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Raging Bull for SIM’s Enhanced Yield Fund

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 15

Cape Town: The Sanlam Investment Management Enhanced Yield Fund came out tops at the prestigious Raging Bull awards held in Johannesburg on 28 January. It scooped the award for South Africa’s top Interest Bearing Short Term fund. With global cash yields at historic lows, conservative investors and their advisers ...
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Minister Ebrahim Patel announces new IDC Board members, retains its current chief executive

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 15

Pretoria: The Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, today announced the appointment of Ms Busi Mabuza as Chairperson and Mr Geoffrey Qhena as Chief Executive Officer of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). The IDC is the country's largest development finance institution, with an asset ...
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Law Society welcomes implementation of the National Forum on the Legal Profession

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 15

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) welcomes the implementation of Parts 1 and 2 of Chapter 10 of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014, which on Sunday, 1 February 2015 will bring into effect the National Forum of the Legal Profession. ‘The LSSA is committed to cooperating and participating actively with the ...
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Harvard House walks away with three Raging Bull honours

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 15

Pictured above proudly displaying their awards are from left: Willie Pelser Fund Manager & Director, Michael Porter Fund Manager & Chief Investment Officer and Robin Gibson Marketing Director HOWICK-based independent asset manager Harvard House Investment Management, scooped three Raging Bull honours ...
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Budget expected to reveal short term pain long term gain for SA’s wealthy

Published: Thu, 29 Jan 15

South Africans, and especially high net worth individuals, should brace themselves for significant tax increases across the board when Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, announces the Budget for the new tax year, says Old Mutual Investment Group Senior Economist, Johann Els. But this is not altogether bad news, and ...
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How to choose a financial planner

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 15

        Estelle Scholtz- Mare Head of Marketing for Financial Wellness at Momentum        Client perspective Twenty years ago, most financial services companies and professionals stuck to what they were known for and what they did best ...
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Consolidation of financial services legislation

Published: Wed, 28 Jan 15

The Draft Market Conduct Framework, published in December last year, identified the diversity of legislation regulating different sectors of the industry as one cause for the Regulator’s inability to supervise effectively across the financial services industry. The same applies to practitioners in the industry ...
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Fewer liquidations despite poor consumer spending

Published: Tue, 27 Jan 15

Formal liquidations fell 14% in December to 123 from 143 a year earlier, taking the calendar figure 13. 1% lower to 2064. This is somewhat surprising given that the economy experienced its slowest growth rate since the 2009 recession. The primary sector (agriculture and mining) saw their incidence of failures fall ...
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Who needs a trust?

Published: Tue, 27 Jan 15

We often hear of trusts being spoken about in the financial world and the importance of having one. But when is it necessary to consider a trust and who should set one up? Deon Nel, Head of Financial Consulting at Standard Bank says, “A trust is an entity that can help you to protect your assets from creditors, ...
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Financial Planning Standards Board re-appoints Sankie Morata as Chairperson

Published: Mon, 26 Jan 15

Johannesburg, South Africa: The Financial Planning Institute (FPI) is pleased with the announcement made by Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB), the international standards-setting body for the financial planning profession, that FPI Chairperson, Sankie Morata, CFP®, has been re-appointed for an additional ...
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Partnership between ITC, WEF and Bain & company showcases the benefits of trade facilitation

Published: Mon, 26 Jan 15

(Geneva/Davos) – The International Trade Centre (ITC), the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Bain & Company today unveiled two joint reports elaborating on the benefits that countries would gain from implementing effective trade facilitation procedures under the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation ...
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Improving Internal Complaints Mechanisms

Published: Mon, 26 Jan 15

The “Draft Market Conduct Framework”, published in December, is certainly a goldmine in terms of trying to gauge what the future holds for the industry. The information published below is extracted from it. It contains guidelines on how FSPs will need to amend their Complaints Management Systems to be ...
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Association warns against knee-jerk reactions to “work in progress” legislation

Published: Fri, 23 Jan 15

          Arnold van der Linde, President of the FIA          The Retail Distribution Review (RDR) discussion paper published by the Financial Services Board (FSB) on 7 November 2014 proposes far-reaching reforms to the regulatory ...
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International Conflict Tops List of Global Risks in 2015

Published: Fri, 23 Jan 15

Geopolitical and societal risks dominate the World Economic Forum Global Risks 2015 report Interstate conflict with regional consequences is viewed as the number one global risk in terms of likelihood, with water crises ranking highest in terms of impact Experts rate environmental risks more ...
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New Framework to Help Companies Calculate Risk of Cyberattacks

Published: Thu, 22 Jan 15

World Economic Forum members present a cyber value-at-risk framework that shows what companies can do to protect themselves against cyberattacks and how they can assess the impact of cyberthreats The framework arrives in the midst of a wave of cyberattacks against companies and governments Download ...
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CEOs less optimistic about global economy for 2015

Published: Thu, 22 Jan 15

But confidence in growth of their companies remains steady US has overtaken China as top target for growth for the first time in five years Fewer CEOs than last year think global economic growth will improve over the next 12 months, though confidence in their ability to achieve revenue growth in their own companies ...
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Asset classes: which were the top performers in 2014?

Published: Thu, 22 Jan 15

By Shaun Ruiters, head of strategy and client solutions Sanlam Investments Retail Business Cape Town, Thursday 22 January 2014: For several asset classes, 2014 was a race in which everything started to change at the halfway- mark. Domestic equity was first out of the blocks and beat all other asset classes up ...
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African Development Bank and MasterCard Broaden Financial Inclusion in Africa

Published: Thu, 22 Jan 15

Collaboration to drive inclusive growth across the continent DAVOS, Switzerland: Today, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and MasterCard announced a broad collaboration that aims to expand financial inclusion across the African continent. The collaboration seeks to develop solutions that drive inclusive growth ...
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Are you financially prepared for your child’s tertiary education?

Published: Thu, 22 Jan 15

Johannesburg: January is a busy month for most parents. Some wipe away a tear as their little ones go to school for the first time while others may be registering their 18-year olds as first-year university students. “The average cost of a child’s education is a scary prospect for many parents ...
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Middle East and North Africa Region: What Progress after the “Arab Spring”?

Published: Thu, 22 Jan 15

International credit insurer Coface says after a period of political and social turmoil, the economic activity in the Middle East and North Africa region in the Middle East and North Africa region is gaining strength. 2 percent in 2015 on the back of a global economic recovery and preliminary signs of political consensus ...
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