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Macroprudential supervision in South Africa

Published: Fri, 02 Dec 16

    Jac Laubscher, Economic Advisor Sanlam Limited       Early in November the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) released an interesting discussion paper entitled “A new macroprudential framework for South Africa”, inviting comment from all interested ...
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ECA urges Africa to push ahead with Continental Free Trade Area

Published: Fri, 02 Dec 16

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: The Africa Trade Forum ended in Addis Ababa Wednesday with Economic Commission for Africa’s Coordinator, David Luke, of the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) urging participants to act on conclusions reached in discussions this week as the continent seeks to meet its October 2017 deadline ...
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Tax compliance gets easier for companies, but new data highlights post–filing challenges across the world

Published: Fri, 02 Dec 16

Economies around the world continue to make progress in simplifying and reducing the burden of tax compliance on business, according to the latest edition of Paying Taxes 2017, a report by the World Bank Group and PwC. The report models business taxation in each economy using a medium-sized domestic case study company ...
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Eight Years of Progress on Financial Inclusion

Published: Fri, 02 Dec 16

WASHINGTON D. C. , United States of America: Access to safe and affordable financial services enables individuals and families to transfer money and make payments; save to manage income volatility; achieve specific goals; build long-term financial security; use credit to take advantage of opportunities like starting ...
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S&P downgrade: remember the rand debt is two notches above junk

Published: Thu, 01 Dec 16

            Arthur Kamp, Investment Economist Sanlam Investments                   Cape Town: Says Arthur Kamp, investment economist at Sanlam Investments, as fixated as we are with ...
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OPEC delivers production cut

Published: Thu, 01 Dec 16

by Richard Robinson Investment Manager at Ashburton Investments  After all of the horses had been traded, OPEC finally came through – announcing a cut of around 1-1. 2 million barrels a day. In assessing the quality of the news we have to consider three primary factors – size, risk of non-compliance ...
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Your annual bonus: aspire, invest, insure

Published: Thu, 01 Dec 16

By Maxwell Mojapelo, retail investment analyst at Sanlam Investments   Cape Town: Deciding what to do with your annual bonus or windfall really is no different from deciding how to invest what’s left of your salary every month. The first step is to set aside some time to envision your future and consider ...
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Economic and social consequences of liquidation relevant to business rescue

Published: Thu, 01 Dec 16

By Haroon Laher Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. The Supreme Court of Appeal has aligned itself with a statement by the high court that where the liquidation of a company will occasion significant collateral damage both economically and socially and destroy wealth and livelihoods, the Companies ...
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Advancing outward investments an important element of South Africa's strategy towards industrialising Africa

Published: Thu, 01 Dec 16

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: South Africa’s promotion and facilitation of outward investments is an important element that contributes in advancing industrialisation priorities for Africa. This was said by the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Trade Invest Africa, Ms Lerato Mataboge at the Africa Industrialisation ...
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Comments on SARS October 2016 Trade Data

Published: Wed, 30 Nov 16

by Karl Götte, Head of Commercial Banking at Standard Bank   “South Africa’s trade balance for October 2016 narrowed to a deficit of R-4. 4bn following September’s revised surplus of R6. ”   “The Business Confidence Index for the fourth quarter in 2016 dropped ...
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Impact of political uncertainty on growth in Europe in 2017

Published: Wed, 30 Nov 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company     Economic growth and political risk are interconnected. A lack of progress in the improvement in economic conditions are likely to affect political risk, namely a rise in unemployment, inflation or income inequality that can provoke ...
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Trusts are still the best solution to protect your assets

Published: Wed, 30 Nov 16

Every day hundreds of people around the country get an unwelcome visit when a court Sheriff arrives at their home with the intent of removing their property – in most cases unlawfully so. Renier Nell, a director of accounting and tax firm Innovative Accounting Solutions, says that people can avoid ...
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African Countries should align AGOA and their Developmental Integration Agenda - Minister Davies

Published: Wed, 30 Nov 16

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has emphasised the importance of export diversification and industrialisation in Africa. He was speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he was moderating the Africa Trade Week Panel Discussion on Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) ...
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Securing financial well-being by using your bonus wisely

Published: Wed, 30 Nov 16

December is fast approaching and hopefully you will be lucky enough to receive a bonus. Michael Kirkpatrick of Alexander Forbes Retail, says that before you spend your bonus, you should consider what top–up savings and investment options are available. He adds that a bonus provides a great opportunity ...
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FSB warns on letter scam

Published: Tue, 29 Nov 16

The Financial Services Board (FSB) would like to issue an urgent warning to the public about a scam that solicits money from unsuspecting individuals. The approach of the scam is that a loan is offered to the public by an entity called Skeme Finance Group. After an individual has applied for the loan a fraudulent ...
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A sovereign downgrade: will SA’s crown topple?

Published: Tue, 29 Nov 16

By Frederick White and Mokgatla Madisha Sanlam Investments   On Friday, 25 November Fitch Ratings announced that the outlook attached to its BBB- ratings of SA foreign and local currency sovereign debt has moved from stable to negative, and warned that continued political instability could lead to the ...
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Business confidence drops back in the fourth quarter

Published: Tue, 29 Nov 16

After improving to 42 index points in the third quarter, the RMB/BER Business Confidence Index (BCI) fell back by four points to 38. This means a slightly bigger majority of the 1600 respondents, surveyed between 17 October and 21 November, are now unsatisfied with business conditions than during the third quarter ...
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South Africa commended for being a leader in investment reform

Published: Tue, 29 Nov 16

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: The Secretary General of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Dr Kituyi has commended South Africa for leading the global debate on Investment Policy Reforms. The Africa Trade Week 2016 is a new Pan-African platform for advancing intra-Africa trade dialogue ...
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Britain won’t turn its back on Africa following Brexit

Published: Tue, 29 Nov 16

There is clearly a need in the aftermath of Brexit for there to be a degree of reassurance given to Africa that Brexit doesn’t mean that the United Kingdom is going to turn its back on Africa ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Brexit does not mean that the British government will turn its back on Africa, Lord Paul Boateng, ...
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First ever Africa Trade Week Opens in Addis Ababa

Published: Tue, 29 Nov 16

The Africa Trade Week is a historic event and the whole purpose of this week is to encourage fruitful and stimulating dialogue among all stakeholders ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: The first ever Africa Trade Week opened in Addis Ababa yesterday with the Economic Commission for Africa’s David Luke, urging participants ...
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