The "market" is not the economy - buckle up, there's still a rough ride ahead

by Mike Abbott | Jun 22, 2020

There's some surprise, among clients and commentators, at the recovery of financial markets as the economic shock of the Covid-19 situation unfolds. M...

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Wealthcast: The South African bond market and offshore portfolios

by Staff Writer | Jun 5, 2020

Mike Abbott, Director of Sable International’s Wealth Division and Niel Pretorius, a senior financial planner sit down with Roeloff Horne from MitonOp...

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Entering phase 2 of COVID-19: Financial markets deep dive

by Mike Abbott | May 14, 2020

Amongst our clients and some commentators there’s some surprise at the recovery in financial markets as the economic shock of the COVID-19 situation ...

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Investment and the markets in the time of COVID-19: Wealthcast Episode 01

by Staff Writer | Apr 16, 2020

Mike Abbott, Director of Sable International’s Wealth Division and Niel Pretorius, a senior financial planner sat down with Sean Ritchie to discuss so...

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Covid-19 – Challenging our ideas

by Mike Abbott | Apr 9, 2020

In economic data terms Covid-19 is in a category all its own. But as we enter a phase I would call ”peak horror” I’d like to share a view of the world...

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Does financial planning advice really make a difference?

by Mike Abbott | Feb 17, 2020

People often contemplate whether it’s beneficial to hire a financial planner or not. With global uncertainty on the increase, now is as good a time as...

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Do you have the "optimal" investment portfolio?

by Mike Abbott | Oct 25, 2019

The investment industry, like any other, is out to sell its wares. To do this, it needs stories, because people buy stories, don’t they? The story mos...

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How do you think about risk? The psychology behind investment decisions

by Mike Abbott | Oct 7, 2019

Deciding on the risk you take with your investments is a slippery subject. One is more likely to think rationally about the concept when your own mone...

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The boom behind ESG investing – what’s actually driving the demand

by Mike Abbott | Mar 26, 2019

There’s a growing interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment throughout the world. Ethical investing has been around for many y...

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South Africa’s Retail Distribution Review – slow but important changes for investors and advisors

by Mike Abbott | Mar 5, 2019

The Retail Distribution Review (RDR) will change the South African financial advice industry in fundamental ways. The shift to a client-focused, trans...

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Retiring tax-free in Portugal (for at least 10 years) - here’s how you do it

by Staff Writer | May 16, 2018

In a bid to resurrect itself after the 2008 financial crisis, Portugal has positioned itself to become a magnet for high net-worth individuals from ac...

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South Africa’s sovereign debt downgrade – the effect on the private sector, public sector and ultimately South African citizens

by Mike Abbott | Apr 13, 2017

South Africa finds itself in the grip of a full-blown political crisis. In times like this, cool heads prevail and well-considered plan Bs are put int...

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British expats to take on 25% tax on pension transfers

by Mike Abbott | Mar 23, 2017

Britons living outside of the UK will now face a hefty tax when transferring their pensions outside of the UK as HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have made...

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Top investment strategies

by Mike Abbott | Dec 4, 2015

When it comes to financial markets, the only certainties are both risk and uncertainty itself.

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MMR: The morning after

by Mike Abbott | Sep 27, 2014

As people are gradually noticing, it’s becoming a lot harder to take out a new mortgage. At the Sable International, we’ve noticed a definite drop in ...

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Home bias and international diversification

by Mike Abbott | Jul 14, 2014

Studies have shown that over the long term, equity markets tend to outperform many other asset classes, and although the investor must tolerate an ele...

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