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How to make the expenses of an event a non-event

Published: Thu, 21 Aug 14

Back in the day people saved for many months, or even years to pay for significant events like weddings and coming of age celebrations. Tradition dictated that families helped out and often, the entire community chipped in to make celebrations and milestones memorable and perhaps more importantly - affordable. Today, ...
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Saxo Bank’s leadership in trading innovation recognised by Global Banking and Finance Review Awards

Published: Thu, 21 Aug 14

Saxo Bank, the online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, has been named Best White Label Solution Provider and Multi-Asset Liquidity Provider alongside the previously announced award for Best Mobile Trading Platform in the Global Banking and Finance Review Awards 2014. The awards aim to recognise innovation, ...
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PwC global study awards Johannesburg top marks for its business-friendly policies

Published: Thu, 21 Aug 14

Johannesburg advances to position number 23 among the 30 cities studied by PwC in the sixth edition of its ‘Cities of Opportunity’ report. Johannesburg received high marks for its business-friendly policies that continue to fuel-its human-development goals. Johannesburg also performs particularly ...
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Woman to woman - Tips from leading female actuaries on how to empower yourself financially

Published: Wed, 20 Aug 14

What do four of South Africa’s most accomplished female actuaries have in common apart from being ace number crunchers? They are all financially independent and empowered, but not because they are actuaries or earn good salaries. All of them learnt at an early age that it takes hard work, dedication and self-discipline ...
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B-BBEE: An act in progress . . .

Published: Wed, 20 Aug 14

By Terrance M. Booysen, Chief Executive Officer CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd Since the original launch of what was first known to be the Black Economic Empowerment Act No. 53 of 2003 (‘the Act’) which was signed into South African law in January 2004, the Act has seen many changes. The emphasis ...
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Financial Planning Institute announces new Chairperson and Board of Directors

Published: Tue, 19 Aug 14

The Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI) recently announced the appointment of Adv. Sankie Morata, CFP® as new chairperson of the Institute for a two year-term. Ntai Phoofolo, CFP®, has also been appointed as chairperson-elect to assist Morata in leading the board. Morata will succeed Prem ...
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Standard Bank report confirms strong growth in Africa’s rising middle class – and even faster future growth

Published: Tue, 19 Aug 14

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa: Africa has experienced substantial growth in its middle class over the past 14 years, according to a study by Standard Bank. The report, entitled ‘Understanding Africa’s middle class,’ found there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa’s ...
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SA companies under pressure to comply with foreign anti-corruption laws

Published: Tue, 19 Aug 14

South African corporates listed on foreign stock exchanges as well as local companies in business with foreign listed firms are increasingly coming under pressure to comply with foreign anti-corruption legislation in order to retain their business and avoid potentially crippling sanctions. David Rix, commercial forensics ...
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Registrar authorises portfolios to ‘side pocket’ ABIL debt

Published: Tue, 19 Aug 14

The Registrar of Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) has decided to allow CIS managers to create new funds, known as side pockets, to host African Bank Investment Limited (ABIL)’s debt instruments. The move seeks to assist managers to segregate the less liquid ABIL assets within their portfolios from the remaining ...
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NRFSA assists the Loan Market Association in settling its African loan documents

Published: Tue, 19 Aug 14

By André van den Berg, Associate and Katia Mengel, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa The Loan Market Association (LMA) has prepared a suite of agreements for use in Africa which forms part of the suite of recommended documentation made available to LMA members on the LMA website. The agreements, ...
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Financial Services Industry celebrates the Financial Planning Week 2014

Published: Mon, 18 Aug 14

Johannesburg – In light of the Financial Planning Week, scheduled to run from 25 – 29 August 2014, the Financial Planning Institute (FPI) alongside the financial services industry will be offering FREE financial planning consultations to consumers. The nationwide joint industry initiative encompasses a ...
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Me-time includes money-time if you really want control of your life

Published: Mon, 18 Aug 14

Those looking for more me-time in their lives don’t go far enough. They should include money-time in their me-time … that way they really will regain control of their lives. The tip comes from Lara Warburton, a certified financial planner and managing director of Illovo-based Imara Asset Management South ...
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African Bank and Money-market Funds

Published: Thu, 14 Aug 14

    Jac Laubscher, Group Economist Sanlam   An afterthought to “African Bank: too inclusive to fail”   It has been suggested in the media that the real reason why the SARB rescued African Bank is the exposure of money-market funds to African Bank debt ...
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Empowerment within the construction sector needs to be measured against its sustainability

Published: Thu, 14 Aug 14

Despite the ‘Construction Sector Charter Council – State of Empowerment 2009-2013’ offering an optimistic view of growth within the construction sector, Brian Africa, Executive: Marketing & Business Development at Performance and Customs Bond Services (PCBS), a specialist guarantee construction ...
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New PwC report puts the spotlight on the largest cities in sub-Saharan Africa

Published: Thu, 14 Aug 14

By 2030 Dar es Salaam and Luanda could have bigger populations than London has now CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa: CEOs around the world are increasingly recognising the untapped potential of sub-Saharan Africa. This is driven by Africa’s unparalleled demographic edge or demographic dividend. By 2040, Africa is ...
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African businesses continue to reap benefits of US-Africa trade agreement, says DHL

Published: Thu, 14 Aug 14

DHL support the call for the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)           Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa         JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa: The trade relationship ...
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On track to “normal”

Published: Thu, 14 Aug 14

Marriott, the Income Specialists, looks at the current state of the investment environment and offers suggestions on investment options. Over the past 5 years retired investors have weathered a storm of negative real cash interest rates and historically low bond and property yields globally. Fortunately, this environment ...
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African Bank too inclusive to fail

Published: Wed, 13 Aug 14

    Jac Laubscher, Group Economist Sanlam       The rescue of African Bank by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) once again demonstrates the difficulty of allowing a financial institution to fail and to let all the messy consequences play out unhindered. This ...
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51 countries, 60 direct reports, 4,000 employees: Meet the MD leading it all

Published: Wed, 13 Aug 14

51 countries, 60 direct reports, 60,000 customers, 4,000 employees, 14 aircraft, 2 young children and 2 dogs! Charles Brewer is the MD who loves leading all of that CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa: DHL Express, who has been in sub-Saharan Africa for more than 36 years, is the ‘Most International Company in the World’ ...
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Important credit considerations for women

Published: Wed, 13 Aug 14

When it comes to applying for and managing credit, women face some unique challenges when compared to men. The best weapon against nasty financial surprises is to empower yourself with the correct information in order to take control of your finances. This ...
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