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Brexit rocks global markets

Published: Sat, 25 Jun 16

By Rafiq Taylor, Portfolio Manager and Head of Retail Implemented Consulting, Sanlam Multi Manager   On 23 June, British citizens voted on whether Great Britain should remain part of the European Union, a community they’ve been a member of for over 40 years. On Friday morning the Leave campaign stole ...
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GE Invests R500 Million to Innovate in Africa for Africa

Published: Fri, 24 Jun 16

GE (www. GE. com) opens state of the art Africa Innovation Centre The centre will leverage GE’s global expertise and will be GE’s innovation and technology transfer centre of excellence in Africa The centre will enable skills and SME development in Africa and collaboration between GE, it’s ...
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Dinner Dialogue with Antony Barker, Santander UK

Published: Fri, 24 Jun 16

At a recent dinner engagement in Sandton, Sanlam Investments hosted leading international keynote speaker, Antony Barker, Managing Director and Chief Pensions Officer at Santander UK. Santander UK is a leading financial services provider with a multi-award winning UK pension scheme, one of the largest pension funds ...
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Keeping Customers Satisfied

Published: Fri, 24 Jun 16

This has always been an important component of business, even before Simon & Garfunkel turned the phrase into a hit song. A recent article on customer views of short-term insurers, led me to the website of the South African Consumer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi). They deal with a number of important consumer products, ...
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Mainstream Renewable Power Signs Landmark Africa Clean Energy Equity Funding

Published: Fri, 24 Jun 16

$117. 5m deal to fund continued expansion of Lekela Power platform, providing renewable power supply across Africa Investors include IFC, the IFC African, Latin American and Caribbean Fund (ALAC) and the IFC Catalyst Fund, two funds managed by IFC Asset Management Company, Ascension Investment Management and Sanlam Mainstream ...
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Increasing numbers of ‘digitally wary’ South Africans being drawn into e-shopping

Published: Fri, 24 Jun 16

E-commerce may be taking the world by storm, but South Africans remain wary of shopping online, with only three million making regular use of electronic shopping trollies to meet their daily requirements. But, with online purchases expected to near R10 billion in 2016, indications are that changing socio-economic ...
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Brexit: what would it mean for investors?

Published: Thu, 23 Jun 16

By Colin McQueen, Senior Portfolio Manager at Sanlam Four On the 23rd of June, UK voters will decide whether to leave or remain in the EU. The run-up to this referendum has caused some concern in markets – most visible in the weakness of the pound sterling, and a pause in the pace of economic activity in ...
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Referendum in Venezuela: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Published: Thu, 23 Jun 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company     In early June, the Venezuelan national electoral council accepted the petition on Maduro recall referendum handed over by the opposition on 2 May. 8 million signatures were collected, six times more than was needed to trigger the ...
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20% Return Guaranteed: Fact or Fiction?

Published: Thu, 23 Jun 16

By Pierre Muller, Advisory Partner, Citadel   There have been many scams recently where high investment returns of 20% to 30% per year are promised to investors. With consumers feeling the pinch of the current, challenging economic environment, the promise of such lucrative returns is most appealing. But, ...
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AFC receives US$150 million from KfW Development Bank

Published: Thu, 23 Jun 16

LAGOS, Nigeria: Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) is pleased to announce its acceptance of a US$150 million 15 year loan facility from KfW [Development Bank] (KfW). The loan agreement was signed today in London by Andrew Alli, CEO of AFC, and Jan Martin Witte, Head of Division for Infrastructure, of KfW. The funds ...
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Africa's average rate of productivity growth falls to 1.7%

Published: Thu, 23 Jun 16

Strong GDP growth in Africa has masked disappointing productivity, according to ICAEW's latest Economic Insight: Africa Q2 report. Over the last 15 years trade and investment have buffered the continent against the global financial crisis. However, according to the accountancy and finance body, this has hidden ...
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Law Society urges government to ensure a climate for free and fair elections

Published: Thu, 23 Jun 16

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) urges Government and political parties to take concrete actions to ensure that the climate in the country during the weeks leading to the local government elections on 3 August 2016 is such, that members of the public feel they can cast their votes freely without threats of intimidation ...
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FSB warns the public against OffshoreEast Private Wealth Managers

Published: Thu, 23 Jun 16

The Financial Services Board (FSB) warns the public to act with caution when dealing with OffshoreEast Private Wealth Managers. The FSB has received information that a South African based client had fallen victim to investment fraud after being approached directly by the above mentioned entity and purchasing some ...
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T+3 settlement cycle change from T+5

Published: Wed, 22 Jun 16

Q&A with William Ball, Sanlam Private Wealth regarding what T+3 is as well as its benefits for investors. In 2013, the JSE embarked on a multi-year initiative with a view to introducing some changes that would ultimately benefit investors. The initiative, known as T+3, is aimed at moving the settlement for equity ...
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SA and Poland discuss cooperation in agriculture

Published: Wed, 22 Jun 16

Pretoria: Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana on Monday met with the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Jacek Bogucki of Poland. The bilateral meeting was aimed at initiating discussions towards agreements on cooperation in the field of agriculture between the two ...
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China’s Economy: Rebalancing Challenges

Published: Tue, 21 Jun 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company     In China, the provision of sales on credit terms continued to be common business practice in 2015. Average credit terms offered rose to 66 days in 2015, up from 63 days in 2014. With the country’s structural rebalancing ...
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New York State grants another BitLicense

Published: Tue, 21 Jun 16

By Kathleen A. Scott, Sr. Counsel Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP On June 13, 2016, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“NY DFS”) announced that it had issued a BitLicense to XRP II, LLC (“XRP”), an affiliate of Ripple Labs, Inc. (“Ripple”) ...
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Don’t lock in permanent losses

Published: Tue, 21 Jun 16

By Anet Ahern, CEO at PSG Asset Management   Reading the title of this piece, the discomfort sets in immediately. We don’t like thinking of losses, never mind permanent ones. And we don’t need a behavioural expert to tell us that when it comes to investing, we feel the pain of losses (or ...
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Ministry clarifies reports on Broadcasting Digital Migration policy

Published: Tue, 21 Jun 16

Pretoria: The Ministry of Communications says it is concerned about the misinformation and innuendos being peddled in the media regarding the Broadcasting Digital Migration policy, some of which are unfortunately attributed to Minister Blade Nzimande, a member of Cabinet. In a statement on Tuesday, the Ministry said ...
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Re-registration of a company restores existing MPRDA rights

Published: Tue, 21 Jun 16

By Denushka Naidoo, Associate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. The Supreme Court of Appeal settled the debate surrounding the interpretation and relationship between s56(c) of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 2002 and s73(6A) of the Companies Act 1973 by declaring ...
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