Specialist in the following:
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Employer Fund Benefits.
1. Represent most if not all of the Life Insurance companies.
2. Represent most of the Short-Term companies.
3. Can invest directly into the Unit Trust and or tracker funds plus on any of the platforms from the insurance houses.
4. Represent most of the medical Aid companies or can make referrals for them to contact the client directly.
5. Pension and/or provident funds with the benefits for corporate or private clients.
Operating as usual
[08/18/20] I closed & moved my office, working from home now.
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Trust that you are well and hope you enjoy the quick read:
The idea of the below is to try and give an idea of the economic stress and pain the country is feeling.
As of 1 July the population in S.A (rank 25th / 238) is estimated at 57.7 million placing the population growth at 1,55%
What factors drove this?
Immigration: 17% of population growth was due to immigration – That is 23 immigrants per hour!
Becoming more diverse and cosmopolitan , could lead to more violent xenophobic outbursts.
Mortality: The current infant mortality is at 36,4 per 1000 births , this figure 16 years ago was 53,2. That’s a 32.6% decrease!
Life expectancy: Life expectancy for males is currently at 61.1 years (over ten years this is an increase of 13,6%) and females at 67.3 years (over ten years this is an increase of 15.83%)
Fertility rate: The main driver of population growth in S.A. This number has declined by 62,5% since 1950 and is currently at 2,4 children per woman. The rate at which economies population remains constant is 2,33 children per woman , so S.A growth rate should be low ,but the above mentioned factors pushes it up.
A demographic recession is when population growth is slower than the economic growth. To maintain income levels, the economy should at least grow at the pace of the population. In the past 70 years S.A has been producing per capita income growth of 1,2% ,to produce this S.A will need and economic growth of almost 3%
This year will mark the fourth year of demographic recession ,and explains to an extent the pain that the middle and lower income is going through.
Points in summary:
● The decline in the fertility rate demolishes the argument that social grants encourage more births. Fertility has declined despite the massive increase in social grants. Clearly something else is at work. Urbanisation; access to basic education, medical services, and the labour market; and changing perceptions about work, women and their place in society all play a role.
● Immigration now makes up 17% (or one in six people) of South Africa’s population growth. Like other countries, we will have to get better at absorbing and integrating foreigners.
● Mortality rates have improved across the board, resulting in considerably longer life expectancies.
● South Africa is now in the fourth year of a ‘demographic recession’ – per capita incomes are lower than they were in 2014.
● About 43% of South Africans between the ages of 15 and 64 are working, 24% are unemployed or discouraged work seekers, and 34% are not economically active. Clearly the 43% group must get bigger.
This indicates the importance of economic growth in S.A! (Source: Nedbank)
Hope you have a great day
Gabriel Botha |CIPM, CFP®
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Views from STANLIB Fixed Income
South Africa’s economic history since 1994 when the country first asked global ratings agencies to provide analysis can be seen in two phases. The first phase, from 1994 to 2012 was an 18-year period of systematic improvement, including among other things lower unemployment, strong foreign exchange reserves and controlled inflation.
Few economic indicators were deteriorating and this reflected in the country’s credit ratings that increased nine times across all the three ratings agencies to reach a peak of A3 in 2009.
In 2012, the country was downgraded for the first time in its history. And in the five years since, has been systematically downgraded nine times across all agencies, excluding the fourth quarter of this year.
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In a credit ratings review announcement on Thursday 23 November, Fitch held South Africa’s credit rating unchanged at BB+ (sub-investment grade) with a stable outlook.
Ratings reviews issued on Friday 24 November saw S&P downgrade South Africa SA’s local currency to BB+ (sub-investment grade) from BBB- (investment grade) and its foreign currency rating to BB, sub-investment grade, from BB+, also sub-investment grade.
Moody’s held South Africa’s credit rating unchanged at Baa3, still investment grade, but on review for a downgrade.
South Africa now fails to meet the requirements for inclusion in the Barclays Global Aggregate Index but retains its position in the Citibank World Government Bond Index (WGBI), of which it accounts for 0.45%.
How does SA’s credit rating downgrade affect STANLIB’s fixed income portfolios?
Leading up to Friday’s review announcement by both ratings agencies, the STANLIB Fixed Income team has been carefully analysing market movements and sentiment with the aim of identifying to what extent a credit downgrade was already priced into the market.
One of the key levers in our portfolios is how we are positioned on the interest rate curve. We have been cautiously invested on the short- to middle-end of the curve where yield expectations are more certain than on the longer end of the curve.
Within our portfolios, we have executed short-term opportunistic trades based on market mispricing and movements. By being readily armed with our views heading into the review announcements and executing our ideas quickly we have added to performance in the portfolios.
Our attention now turns towards the ANC elective conference and the potential for a sea-change in ANC leadership. Over the short-term, such a sea-change would be immensely positive for the country and bond yields.
Post the December ANC elective conference, we are turning our attention to the longer-term economic landscape. We are monitoring key indicators, including the State of the Nation Address on 9 February 2018. The finance minister’s budget speech due to take place on 21 February 2018 is another key indicator as it will give a clearer indication of how the country will fund its deficit and whether there is clear commitment to instilling growth policies to drive economic recovery.
These and other factors will be used to position the portfolio appropriately for the longer term using our core levers of duration, credit, the interest rate curve, and relative value.
What does the downgrade mean for ordinary South Africans?
Over the short-term, ordinary South Africans won’t feel the immediate impact of a credit downgrade, other than if the rand weakens. Over the longer term there will be a number of possible impacts including higher interest rates, higher inflation, currency weakness and additional budget constraints.
South Africa’s downgrade means that all future borrowing goes up. Government’s interest rate bill on debt goes up, which means more revenue spent on servicing debt and less revenue available for social security payments, healthcare, education, infrastructure protects etc.
To keep attracting foreign investors and in the absence of any credible growth plan, SA will need to keep interest rates attractive, meaning generally higher interests, which in itself will be negative for economic growth.
Any imported goods will become more expensive, including fuel, clothes and electronics. This means higher inflation, which will be an extra load on consumers who will primarily experience it through higher costs of living.
How does the downgrade affect the currency?
There are multiple factors that affect the exchange rate. Despite South Africa’s credit downgrade, foreign investors may still see value in the bond market. There are numerous global emerging market managers who are mandated to invest in emerging markets, including the likes of Brazil, which is two notches below junk status.
In this respect, the reaction from a downgrade could be surprisingly neutral. Global emerging market investors will be measuring SA bond yields relative to other emerging markets. And will be looking to determine whether the currency is going to weaken significantly. On a relative basis, the rand is already undervalued so some global investors may feel that the risk of significant further weakening is limited.
Co-head STANLIB Fixed Income
Co-head STANLIB Fixed Income
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