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The Institute of Retirement Funds (IRF) is a non political body which represents and promotes the interests of the retirement industry in Southern Africa, to the ultimate benefit of the members of retirement funds. The most important function of the IRF is to represent the retirement industry in negotiations with government authorities and the Financial Services Board (FSB), which would include commenting on legislation and tax matters affecting retirement funds/pensioners etc. The IRF therefore depends on total support from all parties concerned with the retirement benefit provision industry.

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IRFA DISPATCH: Wednesday, 21 September 2016

LOCAL NEWS - Living annuities should be dead … long live living annuities! - Liberty’s new annuity has a safety harness - Retirement planning: poor investment decisions are like bungee jumping without a rope Passive market gains impetus - Why you should start planning for retirement ASAP - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Africa investment heats up as pension funds stay local - Tax take from large pension pots hits record high - OUT OF INTERST NEWS - ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Economists expect repo rate to remain steady

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IRFA DISPATCH: Monday, 12 September 2016

LOCAL NEWS - FSB warns about retirement benefit ‘tracing agents’ - Compulsory annuitisation still top of mind – National Treasury - Star Trek and your retirement - Is a hedge fund right for you? - New index-tracking unit trusts on the market - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Hedge funds offer fee cuts and clawbacks - The funds ‘systematically damaging’ your returns - Noisy lobbyists are shouting that the pension sky is falling - Millions of people facing a shock over their state pension

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IRFA DISPATCH: Wednesday, 17 August 2016

LOCAL NEWS - Saving vs investing: why they are two very different things - Is your pension fund talking to you? - Part 5 of 5: Living annuity or guaranteed annuity? - How to save 1% per annum in fees when saving for retirement - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - UK companies pay five times more in dividends than pensions - Pensioner poverty a real threat as 300,000 set to retire - Pensions are now a millstone for Britain

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IRFA DISPATCH: Tuesday, 2 August 2016

LOCAL NEWS - Most retirement funds support reforms - Treasury steps in to curb tax avoidance using trusts - Annuity drawdown rate down, but still above recommended five percent - Both active and passive funds can deliver, if you stick with them - Top three tips to build wealth at an early age - Enjoy the freedom that saving brings - Will your pension fund let you boost what you save? - A fresh approach to employee benefits - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - No consensus over pension 'triple-lock' - The outdated pensions that force investors to pay 75pc more - Pension Funds Monitoring Remains A Priority - Why Pensions’ Last Defense Is Eroding - OUT OF INTEREST NEWS - SA economy: Time is running out

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