER COMMUNICATION

Inconsistency is found in the way that companies are applying the new JSE rule on print notices. Some say that the rule itself is ambiguous and others seem not to be thinking through the opportunities.Read more...


FUND MANAGERS

There’s unexplained shyness about remuneration disclosure. It contrasts starkly with pressures in the European Union, and should be considered as a component of retirementfund costs.Read more...


FEES AND COMMISSIONS

They impact significantly on fund members’ net returns. Trustees need to be aware of what they can, and should, try to negotiate downwards.Read more...


NOMINEE ACCOUNTS

Pension funds tend to leave their JSE shares registered in the accounts of servic\ames. With Strate, it’s actually quite simple.Read more...


PERSONAL FINANCE

How government plans to incentivise members of pension funds to take home less so that they can retire on more.Read more...


GRAVY

Active v Passive and a little mischief.Read more...


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