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Challenges faced by small auditing firms

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COVID-19 came with its own challenges for businesses, requiring companies to pivot and adapt to new ways of working and changed the working environment completely. Small auditing firms were not spared from this, they needed to quickly adapt and fully equip their employees with resources to ensure that they continue to operate and serve their client’s needs.

Why an estate plan & a financial plan need to co-exist

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When we think about estate planning, we think of a plan outlining a tax-efficient way to deal with our assets when we pass away. Instead of viewing this as a ‘death plan’, try to think of it as a ‘life plan’ – a strategy created during your lifetime to ensure that your wishes are fulfilled, and that your loved ones benefit as intended after you pass away.

The Joint Standard 2 of 2024 on cybersecurity & cyber resilience...

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The Financial Sector Regulation (FSCA) and the Prudential Authority (PA) published Joint Standard 2 of 2024 on Cybersecurity and Cyber Resilience Requirements on 17 May 2024. The Joint Standard 2 of 2024 (Joint Standard) applies to all financial institutions as defined in the Joint Standard. It sets out the requirements for sound practices and processes relating to cybersecurity and cyber resilience for financial institutions.

The significance of FICA compliance – why it matters to all...

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Despite being viewed as an administrative and burdensome expense with excessive paperwork sometimes causing potential delays to establishing business relationships and concluding transactions, Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA) compliance is more crucial than ever.

Challenges of online forex trading for South Africans due to bank...

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Unless you have a peculiar fondness for queues, chances are you prefer doing as many day-to-day tasks that fall under the “life admin” category as possible online. Whether it’s grocery shopping, renewing your car license disc, or paying your rates bill, most of us prefer doing them from the comfort of our desks or homes. It’s faster, more convenient, and saves a lot of hassle. 

Teaching children financial savviness

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An oftentimes overlooked subject when it comes to effective parenting, empowering children with financial literacy from a young age is one of the greatest gifts parents can give to their children. As the world becomes increasingly complex, teaching your little ones about sound financial management isn’t just about educating them about what Rands and cents are or, how money works; it’s about equipping them with the skills and knowledge to navigate a financially savvy future.

Could FSCA licenses be the growth catalyst crypto needs?

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As a global leader in the cryptocurrency industry, we recognise the significance of the South African Financial Sector Conduct Authority's (FSCA) recent decision to include cryptocurrencies within its licensing legislation. This move comes at a crucial time for the evolution of crypto as an investment asset class in South Africa, signalling the maturation of the local crypto market and a step towards integrating digital assets into the mainstream investment ecosystem.

Customising client financial needs analysis

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The economic landscape continues to present formidable obstacles for South Africans. With the prices of essential goods surging and wage growth stagnating, disposable income has dwindled forcing consumers to cut back on spending to focus on essential items.

South Africans are losing financial literacy

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In the wake of COVID-19 and the accelerated digitisation of financial services, the gap between South Africans who have highly developed financial literacy and those with little or none has not just widened – it has taken on new dimensions.  The consequences for South African society are dire.

Managing your finances like you manage your farm

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Farming is a long game that requires patience, perseverance, and strategic planning across all aspects of the operation. While every farmer understands this when it comes to tending crops and raising livestock, the same can’t always be said for managing their finances; and taking a short-sighted approach to financial planning can be as devastating to a farmer’s livelihood as a flood or drought would be to his or her operations.

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