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New Innovation Lab in East Africa to Expand Digital Financial Services

Published: Thu, 04 Dec 14

MasterCard Labs for Financial Inclusion launching in East Africa with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop financial services that help people build better future PURCHASE, NY, United States, 3rd December 2014, /African Media Agency (AMA)/- Across East Africa, millions of people living ...
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WhatsApp your contract

Published: Thu, 04 Dec 14

By Nerushka Deosaran, Associate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa A recent court decision (Spring Forest Trading v Ecowash) potentially allows contracting parties to sign their contracts by way of a data message (which includes emails and other communication platforms such as WhatsApp, BBM and social media) ...
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Is South Africa teetering on the edge of a fiscal abyss?

Published: Wed, 03 Dec 14

    Jac Laubscher, Group Economist Sanlam       One is increasingly hearing the comment that South Africa is teetering on the edge of a fiscal abyss. The question is whether or not this is a realistic perception of the state of the government’s financial ...
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Liberty Group’s Chairman bids farewell after 11 years of service

Published: Wed, 03 Dec 14

After more than 11 years of service, Liberty Group today announces that its chairman and non-executive director, Saki Macozoma, has resigned, with effect from 31 December 2014. Macozoma joined the Liberty Group in 2003 and became the Chairman in 2007. He has been a part of the turnaround journey the company ...
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Nedbank awarded SA Bank of the Year

Published: Wed, 03 Dec 14

In the most significant accolade among many for Nedbank this year, the bank has just been named 2014 South African Bank of the Year by leading global banking publication, The Banker, a member of the Financial Times company. “We are deeply honoured as this award shows the progress we have made in building towards ...
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Old Mutual to increase its Africa footprint by further $1-billion in sustainable investments

Published: Wed, 03 Dec 14

Cape Town: The Old Mutual Investment Group, which is the largest private sector investor in Africa, has embarked on a capital-raising programme to increase its investment in sustainable projects on the continent by a further $1-billion over the next two years. 1 billion in Pan African investment beyond SA, is already ...
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SA students believe financial education at basic school level is necessary – survey

Published: Wed, 03 Dec 14

A survey conducted among South African students has revealed that 90% of the respondents feel they would handle their finances with more confidence if they had been taught about financial planning while at school. This follows a confidence level of 67% being recorded among respondents when they were asked how confident ...
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Causal Event Charges and the Retail Distribution Review

Published: Wed, 03 Dec 14

A vast number of interpretive articles have been published on the retail distribution review discussion paper since its publication. Unfortunately, a number of these have added to the confusion, rather than provide clarity on this very sensitive issue. While much has been said about the proposal to ban commission ...
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Optimism and opportunity abounds but a bumpy and slow journey ahead for some: PwC Infrastructure Report

Published: Tue, 02 Dec 14

PwC’s ‘Capital Projects & infrastructure in East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa,’ report has been issued today JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa: The African continent continues to attract the interest of global investors, developers and operators searching for growth. While there are short ...
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Supreme Court of Appeal unanimously rules in favour of the Financial Planning Institute

Published: Tue, 02 Dec 14

Johannesburg - On Friday, 28 November 2014, the Supreme Court of Appeal, the highest court in South Africa for non-constitutional matters, confirmed the judgment handed down by the Western Cape High Court in September 2013 in favour of the Financial Planning Institute (FPI) against Elizabeth Coetzee, a former CFP® ...
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Pharmaceutical industry outlook - post economic crisis

Published: Tue, 02 Dec 14

After the economic crisis, what does the future hold for pharmaceutical companies in Europe? The pharmaceutical sector’s dependence on the economic health of European countries proved to be crippling for the industry during the 2008-09 crisis, and once again during the sovereign debt crisis of 2011-12 ...
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Keep rewards real

Published: Mon, 01 Dec 14

Reward and loyalty programmes have become a hygiene factor in business, creating ‘coupon and card’ clutter from which they must differentiate themselves, and if they get it right their gain lies in an elevated strategic contribution in the boardroom, writes Lianne Williams, Head: Marketing at Momentum ...
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Japan remains compelling global investment despite recession says Old Mutual Investment Group

Published: Fri, 28 Nov 14

By reducing investment exposure to Japan based purely on two quarters of negative GDP growth, investors stand to lose far more in missed long-term opportunities than they may gain by reducing their short-term risk exposure. This is according to Urvesh Desai, Portfolio Manager and Strategist for Old Mutual Investment ...
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Saxo Bank MACRO update November 2014

Published: Fri, 28 Nov 14

''A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep” - Sam Bellow By Steen Jakobsen, chief economist and CIO at Saxo Bank Just back from four cruel weeks of travelling: Bucharest, London, Sydney, Melbourne, Lisboa, Porto, Madrid, and Zürich. Housing ...
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Célestin Monga appointed MD of United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 14

Quantum Global group Advisory Board member takes top UN post GENEVA, Switzerland: A leading member of Swiss based Quantum Global group’s Advisory Board (http://www. quantumglobal. ch) has today accepted a key UN post based in Vienna. Célestin Monga, a Cameroonian national, an internationally recognized ...
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Counting the cost: settle your mortgage or invest the capital?

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 14

The higher interest rate cycle begs the question – is it currently better to use your investable funds to pay off your mortgage or to add to your retirement savings? Recent interest rate hikes - and predictions that these are to rise further - makes the returns you earn on interest bearing investments somewhat ...
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Overall tax cost and compliance burden lower for businesses around the world

Published: Thu, 27 Nov 14

Paying taxes has become easier over the past year for medium-sized companies around the world, according to a new report released by the World Bank and PwC today. The time it takes such a company to meet its tax obligations dropped by four hours on average in 2013, according to the Paying Taxes, 2015 study. The report ...
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ACM Gold partners with Tradable to bring the first innovative trading platform to Africa

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 14

ACM Gold, Africa’s biggest broker, is exclusively partnering with Tradable to become the first African broker to roll out the innovative trading platform that allows traders to create a completely customised online trading platform using third party apps. ACM Gold, with over 10 years’ experience in online ...
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Nedbank to create an integrated wholesale business

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 14

Nedbank Group today announced that Nedbank Capital and Corporate will be integrated into a single client-facing, wholesale business cluster. This newly formed cluster will offer the full spectrum of wholesale products under one brand and one leadership team. Mike Brown, Chief Executive of Nedbank Group ...
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Hidden growth indicator revealed by Bidvest Bank

Published: Wed, 26 Nov 14

SOUTH Africa’s economy may be in for a boost in the coming year, judging by a hidden business growth indicator revealed by the Fleet and Asset Finance Division of Bidvest Bank. In addition to fleet management solutions, the division also specialises in asset-based lending across various commercial sectors, including ...
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