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Gemalto prepaid EMV banking cards extend reach of Vodacom m-pesa mobile wallet in South Africa

Published: Tue, 20 Jan 15

Johannesburg: Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces the deployment of prepaid EMV banking cards to complement Vodacom’s m-pesa mobile wallet service in South Africa. The card is certified by the major international payment schemes and accepted at any of the 240,000 ...
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15 general investment tips for 2015

Published: Mon, 19 Jan 15

Duggan Matthews, Investment Professional, Marriott Asset Management sets out 15 investment tips for 2015. 1. Invest for income and let the capital take care of itself. The value of a business is based on the income or earnings it can generate. Only through increasing its income ...
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New international standards herald informative and insightful audit reports

Published: Mon, 19 Jan 15

After three years in development, the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) has released a set of standards that are game-changing for shareholders and the profession, says PwC. It is expected that the local audit regulator, the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors, will adopt the set of ...
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A few thoughts on the slide in oil prices

Published: Fri, 16 Jan 15

      Jac Laubscher: Economic Advisor, Sanlam     The oil price has been much in the news lately because of its unexpected and dramatic slide since the middle of last year. The benchmark Brent crude-oil price has more than halved since June 2014 from $112 per barrel ...
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Business succession planning: keeping it all in the family

Published: Fri, 16 Jan 15

Cape Town: After all the energy, time and money you’ve spent in building up your business, it is unlikely you’d want it to collapse when you are no longer at the helm. Like many entrepreneurs, you may want to hand over the reins to someone you trust – quite possibly your children. To ensure your ...
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Interpretation of statutes and contracts

Published: Thu, 15 Jan 15

    Patrick Bracher, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa       Where the language of a written contract is ambiguous, evidence is admissible to construe its meaning, by reference to its context or the factual circumstances under which the contract was concluded ...
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International SMEs not recognizing Africa's growth potential – Report

Published: Wed, 14 Jan 15

• Prefer to trade with other emerging economies • SMEs expect to generate up to 50% of revenues internationally by 2019         Charles Brewer, Managing Director ...
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Market and policy dislocations could peak in Q1 of 2015, warns Saxo Bank

Published: Thu, 08 Jan 15

The world is drastically out of synch both in terms of economic and monetary policy going into 2015 and faces an unprecedented cocktail of geopolitical risks. Expect markets to reach the point of maximum dislocation as early as Q1 of 2015. Saxo Bank, the online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, has published ...
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Tough times ahead for SA Inc, but it’s better than 2014

Published: Thu, 08 Jan 15

By Adrian Saville, CIO of Cannon Asset Managers Over the last twenty years, the single biggest determinant of South Africa’s economic growth has been global growth. Given that South Africa is a small, open economy, this should come as little surprise. However, what this means is that to form an understanding ...
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SA Economic Outlook for 2015

Published: Thu, 08 Jan 15

By Saijil Singh, lead analyst of Coface, the international credit insurer South Africa finds itself in a situation where increasing export revenues is a necessity for sustainable growth. The increased domestic spending between 2004 and 2007 was only possible because of a commodity boom. This was reinforced by the ...
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High Frequency Trading

Published: Fri, 19 Dec 14

By Bridget King and Tracey-Lee Barnes Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa In the United States High Frequency Trading (HFT) is expected to account for about 48,5% of exchange trade volume in 2014. This percentage has dropped from HFT’s peak of 61% in 2009. In the UK, estimates are that HFT represents approximately ...
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Shoppers beware as clueless store card promoters still thumb suck rates and charges

Published: Fri, 19 Dec 14

For the third year in a row moneybags. co. za has conducted its annual store card survey and found that store card promoters are woefully inaccurate in informing consumers about correct store card fees and charges. With less than a week to go before Christmas, promoters were keen on pushing the benefits of store cards, ...
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Causal Event Charges and Treating Customers Fairly

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 14

More clarity on what constitutes causal event charges emerged from a recent Pension Fund Adjudicator determination after the complainant submitted that the deductions were “…exorbitant and do not comply with the principles of Treating the Customer Fairly. The complainant further submits that the response ...
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Demand guarantees need compliant demands

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 14

By Christine Rodrigues, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa There are only two grounds on which a bank that issues an on-demand guarantee can refuse to pay the amounts guaranteed, namely fraud or if the demand for payment does not comply with the requirements of the guarantee. Otherwise banks are required ...
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Investors need to reassess their risk appetite for 2015 warns a leading global analyst

Published: Wed, 17 Dec 14

The warnings from Tom Elliott, International Investment Strategist at deVere Group, which has 80,000 clients and $10bn under advice, are in response to expectations of rising market volatility over the next 12 months as well as regulatory changes. Mr Elliott explains: “Investors who are sensitive to ...
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Hannover Re places protection cover for extreme mortality risks

Published: Tue, 16 Dec 14

Hannover: Hannover Re has successfully placed a swap for extreme mortality scenarios on the capital market. This multi-year protection cover hedges life insurance risks against a severe increase in mortality rates - resulting, for example, from pandemics - in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. Altogether, ...
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Research reveals GCC trade with Africa on the rise

Published: Tue, 16 Dec 14

Investors are seeking opportunities in new sectors and geographic locations with Dubai and the UAE a well-placed hub to drive and facilitate growth DUBAI, UAE: Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries are placing more attention on new markets in east, west and southern Africa as their trade flows with the continent ...
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UK Government unveils Diverted Profits Tax

Published: Tue, 16 Dec 14

By Chris Bates, Dominic Stuttaford, Angela Savin Norton Rose Fulbright LLP UK Government unveils Diverted Profits Tax The tax planning techniques used by some multi-national groups has been subject to a great deal of attention by the press. The particular allegation is that multinational companies pay little ...
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Appointment and termination of a debt sponsor under the amended JSE debt listing requirements

Published: Mon, 15 Dec 14

The amended JSE debt listings requirements come into operation on 22 December 2014. They aim to bring the JSE debt listings requirements in line with the Financial Markets Act, 2012 that came into force in 2013. The authority of the JSE, including its general powers over listing debt securities such as bonds and commercial ...
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Ideas on how to spend your December bonus

Published: Mon, 15 Dec 14

Victor von Reiche, Senior Investment Manager at Cannon Asset Managers, suggests some stocking fillers for those who wish to invest wisely over the festive season. The best investment opportunities reside in places where others aren’t looking. In practical terms, this translates into mid- and small-cap value ...
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