The Importance of Business Assurance in Today’s Competitive Landscape

In today’s often unpredictable business environment, dealing with risks and ensuring smooth operations are critical for success, especially if a highly unlikely or unexpected event occurs. However, as a competent safety net, business assurance is always there to assist.

Business assurance is a comprehensive approach for businesses that encompasses various strategies, processes, and measures designed to mitigate these risks and optimise performance across all facets of your organisation if an untoward event occurs.

Today, the financial experts at Efficient Wealth will investigate the intricacies of this safety net and offer vital strategies and processes to safeguard you and your company.


What is Business Assurance?

Business assurance is not a single activity; it is an ongoing process that provides independent and objective oversight of your business in the event you or an essential staff member becomes disabled, suffers a critical illness diagnosis, or passes away unexpectedly.

It involves a systematic evaluation of controls, processes, and procedures to identify potential weaknesses and areas for improvement and provide sufficient financial assurance cover for these unexpected events.

Proactively addressing these issues and having financial back-up in place, in the event these events occur, means you can minimise disruptions, safeguard your financial health, and achieve your strategic objectives if you are no longer in control.


Important Strategies and Processes of Business Assurance

Here are some important strategies and processes involved in business assurance:

  • Risk Management: A core aspect of this assurance is identifying, analysing, and mitigating risks. This requires creating a risk register that outlines potential threats, their likelihood of occurrence, and the impact they could have on your business. By understanding these risks, you can develop effective mitigation strategies to minimise their disruptive potential.
  • Internal Controls: Strong internal controls are the foundation of any effective assurance framework. These controls ensure that your business operates efficiently, adheres to regulatory requirements, and safeguards its assets, regardless of who is in charge.
  • Continuity Management: Continuity management is about finding solutions and maintaining processes after the event. Analysing how different functions within your organisation operate means that you can identify inefficiencies or shortcomings should an event prevent a critical member from performing their duties.


Benefits of Implementing Business Assurance

Here are a few benefits of business assurance:

  • Enhanced Risk Mitigation: A robust business assurance policy through an expert financial provider helps identify and address potential risks before they escalate into significant problems, and it is always better to implement these assurances before the worst occurs.
  • Optimised Performance: By identifying inefficiencies and shortfalls in your processes, you can streamline operations and optimise performance with or without key members of staff. This ensures the fluent running of operations and administration, maintains turnover, and sustains profitability. However, should this not occur, business assurance can be the safety net that keeps your doors open.
  • Stronger Governance: Having an assurance safety net in place creates a culture of strong governance within your organisation. By providing independent oversight and promoting transparency, it helps build trust with stakeholders, investors, and employees.
  • Improved Decision-Making: The insights learned from these processes and knowing that there is sufficient finances to survive equips management teams with the confidence to make informed business decisions.


Efficient Wealth: Creating the Safety Net Beyond Tragedy

At Efficient Wealth, our offerings include:

  • Key person assurance cover
  • Preferred compensation
  • Deferred compensation
  • Buy-and-sell agreements
  • Business contingency planning
  • Loan account cover
  • Effective, sound advice from qualified professionals


If you are looking for complete business assurance and a competent safety net, contact us today.

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If you are looking to generate returns from your life assurance cover, you will need to choose carefully. It is an error to assume that assurance products provide exponential returns in the medium and long term: it is in the nature of these products to generate diminishing returns as time goes by.

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Opening a new business, or trying to manage an existing one, presents a veritable minefield of challenges that you need to overcome. It can be an overwhelming conundrum, a feeling similar to going on an African safari without sorting out the logistics or retaining an experienced professional to guide you.

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Competent, expert financial services for your personal and business ventures can help you to get a head start on your and your family’s financial well-being. The right time to seek advice on these sometimes-complicated, ever-changing financial decisions is always now. So, whether you are just starting out, re-assessing your liquidity or simply reaching a stage where you would like your money to start working for you, it is time to consider partnering with the trusted financial experts at Efficient Wealth.

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The long-term effects of the tightening cycle

Dr Francois Stofberg
Managing Director: Efficient Private Clients.

The global economic landscape has been experiencing a tightening cycle for roughly a year, and it is becoming apparent that its effects are both spreading and deepening as disequilibrium becomes more apparent. Recently, we have also experienced that the banking system is likely to be a contributor to the damage being done. The flow of liquidity from cash and credit to assets and spending is critical to the success of economies, and the combination of central banks raising interest rates and draining reserves, coupled with banks experiencing more constrained deposit and capital conditions and tightening credit standards, is likely to constrain the flow of money and credit to markets and economies. This, in turn, is likely to have a detrimental impact on spending and income.

Three major equilibriums and two major policy levers interact to drive markets and economies. The first equilibrium in the rich world is spending and output in line with capacity, which roughly translates into approximately 2% real growth with 2% inflation, a nominal spending growth rate of 4% to 5%, and an average unemployment rate. The second equilibrium is that debt growth must be in line with income growth, meaning credit growth that is not too high or too low, with interest rates that act as neither a major incentive nor disincentive to borrow. The third equilibrium is a normal level of risk premiums in assets relative to cash, meaning that bonds provide an expected return above cash, and equities an expected return above bonds, commensurate with these assets’ risks. The two policy levers are monetary policy and fiscal policy. The economic and market swings that we see reflect the never-ending struggles of the marketplace and of policymakers to achieve equilibrium. In the West, we are far from equilibrium, while in the East, we are closer to it. The closer an economy is to equilibrium, the easier it is to fix problems and the lower market volatility.

In developed economies, high nominal spending, when compared with the ability of an economy to produce more, remains the greatest disruption to equilibrium today. This leads to inflation that is significantly above target, leading to big policy shifts and high market volatility. Despite aggressive policy action, the United States (US), Europe, and the United Kingdom (UK) have not moved much closer to equilibrium. On the margin, the nature of the disequilibrium has shifted from too much inflation to not enough growth, with the risk premiums on assets decreasing relative to cash.

The path from disequilibrium to equilibrium allows for big market swings. When looking at why the economy is in bearish disequilibrium, we see that inflation is too high. Nominal spending, in turn, is too high to bring inflation down and unemployment is too low to bring wages down, and despite nominal growth being too high, the real growth rate is lower than desired. In the end, a weaker real growth rate, that is, an earnings recession of sorts, is required to resolve the other imbalances.

In conclusion, the effects of the recent tightening cycle are spreading and deepening, and the damage to the banking system is a manifestation of this tightening. Markets are in disequilibrium and the high level of nominal spending remains the greatest disruption to equilibrium today. Despite aggressive policy action, the US, Europe, and the UK have not moved much closer to equilibrium. The path from disequilibrium to equilibrium allows for big market swings, which is a frame of reference for longer-term positioning. It is thus crucial for policymakers and market participants to remain vigilant and proactive when managing these risks and when taking steps towards a more stable and sustainable economic environment.

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