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Young professionals: should you join the rat race or go solo?

Published: Fri, 25 Jul 14

Cape Town: You’ve just qualified as a young doctor, lawyer, accountant or other professional. The question is now – should you start sending out résumés? Or are you feeling brave? Venturing out on your own and starting a solo practice is not for the faint-hearted, but it is immensely rewarding ...
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Investing: Getting back to basics

Published: Fri, 25 Jul 14

By Leigh Köhler, Head of Research, Glacier by Sanlam Most of us are less conscientious about our financial affairs than we should be and the question whether we have saved or invested enough usually only crops up when we are confronted by a major life event – be it buying our first car or house, our ...
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Actis substantially exits Alexander Forbes through a successful Listing

Published: Fri, 25 Jul 14

London: Actis, the global pan-emerging market private equity investor, has substantially exited from Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Ltd, one of South Africa’s leading diversified financial services companies. Actis has sold a 9% stake, in an oversubscribed offer through the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), ...
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It’s tax return time again for individual taxpayers

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 14

Are you one of those super-efficient individuals that submitted your tax return immediately when the season opened on 1 July 2014 or do you procrastinate, letting the looming deadline cause distress due to the possible penalties and fines for late submissions? This time of the year need not give you a headache. ...
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Downgraded to A4[1], Brazilian economy gears towards a year of adjustments in 2015

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 14

International credit insurer Coface says Brazil has not taken advantage of its buoyant economy of the past to undertake the reforms needed to modernise its infrastructure and improve the country’s business climate. Due to the World Cup and presidential elections, the business calendar will be shorter in Brazil ...
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Commission on "Orphan" Policies

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 14

What happens to the commission of intermediaries who resign, or whose contracts with product providers are cancelled? The latest FAIS Ombud newsletter contains an example which throws some light on the subject. Ombud Case study: Are You Getting What You Paid For? This Office has, in the past few years, experienced ...
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Nigeria has the potential to become a major economic force in the coming decades - McKinsey report

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 14

The report finds that Nigeria has the potential to expand its economy by roughly 7. 1 percent per year through 2030 LAGOS, Nigeria: There is no disguising the challenges that Nigeria is facing. The world is well aware of the concerns around terrorism and Nigeria’s ongoing struggle with poverty. However, there ...
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Orange and Emmaüs International launch their 5th African mobile telephone recycling facility in Abidjan

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 14

as part of its ongoing commitment to encouraging recycling of mobile devices, launched in 2005, Orange promotes the creation of partnerships in Africa that aim to support the implementation of local initiatives 140 tonnes of waste have been processed and 30 jobs created since 2010 through the Orange-Emmaüs ...
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Africa’s oil & gas sector continues to show substantial growth, despite regulatory uncertainty and corruption

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 14

PwC’s ‘Africa oil & gas review’ analyses what has happened in the last 12 months in the oil & gas industry within the major African markets JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa: The challenges facing oil & gas companies operating in Africa continue to be diverse and numerous fuelled by fraud, ...
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Unlocking value for first-time home owners

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 14

For most people, buying a home is the largest and most exciting investment that they will make. It is an emotional experience as a home means security and is the heart of the family – a place to call home. According to Carel Grönum, managing executive of Home Loans at Absa, “We are putting the customer ...
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Five years in Sanlam’s BlueStar businesses continue to flourish

Published: Tue, 22 Jul 14

Cape Town: Following the launch by Sanlam of the BlueStar business model in 2009 – a move designed to assist financial advisers towards increased specialisation and successful entrepreneurship – the group says all its expectations have been exceeded. Five years in, there are 173 BlueStar businesses in ...
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Coordinated Assistance for Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Published: Tue, 22 Jul 14

Geneva: Recognising the extensive potential benefits to developing, transition and least developed economies from the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), including: enhanced participation in global supply and value chains; improved competitiveness; increased transparency; greater integration ...
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ITC launches Trade Facilitation Programme to help developing countries implement WTO agreement

Published: Tue, 22 Jul 14

Geneva: The International Trade Centre (ITC) today announced the establishment of its Trade Facilitation Programme that will assist developing countries and their businesses to better understand the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and undertake the necessary steps to ...
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Financial planning is the first step towards a better financial future

Published: Tue, 22 Jul 14

By Marius Bester, Advisory Partner at Citadel Investment Services The well know saying ‘failing to plan, is planning to fail’ is highly applicable when it comes to personal finances. July Savings Month presents a timely, and sometimes alarming, reminder to all South Africans about the need to save for ...
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PlexCrown Unit Trust Survey: Second Quarter 2014

Published: Tue, 22 Jul 14

Summary of retail rand-denominated unit trust and FSB-approved foreign collective investment scheme returns, fund ratings and management company ratings for the quarter ended 30 June 2014. The PlexCrown survey was done in collaboration with ProfileData and based on return data provided by ProfileData and market data ...
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War and Markets

Published: Tue, 22 Jul 14

By Steen Jakobsen “There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for” – Albert Camus The world is increasingly becoming engaged in civil wars and general turmoil where Camus' words could and should play a central role but never will. This article is one of the hardest to write ...
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Managing your student loan effectively

Published: Mon, 21 Jul 14

The announcement that President Barack Obama only finished paying off his student loan eight years ago demonstrates the huge commitment that taking on debt to pay for one’s studies can have for millions of students around the world. For example, student debt at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is reported to ...
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Fourth FAIS Ombud Ruling on RVA Fund

Published: Mon, 21 Jul 14

The office of the FAIS Ombud published its fourth determination against a financial advisor on Friday. In essence, it found that, in four all instances, the losses suffered by investors resulted from clients not being properly advised of the inherent risk of the scheme, and the fact that application forms were totally ...
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The impact of today’s repo rate hike

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

Paul Stewart, head: fund management at Grindrod Asset Management comments on today’s repo rate hike: 1. Will a 25 basis points repo rate hike achieve the SARB’s objective and cool inflation? In my opinion, the 0. 25% repo rate hike will have little impact on cooling inflation expectations in South ...
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SAI Platform, ITC and GLOBALG.A.P. introduce joint initiative for global food security through good agricultural practices

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

Geneva: Today, GLOBALG. A. P. , the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform and the International Trade Centre (ITC) are initiating the ‘The Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security through Good Agricultural Practices’. The Declaration is an invitation to key stakeholders in the global ...
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