Is cash king?

It has been a good few years for cash. As shown in Graph 1, over the past three years cash (i.e. highly liquid assets, like money market funds and fixed-interest assets, such as Treasury bills) has delivered decent returns, when compared to equities and bonds, with significantly less volatility amid ongoing global uncertainty. This has been particularly pronounced this year, with cash delivering 6% versus -9.38% for the FTSE/JSE All Share…

Yes, markets were dreadful in October…

But it is not all doom and gloom. It is the month of October, the most beautiful month of all … The translation does not do it justice, but this is more or less what C Louis Leipoldt wrote when he captured the explosion of colour and revival in nature in his Afrikaans poem Oktobermaand. Market watchers will probably describe October 2018 with a single colour: red. While the local market…

Cancer is South Africa’s biggest killer

JOHANNESBURG – Cancer causes more deaths in South Africa than HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria combined, and a special report by Discovery Health Medical Scheme (Discovery), released for the first time this year, quantifies the scheme’s spending on cancer-related claims and reinforces the need for greater cancer awareness. The latest Discovery Health Healthcare Claims Tracker focuses on oncology claims, using the medical scheme’s claims data for 2017. Discovery is South Africa’s…