VIEWPOINT: Investing to preserve purchasing power

Offering a prudent balance between reward and risk, ‘real return funds’ take the middle road. Real return funds are often overlooked in investment portfolios for being ‘too boring’ or ‘too slow to deliver spectacular returns’. Nonetheless they may be highly suitable for investors with a medium- to long-term investment horizon. The temptation is always there…

VIEWPOINT: Telling Tales

Once upon a time there was an accountable government, and other fairy tales. The theme for this month’s issue is transparency and accountability in government, a good thing is that everybody wants. But what we want and what we get are not always the same thing. It’s depressing, frankly. So let’s tell a fairy tale…

VIEWPOINT: Are You Over-Insured?

Only insure what you can’t afford to lose. My most valuable possession, by far, is my wedding ring. In my eyes, it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. I designed it myself, while my husband (fiancé at the time) bank-rolled it. Meeting the requirements of being worth at least 3x his monthly salary; it’s…

VIEWPOINT: Judged Within a Blink

Dress and groom yourself to display the authentic you – and win people over. It has been scientifically proven that you are judged within the first few seconds of meeting someone new, based on many levels of information stored in the brain, as explained in Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘Blink’. What scores highest on the impression…

Transitioning from CA(SA) to CFO

Chartered accountants are the feedstock for corporate leadership, so get ready for the journey. For a CA(SA) to climb the ladder to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) level and be successful, it is important to understand the journey and know what will be expected of you. In addition to competency, other skills such as interpersonal…

Performance And Variable Pay

Variable pay should depend on current performance, rather than as an indicator of future competence. Should employers take any cognisance of talent potential as well as performance when structuring variable pay schemes? Let’s first answer the question, “What is variable pay?” The concept of variable pay stems from a ‘pay-for-performance’ philosophy. Thus, variable pay is…

Join the E-Learning Revolution

E-learning, with its numerous advantages over traditional learning methods, is becoming the de facto way to train. We live in a world of relentless change, where technological capabilities are frequently being refined and continued professional development is essential in any business that hopes to succeed. Continuous training leads to increased employee performance, which directly impacts…