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Monthly Market Commentary – January 2021

Monthly Market Commentary – January 2021 South African Equities led the way in January while South African property gave back over 3% after two months of strong performance in the asset class. Although the rand weakened over the month, it was not enough for global asset classes to outperform the JSE. The local bourse was […]
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4 reasons to get Gap cover today

4 reasons to get Gap cover today – Tanya Motlafe (Director of  Cornerstone Healthcare Consulting Services) GAP cover has been around for quite some time but is has never been more relevant than now. Many people are downgrading their medical aid plans due to financial constraints which in turns lowers their cover.  If you downgrade your […]
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A well-structured employee benefits scheme should be in your 2021 business strategy, here’s why

A well-structured employee benefits scheme should be in your 2021 business strategy, here’s why -Letlhogonolo Lesiba, Head of Employee Benefits The new financial year is upon us and many business owners have next year’s strategy built out, filled with new ideas and innovative ways to grow and scale their business.  Each company strategy is different, […]
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Monthly Market Commentary – December 2020

The rand continued to strengthen in December as South Africa (SA) benefitted from the risk-on environment and emerging market (EM) appetite by global investors. SA property was once again the strongest performing asset class with a 13.7% return for the month (+17.5% in November). The strengthening local currency depressed rand returns for global asset classes, […]
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Monthly Market Commentary – October 2020

  News headlines covered a delayed US election result which has tilted in favour of risk asset prices in the short term. The most likely outcome is that the Democrats retain control of the House with Republicans retaining the Senate. This is likely to mean that Biden’s proposed tax hikes won’t pass the Senate, but […]
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – let’s talk about severe illness cover

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – let’s talk about severe illness cover – Chanelle Taylor (Director, Cornerstone Financial Planning) This month, CANSA aims to raise awareness about Breast Cancer and cancer in general hoping to speed up diagnosis and save more lives. At Cornerstone Financial Services, we fully support CANSA with their endeavour and we […]
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Managing a living annuity in these uncertain, unprecedented times

Managing a living annuity in these uncertain, unprecedented times Managing a living annuity can be complicated at the best of times. Throw in a devastating global pandemic causing a global market crash, and things become even more tricky. Fortunately, Cornerstone Investment Advisory Services has the best investment minds in the industry to help you and […]
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Monthly Market Commentary – September 2020

  Returns across all rand denominated asset classes, bar SA Cash & Stable Income, were negative in September. Global risk assets (Equity & Property) fared the worst losing -4.7% and -4.4% respectively. The rand strengthened against the US dollar from R16.94 to R16.73 by the end of the month, but this hides the true picture […]
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Monthly Market Commentary – August 2020

August was another good month for most world equity indices, with the MSCI World Equity Index up over 6% in Rand terms. The local FTSE/ JSE All Share was down 0.3% over the same period. Local bonds as measured by the ALBI were up 0.89%, while cash delivered 0.39% (STeFI). Listed property continued to struggle, […]
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9 attributes to look out for when appointing an accountant

9 attributes to look out for when appointing an accountant Chanel Raath (Director of Cornerstone Tax and Accounting Services) Warren Buffet famously said that “Accounting is the language of business” and thereby reiterating the absolute importance of correct, professional, and clever accounting within every business. We wholeheartedly agree with Mr Buffet, and we would add […]
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