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FSB Stats Response

The publication of the Moonstone REView on Friday arguably drew the biggest response from readers since the announcement of the regulatory exams. It was quite fascinating trying to analyse the calculations readers shared about the numbers who still have to write, and the complications thereof, as well as the so called profit margins, based on […]

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RE Statistics

FSB press release: Regulatory examination statistics – There are 11 weeks remaining to the 30 June 2012 deadline for Financial Service Providers to write their regulatory examinations. All candidates that have not yet written the examinations are requested to do so without delay to ensure that they are accommodated on their preferred dates and times.  […]

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RE: How to prepare workshop

We ran the first workshop in Pinelands yesterday. We had 42 reservations, and 42 people pitched. Wie het gesê Kaapstad is ‘n slaapstad? One attendee wrote as follows this morning: Just a quick one to pass on my thanks for the presentation yesterday. It was excellent and well worth the time. David M. The workshops […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Some statistics on a number of important facets of the Super 15. I divided this in three sections, based on the title of one of my favourite Clint Eastwood movies. For purposes of this exercise, I will restrict myself to SA players and their actual positions in the rankings which include players from other countries. […]

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Gifted Mamma

Four brothers left home for college, and they became successful doctors and lawyers. One evening, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the 95th Birthday gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who moved to Florida . The first said, ‘You know I had a big house built for Mama.’ The second […]

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The FAIS Ombud and Jaws

The worldwide outcry when a surfer in Australia or South Africa is attacked by a shark, never ceases to amaze and amuse me – the outcry, please note, not the attack. Whether this is still the aftermath of the sixties horror movie Jaws, is hard to tell, but the media and the public have a […]

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Monkey business

A guy walks into a bar with his pet monkey. He orders a drink, and while he’s drinking, the monkey jumps all around the place. The monkey grabs some olives off the bar and eats them, then grabs some sliced limes and eats them, then jumps onto the pool table, grabs one of the billiard […]

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How many actuaries a product doth make?

Last week, Gareth Stokes of FAnews ran an interesting article on product development. The article, entitled Distribution* is make or break for life insurers, addressed the issue of product development. A few quotes sets the background to the article. One section caught my eye: “…Michael Porter, an actuary at RGA, posed a series of questions […]

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Afrikaanse Eksamens

Die eerste uitslae is verlede week bekend gemaak, maar slegs die Raad op Finansiële Dienste (RFD) mag statistieke hieroor bekend maak. Ons wil egter graag ‘n dringende beroep doen op diegene wat die loodseksamens geskryf het, sowel as diegene wat sedert 28 Maart geskryf het, om hul ervaring met ons te deel. Daar bestaan by […]

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Ethical dilemma…

What if you were playing in the club championship tournament finals and the match was halved at the end of 17 holes? On the eighteenth hole, you have the honour and hit your ball a modest two hundred fifty yards to the middle of the fairway, leaving a simple six iron to the pin. Your […]

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