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ACM Gold partners with Tradable to bring the first innovative trading platform to Africa

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 14

ACM Gold, Africa’s biggest broker, is exclusively partnering with Tradable to become the first African broker to roll out the innovative trading platform that allows traders to create a completely customised online trading platform using third party apps. ACM Gold, with over 10 years’ experience in online ...
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Nedbank to create an integrated wholesale business

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 14

Nedbank Group today announced that Nedbank Capital and Corporate will be integrated into a single client-facing, wholesale business cluster. This newly formed cluster will offer the full spectrum of wholesale products under one brand and one leadership team. Mike Brown, Chief Executive of Nedbank Group ...
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Hidden growth indicator revealed by Bidvest Bank

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 14

SOUTH Africa’s economy may be in for a boost in the coming year, judging by a hidden business growth indicator revealed by the Fleet and Asset Finance Division of Bidvest Bank. In addition to fleet management solutions, the division also specialises in asset-based lending across various commercial sectors, including ...
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Churning and the Retail Distribution Review

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 14

In the good old days, the Pete Seeger song “Turn, turn, turn” was banned from being aired on the radio because it contained phrases from the Bible. Many honest advisors have, for a long time, been asking for a ban on the modern version of the song called “Churn, churn, churn. ” I recently ...
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South Africa’s construction industry poised for future growth

Published: Tue, 25 Nov 14

South Africa’s construction industry poised for future growth despite recent setbacks in the economy and labour unrest: PwC report South Africa’s construction industry faced a challenging year in 2014, fraught with labour unrest, substantial delays on some of the country’s major construction projects, ...
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How to kick-start the SA economy – it’s easier than you think

Published: Tue, 25 Nov 14

Adrian Saville, CIO of Cannon Asset Managers, looks at ways to boost the South African economy. It’s no secret that the South African economy is growing at rates well below its potential. What is perhaps less well understood is that there are some quick wins which could kick-start the economy, yielding swift ...
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Liberty seizes number one spot for customer service

Published: Tue, 25 Nov 14

JOHANNESBURG: Liberty has been recognised as the leading player within the financial services industry when it comes to Customer Services in the Long Term Insurance Category. This was announced by the Ask Afrika Orange Index, a South African customer satisfaction benchmark, established in 2001 which measures ...
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Coface Quarterly Sector Risk Assessments: 14 sectors in three major regions of the world

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 14

North American chemicals, transport, textiles and clothing upgraded from "medium risk" to "low risk" due to the positive economic outlook and lower oil prices.                             The ...
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Q3 2014 - An eventful quarter at a glance

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 14

By David Crosoer, Executive: Research and Investments at PPS Investments The last quarter was characterised by weakness in South African equity markets, after the All Share Index failed to hold onto the all-time highs reached in the previous quarter; weakness in both commodity and foreign exchange markets with ...
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Where does all my money go?

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 14

Estelle Scholtz-Mare Head of Marketing for Financial Wellness at Momentum  Where does all my money go? This is the refrain of many individuals trying to make ends meet and keep up with the demands of modern life. We spend like a rap star when we see our salaries hit our bank accounts but are sulking like scrooge ...
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Tax Free Savings and Investments

Published: Sun, 23 Nov 14

The required draft Notice and Regulations to allow the introduction of tax free savings accounts from 1 March 2015 was published by the National Treasury on 14 November 2014. The closing date for responses is 3 December 2014. The draft Regulations detail the products that will qualify ...
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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 do not grip the attention of citizens, announcing yet another case of poor governance practices, or a director engaging in reckless business conduct. While ...
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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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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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