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High Frequency Trading

Published: Fri, 19 Dec 14

By Bridget King and Tracey-Lee Barnes Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa In the United States High Frequency Trading (HFT) is expected to account for about 48,5% of exchange trade volume in 2014. This percentage has dropped from HFT’s peak of 61% in 2009. In the UK, estimates are that HFT represents approximately ...
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Shoppers beware as clueless store card promoters still thumb suck rates and charges

Published: Fri, 19 Dec 14

For the third year in a row moneybags. co. za has conducted its annual store card survey and found that store card promoters are woefully inaccurate in informing consumers about correct store card fees and charges. With less than a week to go before Christmas, promoters were keen on pushing the benefits of store cards, ...
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Causal Event Charges and Treating Customers Fairly

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 14

More clarity on what constitutes causal event charges emerged from a recent Pension Fund Adjudicator determination after the complainant submitted that the deductions were “…exorbitant and do not comply with the principles of Treating the Customer Fairly. The complainant further submits that the response ...
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Demand guarantees need compliant demands

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 14

By Christine Rodrigues, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa There are only two grounds on which a bank that issues an on-demand guarantee can refuse to pay the amounts guaranteed, namely fraud or if the demand for payment does not comply with the requirements of the guarantee. Otherwise banks are required ...
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Investors need to reassess their risk appetite for 2015 warns a leading global analyst

Published: Wed, 17 Dec 14

The warnings from Tom Elliott, International Investment Strategist at deVere Group, which has 80,000 clients and $10bn under advice, are in response to expectations of rising market volatility over the next 12 months as well as regulatory changes. Mr Elliott explains: “Investors who are sensitive to ...
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Hannover Re places protection cover for extreme mortality risks

Published: Tue, 16 Dec 14

Hannover: Hannover Re has successfully placed a swap for extreme mortality scenarios on the capital market. This multi-year protection cover hedges life insurance risks against a severe increase in mortality rates - resulting, for example, from pandemics - in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. Altogether, ...
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Research reveals GCC trade with Africa on the rise

Published: Tue, 16 Dec 14

Investors are seeking opportunities in new sectors and geographic locations with Dubai and the UAE a well-placed hub to drive and facilitate growth DUBAI, UAE: Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries are placing more attention on new markets in east, west and southern Africa as their trade flows with the continent ...
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UK Government unveils Diverted Profits Tax

Published: Tue, 16 Dec 14

By Chris Bates, Dominic Stuttaford, Angela Savin Norton Rose Fulbright LLP UK Government unveils Diverted Profits Tax The tax planning techniques used by some multi-national groups has been subject to a great deal of attention by the press. The particular allegation is that multinational companies pay little ...
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Appointment and termination of a debt sponsor under the amended JSE debt listing requirements

Published: Mon, 15 Dec 14

The amended JSE debt listings requirements come into operation on 22 December 2014. They aim to bring the JSE debt listings requirements in line with the Financial Markets Act, 2012 that came into force in 2013. The authority of the JSE, including its general powers over listing debt securities such as bonds and commercial ...
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Ideas on how to spend your December bonus

Published: Mon, 15 Dec 14

Victor von Reiche, Senior Investment Manager at Cannon Asset Managers, suggests some stocking fillers for those who wish to invest wisely over the festive season. The best investment opportunities reside in places where others aren’t looking. In practical terms, this translates into mid- and small-cap value ...
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Entries open for 40th Sanlam Financial Journalism Awards

Published: Mon, 15 Dec 14

Entries have opened for the 2014 Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism which will be presented for the 40th consecutive year in June 2015. Entries will close on 20 February 2015, giving financial journalists ample time to submit their entries. Entry is open to South African journalists with the African ...
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Imara announces planned sale of its SA stockbroker

Published: Mon, 15 Dec 14

Botswana-registered Imara Holdings Limited (IHL) has announced the planned sale of one of its Johannesburg subsidiaries, the stockbroker Imara S. P. Reid (Pty) Ltd (ISPR). The envisaged disposal to MMI Strategic Investments Proprietary Limited (MMI) is expected to realise R120 million (approximately BWP100 million) ...
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Proposed changes to Banks Act will give curator of a failed bank more options

Published: Sun, 14 Dec 14

By Bridget King, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa In the wake of ABIL proposed changes to the curatorship process will allow the transfer of all or a part of a bank’s business to another entity (this would be done as a transfer under s54 of the Banks Act). When African Bank Investments Limited ...
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China Country Risk Review – December 2014

Published: Thu, 11 Dec 14

By Coface, the international credit insurer Country Risk: A3 Business Climate: B Moderate Risk: Low risk Strengths External accounts benefitting from competitiveness and industrial diversification Limited risk of external indebtedness due to high level of foreign exchange reserves ...
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US $35 million grant from King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia to fight Ebola in West Africa

Published: Thu, 11 Dec 14

USD 35 Million grant The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdallah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdallah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has extended a grant of US$35 million to help fight Ebola in West Africa ...
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Current growth model threatens investment sustainability

Published: Thu, 11 Dec 14

Cape Town: Sustainable investing has some way to go before it becomes a mainstream investment style, despite the fact that the negative future impact of the current economic approach on investments will be significant if the status quo remains unchanged. This is according to Jon Duncan, Head of Responsible Investment ...
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7 top Nedbank Private Wealth Managers migrate to Sanlam Private Wealth

Published: Thu, 11 Dec 14

Cape Town: In a significant move in the increasingly competitive wealth management space, seven of Nedbank Private Wealth’s top portfolio and wealth managers have migrated to Sanlam Private Wealth’s expanding Johannesburg operation. The new appointees include a CA, three CFAs and three CFPs, and will be ...
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Update on Sign-on Bonuses

Published: Thu, 11 Dec 14

The swift reaction by the FSB to finalise this matter needs to be commended, particularly if one takes into account that the process, which was announced on 1 September, included consultation with the industry. Board Notice 146 of 2014, which announces amendments to the General Code of Conduct, contains a number ...
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Dispute resolution and escalation clauses

Published: Wed, 10 Dec 14

        By Donald Dinnie, Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa         The English high court in Emirates Trading Agency LLC v Prime Mineral Exports Private Limited has now, hopefully, put an end to ...
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Should you pay school fees annually in advance?

Published: Wed, 10 Dec 14

Most schools have informed parents of the new school fees for 2015, which means that you have only a few weeks left in which to pick the payment option most favourable for your financial circumstances. Schools generally offer a discounted rate for school fees paid annually in advance, some offer a discounted rate ...
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