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Can Bitcoin be insured?

Published: Sat, 04 Jul 15

By Kerri Crawford, Associate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa As the use of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin increases, so will the demand for insurance to protect against the risks associated with them. A number of global Bitcoin storage providers offer their customers insurance for storage vault failure ...
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Hedge Funds declared Collective Investment Schemes

Published: Sat, 04 Jul 15

By John Gillmer and Lance Roderick Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa From 1 April 2015 hedge funds became collective investments schemes and are now regulated by the Collective Investment Schemes Control Act 2002 (CISCA) and the newly published “Determination on the requirements for hedge funds” ...
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Comment on the draft regulations limiting interest and fees under the NCA

Published: Fri, 03 Jul 15

By Riccardo Petersen, Senior Associate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa The Minister published the draft regulations on the review of the limitations of fees and interest rates on 25 June 2015. The regulations will increase and decrease interest rates and fees that credit providers can levy on consumers’ ...
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Amendments to Banks Act

Published: Fri, 03 Jul 15

By Aslam Moosajee, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa With effect from 29 June 2015, the Banks Act has been amended. The amendments to the Banks Act enable the provisions in the Companies Act on arrangements and compromises to apply to banks under curatorship and to expand the basis on which a curator ...
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Signing of MoU to clarify controversial South Africa - Mauritius treaty

Published: Fri, 03 Jul 15

International investors including South African businesses already use Mauritius as their base for their growth on the continent PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius: International investors including South African businesses already use Mauritius as their base for their growth on the continent, but the proposed mutual agreement ...
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Sunny in the East, Cloudy in the Centre

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 15

By Coface, the international credit insurer Most of the sub-Saharan (1) economies have been enjoying economic growth since 2008, which has reached nearly 5% p. a. on average since that date, despite the storms such as Lehman Brothers collapse and the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone. The reasons for this ...
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Family finances just got really interesting

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 15

Cape Town: During National Savings Month in July last year, South Africans got to know the One Rand Man, a 32-year-old architectural consultant who received his salary for that month in R1 coins. His incredible journey gripped the imagination of millions, as people watched him learning first-hand how a world which ...
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Selecting the right people

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 15

By Rita Lally, Director SmartMoves Human Capital (Pty) Limited When we refer to recruitment, we seek to attract talent from a pool of people from which candidates for jobs can be chosen. A top priority is to ensure that the right calibre of person is appointed, and this is largely dictated by the accuracy ...
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Saving – it’s all about getting started

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 15

A major misconception is that saving money is something only the rich can afford to do. But the truth is that anyone can save. Whether you are earning big bucks or a modest salary, a little planning and discipline can go a long way in helping you save some money each month. “The hardest part about saving is ...
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Five tips to remain on track with your 2015 financial resolutions

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 15

It is easy to set very ambitious financial resolutions when you are feeling motivated and enthusiastic about the year ahead… but, life happens. As the months go by, it becomes trickier to stick to your goals when other financial commitments, such as your bond repayment, utility bills, medical and grocery expenses, ...
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Capital Gains Tax Explained

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 15

By Ryno Oosthuizen, Business Development Manager at Glacier by Sanlam When investing in a unit trust or share portfolio there are generally two types of returns an investor can expect to earn, i. e. income and capital growth. Income earned can be received in the form of interest and dividends from unit trust ...
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A Grexit and its impact

Published: Thu, 02 Jul 15

By Rafiq Taylor from Sanlam’s multi-manager business What happened on Monday? Greece’s debt continues to be its Achilles heel, as it attempts to escape an economic slump. This has been exacerbated by this weekend’s events which saw Greek Prime Minister Tsipras not being able to negotiate terms ...
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Is the ECB helping or hindering?

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 15

By Paul Wilson, portfolio manager and head of asset manager research Sanlam Investments At the 68th annual CFA Conference this year, Dr Jurgen Stark, an ex-member of the European Central Bank (ECB) executive board, spoke out against the Quantitative Easing (QE) programme recently embarked on by the ECB. ‘A ...
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The challenge of affordability in the homeowner journey

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 15

Affordability remains the foremost consideration for anyone contemplating buying a home in South Africa. This is one of the key findings of the Absa Homeowner Insights, a unique and first-to-market quarterly report released today and delves into consumer behaviour and experiences during the different phases of home ...
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Moneybags calls on banks to stop charging kids

Published: Wed, 01 Jul 15

Moneybags is calling on the big four (Absa, Standard Bank, Nedbank and FNB) to do away with fees and charges associated with basic child transactional accounts. “Children don’t earn salaries. They earn or get given pocket money so why should they be charged to withdraw or deposit their money or, in some ...
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Business rescue after liquidation

Published: Tue, 30 Jun 15

By Riza Moosa, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa If prospects of success of business rescue exist a court will allow business rescue to commence even if the company is in final liquidation. In Richter v Absa Bank Limited, the Supreme Court of Appeal pointed out that business rescue protects interests ...
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Greece: Possible outcomes of the Referendum?

Published: Tue, 30 Jun 15

By Julien Marcilly, chief economist of Coface, the international credit insurer Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called for a referendum on demands from foreign creditors. The referendum will be held on Sunday July 5. Greeks will vote on whether they accept the terms that international creditors have offered ...
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SARS Trade statistics - Trade surplus against markets expectations: Standard Bank

Published: Tue, 30 Jun 15

Karl Gotte, Standard Bank Commercial Banking “The country’s trade balance for May 2015 came in at a surplus of R4,9 billion, this follows April’s deficit of –R1,4 bn. The surplus goes against the markets expectations. However any benefits experienced by the Rand will be eroded by global ...
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Educated investors wise up to ETF benefits – db x-trackers

Published: Tue, 30 Jun 15

Low-cost exchange traded funds (ETFs) are riding high on a flood of information about the impact of fees on investment performance, according to db x-trackers, the JSE-listed ETFs offering exposure to major overseas markets. A growing body of positive research – most easily accessible on the Net – is contributing ...
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In a slow growth environment continued returns require the right investment strategy

Published: Mon, 29 Jun 15

Cape Town: Despite a lengthy period of low short-term interest rates, South African economic growth has remained stubbornly stagnant in recent years. According to Saliegh Salaam, Portfolio Manager at Old Mutual Investment Group’s Customised Solutions boutique, this extended period of slower economic and market ...
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