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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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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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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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How to choose the right medical aid option for you

How to choose the right medical aid option for you – Tanya Motlafe (Director of  Cornerstone Healthcare Consulting Services) Medical scheme renewal season is coming up and with it comes the once-annual opportunity for medical aid members to upgrade or downgrade to a different benefit option. This sounds much easier than it is, because with so […]
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Spring clean your finances this September

Spring clean your finances this September – Chanelle Taylor (Director, Cornerstone Financial Planning) Spring is finally here and for many, it’s synonymous with new beginnings, fresh challenges and positive changes. In the spirit of Spring, we have compiled some great ways to spring clean your finances for a happier, healthier and financially free you. Review your […]
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Monthly Market Commentary – July 2020

July was another positive month for South African Investors from a return perspective. SA equity continued to recover from its Q1 losses, returning between 2.4% and 3.0% (depending on the index used). However, this was solely driven by resource companies which returned 9%, Financials were essentially flat 0.4%, whilst Industrials lost -1.3%. Globally, markets also […]
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Do these things before cancelling your short-term insurance policy

Do these things before cancelling your short-term insurance policy Jaco Erasmus – Director of Cornerstone Insurance Brokers Thousands of South Africans have lost their income or a portion thereof due to COVID-19 and the unavoidable precautions that were put in place to help mitigate the spread. As a result, many people have tried to decrease […]
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