Author: Nico

Whilst you wait for the airports to open, do you know your ETNs from your ETFs?

Whilst you wait for the airports to open, do you know your ETNs from your ETFs?

It seems as if Crazy Covid mutated and have given fraudsters super grabbing powers in South Africa. We have seen families profiting off political connections. We have heard horror stories of irregular PPE tenders and irregular spending such as many, many millions of Rands wasted on flooring for a make-shift hospital that seems to consist of novel see-through material as no one has seen it…Let us do a cold reality splash quickly. Then take a deep breath and look at four more realistic options for safeguarding your investments through international exposure.

Let us keep the lights on! New developments in alternative energy production in South Africa

Let us keep the lights on! New developments in alternative energy production in South Africa

Our economy may be shipwrecked but nothing on earth can stop the South Easter in its tracks. It is not for nothing that its Southern tip is known as the Cape of Storms. Eskom finally signed off (after 2 years of delays) on 27 wind and solar projects.

Yesterday, today, tomorrow – times have changed for the living and the dead!

Yesterday, today, tomorrow – times have changed for the living and the dead!

The sand in the hourglass might have run out for you, but it is not the end. Funerals are complex things that never seem to go quite as anticipated. Mostly, it seems, this is so because we assume everything had been taken care of somewhere along the line and we do not (want to?) take a closer look. Many funeral policies claim that you will receive a payout within 24 to 48 hours. What you may not realise is that it does not mean from the minute your Dear One departed.

When you are hungry you can’t think, yet the Government didn’t feed us

When you are hungry you can’t think, yet the Government didn’t feed us

A famine broke out in Holland at the end of the Second World War. It was the coldest winter in decades. A German blockade cut off food and fuel shipments from farm towns. It is estimated that between 18 000 and 22 000 people died. I am angry, as you will see in this blog post. Just as we are fighting a war against disease on the health care services front, so we are also fighting a humanitarian crisis like we have not seen in this country before. The crisis is corruption and greed. The result is people literally dying of hunger.

Consumer complaints: what to do when you had your fingers burnt

Consumer complaints: what to do when you had your fingers burnt

Have you ever felt so angry about bad service or a defective product that you would make a spitting cobra look like a gentle house pet? Have you ever felt trapped because you do not have the wherewithal to hire a flame-throwing lawyer that will burn (verbal and legal) holes in your enemy’s lame excuses and empty promises?

In case of fire, know your stuff – some notes on home content insurance

In case of fire, know your stuff – some notes on home content insurance

Despite climate change, the likelihood that your house will burn down is thankfully quite low. However, there are few things that are as completely and utterly devastating. Statistics tells us that of those who do have household insurance one in three are under insured by about 30%.