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Tentative signs of improvement in sector risks in Europe

Published: Tue, 30 Sep 14

Western Europe: Metal and automotive industries no longer "very high risks" category International credit insurer Coface, says zero growth recorded in the eurozone in Q2 2014 confirms the scenario of an exceptionally slow recovery. However, according to Coface's forecasts, in 2014 growth in GDP will ...
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FAIS and Due Diligence Obligations

Published: Mon, 29 Sep 14

The “why” of this requirement is clear to all, but the “what”, “how” and “when” remains one of the biggest grey areas for FSPs. If you place your client’s business with a leading product provider, it seems ludicrous that you, and each of the hundreds of other advisors ...
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Can Africa move away from aid to trade?

Published: Mon, 29 Sep 14

Carlos Lopes, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa answers         Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the ECA       What should it do to attract more private equity and how can it convert the illicit financial flows to funds ...
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SA Attorneys Association responds on promulgation of the legal practice act

Published: Fri, 26 Sep 14

The South African Attorneys Association (SAAA) welcomes the signature of the Legal Practice Bill by the President, 5 months after it was passed by the National Council of Provinces and National Assembly in March 2014. The signing of the Bill into law brings the legal profession closer to a new dispensation wherein ...
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The Black Lawyers Association gladly embraces the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014

Published: Fri, 26 Sep 14

Black Lawyers Association (BLA) welcomes the passing into law of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 (the LPA). BLA has been in the forefront calling for the transformation of the legal profession through an Act of Parliament. It is on this basis that BLA contributed immensely in the debates and submissions which culminated ...
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AABLAs return to recognise African business excellence

Published: Fri, 26 Sep 14

Southern African Nominees for 2014 awards announced. The Southern African round of Africa’s most prestigious business awards, the annual CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards Presented By Johnnie Walker Blue Label (AABLAs), will take at Johannesburg’s Monte Casino on October 2, celebrating the ...
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Zimbabwe launches Cotton-to-Clothing Export Strategy

Published: Fri, 26 Sep 14

Bulawayo/Geneva: Zimbabwe’s Cotton-to-Clothing Export Strategy was launched today by the Minister of Industry and Commerce, the Deputy Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) and Secretary-General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Sindiso Ngwenya at the 5th Clothing ...
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Seven risk questions for the board

Published: Wed, 24 Sep 14

      Dr David Hillson FIRM, HonFAPM, PMI Fellow       It is quite common for risk professionals not to talk to senior executives or Board members. After all, they probably think we are technical staff, or analytical specialists, involved in the detail of ...
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The evolution of financial advice

Published: Wed, 24 Sep 14

Regulators must get broker remuneration right to ensure wider access to financial services products Cape Town: Hundreds of independent financial advisers (IFAs) gathered at an industry summit in Rosebank, Johannesburg the day before yesterday hoping to find out how proposed regulatory interventions may impact the ...
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SA Law Society welcomes promulgation of Legal Practice Act

Published: Wed, 24 Sep 14

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) welcomes the promulgation of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014. The Act was assented to by the President on 20 September and gazette on 22 September 2014. ‘This is a historic event for the legal profession as it signals the formal start to a new dispensation, which we believe ...
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High equity valuations require sober analysis

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 14

With the JSE All Share Index (ALSI) having reached its record high on 29 July 2014, before easing off slightly and enjoying a price/earnings ratio above 17. 5 times, PPS Investments CEO Nick Battersby says that from this level it’s a sobering reality - given there have been few times in the last 20 years when ...
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2014 winners of East African AABLA announced

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 14

The winners of the East African round of the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards Presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label (AABLA) were announced at an elegant ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya on September 20th. Africa’s most respected business awards, the AABLA, recognise the continent’s trade and industry ...
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Europe’s airlines are among the least profitable in the world

Published: Mon, 22 Sep 14

Europe’s airlines, currently among the least profitable in the world, are stumbling due to aggressive competition from low-cost operators and airlines from the Gulf. Growing competitive pressure The American internal market opened to competition in 1978 but the European Union only liberalised its ...
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ACCESS! Namibia to train national trainers for women to tap new markets, increase exports

Published: Mon, 22 Sep 14

Windhoek: The International Trade Centre’s (ITC) ACCESS! Programme in Namibia launches a training-of-trainers workshop for equipping candidate ACCESS! national trainers with knowledge and skills. The 10-day workshop will be held in the capital of Windhoek from 23 September to 3 October. The project is funded ...
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FSB warns the public against debarred Robert Gourrege

Published: Mon, 22 Sep 14

The Financial Services Board (FSB) warns the public to refrain from conducting any financial services business or investing funds with Mr Robert Joseph Gourrege, as his FAIS licence has been withdrawn. The withdrawal of his licence on 25 February 2014 means that he is prohibited from rendering financial services in ...
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Reserve Bank needs a miracle

Published: Mon, 22 Sep 14

Economic Comment by Luke Doig, Senior Economist, Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation While we broadly concur with the South African Reserve Bank’s assessment of local operating conditions as feeble at best, we remain concerned that they are hoping for a miracle. Government finances are stretched as it ...
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Norton Rose Fulbright advises on second CSD licence in South Africa

Published: Mon, 22 Sep 14

Norton Rose Fulbright Johannesburg helped Granite Central Securities Depository (Pty) Ltd (Granite) with an application for a Central Securities Depository licence (CSD Licence), in terms of section 27 of the Financial Markets Act, 2013 (FMA). A CSD provides an infrastructure for holding uncertificated securities, ...
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Entrepreneurs flood the 21st annual Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo

Published: Mon, 22 Sep 14

The 21st annual Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo (BOFE), staged in Johannesburg last week, attracted over 10,000 aspiring and established entrepreneurs, as well as students and delegates from countries across Africa, to discover a range of business opportunities and services available to them. As a critical ...
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'Sweet spot' for markets as GBP, USD to flourish on No vote

Published: Fri, 19 Sep 14

By Nick Beecroft If Scotland had voted 'yes', then many were predicting this could have been the 'butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon jungle' that led to the long-awaited crash in equity markets and rise in volatility that has been curiously absent over the course of this summer. The converse ...
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The economic impact of Scotland’s NO

Published: Fri, 19 Sep 14

“Sterling, gilts and UK equities are likely to rally today on Scotland’s No result,” forecasts a leading global analyst. Tom Elliott, International Investment Strategist at deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations, is responding after Scotland voted ...
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