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Looking for opportunities in the Brexit turmoil

Published: Fri, 01 Jul 16

By Sanlam Investments June 30, 2016 - Colin McQueen, Senior Fund Manager: Global Equities, Sanlam Four   Given that markets have been rallying ahead in anticipation of a Stay vote, the surprise pro-Brexit announcement was clearly not what the markets had expected. Says Colin McQueen, Senior ...
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Fintech start-up helps SMEs manage money and grow

Published: Fri, 01 Jul 16

A disruptive fintech start-up is helping small and medium formal and informal businesses in South Africa to better manage their money and grow their businesses. Matt Putman, iKhokha managing director, says the iKhokha mobile app and card machine is an affordable payment device that is already being used ...
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Privinvest Comments on Mozambique Maritime Contracts

Published: Fri, 01 Jul 16

In 2014 a think-tank chaired by Kofi Annan had estimated that Africa lost $20bn a year on fishing and logging, with Mozambique one of the worst sufferers BEIRUT, Lebanon: Privinvest (www. Privinvest. com) has noted recent inaccurate comments in the media with regards to maritime programs executed by Privinvest ...
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Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Empowers Women Entrepreneurs Through Global Online Mentoring Programme

Published: Fri, 01 Jul 16

Mentoring Women in Business Programme showcased at a special event in Johannesburg hosted by Cherie Blair LONDON, United Kingdom: Yesterday, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (www. CherieBlairFoundation. org) hosted a special event to champion mentoring as a powerful tool for empowering women entrepreneurs ...
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SARS Trade Data Commentary

Published: Fri, 01 Jul 16

By Karl Götte – Head of Standard Bank Commercial Banking   “The country’s trade balance for May 2016 came in at a surplus of R18. 7 bn. The trade account’s year to date position has improved to R-27. ”   “The RMB/BER Business Confidence Index fell to 32 ...
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New BEE Regulations – notification of major BEE transactions and annual reporting to the BEE Commission

Published: Thu, 30 Jun 16

The Minister of Trade and Industry published the final Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Regulations in terms of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act (BEE Act) in the Government Gazette in early June 2016.   According to Ashleigh Hale, partner and co-head of Bowman Gilfillan Africa ...
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Brexit: when market conditions get fearful, it is time to consider the market

Published: Thu, 30 Jun 16

- a retirement investment perspective - By John Taylor – Marketing Actuary, Liberty Corporate The past few days have been some of the most volatile in the global economy since the 2008 global financial markets crisis. On the surface of it, a somewhat unexpected “leave” vote from the ...
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The three biggest investing anomalies

Published: Thu, 30 Jun 16

When asked why the majority of South Africans fail to reach their retirement goal, most industry players will cite factors such as saving too little, starting too late, low preservation rates or a lack of portfolio diversification. Unfortunately, they often fail to mention the devastating effect ...
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Should advisers ‘pay back the money’?

Published: Thu, 30 Jun 16

By Richard Rattue, Managing Director, Compli-Serve SA   The phrase ‘pay back the money’ has become deeply ingrained in the South African psyche, having dominated headlines in our parliament over the last year or so. The latest development of course addressing our President’s liability ...
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Sage One Accounting integrates with Google Sheets

Published: Thu, 30 Jun 16

Sage and Google Sheets integration gives Small & Medium Businesses smart business reporting at any time and any place   Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, has partnered with Google to create a software prototype that will allow Small & Medium Businesses ...
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High entrepreneurial spirit is not yet leading to job creation

Published: Thu, 30 Jun 16

Spotting an opportunity that sparks an entrepreneurial idea is a dominant driver of startup businesses in South Africa, but they are not creating jobs at the scale and rate South Africa so urgently needs. This is just one of the findings of South Africa’s largest startup survey announced last night ...
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DocTrailTM a new world-first “FinTech” disruptor in banking

Published: Thu, 30 Jun 16

FNB has launched DocTrailTM a new innovative banking solution that enables FNB Business customers to upload and attach supporting documentation to online payments, exerting greater control over the daily running of their businesses. DocTrailTM drastically reduces the administrative burdens that most businesses ...
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Start climbing the property ladder with a little bit of help from Absa

Published: Wed, 29 Jun 16

Buying a home is an expensive exercise and related costs, especially the deposit, often makes it difficult for first time home buyers to access the property market. Rodney Moodley, Absa Provincial Head of Loans says, “Banks usually request a 10% deposit before a home loan is granted. Let us say you ...
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Five ways to successfully diversify your investments

Published: Wed, 29 Jun 16

By Anet Ahern, Chief Executive Officer, PSG Asset Management If you read the press or listen to the radio you will invariably hear investment professionals talking about how important it is to “diversify”. But what does this mean, why is this important and how do you do it? We all know the old adage ...
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Businesses that take action now can prevent water, energy shortages in the future

Published: Wed, 29 Jun 16

By Karl Götte, Head of Standard Bank Commercial Banking   South Africa’s water and energy challenges are well known and range from ageing infrastructure, supply constraints and pollution to the impact of climate change on society and businesses. The recently released non-financial census ...
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President Zuma notes Brexit outcome

Published: Wed, 29 Jun 16

Pretoria: The Presidency says government has noted the outcome of the referendum in Britain, also called Brexit. Britain on Thursday held a referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. The Presidency said it will take two years for the institutional changes that the vote implies ...
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Special Report: The Impact of ‘Brexit’ on Africa

Published: Wed, 29 Jun 16

EXX Africa analyses the impact of an eventual ‘Brexit’ on three of the UK’s most important African markets: South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: Following the UK’s surprise vote to leave the EU, EXX AFRICA (www. com) assesses the probable impact such a departure would ...
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Coface Downgrades UK’s 2016 Growth to 1.2%

Published: Tue, 28 Jun 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company   The result of the 23rd June vote by the UK to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves across financial markets. Both short-term and long-term uncertainties are high. Global equity markets have fallen too, Japan, Germany and France ...
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Five reasons to invest offshore today

Published: Tue, 28 Jun 16

By Duggan Matthews Marriott, the Income Specialists   “Should I invest offshore?” is a question many are grappling with today. The prospect of buying shares in less familiar companies on international stock exchanges and in foreign currency often creates doubt in the minds of investors. ...
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Germany: Are Worries About Chinese M&A’s Justified?

Published: Tue, 28 Jun 16

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company     In the first half of 2016, there have been a number of large Chinese M&A transactions in Germany. With the possible acquisition of the German manufacturer Kuka by the Chinese investor Midea, there are fears among German politicians ...
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