Prescribed assets: a high price

Damning new data shows how bad savers had it under apartheid’s prescribed assets. Just how much could local pension fund members lose out if the government went ahead with a prescribed assets push? A lot, as it turns out. Isaah Mhlanga, executive chief economist at Alexander Forbes Investment, says there was a huge opportunity cost in the prescribed assets regime between 1956 and 1989. Back then, the apartheid government forced…

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…