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Seamless risk protection for mega-projects: Zambia

Published: Mon, 25 May 15

    Karl Bishop, head: Niche Business at Santam             Cape Town: Infrastructure development is booming across Africa, due in no small part to significant economic growth and foreign direct investment. In line with this, and as part ...
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The three myths of hedge funds

Published: Mon, 25 May 15

By Tatenda Chapinduka, Alternatives Portfolio Manager, Sanlam Investments Cape Town: On 1 April 2015, National Treasury declared hedge fund investments to be collective investment schemes (CISs), and would be regulated under CISCA (Collective Investment Schemes Control Act) just like other unit trust portfolios ...
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Africa – A land worth exploring

Published: Mon, 25 May 15

Africa Day 2015 is an opportunity to celebrate the development of the African continent as well as consider the various opportunities that it offers - DHL       Charles Brewer, Managing Director DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa           CAPE-TOWN, ...
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SA Inflation – Lower Food Inflation

Published: Mon, 25 May 15

By Coface, the international credit insurer SA’s annual headline consumer inflation at 4,0% in March from 3,9% in February was lower than the markets expectations. The lower rate relative to forecasts stemmed from lower-than-expected food prices. Food accounts for 14,2% of SA’s inflation basket and ...
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PwC celebrates Africa Day: 25 May

Published: Mon, 25 May 15

“The African story is a compelling and positive one. ” PwC is proud to celebrate Africa Day on Monday 25 May. Hein Boegman, CEO-elect of PwC Africa, says: “On this day Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their traditions across the continent. ” Africa ...
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Yield appetite huge among SA investors – Bidvest Bank

Published: Mon, 25 May 15

South African retail investors and savers are clamouring for the highest possible yield at the lowest possible risk. At the same time, they want greater flexibility, even in long-established product categories they know and trust such as fixed deposits. The market insights come from Bidvest Bank following its April ...
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Guarantees and suretyships may be guarantee policies and therefore unlawful

Published: Sat, 23 May 15

      By Patrick Bracher, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa     A surety does not usually operate a business providing security at a price nicely determined according to the assessed likelihood of the risk occurring. Fusion Underwriting Guarantees Agency ...
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Financial decisions to consider before turning 30

Published: Fri, 22 May 15

Recently I found myself reminiscing about all the financial decisions I had to consider before turning 30 and the pressure one feels as the big 3-0 approaches, to make sound financial decisions, because life was just too short to fumble with my financial future. Now in my mid 40s I realise this statement could not ...
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Hawkish MPC still focused on negatives

Published: Fri, 22 May 15

While the SA Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) kept interest rates unchanged yesterday – as expected – the country must prepare itself for a resumption in the rate hiking cycle, says Izak Odendaal, Investment Strategist at Old Mutual Wealth. “The MPC noted that it is mainly supply ...
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Standard Bank advises of planned system upgrade on Sunday 24th May

Published: Fri, 22 May 15

Standard Bank wishes to advise customers of planned system maintenance to take place on the 24th May. This will affect customers’ ability to perform certain banking activities and transactions from 22h00 on Sunday evening to 02h00 on Monday, 25th May. While customers will be able to make cash withdrawals at ...
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Unchanged interest rates no surprise

Published: Thu, 21 May 15

By David Crosoer, Executive: Research and Investments at PPS Investments The decision by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to leave short-term interest rates unchanged at 5. 75% at its third meeting of the year comes as no surprise considering that growth is weak and inflation ...
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Euler Hermes opens South Africa business to help leading companies and exporters

Published: Thu, 21 May 15

JOHANNESBURG – Euler Hermes, the worldwide leader in trade credit insurance, officially launched today its local operations and services for the South African market at Saxon Hotel, Johannesburg. Based in Johannesburg, Euler Hermes operations include a re-insurance agreement with Allianz Global Corporate & ...
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SEM acquires indirect interest in financial services businesses in Zimbabwe

Published: Thu, 21 May 15

Sanlam Emerging Markets (SEM) has concluded conditional agreements with Masawara Plc (AIM:MASA), which will allow SEM to purchase a 40% stake in Masawara Investments Mauritius Limited’s (MIM) at a cost of US$11. On conclusion of the transaction, MIM will hold the Masawara Group’s financial services businesses ...
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Business rescue and binding offers to purchase voting interest

Published: Thu, 21 May 15

Business rescue: binding offer to purchase voting interest is not automatically binding on creditor that votes against the plan By Aslam Moosajee, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa In an important judgment delivered by the Supreme Court of Appeal on 20 May 2015 in African Banking Corporation of Botswana ...
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Commission claw-backs: Is Restitution Fair to All?

Published: Thu, 21 May 15

A reader recently shared an interesting case with me concerning claw back of commission after a claim was repudiated. As this concerns principles, rather than the specific insurers, I removed all references to the parties concerned. Background A client took out a life policy with insurer A in 2006 through broker ...
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Investing in Africa: quality management teams key

Published: Wed, 20 May 15

Africa is now being termed the final frontier and a number of South African and international corporates are expanding into the continent. With the region’s population growing rapidly and the United Nations (UN) forecasting that 22% of the world’s inhabitants will be living in the region by 2050, Africa’s ...
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Panelbeating their way to success!

Published: Wed, 20 May 15

For Pam and Douglas George, a single year of focused business incubation and mentoring on their panel beating business resolved a 20-year battle to make profits. For two decades, the couple poured in its savings, bank loans and even pension policy pay-outs to keep the business afloat. Their story is not unique, as ...
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Tax-free savings accounts at every life stage

Published: Wed, 20 May 15

Cape Town: National Treasury’s introduction of tax-free savings accounts from 1 March this year have been welcomed as a way of encouraging South Africans to save. They have also led to some confusion, however, especially around the age group they are best suited for. Karin Muller, head of growth market solutions ...
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Upcoming MPC meeting: Pre-empt from Momentum

Published: Tue, 19 May 15

By Sanisha Packirisamy, economist at Momentum Asset Management The third Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting is currently underway with the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) set to announce their interest rate decision on Thursday, 21 May. In response to weak growth prospects and rising inflation concerns, ...
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SA Economic Outlook for 2015

Published: Tue, 19 May 15

By Coface, the international credit insurer South Africa has a relatively heavy regulation burden compared to most developed countries. Rising wages, poverty, inequalities, high unemployment and a shortage of qualified labour are challenges facing SA. Global economic growth projections have been revised down ...
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