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Robo-advisor can’t help you navigate your life, but people can

Published: Thu, 28 Jul 16

JOHANNESBURG: The financial services industry has been buzzing about the emergence of Robo-advisors for the past few years. These online tools attempt to create and manage a client’s portfolio in a fast and inexpensive way. “One of the big appeals of Robo-advising for clients is the straightforward ...
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IEC all set for Election Day

Published: Thu, 28 Jul 16

Pretoria: - The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says it is ready for the nearing Local Government Elections that takes place in the next few days. IEC Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya says all measures, from logistics to security, are in place to ensure the smooth running of elections ...
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Don’t let your finances be your downfall

Published: Thu, 28 Jul 16

JOHANNESBURG: Women play many different roles throughout their lives and have many unique needs compared to men, this includes financial needs. As a woman you need a unique financial plan that is specifically suited to you and much like the perfect pair of shoes, the perfect financial plan will have you standing tall ...
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How to approach finances in a zero-growth economy

Published: Thu, 28 Jul 16

The zero-growth economy, as forecast by the South African Reserve Bank, is likely to result in further strain on consumer’s finances, with some running the risk of prioritising wants over needs. These can vary from selling a home and temporarily moving in with parents in order to afford luxuries or canceling ...
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FMLC paper on virtual currencies

Published: Thu, 28 Jul 16

By Albert Weatherill Norton Rose Fulbright The Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC) has published a discussion paper on issues of legal uncertainty arising in the context of virtual currencies. In the paper, the FMLC analyses the legal aspect of virtual currencies and addresses issues of uncertainty in ...
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Businesses facing disruptive forces

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 16

The effects of globalization, digitalization and technological disruption pose fundamental challenges to many businesses The emergence of industry 4. could result in higher risk of large-scale losses Corporates operating in Africa have a particular role in embracing and responding to new technologies     Andreas ...
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China and the United States, Two Giants with Feet of Clay

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company The global economy remains stuck in a “Japanese-style” trap of sluggish growth, despite ever more expansionary monetary policies. Unsurprisingly, global growth prospects have not improved since March. They have in fact deteriorated slightly ...
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Is Bitcoin legal?

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 16

By Kerri Crawford (SA)  Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. Because of the anonymity associated with Bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies and their role in illicit transactions on the Dark Net (a hidden part of the internet that is not accessible through normal browsers and search engines), ...
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Escrow and Source Code: Compromise the way to go

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 16

by Escrow Europe principal consultant, Guy Krige   A recent article – in an American publication – highlighted a problem facing chief information officers worldwide. In fact, TechLaw called this problem a ‘nightmare’ and wished the CIO all the best of luck attempting to explain why ...
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Rethinking energy supply in South Africa – Power-Gen 2016

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 16

During South African Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown’s address at the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg last week, she focused her attention on the current difficulties faced in keeping the country powered. As part of her speech, she highlighted ...
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Building wealth: A beginner’s guide to financial security

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 16

Many of those who are new to saving and investing share the same unfavourable, but wholly inaccurate view: the process is complicated, time-consuming and only for those who are wealthy. This is untrue. Saving and investing are rather straight-forward practices, requiring strong self-discipline, basic knowledge of ...
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Reflections on the hedge fund industry from the recent ASSA Investments Conference

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 16

At the recent ASSA conference in Sandton, a panel of leading hedge fund managers participated in a robust discussion of hedge funds and their long road to freedom. Says Bruce Simpson of Sanlam Alternative Investments, “We will soon be approaching an historic milestone in the hedge fund industry: the twentieth ...
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5 tips to save thousands in savings month

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 16

By Danie Venter, Citadel Advisory Partner   Globally, the rise of populist politics and instability, together with chronic low economic growth, has made many investors fearful. As South Africa flirts with recession and tempers flare ahead of municipal elections, local investors are challenged to find returns ...
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Loans to trusts: problems on the horizon

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 16

By Graham Crocker, associate in Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group's Tax Practice   A common approach to estate planning is to make an interest free loan to a local trust, to enable the trust to fund assets (ideally growth assets, such as shares or immovable property), and then write-off the loan in annual ...
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The employment relationship and how it is affected by business transfers in countries across Africa

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 16

Different African countries regulate the employment impact of business transfers differently. The key distinction across jurisdictions is whether or not there is an automatic transfer of employment with going concern transfers, and if there is, whether this applies in outsourcing situations as well. ...
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Unpacking Brexit: Is there opportunity in the UK listed property market and what does it mean for SA investors?

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 16

While the direct consequences for businesses operating in the UK or Europe are very difficult to predict, it is clear that a disorderly resolution of the terms of Brexit could have a very negative effect on a number of companies and sectors globally. “Fear and uncertainty typically create an opportunity ...
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World’s first management accounting standard published

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 16

CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants has sponsored the creation of the world’s first management accounting standard, codifying a universal framework for best practice in decision making. PAS 1919:2016 Guide to management accounting principles with input from organisations including Sky, Fujitsu ...
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Sanlam Investments Market Update: June 2016

Published: Fri, 22 Jul 16

By Carl Roothman, CEO of Sanlam Investments Retail Business Tough business conditions continued during June. SA business confidence fell to a new all-time low, hurt by poor performances in sectors such as manufacturing and retail. Still, SA narrowly avoided a downgrade to junk status by Standard & Poor’s, ...
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China’s 2015 private sector debt accounted for 205% of GDP

Published: Thu, 21 Jul 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company   Strengths External accounts benefiting from industrial competitiveness and diversification Sovereign risk contained: public debt mainly domestic and denominated in local currency Gradual move up-market Development ...
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The state of savings in South Africa

Published: Thu, 21 Jul 16

By Cathy Lammas, Business Development Manager at Glacier by Sanlam   In 1994, with much fanfare and great excitement, South Africa held its first truly democratic elections. The affectionately named ‘Rainbow Nation’ was born, so named for its rich mix of different ethnic groups, languages ...
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