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Virtual currency opens window for financial crime

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 14

SA financial firms urged to combat financial crime with stricter measures South African banks and financial institutions need to heed the recent warning from SA regulators on the risks of using virtual currencies, as criminals find more complex and innovate ways to launder the proceeds of illegal activities. This ...
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The Momentum / UNISA Household Wealth Index 2nd Quarter 2014

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 14

The value of South African households’ net wealth increased strongly in the second quarter of 2014 (Q2 2014) despite lacklustre domestic economic growth. According to the Momentum/UNISA Household Wealth Index, South African households’ net wealth increased by 36. 4% on a quarter on quarter seasonally ...
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Liberty continues its African growth path as Stanlib Ghana officially launches

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 14

Liberty Holdings subsidiary, STANLIB Asset Management, has acquired 100% shareholding in Standard Bank Investment Management Services (SIMS) Ghana. The acquisition is in line with Liberty’s ambition to grow its investment and insurance business on the continent, with an initial focus on the high growth markets ...
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Better integrated reporting can enhance investment professionals’ analysis: PwC report

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 14

80% of investment professionals agree that the quality of a company’s reporting affects their perception of management quality. Nearly two-thirds of investment professionals (63%) say that the quality of a company’s reporting could have a direct financial effect on its cost of capital. These are just some ...
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The risk of governance failure: South Africa 2014

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 14

Article by Terrance M. Booysen, CEO, CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd A continent known for opportunity For many centuries Africa has been known as a continent where only the ‘toughest of tough’ survive. Whilst many of the first indigenous African inhabitants mastered their survival mechanisms ...
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PlexCrown Unit Trust Survey: Third Quarter 2014

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 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 September 2014. The PlexCrown survey was done in collaboration with ProfileData and based on return data provided by ProfileData and market ...
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MTBSP Commentary from Kay Walsh, Deloitte Executive Lead in Economics

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 14

Facing the low-growth reality - additional measures proposed to reign in public debt While government spending has remained with the limits of the expenditure growth ceiling put in place in 2012/13, economic growth has consistently disappointed relative to National Treasury’s forecasts which has translated ...
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Outliving a partner: how can your clients prepare financially?

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 14

Cape Town: At retirement, couples usually look forward to spending many happy years enjoying all the things they never got around to doing during their working years. But what happens if one partner unexpectedly dies? Will the remaining partner be financially prepared for what could turn out to be 20 years or even ...
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Dr Richard Maponya joins 5TH Annual Soweto Conference as keynote speaker

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 14

The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Centre for Small Business Development (CSBD) in the Faculty of Management, is pleased to announce that Dr Richard Maponya will be a keynote speaker at this year’s 5TH Annual Soweto Conference on Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development. “We are delighted ...
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Multi-stakeholder approach needed to meet the long-term care challenge, says Swiss Re sigma study

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 14

The funding and provision mechanisms for long-term care (LTC) of the elderly are unsustainable, not comprehensive and often non-existent The burden of providing care will increasingly fall on individuals, but awareness of the risks and costs of LTC is very low In most countries, including in Europe, the US & ...
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Fair treatment and transparency go hand in hand

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 14

Richard Rattue, managing director Compli-serve SA It is difficult to open the industry press at present without coming across the words ‘fair treatment’. It is, of course, a derivative of the Treating Customer Fairly (TCF) initiative currently being pushed forward by the Regulator, which at its heart, ...
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Local farmers, African markets and the evolving role of banks

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 14

A bank's relationship with the farmer has evolved beyond just leveraging the business to the hilt with loans. Today’s partnerships are forged with farmers, focused on holistic solutions to everyday and seasonal operational requirements. So says John Hudson, Nedbank Business Banking Divisional Manager of ...
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Economic Comment – October 2014

Published: Tue, 21 Oct 14

By Luke Doig, Senior Economist, Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation Current sizeable over-recoveries on both petrol and fuel offer a degree of hope for lower input costs for businesses and commuting expenses for consumers next month. If current oil prices and exchange rates are maintained until month-end, ...
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The five best and worst ways to spend your money

Published: Tue, 21 Oct 14

Careful financial management can be your ticket to a worry-free life, says financial services company Efficient Group, sponsor of the Investment & Retirement Expo, featuring the Property Expo. The trick is to know what to invest your money in, and what not to waste it on. It’s a misconception that financial ...
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Absa puts customers behind ‘green wheels’ with 61 hectare urban forest commitment

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 14

Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance (AVAF), in partnership with Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), will plant 2 426 trees – the equivalent of 61 hectares of urban forest – in the communities of Khutsong (Gauteng) and Ntuzuma (KwaZulu-Natal) as well as schools and households in the Western Cape. Distributed ...
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Bad news on the cards for taxpayers – Old Mutual Wealth

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 14

Taxpayers must prepare to further tighten their belts following the first Medium Term Budget Policy Statement from Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. Izak Odendaal, Investment Analyst at Old Mutual Wealth, says while there could be some feedback from the Davies tax committee on Wednesday, actual changes to tax rates ...
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Multi-asset class fund portfolios: A simple way to meet your return objectives

Published: Fri, 17 Oct 14

BY: Imraan Jakoet, Fund & Client Solution Specialist, Glacier Research Portfolio flow statistics from the Association of Savings and Investment in South Africa over the last few quarters have shown a significant rise in the percentage of industry assets moving towards funds which may invest into multiple asset ...
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Concerns Over a Collapse of China’s Non-Bank Financing

Published: Fri, 17 Oct 14

By Rocky Tung - economist, Asia Pacific, Coface, the international credit insurer Shadow-banking activities are under the radar of not only general China-observers, but also China’s policymakers. While threats from shadow-banking activities may not be too substantial as suggested by the official numbers, ...
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Committing South Africa to Integrated Reporting

Published: Fri, 17 Oct 14

Kwazulu Natal 15 October 2014 Talk for the KZN Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa (‘IIASA’) By Terrance M. Booysen (CEO: CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd) Good morning ladies and gentlemen May I begin by thanking Jeanette Englund, and the Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa ...
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Directorate of Market Abuse on Deetlefs

Published: Thu, 16 Oct 14

The DMA (Directorate of Market Abuse) referred a case against Deetlefs (Mr David Deetlefs) to the Enforcement Committee of the Financial Services Board. The referral relates to a contravention of section 78 (1) (a) of the Financial Markets Act, No 19 of 2012, in that on 26 November 2013, whilst in possession of non-public, ...
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