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Second Citizenship: South Africans are on the move if they can afford it

Published: Tue, 25 Apr 17

While many South Africans are adopting a ‘let’s wait and see’ approach to the country’s recent economic downgrade, increasingly volatile political climate and ever-growing threats of land expropriation without compensation and mass violence, many other South Africans – most notably high ...
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Competition Commission is looking for precedent setting excessive pricing case

Published: Tue, 25 Apr 17

By Nick Altini, Partner in the Competition Practice at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg   The South African Competition Commission recently referred a supplier of the main ingredient in bricks used in the construction of affordable housing to the Competition Tribunal for charging excessive prices. The Commission ...
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Make “protectionism” work for you

Published: Tue, 25 Apr 17

By the Ashburton Investments Portfolio Management Services Team How do you invest in global financial markets when they react daily to the whims of a man with one hand on his twitter feed and the other on a nuclear arsenal? At the moment, you cannot pick up a newspaper, open a website or turn on the television ...
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Laws amendment to accommodate health insurance demarcation regulations

Published: Tue, 25 Apr 17

      Patrick Bracher, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc.   The pending changes to the Medical Schemes Act and the Long-term and Short-term Insurance Acts to accommodate the demarcation regulations were made on 1 April 2017 including the new definition ...
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SA keen to ensure certainty, continuity with UK

Published: Mon, 24 Apr 17

Pretoria: Government’s priority is to ensure that there is certainty and continuity in the trade and investment relationship between South Africa and the United Kingdom as a result of Brexit, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Speaking at the British Chamber of Business dialogue on the UK-South Africa ...
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How multi-asset funds can help manage wealth-destroying behaviour

Published: Mon, 24 Apr 17

By Jac de Wet, Head of Sales: Southern Regions PSG Wealth   As investors, we are often our own worst enemies. Although most investors often blame the market for not meeting their investment goals, the reality is that it’s often due to their own behaviour. The good news is that such behaviour can ...
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Financial advice: what is worth paying for?

Published: Mon, 24 Apr 17

The majority of South Africans still pay a financial advisor to help them choose a fund or fund manager. While this is not surprising, given the enormous amount of choice out there in the investment industry, is the broker commission you pay money well spent?   According to Steven Nathan, CEO of 10X Investments, ...
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Government welcomes FDI report

Published: Fri, 21 Apr 17

Pretoria: Government has welcomed A. T. Kearney’s 2017 Foreign Direct Investment Confidence report, which indicates that South Africa is the 25th most attractive destination for foreign direct investment (FDI), the first from the African continent. In a statement on Thursday, the Government Communication and ...
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France’s Presidential Election: The Closer We Get, the Less We See

Published: Fri, 21 Apr 17

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company On May 7th 2017, French voters will elect a new President to succeed Francois Hollande. Less than two weeks before the first round, according to the latest polls, there is still uncertainty. For the first round of the elections, the main ...
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Six trading mistakes to avoid

Published: Thu, 20 Apr 17

By Grant Meintjes, head of Securities, PSG Wealth   The trading environment has changed drastically over the past 15 years. Today investors enjoy access to company information within moments of it being announced. While it could help in making better-informed investment decisions, it could also potentially ...
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Investor roadmap for navigating post-downgrade market turmoil

Published: Thu, 20 Apr 17

Successfully navigating your way through post-downgrade market turmoil will require a clear head and a solid long-term investment strategy. Andrew Davison, a member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa’s Investments Committee, cautions that now is not the time to panic, as knee-jerk decisions are ...
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Investors Eye Turkish Referendum Outcome Amid Uncertainties

Published: Wed, 19 Apr 17

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company   Chart: Turkey’s Contribution of GDP Components (% points)   Turkey’s referendum ‘Yes’ vote over the weekend now paves the way for 18 amendments to the constitution that have long been sought by the ruling ...
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How serious is SA’s credit downgrade?

Published: Wed, 19 Apr 17

By George Herman, Citadel Director and Chief Investment Officer   Bloomberg news agency recently published an article stating that South African bonds were now seemingly “junk” – a word which is loaded with negative sentiments. In turbulent times such as these, it is essential ...
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Five Money Resolutions for 2017

Published: Wed, 19 Apr 17

2017 is the year you made a new year’s resolution to get a handle on your personal finances. So, you set yourself up for success by establishing your short and long term financial objectives, and put a plan in place to achieve these goals. But sticking to your savings plan is often easier said than done, and ...
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What to do when the market drops

Published: Wed, 19 Apr 17

Johannesburg: As an investor, the first action you should avoid when the market drops is panic. Never panic, this can only lead to bad decision making. Aneesa Razack, CEO of FNB Share Investing, says, “Understandably, the reason people invest is because they want to see a return on investment, in other ...
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R&D spending in SA shows signs of recovery

Published: Tue, 18 Apr 17

Pretoria: Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says government aims to double the investment in Research and Development (R&D) from the 2014/15 figure of 0. 77% to 1. 5% of GDP by 2020. “This means doubling the 2014/15 investment of R29 billion to roughly R60 billion a year by 2020,” the Minister ...
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Adding energy to your investments

Published: Tue, 18 Apr 17

By Richard Robinson, Investment Manager at Ashburton Investments The cyclical sectors which include consumer cyclicals, basic materials, financial services and energy have a considerable correlation with different phases of the business cycle. The defensive sectors such as consumer staples, communication services, ...
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More important than ever to have a financial plan and stick to it

Published: Thu, 13 Apr 17

Johannesburg: Two weeks have passed since political drama caused havoc in markets yet again, this time with very serious consequences for the South African economy, consumers and investors. “Economic storm clouds are gathering. More and more analysts and investment strategist are mentioning the dreaded ‘recession’ ...
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Solid results for PSG Konsult

Published: Thu, 13 Apr 17

Independent financial services provider PSG Konsult has delivered a solid 16% growth in recurring headline earnings per share and 25% return on equity. “The current business environment is challenging with a poor equity, fixed income and currency capital markets backdrop. Shareholder, insurance float ...
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Sanalm Investments Market Update: March 2017

Published: Wed, 12 Apr 17

                  Carl Roothman, chief executive of retail business Sanlam Investments           Cape Town: South African economic data released during March were mixed. Statistics SA reported ...
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