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Transacting in Africa – did you know?

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 14

By Steven Gamble and Katia Mengel Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Africa’s diversity is reflected in its legal systems. The following legal curiosities give a taste of what makes the continent such an interesting, and sometimes challenging, place to transact. Did you know? A Nigerian guarantor ...
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Retail property fund sector still positive despite weak operating environment

Published: Thu, 24 Apr 14

Global Credit Ratings (GCR) continues to view the retail property segment positively despite the weak consumer market and other economic challenges present in the retail operating environment. This is according to Eyal Shevel, Head of the Corporate Sector at GCR, who says most retail funds have the benefit of being ...
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The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Transforms its Brand Identity

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 14

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa: Today the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) (http://www. jse. co. za) revealed its new brand which demonstrates the bourse’s identity as a modern African marketplace that connects investors to growth opportunities globally. The JSE’s logo and colour palette moves to a bold black, ...
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Sanlam teams up with Avocado Vision to improve financial literacy

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 14

Cape Town: Sanlam, through its Foundation has partnered with leading skills training provider Avocado Vision to empower communities countrywide with basic financial skills and insight to enable them to make better financial choices and encourage savings. The pilot project of the ‘Money fo Sho’ financial ...
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Pragmatic hedge fund supervision – a near reality

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 14

By George Cavaleros CFA, Partner – Deloitte & Touche Cape Town - Regulatory supervision of the R 45-odd billion South African hedge fund industry – which, depending on the strategy followed, returned approx. 7 % to 27 % to investors during 2013 – recently took a step closer to finalisation ...
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Mediation increasingly preferred over litigation

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 14

Mediation will be introduced as a preferred alternative to litigation in South African Magistrates’ Courts from August 1 this year, when amendments to the rules regulating the conduct of proceedings of South African Magistrates’ Courts come into effect. The revised rules under the Rules Board for Courts ...
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Saxo Bank’s TradingFloor named most innovative social trading platform by International Finance Magazine

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 14

Saxo Bank is pleased to announce that TradingFloor. com, the first major platform to offer multi-asset social trading, has been named most innovative social trading platform by International Finance Magazine. Launched earlier this year, TradingFloor. com is an investment solution for the social media age; all users ...
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Uptick in SA professionals confidence on rand, economy - survey

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 14

Results from the 2014 first quarter PPS Graduate Professionals Confidence Index (PCI) reveal that South African graduate professionals are slightly more confident about the outlook for the economy and the prospects for the Rand than they were in the last quarter of 2013. According to the PPS survey conducted among ...
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Tax considerations for when your hobby becomes a business

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 14

By Madeleine Schubert - Tax and Fiduciary Specialist at Citadel In today’s fast-paced world of juggling careers, partners, children and extended family, only a fortunate few are able to devote attention to a passion or pastime. In certain, often unforeseen, circumstances, such as retrenchment, divorce, or ...
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Successful cities of the future are agile to adapt to global trends and boost their sustainable competitiveness

Published: Wed, 23 Apr 14

Study analyses 24 urban projects around the world Worldwide cities face the challenge of growing economically while balancing the social and environmental side of the city to remain sustainable in the future. To succeed, they need urban projects that have a clear vision and goals, are well managed and involve a ...
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South Africans need an internal locus of control

Published: Tue, 22 Apr 14

Glacier by Sanlam and TIME magazine hosted another of their thought-leadership forums, [THE INSIDERS], at the JSE on 10 April. The panel - which comprised John Mauldin, chairman of Mauldin Economics and New York Times best-selling author; political commentator Justice Malala and MonteGray CEO Michael ...
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SA investors urged not to chase market performance

Published: Tue, 22 Apr 14

Every year, legendary investor Warren Buffett's Annual Letter to Shareholders offers valuable investment advice. In his most recent letter, he reaffirms the importance of developing an appropriate long-term plan that investors should stick to. According to Steven Nathan, CEO of 10X Investments (10X), long-term ...
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How can you prepare your clients for a possible turn in the interest rate cycle?

Published: Tue, 22 Apr 14

Consumers have had significant relief over the past few years with interest rates being close to their lowest levels in almost 40 years. However, with the first 0. 5% increase in interest rates behind us and an expectation of further interest rate hikes to come, it is important for investors to position their portfolios ...
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Oversights cost CIS Manager

Published: Thu, 17 Apr 14

A number of oversights cost a collective investments scheme a substantial amount of money. In terms of a settlement agreement with the Enforcement Committee of the FSB, the scheme agreed that it had contravened the following regulations: Section 43(1)(a) of the Collective Investment Schemes Act (CISCA), in that ...
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The regulation of Hedge Funds in South Africa

Published: Wed, 16 Apr 14

Release of the Draft Regulations by the Financial Services Board and National Treasury The National Treasury (“Treasury”) and Financial Services Board (“FSB”) released today, for public comment, the draft Regulations (“Regulations”) and related Explanatory Memorandum for hedge ...
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POPI takes its first steps

Published: Tue, 15 Apr 14

By Desiree Reddy, Associate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa After much anticipation, an important milestone in the road to commencement of the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPI), has been reached. From 11 April 2014, the following sections of POPI are operational: Section 1, which ...
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Retail banking industry entering a dynamic era of change – banks expected to adapt their business models to ensure success

Published: Mon, 14 Apr 14

A number of key dynamics and developments are likely to substantially alter the global operating landscape for retail banks by 2020, according to a PwC report titled ‘Retail Banking 2020: Evolution or revolution’ issued today. Just over half of global bank executives (55%) surveyed believe that non-traditional ...
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High Court dismisses AH-Vest case in favour of the FSB

Published: Mon, 14 Apr 14

The North Gauteng High Court has dismissed with costs the application brought by Mr Maslamony Theegarajan Pather and AH-Vest Limited against the Financial Services Board (FSB) and other parties. In 2009, the Enforcement Committee (EC) found that Pather and AH-Vest made false, deceptive and misleading statements in ...
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Will the 4 million credit profiles you can no longer see, work for you?

Published: Mon, 14 Apr 14

The new regulations to the National Credit Act will keep companies in the dark about certain information pertaining to employee applicants and potential vendors. This is according to Jenny Reid, CEO of iFacts, a company that takes care of corporate security and seeks to remove people risk in business through pre-employment ...
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Employee wellness is a bottom line business issue

Published: Fri, 11 Apr 14

Article by Dr Dicky Els and George Marx CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd The healthcare of South Africans in the workplace should be one of the top priorities of employers; but evidence across many industries reflects a dire situation which suggests employers do not have employee’s wellness top of ...
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