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Mobile opportunity beckons in investment management

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 14

The increasing use of smartphones and tablets has made transacting with banks much easier, but are customers ready to interact with investment firms in the same way? The results of a new Deloitte US survey augment the case for going mobile. Johannesburg: A recent Deloitte study reveals that because of the growth of ...
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Directors and Reckless Conduct: Disregarding Standards of Care

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 14

Article by Terrance M. Booysen, CEO, CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd Johannesburg: There has hardly been a day that goes by where the media headlines grip the attention of citizens, announcing yet another case of poor governance practices, or a director engaging in reckless business conduct. While this ...
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ooba welcomes SA Reserve Bank decision to leave interest rate unchanged

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 14

The South African Reserve bank, under new governor Lesetja Kganyago, today announced that despite a pressurised economic outlook, interest rates will remain unchanged for this quarter, which means that the prime lending rate remains 9. Kganyago also stated that twelve-month growth in mortgage advances to households ...
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Gambling revenues moderate in Africa amidst faltering economic climate: PwC report

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 14

Gross gambling and casino revenues showed subdued growth in 2013 in the wake of a faltering economy. Gross gambling increased only 4. 3%. The slowdown in gross gambling revenue was centred on casinos, the largest category at 76% of the market or R16. Some casino operators in certain regions believe the slowdown in ...
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Why are South Africans not saving more?

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 14

South Africans are frequently criticised for being notoriously bad savers. This label is borne out by a recent study which shows that only 20% of South Africans have any kind of formal savings with a recognised financial institution. We don’t compare well internationally either: even compared to other ...
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Government provides tax incentive to avoid those rainy days

Published: Thu, 20 Nov 14

By Gareth Weston, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa National Treasury has published draft Regulations which allow tax free savings products and investments from 1 March 2015. Licensed banks, long-term insurers, managers of registered collective investment schemes, authorised users (stock-brokers), ...
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Franklin Templeton launches Shari'ah Compliant Range

Published: Wed, 19 Nov 14

Franklin Templeton Investments is pleased to announce the introduction of three Shariah-compliant, Luxembourg-domiciled SICAV funds, aimed at investors seeking investments that follow Islamic investing principles. The fund house today launched the Franklin Templeton Global Sukuk Fund, Templeton Shariah Global Equity ...
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Better Asset Management creates a greater legacy for beneficiaries

Published: Wed, 19 Nov 14

Taxes and duties eat into wealth. You are taxed on the right to earn income – and then taxed on the right to keep it. With thoughtful management of what you have accumulated, you can ensure more of your estate safely reaches your beneficiaries, says GCI Wealth. While many people take out life insurance ...
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Two-thirds of offshore funds target UK

Published: Wed, 19 Nov 14

An increasing number of South Africans are sending substantial amounts of money offshore each year due to frequent travel, a greater appetite for offshore investing, business interests abroad and a growing trend to educating their children there. The UK has proven to be the popular choice due largely to the similar ...
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Maximising your year-end bonus

Published: Wed, 19 Nov 14

Many South Africans are eagerly awaiting their year-end bonuses; however, while the thought of having extra money to spend over the holiday season is often a welcome one, it is important to bear in mind that the wait until January’s pay cheque is often longer and has the potential to be financially fraught should ...
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Structural tax reform needed to promote economic growth: PwC Tax Services

Published: Wed, 19 Nov 14

A reform of South Africa’s tax system is high on the agenda. This comes in the wake of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s recent Medium Term Budget Policy statement that changes are set to be made to tax policy in the 2015 Budget. The government is proposing a fiscal package that reduces the expenditure ...
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Financial Planning under the Retail Distribution Review

Published: Wed, 19 Nov 14

Contrary to what many appear to think, the Retail Distribution Review is not about abolishing commission and forcing brokers to negotiate fees directly with clients. It is in fact a far wider process aimed at simplifying compliance, and the regulation thereof. The matter of remuneration is only one of three main thrusts ...
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Market volatility: what does it mean?

Published: Tue, 18 Nov 14

In light of recent market volatility, Paul Stewart, head: fund management at Grindrod Asset Management, shares his views on the markets and the rand – and gives insight into the opportunities for investors. What is happening in the markets? What is the likelihood of South Africa experiencing another year like ...
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A safer financial sector to serve South Africa better

Published: Tue, 18 Nov 14

The proposed Retail Distribution Review (RDR) paper proposed by the Financial Services Board (FSB) is a bold step in treating customers fairly (TCF), which Old Mutual fully supports. The RDR discussion paper states that implementation will happen in phases and the final legislation will take effect mid-2016, with ...
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South African family businesses optimistic about future growth: PwC survey

Published: Tue, 18 Nov 14

South African family businesses remain resilient and dynamic But competition more intense, price pressures growing, speed of change accelerating Worldwide family businesses remain resilient despite the adverse economic environment they find themselves in post-recession. Significant challenges facing ...
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SA 2014 Christmas sales outlook

Published: Tue, 18 Nov 14

“The outlook remains bleak” By Luke Doig, Senior Economist Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation The nominal and real growth in December 2013 retail sales of 4. 9% and 1. 5% respectively (2012 = 6. 5% respectively) was below expectations, the worst performance since 2009 and reflects the increasing ...
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Africa SME Champions Forum wrap-up: creating an ecosystem to support African champions

Published: Tue, 18 Nov 14

    Didier ACOUETEY - Gervais KOFFI-DJONDO - Felix BIKPO - Amadou KANE       DAKAR, Senegal: The Africa SME Champions Forum (http://www. africa-smechampions. com) closed on 12 November in Dakar, but its work in support of African champions is only just beginning ...
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How training for the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge is like saving for your future

Published: Fri, 14 Nov 14

The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge is just days away and cycle enthusiasts across South Africa are gearing up to ride one of the biggest cycle races in Gauteng. Whether you are riding the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge for the first time, or if you are a seasoned cyclist, a good training schedule is essential leading ...
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A festive season gift for your children – investing in their future

Published: Fri, 14 Nov 14

Cape Town: We all know we should be saving, whether it’s for retirement, education or that proverbial rainy day. As adults, we often believe we’ve missed the boat, and feel we can put it off a little while longer. But there is no greater gift you can give your children than saving for their future, at ...
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Polish insolvencies stop rising - but for how long?

Published: Fri, 14 Nov 14

The insolvency statistics for Polish companies reflect an improvement during the first half of 2014. In total, 402 companies declared bankruptcy, representing a decrease of 11. 5% compared to the same period in 2013. A detailed look into the sectors shows a mixed picture, with a highly competitive retail sector and ...
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