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Stay invested despite market uncertainties

Published: Thu, 23 Jan 14

By Ian Anderson, chief investment officer at Grindrod Asset Management DURBAN – Investors are currently faced with a number of short-term uncertainties and the temptation to alter asset allocations to lock in profits and prevent capital losses is now higher than usual. Many investors are tempted to make changes ...
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Trend towards low-cost, transparent index investing

Published: Thu, 23 Jan 14

JOHANNESBURG – The last decade has seen a significant shift among global investors towards the use of passive index products, especially Exchange Traded Funds(ETFs). In contrast to global markets, South African investors have been “surprisingly slow” to adapt their approach, said Gareth Stobie, head ...
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Investors want more than relative performance

Published: Thu, 23 Jan 14

By Marc Thomas, head of business development, Grindrod Asset Management JOHANNESBURG – Delivering good relative performance is no longer enough for asset managers to get the edge over competitors in attracting inflows, as investors are seeking more from their investments. Asset managers could previously attribute ...
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What to expect in 2014

Published: Thu, 23 Jan 14

What can one expect of economies and markets during 2014? Paul Stewart, head of fund management at Grindrod Asset Management, explores the outlook for interest rates, bond yields, emerging markets in light of the tapering of quantitative easing and the likely effect of elections on the local economy. “The current ...
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Supreme Court clears Absa, dismisses Mohammed and Abdul cases with costs

Published: Thu, 23 Jan 14

South Africa’s Supreme Court has upheld the appeal lodged by Absa in the lengthy civil matter brought against the bank by Arif Mohamed and Shiraz Abdul in 2009. The decision is significant in that it establishes that a commercial bank is not liable for illegal and unauthorised transactions purportedly concluded ...
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ITC and CITES team up to support trade in biodiversity, fight poverty

Published: Thu, 23 Jan 14

The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) today signed a Letter of Agreement to collaborate in their efforts to foster greater livelihood benefits and sustainability in the global trade of wildlife products, ...
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CIMA celebrates impressive global growth in 2013

Published: Thu, 23 Jan 14

Student recruitment across Africa up by 25% CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, has announced strong growth figures for 2013 as the institute continues to expand its presence around the globe. Over 33,500 new students joined CIMA last year, taking the total member and student population to ...
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db X-trackers announces distribution to investors

Published: Wed, 22 Jan 14

db X-trackers range of JSE-listed exchange traded funds, announced distributions in ZAR today (Wednesday , January 22) for the December 2013 semi-annual distribution. The firm’s five tracker funds cover major developed markets providing South African investors with offshore portfolio diversification. As per ...
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Provisional taxpayers – “'tis the season” to submit …

Published: Wed, 22 Jan 14

    Deloitte Partner, Anthea Scholtz         Cape Town - As 2014 heads into full swing, and the 31 January deadline date for the e-filing submission of tax returns (by provisional taxpayers filing their 2013 income tax returns) ...
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South-South Trade – linking Central and Western Africa to the Mekong’s Francophone countries

Published: Wed, 22 Jan 14

By ITC Communications A joint ITC-Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) project to promote South-South trade has resulted in a sharp rise in trade between 14 African countries and three Mekong countries, recent trade data show. Data provided by Viet Nam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade indicate ...
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Swedish backing for ITC trade-facilitation assistance

Published: Tue, 21 Jan 14

Geneva – The Government of Sweden stands ready to support the International Trade Centre (ITC) in its efforts to help developing countries implement the recent Trade Facilitation Agreement. During a meeting with ITC Executive Director Arancha González, Sweden’s Director-General for Trade Eva Walder ...
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Agri-Vie recognised by African Agribusiness Investment Awards for second consecutive year

Published: Tue, 21 Jan 14

Agri-Vie, the private equity fund focused on agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa, was recently awarded the Agribusiness Investment Initiative of the Year Award at the East Africa Agribusiness Investment Summit and Awards, held in December 2013 in Kampala, Uganda. This is the second consecutive year that Agri-Vie ...
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A realistic look at the investment landscape

Published: Mon, 20 Jan 14

Given a shaky investment environment, Marriott, the income specialists, suggests that investors focus on managing risk and preserving capital We often go into denial in the face of bad news as this can protect us from very stressful situations such as the loss of a loved one. But unchecked, it can cause us to ignore ...
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Two thirds of workers plan to spend more in 2014

Published: Mon, 20 Jan 14

More than two thirds of working-age people believe that their spending will increase in 2014, reveals a new poll. When asked, “Is your spending on non-essentials likely to increase this year, compared to 2013?” 67 per cent of those surveyed by deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent ...
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TED Talks - now in bite size nuggets of inspirational info

Published: Sat, 18 Jan 14

getAbstract, a global online media company which summarises the most influential management and leadership business books into 10-minute summaries, has now extended its offering through a partnership with TED Talks to provide managers with handy two-page summaries of many TED Videos. "Most South African ...
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EU funding to help Zimbabwe boost exports

Published: Fri, 17 Jan 14

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Zimbabwe could soon see more of their goods going to European countries following an agreement for funding between the European Union (EU) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) for a €2. 96 million programme to strengthen the country’s business environment ...
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Plan ahead for education costs by saving

Published: Thu, 16 Jan 14

For parents with school- going children January tends to be a very stressful time of the year because most leave back to school planning to the last minute, and this can be costly. Israel Skosana, Head of Marketing and Consumer Insights at African Bank, says “It’s better to start planning early for costs ...
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International credit rating agency ARC Ratings launches in London

Published: Thu, 16 Jan 14

ARC offers innovative methodologies free from conflict of interest Five credit rating agencies (CRAs) from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America have jointly created ARC Ratings S. A. , a European and network-based CRA which aims to address the global markets’ need for a new approach to rating risk. Through ...
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New Withholding Tax on Cross-Border Services

Published: Wed, 15 Jan 14

The Income Tax Act, 1962 was recently amended to provide for a new withholding tax on cross-border service fees. According to the new law, a withholding tax of 15% must be levied on the amount of any service fee that is paid by any person to or for the benefit of any foreign person to the extent that the amount ...
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New appointments at Garlicke & Bousfield Inc. in Durban

Published: Wed, 15 Jan 14

The following four new appointments are effective 1st January 2014. Existing staff members Sanelisiwe Nyasulu, Phila Magwaza and Graeme Palmer have been appointed as Directors and a new director has been appointed to head up the Employment Law Dept, Raymond Meneses. Short bio’s of each person are: Raymond ...
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