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Plans to Consolidate Ombud Schemes

Published: Fri, 27 Mar 15

The Financial Services Regulation (FSR) Bill includes a review of the various ombud schemes currently active in the industry. The information below was extracted from the discussion document titled “An Integrated Ombud System”. As the landscape for financial sector regulation is consolidated under the ...
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SARB monetary policy statement

Published: Fri, 27 Mar 15

By Arthur Kamp: Investment Economist at Sanlam Investments The South African Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) sketched a bleak picture for the South African economy when it released its Monetary Policy Statement at the conclusion of its March 2015 meeting. While growth remains a concern amidst ...
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SA’s major banks post solid results amidst a difficult and volatile economic climate: PwC Major Banks Analysis

Published: Thu, 26 Mar 15

The financial results of South Africa’s four major banking groups (Barclays Africa Group Limited, FirstRand, Nedbank and Standard Bank) for the year ended 31 December 2014 are an admirable reflection of the financial health of the industry in that they show that the banks have remained resilient through recent ...
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FSB takes Action on Sign on Bonuses

Published: Thu, 26 Mar 15

Scarcely a week after announcing its intent to investigate the impact of sign-on bonuses on churning, the Regulator called for a special compliance report to be completed by FSPs registered as Long-term insurers. As with the investigation into causal event penalties, which led to the Statement of Intent, the FSB identified ...
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FSB comments on Jacobus Kellerman media reports

Published: Thu, 26 Mar 15

Following media articles regarding the investigations carried out by the Mauritian Financial Services Commission and the Guernsey Financial Commission into the affairs of Mr Jacobus Kellerman and his associated entities and persons, the Financial Services Board (FSB) has received a number of enquiries about his status ...
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Scaling the peaks of competence

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

How can you know if you are competent to perform in your role? Many professional organisations produce competence frameworks which attempt to answer this question. Unfortunately most of these frameworks are limited to assessing what you know or what you can do. But knowledge and skills are only two of the elements ...
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Low interest rates, slow growth driving financial market trends

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

Johannesburg: Ultra-low interest rates and slow economic growth are the two main factors currently driving global financial market trends – trends which also inform the South African asset allocation landscape and are integral to both investor behaviour and investment manager decisions. According to Alwyn van ...
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Unsolicited offerings to Government risky for the private sector

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

A lack of legal clarity around unsolicited proposals and bids could deter the private sector from offering innovative solutions to some of the complex challenges faced by Government. This is according to Raisa Cachalia, a constitutional and administrative law specialist consultant at Caveat Legal. She points out that ...
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deVere reveals its role in exposing alleged $16bn investment fraud

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

One of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations today revealed it helped a U. S. based investigative financial news service expose what could be one of the world's biggest-ever frauds in order to protect investors and try to recover assets. deVere Group confirmed it provided evidence ...
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Global latest predictions in the retail banking landscape

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

By François Chaffard, Director Banking Solutions & Services for Middle East & Africa at Gemalto 2014 was an interesting year for the retail banking industry. The rise and adoption of new technologies in everyone’s daily life is dramatically and irreversibly changing the landscape of retail ...
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Social grants are working but …

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

Is the R155. 3 billion that South Africa is spending this year on social grants for 16,4 million people money well spent? While the social grant system is under fire, particularly after the grant increases the Minister of Finance announced in his recent Budget speech, the social development authorities say it is working ...
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New leaders for the attorneys’ profession

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

Mabunda and Scott elected as co-chairpersons of the Law Society of South Africa           Law Society of South Africa Co-Chairpersons, Busani Mabunda and Richard Scott         Johannesburg attorney and Black Lawyers Association President ...
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Which companies benefit from the lower oil price?

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

Andrew Newell, Head of Business Development at Cannon Asset Managers, finds that lower oil prices are helpful for smaller, SA-facing stocks. Since early Q3 2014 the oil price has halved from a then $90/barrel to less than $45/barrel and more recently, the price has drifted back to over $50 per barrel. Of course the ...
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Africa still attractive, but investors face challenges: PwC

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

Africa continues to attract attention as an investment destination from local and foreign investors but opportunities are difficult to price: PwC report Africa is continuing to receive a high level of interest as an investment destination from investors from across the globe including Africa, the US, the EU and ...
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Business operating environment remains tough

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

Economic Comment by Luke Doig, Senior Economist, Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation Higher fuel taxes and prices, electricity price hikes in the face of faltering supply availability and increased personal taxes all point towards depressed domestic demand. Taken together with stuttering global growth, this ...
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Can a shareholder institute action in the name of the company?

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

Section 163 of Companies Act not wide enough to allow a court to authorise a shareholder to institute action in the name of the company By Aslam Moosajee, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa If the board of directors of a company refuses or is unable to institute legal proceedings to recover any loss ...
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The difference between Saving and Investing

Published: Tue, 24 Mar 15

By Frank Magwegwe - Segment CEO: Momentum Retail This post was inspired by recent conversations with clients who came to me for financial advice. Most of them used ‘saving’ and ‘investing’ interchangeably. After these conversations I found myself thinking about one of my favourite ...
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How to avoid wiping out your wealth in a global age of uncertainty

Published: Tue, 24 Mar 15

Cape Town: Preserving one’s wealth for current and future generations is a constantly changing ballgame – particularly now as more and more global investment opportunities present themselves. Derek Alton, Portfolio Manager at Old Mutual Wealth Private Client Securities, says it is more important than ever ...
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SA life insurers inject record R345 billion into economy through benefit payments

Published: Tue, 24 Mar 15

South African life insurance companies remain financially healthy and well positioned to honour future benefit payments to policyholders. The 2014 long-term insurance industry statistics released by the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) this week show that the life insurance industry held ...
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Old Mutual Two Oceans record in danger says Ramaala

Published: Tue, 24 Mar 15

R1million up for grabs With a R1million bonus up for grabs in both the men’s and women’s races at the Old Mutual Two Oceans ultra-marathon this year, veteran athlete Hendrick Ramaala believes the records could be under threat. The large incentive bonus was offered by the headline sponsor for the first ...
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