Top 3 Cost-Effective Retirement Plans in South Africa

A retirement annuity (RA) is a type of investment product where individuals contribute monthly cash payments to ensure a regular income after retirement. Unlike a Life Insurance policy, which provides financial stability for a family after the insured breadwinner dies, the savings from a retirement plan benefits the member of the annuity when they withdraw from an active working life one day.

How South Africans Save

The South African Savings Institute (SASI) launched National Savings Month in Sandton in July 2017 as a reminder that we should all put some money away for a rainy day. Saving, however, means different things to different people. Some prefer to put their money in a savings account, others take out a Life Insurance policy, make off-shore investments, buy real estate or keep their money in stokvels.

The Burglar’s Guide to Your Home

With last year’s crime stats showing that break-ins at residential properties is the third most common crime in the country (at over a quarter of a million cases in 2016 according to a Business Tech report) do you know how likely it is that your home will be broken into? The architecture of your house can trigger burglary, and you probably aren’t even aware of it.

Why do You Need Life Insurance

What would your loved ones do if you’re no longer there to provide for them financially? If your family relies on your income to make ends meet or if your income helps your family maintain their standard of living, you might want to invest in Life Insurance.

Average Funeral Costs in South Africa

How would you like to be remembered? Some prefer a funeral where family and friends wear bright colours and release multi-coloured balloons while others want a cremation so that their remains can be scattered in the ocean. But what would it cost? We take a closer look...

Motorbike Events Guide for 2017

Motorcycle enthusiasts know that their lifestyle is more than wearing leathers, or going on unplanned adventures with fellow bikers. Sure, nothing beats the feeling of the wind in your face, the scenery, the smells and that sense of freedom, but imagine this sensory feast amplified by a rally or run where you can not only show off your bike but also your riding skills.

What You Need to Know About Adoption in SA

In South Africa, by last reports, approximately 11.9 million children (64% of all South African children) live in poverty. The closest possible consensus tells us that some 1.7 million children (9% of all South African children) still live in informal housing such as shacks in backyards or squatter settlements. Due to the number of independent adoption institutions in South Africa, and how loosely regulated they are, no one knows for certain how many adoptions of non-blood related children there are or have been in the country.

BLOG - Are Women or Men Angrier on the Road

Conventional wisdom tells us that men take more driving risks on the road, which is one of the reasons they may face higher premiums for their Car Insurance. But, a new study concludes that women may actually be more likely to throw traffic tantrums.

How Stress Really Leads to Weight Gain

Many people follow a healthy diet because we’ve been told that we should stay away from lots of carbohydrates, fats, and sugar if we don’t want to pile on the kilograms. But, how many of us know that it is not just comfort eating that can make us gain weight?

The Legal Implications of Living Together

There are many reasons why partners choose to move in together rather than getting married right away, ranging from getting to know one another better, to sharing expenses. But, living in cohabitation or being an unmarried couple sometimes results in disputes over assets upon death or separation.

South Africa’s Safest Entry-Level Cars

In September 2016, the Automobile Association (AA) published its first annual ‘Entry Level Vehicle Safety Report’, to identify and compare the safety features in 23 motor vehicles available on the South African market for under R150 000. Poor economic growth, coupled with the increasing price of new motor vehicles has put pressure on young South African drivers, who are looking for an affordable yet safe vehicle. Worryingly, those looking for a vehicle seem to be more preoccupied with the affordability of a vehicle and not its safety features.

South Africa's Most Stressful Jobs Revealed

A recent study performed by Pharma Dynamics, has revealed interesting results on what the most stressful jobs in South Africa are, and surprisingly, the common corporate-related jobs aren’t at the top of the list. Stress can be measured in different ways, and different jobs can surface different types of stress-related symptoms, but according to the 2 000 respondents who come from over 40 different professional backgrounds, which professionals are the most stressed out?

How a Supermarket's Layout Influences Shopping Behaviour

Most of us are generally aware of the strategically placed luxury items which regularly feature close to the checkout counter of a grocery store. These items will usually include what retail outlets sometimes refer to as “impulse buys” being chocolate, sweets and snacks. What many of us do not put much thought into is how much the remainder of the store’s layout can influence our shopping behaviour.

The Most Unusual Deaths in History

We are all aware of the fact that we will die someday and that death can catch anyone at any time. The only thing that remains uncertain is its coming. We take a look at some of the strangest ways people have died over the years.

6 Ways to Make Your Home Sell Faster

The faster you can sell your home, the faster you can access the capital you’ve invested in it and move on with your life. The reality, though, is that many houses sit stagnant on the market for several months. This not only eats into profit but may prevent you from moving forward with your property investments. It also means that expenses, like your bond and Household Insurance, keep ticking over all the time while it’s on the market.

Facebook, Death and Grieving

If you've already started planning for the future, you probably have the more important things like Funeral Cover and your estate sorted out by now. But, here's something you probably haven't considered: what happens to your Facebook account when you're gone?

4 Outdoor and Adventure Apps That Could Save Your Life

Have you ever been saved from a potentially life-threatening situation with the help of an app on your smartphone? Find out which apps can turn your smartphone into a survival device.

Five Stats That Show the Importance of Planning Ahead

Every year, companies and researchers run surveys across a variety of disciplines. Most of these studies shed light on customer or civil behaviour, but some also serve as eye-openers that can help us make informed decisions about certain aspects of our lives. Hippo.co.za gathered five statistics from the last three years to illustrate the importance of Life Insurance and planning ahead.

How to Be Safe on the Road This Winter

There are dozens of good reasons to get an affordable Funeral Cover policy in place, but this winter season may be one of the best.

Do You Have Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits?

When it comes to your family's financial future, the only thing worse than not having the right type, and amount, of Life Insurance cover is being unaware of a benefit payout that is due – sometimes long after they needed it the most.

Can staying single shorten your lifespan?

Can your relationship status affect the quality and ultimately length of your life? According to research done at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, that included 500 million people, the risk of death was 32% higher for single men compared to married men, and 23% higher for single women compared to married women. But what’s not to love about being single?

Four Life Events Where Life Insurance Is Important

Be it a brand new baby, an unexpected divorce or the inevitability of growing old, various life stages or significant events turn us into new versions of ourselves. The footloose and fancy-free youngster makes way for an adult with fresh interests and gradual capacity to take on responsibility.

Financial Lessons for Businesses from 2015

It was a turbulent year for the South African economy. From power shortages, drought and the axing of the finance minister to being downgraded by ratings agencies to a notch above “junk”, the country took a serious financial hit. But, with the reinstatement of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and a steadying Rand offering some relief, all may not be lost. Even though economic growth is of concern, we also know that where there have been problems, there are lessons for us to learn as well.

Four Top Funeral Scenes from Movies

Great filmmakers move us because they splice together the joy and heartache of life. Nowhere is this emotional rollercoaster more apparent than in comic portrayals of funerals. As the playwright George Bernard Shaw so aptly put it: “Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”

Life Insurance Myths

While the concept of Life Insurance is simple – it provides your loved ones with a financial cushion when you’re no longer able to – the different levels of life insurance cover available can make choosing a policy a complex decision.

Nevertirees – Why Some Top Business People Refuse to Retire

Some people are simply far too driven to be slowed down by the march of years. Their work will never be done, and although they may stop to smell the roses it will be when their schedules permit. It’s this sense of ambition and drive which inspires us all and assists in bolstering our otherwise flagging economy.

Write a Will and Protect Your Legacy

According to an article on Fin24, only about 10% of South Africans have a will. This seems like risky behaviour when the cost of drafting a will is the same amount you might spend on a gift for someone or a night out on the town. But in fact, a proper will could be the most important gift you ever give your loved ones besides having things like Life Insurance and Funeral Cover policies in place, so that they’re looked after when you’re gone. A will is a way of protecting your legacy and ensuring that after you pass away, your belongings and money are distributed as you want them to be.

High-Risk Activities & Life Insurance

As human beings, we're always pursuing meaningful experiences that add value to our lives. For some people, living life to the fullest often means pushing the boundaries. We want to accomplish great things before we depart this earth. That’s why we sometimes deliberately challenge our senses – which serve to shield us from danger – by engaging in extreme activities. We broaden our horizons by travelling to every country in the world, even the ones that top the "Most Dangerous Countries" list.

E-Cigarettes - Are They Any Cheaper or Safer?

In an era where tobacco is one of the biggest public health threats, many smokers have embraced electronic cigarettes as a less harmful alternative to tobacco products. Some of these battery-powered devices look like traditional cigarettes and cigars, and all of them produce flavoured steam that not only simulate tobacco smoke, but also deliver a smaller amount of toxin-containing nicotine.

Career Guidance for People with Disabilities

Life is full of unforeseen challenges and complications, which is why having Life Insurance can help you care for your family's future. But, what if you are unable to afford your monthly premiums in the event of a sudden disability that forced you to quit your current job?

Famous Movie Adventurers Who Would've Needed Life Insurance

The most popular science-fiction and fantasy adventurers often lead relatively intense and extraordinary lives, which is why we find them so compelling. But, saving the world from the forces of darkness does not come without risk. Not only do their pursuits jeopardise our heroes' lives, it can also have an impact on the future of their dependants.

Where Has My Airtime Gone?

Over the years, many South Africans have asked this one simple question, “Where has my airtime gone?. In response, there have been many answers from providers, some have been useful while others have seemed too vague or shifted responsibility. In this article, we’ll look at the most likely causes of airtime loss and what you can do to manage your data effectively. We’ll also take a look at how you can protect your privacy and data. While our goal is to protect your data, remember to also protect your hardware with Cellphone Cover.

Motorbike Events Guide for 2016

For some of us, owning a motorbike is more than just an affordable means to get to work. It invokes a feeling of identity and freedom. When on the road, every toss and lean fires up the senses; every bump and vibration contributes to an exhilarating adventure. If you consider riding as a hallowed experience, you will know there's nothing that fuels your passion like a motorbike rally or run. It's a chance to rub shoulders with like-minded people, and an occasion where individual riders and motorbike clubs truly become a community.

Trending Scams in South Africa

In South Africa, we work very hard for our money which is why Insurance is so important to us culturally. Sadly, even though replacing lost assets can be difficult, there are opportunists out there who won’t hesitate to con us out of everything that we’ve managed to accumulate.

Why You Should Inform Your Insurance Provider Before Using Airbnb

Since its inception in 2008, Airbnb has experienced mounting success among travellers looking for low cost accommodation options without having to compromise on comfort. With listings in more than 35 000 cities and 192 countries, Airbnb rivals the conventional hospitality business model by allowing guests to rent lodgings online and directly from private property owners.

Start Your Own Business Instead of Getting a Job

Whether you're a recent university graduate or someone who has discovered your current job isn't what you expected at all, you're bound to start thinking about what to do next.

Funeral Customs in South Africa

You may not feel comfortable reflecting on the subject of death, but sadly there will come a time when funeral arrangements have to be made for you and your loved ones. And, even though you cannot elude death, you can ensure you are well prepared for this unfortunate event by taking out funeral cover.

DIY Fixes Around The House: How to Get your Real Estate Value Soaring

While household insurance is essential to protect your greatest asset you also want to increase its value without breaking the bank. Our experts explain how.

Experts Advise How to Cut your Electricity Bill

If your electricity bill is reaching critical levels then join us in chatting to the experts on cutting costs.

Life Insurance is Series-ly Important

South Africa often seems like a really dangerous place with protests, high assault statistics and the kind of driving you might expect to see en route to a concert.

Is Motorcycle Insurance Really More Expensive?

As a motorcycle owner, you already enjoy some additional benefits not shared by regular car drivers. More often than not, motorcycles are cheaper to maintain, have lower fuel consumption, can easily navigate through traffic, and park effortlessly.

Top Ten Legends of SA Rugby

Rugby fans often debate about the greatest legends of SA rugby. With rugby fever currently running high, the debate will once again rage around the braai.

Hippo radio campaign: What you could be doing with your monthly insurance savings

Hippo's comparison engine runs hundreds of tailored comparisons side by side to get you the best car insurance quotes to save you money on a monthly basis.

The Toll of Load Shedding on Personal Possessions

With the country’s electricity network currently taking heavy strain, load shedding will continue to be a reality for South Africans. Sadly, this means many more months of missing your favourite TV programmes or being left with half-cooked food.

Top 10 Biggest Business Insurance Blunders

So you've been in the insurance-paying game for a while now; you've got comprehensive car insurance, your family's assets are covered when they're in the house and when they aren't – you have all your ducks in a row and you like it.

How climate could affect your insurance

Importance of Home Contents and Buildings Insurance during the festive season

Cost of Crime for SA Small Businesses

It's not surprising that in the general crime statistics of South Africa, business crime statistics increase in tandem with all the others.

Managing risk in the business value chain

As a business owner optimising your entire value chain is critical for long term sustainability. Often levels of skill in terms of balancing the needs of the various role players are involved.

10 movie scenes where insurance would have helped

Have you ever watched a movie and thought to yourself; “Gee, I wonder if they’ve got insurance?” Today we look at 10 classic movie scenes where insurance would most likely have paid off had they been insured.

The Greatest South African Road Trip: Cape Town to Mozambique

Today we’re going to help you prepare for your first (or next) SA road trip. We’ll take you through a particular route from Cape Town to Mozambique, as told by people who have made the journey.

Property insurance unpacked

What is the difference between home and property insurance and why you need both.

The real state of SA crime

Whether you’re sipping on your tea in a five-storey home in an upper-class residential area, find yourself comfortably ensconced in your three-bedroom townhouse in the more middle-class neck of the suburbs, no one is safe or exempt from being a victim of

Local VS International: where is the insurance industry headed?

‘Change is a coming’ – with industry leaders forecasting a shift in the insurance industry, a vast majority of insurance companies will need to decide whether they will sink or swim.

Differences Between Insurance At Age 25 VS 50

From life insurance to motor insurance, many people try to avoid them for as long as possible to save money, often only acquiring the cover they need later in life. At this point you've already lost a great deal of the advantages you could have enjoyed if

Factors To Consider When Comparing Insurance

Sifting through the complex minefield of insurance information out there can be a daunting task. This is especially true if it's your first time getting to know the various policy options available.

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