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Welcome to IRFA

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 Annual Conference

IRFA Conference 2015, Early Bird Discount Rate Closing Soon

The Institute of Retirement Africa (IRFA) would like to take this opportunity to invite the industry professionals, including government leaders, trustees, asset managers, fund administrators, Retirement Fund members, pension lawyers and all other interested parties to attend this landmark event where we will explore and debate issues surrounding retirement and investment in emerging markets, specifically the African continent. The Programme has been designed to the theme, Expanding Horizons, and will unpack the challenges which prevail, the best practices which can adopted and adapted to our unique circumstances, the opportunities which exist, and the relationships which can be forged, primarily for the benefit of our local retirement sector but also the continent as a whole.

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IRFA Inaugural Golf Day

The Inaugural IRFA Golf Day will be held on Sunday, 05 July 2015 at the Atlantic Beach Golf Club, Western Seaboard. A full field of 120 golfers are expected to enter this year’s Golf Day. The players include those involved with the IRFA Conference. The competition format is a four ball alliance (two scores to count) played over 18 holes. An IRFA Trophy and other Prizes will be awarded at the conference welcoming function. Atlantic Beach Official rules to apply on the day of event. Your participation in the event will certainly generate great exposure for your company and contribute immensely to augment your existing marketing and promotional campaigns. You are invited to contribute sponsorship, which may include printing of your company’s logo on any clothing materials such as Golf Shirts and Peak Caps, as well as other branding opportunities. Also, there will be photographs taken on the day and you are guaranteed exposure in IRFA corporate publications. Your participation & sponsorship will be acknowledged on the rule cards as well as at the prize giving. For more information& bookings contact the Tournament Organiser - Olivia Green on 078 255 0110 / olivia@matadoragencies.com

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IRFA Conference 2015. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

The Institute of Retirement Africa (IRFA) would like to take this opportunity to invite the industry professionals, including government leaders, trustees, asset managers, fund administrators, Retirement Fund members, pension lawyers and all other interested parties to attend this landmark event where we will explore and debate issues surrounding retirement and investment in emerging markets, specifically the African continent. The Programme has been designed to the theme, Expanding Horizons, and will unpack the challenges which prevail, the best practices which can adopted and adapted to our unique circumstances, the opportunities which exist, and the relationships which can be forged, primarily for the benefit of our local retirement sector but also the continent as a whole. With topics being presented by prominent industry role-players both from our shores and abroad comprising our usual array of plenary sessions, panel discussions and workshops, we wish to unravel and explore, amongst others, the following: •The Status of Retirement Funds in Africa •Offshore Investment in Africa •Achieving Financial Security in Emerging Markets •Legalities Surrounding Offshore Funds

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IRFA DISPATCH Friday 21 August 2015

LOCAL NEWS - Quality of data snags SA retirement funds - Unclaimed benefits in retirement funds set to swell to R20bn - Do you have unclaimed pension benefits? - Salary increases better spent on retirement - expert - Do not trust all the advice given by professionals - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - A New Retirement-Income Option for IRAs at Fidelity - The Real Reasons Americans Aren’t Saving Enough for Retirement - Pensions: understanding the new rules on inheritance - OUT OF INTEREST NEWS - Rand still vulnerable after briefly breaching key level

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IRFA DISPATCH: Wednesday 19 August 2015

LOCAL NEWS - Finding solutions to flawed systems - Women in retirement: how should you be preparing? - How SA can change its fortunes - Employers can influence your retirement prospects - ployers 'must invest in wellness' - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Pension funds keen on infra projects in Asia - Savers will be turned off by pensions tax overhaul, warns Royal London

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IRFA DISPATCH Wednesday 12 August 2015

LOCAL NEWS - Could you qualify for bigger pension? - Have you opened a tax-free savings account? - MONEY: Don’t forget to claim qualifying tax deductions - You’ll retire better if your investments suit you Second provider to offer enhanced annuities - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Public pension funds taking a new look at return assumptions - Things to know about Social Security's disability crisis - Should retirees invest more in stocks or less? - UK pension deficits widen as contributions drop - OUT OF INTEREST NEWS - Property ownership hinges on savings - Investors need to gear up for rising interest rates

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IRFA DISPATCH - Wednesday 05 August 2015

LOCAL NEWS - Treasury to proceed with retirement reforms despite outcry from labour - Pension reforms aim to tackle SA’s failure to save - Treasury cracks down on estate duty - Call for retirement savings to boost SA - Retirement fund transfers – Short-term pain vs. Long-term gain - Why only 6% of South Africans can retire comfortably - When is your boss entitled to your savings? - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Don't ignore the retirement warning - boost your pension - State pension plans putting politics above retirements

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