VIEWPOINT: Gambling VS investing?

“To make an investment or take out life or disability cover in South Africa requires compliance with some of the strictest financial services regulations in the world.” To gamble in a casino merely requires merely that you be over 18. So it’s easy to go to a casino, where cash, a credit card and ID…

SPECIAL REPORT: Money market fund benefits

With the economy being so unpredictable at present, leaving investors unsure and taking even economists by surprise, one cannot help feeling rather cautious as to what the best approach is regarding investments, let alone whose advice to follow With interest rates currently at a multi-decade low in South Africa, many investors have been enticed to…

VIEWPOINT: Denial! Denial! Denial!

“If you’re of the opinion that you’re a good investor, then it’s perhaps easier to ignore any failures or bad calls that you’ve made …” Have you experienced this before …? You buy a new flat-screen TV (or similar). One week later you’re walking past the store you purchased it from and see the word:…

VIEWPOINT: Shoot for the moon

“Move past your fears and unlock your own limiting beliefs.” Daily I see how fears dominate and cloud people of their dreams, eventually robbing them like a thief in the night. Are you one of these people? You were programmed to identify essential fears to protect you from dangers you feel. For sure fears not…

VIEWPOINT: Management and motivation

“The new BEE codes are to take more money out of the South African economy.” Any non football supporter could be forgiven for thinking this soccer World Cup was all about the money. The news has covered how three African teams threatened various strike actions unless they were paid their cash bonuses up-front; that the…

VIEWPOINT: Who reads annual reports?

“Integrated reporting is making annual reports more relevant to investors and thoughtful business leaders alike.” My October 2013 Accountancy SA column opened with the line: “Annual reports are probably the most expensive publications ever produced that never get read.” I was being as cynical as some of my clients about the glossy publications that absorb…

VIEWPOINT: Inspire individually

“Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D Eisenhower A few days ago I received an email from a retailer with whom I have an account requesting that I provide feedback on a particular customer experience. My habitual response was to…