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Africa 2020 presents exciting opportunities for asset managers: PwC report

Published: Thu, 30 Jul 15

The insurance industry is growing but, Africa has a low average penetration rate of about 3. 5% of GDP, with the exception of South Africa which is over 15% As with pension funds, insurance companies outsource part of their asset management to third parties             Ilse ...
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How to save for every life stage

Published: Thu, 30 Jul 15

Recent reports have shown that only 20% of South Africans have any kind of formal savings, but most of us have a good appetite for credit. When times are good, we can service our debt. But when a financial emergency hits, our wallets may be pushed to their limits and we won’t be able to set aside cash to pay ...
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10 things to know about South African private companies

Published: Thu, 30 Jul 15

By Charles Ancer and Emma Forbes Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. In South Africa a company is recognised as a legal entity separately from its shareholders. Any claims arising from the company’s activities would be brought against the company itself and not against its holding company or shareholders ...
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Ukraine on the verge of financial and economic collapse

Published: Wed, 29 Jul 15

By Anne-Sophie Fèvre at Coface, the international credit insurer The Ukrainian government has been struggling for several months to strike a deal with private sovereign bond holders to restructure its debt. Negotiations are at a standstill while the economic and financial situation of the country becomes ...
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Experiment drives real behaviour change for the One Rand Family

Published: Wed, 29 Jul 15

Cape Town: As the One Rand Family continue their epic endeavour – to live only on R1 coins for the month of July – it becomes clear in the fourth week of the social experiment by Sanlam that their mindsets are shifting. Here’s how: They’re rediscovering the meaning of “the best ...
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Standard Bank Rising Star Awards winners celebrated at glittering event

Published: Wed, 29 Jul 15

Winners of the fourth annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards were announced at a glittering event held at the Hilton Sandton Hotel. Young South African business talent stemming from various business sectors, falling within the 28 - 40 year age group, were acknowledged for their inspirational contribution to industry ...
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SA multi asset portfolios consistently attract bulk of net inflows

Published: Tue, 28 Jul 15

Total net inflows for the local Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) industry amounted to R77 billion for the 12 months to the end of June 2015, almost half the net inflows achieved for the same period to the end of June 2014. Releasing the local CIS statistics for the quarter and year ending June 2015, Leon Campher, ...
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Nigerian Economy Hurt by Slump in Oil Price and Political Challenges

Published: Tue, 28 Jul 15

By Anne-Sophie Fèvre at Coface, the international credit insurer  M Buhari, elected as the new Nigerian president in April 2015, announced in June that the nomination of his cabinet will be delayed until September 2015. Hopes created by the change at the head of the country earlier this year ...
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Avoid the JSE losers to build wealth in equities – Imara

Published: Tue, 28 Jul 15

You don’t need to pick winners in the share market to build your personal wealth. You can also enjoy substantial gains by avoiding the JSE losers. The upside-down view of equity performance comes from Imara Asset Management South Africa, an Illovo-based fund manager and member of the pan-African Imara financial ...
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Shareholders beware you may have already lost your rights

Published: Sat, 25 Jul 15

By Charles Ancer, Director and Emma Forbes, Associate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. The Companies Act 2008 introduced the key concept that a provision in a shareholders agreement that is inconsistent with the Companies Act and the company’s memorandum of incorporation (MOI) is void to the ...
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FSB Enforcement Committee orders R300 000 penalty

Published: Fri, 24 Jul 15

The Directorate of Market Abuse referred a case related to contraventions of section 76 of the Securities Services Act, No 36 of 2004 (SSA) against Mr Grant Chittenden to the Enforcement Committee of the Financial Services Board. Section 76 of the SSA prohibits the intentional or negligent making or publishing of ...
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SA Reserve Bank follows through on its promise

Published: Fri, 24 Jul 15

By Arthur Kamp investment economist at Sanlam Investments SARB hikes repo rate by 25bps The South African Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) followed through today on previous forward guidance and hiked its repo rate by 25bps. The most recent inflation print surprised on the low side as headline ...
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Global first as SA introduces actuarial qualification to manage banking risk

Published: Fri, 24 Jul 15

In a world first, by the end of this year South African banks will have access to a pool of actuaries trained and qualified in managing risks unique to the banking industry. The Actuarial Society of South Africa formally introduced the new Banking Fellowship subject to an audience of actuaries and local and international ...
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10 Ways to save money and boost income following the rate change

Published: Fri, 24 Jul 15

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has just announced a hike in the repo rate of 25 basis points to 6%, with effect from Friday 24 July. This is bad news for borrowers (those that have home loans, credit cards, personal loans etc. However, this is a golden opportunity to cut back on unnecessary expenses and boost ...
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GeoPoll, GEN and U.S. State Department Release Survey Showing Demand for Entrepreneurship Training in Africa

Published: Fri, 24 Jul 15

Survey Targets 1,000 Entrepreneurs Across Five African Countries NAIROBI, Kenya: On the eve of U. S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, GeoPoll (http://www. State Department released a survey of 1,000 business owners throughout sub-Saharan Africa on entrepreneurship ...
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Rate increase to affect residential housing market

Published: Fri, 24 Jul 15

The South African Reserve bank, under governor Lesetja Kganyago, announced an interest rate hike of 25 basis points yesterday; an increase from 5. 75% to 6%. ooba, South Africa’s largest bond originator, says that today’s announcement to increase the interest rate by 0. 25% could negatively impact the ...
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Navigating Africa’s changing tax terrain

Published: Thu, 23 Jul 15

Most African governments are eager to expand their tax bases, and are investing heavily in modernising and streamlining tax administration. JOHANNESBURG: South African businesses must access local tax expertise, invest in sound business systems, and take the time to understand local tax frameworks and regulations ...
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Separating the Sizzle from the Steak - Examining the need for diversification

Published: Thu, 23 Jul 15

What do Bernie Madoff, Barry Tannenbaum and Sharemax have in common? They started as credible organisations run by known people – people who also knew how to create allure and marketing buzz – SIZZZLE – and they all had an emotional hook. A former Chairman of the NASDAQ, Madoff was a man of stature ...
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Will the BRICS bank benefit SA?

Published: Wed, 22 Jul 15

By Saijil Singh, lead analyst at Coface, the international credit insurer The BRICS bank has been on the cards for a number of years and the institutionalisation of it was inevitable. From a funding perspective, the main capital contributions are initially China with $41-billion, Brazil/Russia/India with $18-billion ...
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Diepsloot goes cyber this Mandela month with 67 days of digital activism

Published: Wed, 22 Jul 15

Johannesburg: In the spirit of making every day Mandela Day, The Wot-If? Trust and its partners are embarking on 67 Days of Digital Activism, launching in Diepsloot on 22, 23 and 24 July 2015. “This is in keeping with our philosophy that 67 minutes is really not enough to celebrate Madiba’s life and ...
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