business

Before you retire

A good retirement plan should take years rather than months to design. In the five years leading up to formal retirement, key decisions regarding living arrangements, healthcare and expenditure need to be made to ensure that the final plan is… Read More ›

Not a penny more

Of all the tactical weapons available to retailers when promoting their wares, the seemingly simplistic ploy of pricing could have more powerful leverage than one would imagine. In the competitive midst of brand power and corporate identity, it appears that… Read More ›

Women of worth

If necessity is the master of invention, then it’s safe to say that South African women have an impressively long list of needs, especially when it comes to business. Recent research into our country’s entrepreneurial frontier indicates that 33% of… Read More ›

The great escape

It goes without saying that an economic downturn gives rise to inevitable changes in consumer behaviour, particularly when it comes to the spending habits of the broader consumer market. The mere utterance of the word ‘recession’ invokes images of impoverished… Read More ›

Don’t stop the magic

With something as immensely powerful as compound interest at the fingertips of every income earner, it’s a wonder that so many South Africans are hopelessly under-invested for retirement. With an abundance of investment vehicles and asset managers to choose from,… Read More ›

Too good to be true

Think Bernard Madoff, Charles Ponzi and J. Arthur Brown and you’ll no doubt think fraudsters, white collar con-artists and investment scams. Through his Ponzi-styled investment scheme, Madoff managed to swindle over $65 billion from literally thousands of well-meaning investors over… Read More ›

It’s a question of time

One would think that, with over 75 years of reliable stock market data, there would be fewer investors out there hell-bent on trying to hone the art of timing stock markets and more long-term investors adopting the tried and tested… Read More ›