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Social media: what happens to your account when you die?

Published: Fri, 29 Aug 14

By Nerushka Deosaran, Associate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Will you instruct your executor to memorialise or close your Facebook account or will you sign up to DeadSocial to post goodbye messages posthumously? The US government has created guidelines for dealing with your digital afterlife. It also provides ...
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SA’s top 40 listed companies make great strides on corporate reporting

Published: Thu, 28 Aug 14

South Africa’s top 40 companies listed on the JSE have made good progress in their corporate reporting initiatives. Despite progress being made, companies still have the potential to develop their reporting further. These are some of the highlights from PwC’s ‘Value creation: The journey continues’ ...
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Imara launches Balanced Fund to expand unit trust range

Published: Thu, 28 Aug 14

Imara Asset Management South Africa has expanded its boutique unit trust range with the launch of the Imara MET Balanced Fund. The unit trust fund opened on 27 August. The Imara newcomer is categorised as an SA multi-asset high equity unit trust product and complies with prudential investment guidelines for pension ...
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Uncovering the three key Ps of business ownership

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 14

Preparedness, perseverance and passion are among the most important attributes of a successful small business owner, according to top South African franchisors. With franchising rapidly growing as an optimal way for entrepreneurs to launch their own businesses, South Africans with entrepreneurial flair are now considering ...
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The 7 questions to ask when choosing a financial adviser

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 14

By Greg Stockton, Africa Divisional Manager of deVere Group  It’s almost universally recognised that the best way for most people to secure financial freedom is to devise, implement and manage a sound, tailor-made strategy with an independent financial adviser (IFA). But choosing the right IFA, ...
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How to protect yourself in uncertain times

Published: Wed, 27 Aug 14

Wealthy individuals have a lot more in common than their wealth. Ambition, skill, patience, consistency, and a strategic game plan are vital to ensure success. Keeping their eye on the end goal and never giving up have been key to reaching greater heights. “Only a minority of the population become extremely ...
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Economy Battles Headwinds

Published: Mon, 25 Aug 14

Economic Comment by Luke Doig, Senior Economist, Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation The 9. 8% rise in July 2014 official liquidations to 213 from 194 a year earlier, is beginning to reflect the harsh realities of the current business environment and we would caution that a higher incidence is possible in the  ...
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Why women should have greater control of their finances

Published: Mon, 25 Aug 14

According to statistics from the Actuarial Society of South Africa, women on average are living longer than men - with the data revealing that the average life expectancy of a 65 year old South African (who has an annuity) is 85. Michele Ongley, Head of Institutional Business Development at 10X Investments, says that ...
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Five tips for investing offshore

Published: Mon, 25 Aug 14

Offshore investing refers to a variety of investment tactics that exploit advantages accessible outside of an investor's home country. There are both advantages and disadvantages of offshore investing. Mabyanine Phiri, Portfolio Associate at ACM Gold, shares some guidelines to keep in mind when investing offshore: 1 ...
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Managing Energy Costs a Key Factor in Business Sustainability

Published: Fri, 22 Aug 14

£8. 6-million UK government injection to support energy efficiency improvement in SA’s private sector The NERSA-approved hikes in energy costs between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2018 will represent at least a 47% increase in the electricity costs for businesses over the five year period, with an additional ...
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FPI partners with Old Mutual Corporate to increase accredited financial planners and advisors

Published: Fri, 22 Aug 14

Johannesburg – According to the recent global Comparator Research Survey, commissioned by the Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB), 60% of firms surveyed in South Africa revealed that the public viewed financial planning as a highly valuable professional offering, and that the financial services industry ...
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Nothing is wrong with changing your mind....It's time to short US Dollars

Published: Fri, 22 Aug 14

By Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist, Saxo Bank What is wrong with changing your mind because the facts changed? But you have to be able to say why you changed your mind and how the facts changed - Lee Iacocca My biggest call all year has been for global lower rates and in particular lower core country (Germany, ...
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African Bank, Capitec and the downgrade of South African Banks: Q&A

Published: Fri, 22 Aug 14

By Andrew Canter, Chief Investment Officer Futuregrowth Asset Management We’ve recently seen the failure of African Bank, rising concerns about Capitec and other lenders, and the credit rating downgrade of the Big-4 South African Banks. Is Capitec the next African Bank? While Capitec is facing the same ...
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How to make the expenses of an event a non-event

Published: Thu, 21 Aug 14

Back in the day people saved for many months, or even years to pay for significant events like weddings and coming of age celebrations. Tradition dictated that families helped out and often, the entire community chipped in to make celebrations and milestones memorable and perhaps more importantly - affordable. Today, ...
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Saxo Bank’s leadership in trading innovation recognised by Global Banking and Finance Review Awards

Published: Thu, 21 Aug 14

Saxo Bank, the online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, has been named Best White Label Solution Provider and Multi-Asset Liquidity Provider alongside the previously announced award for Best Mobile Trading Platform in the Global Banking and Finance Review Awards 2014. The awards aim to recognise innovation, ...
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PwC global study awards Johannesburg top marks for its business-friendly policies

Published: Thu, 21 Aug 14

Johannesburg advances to position number 23 among the 30 cities studied by PwC in the sixth edition of its ‘Cities of Opportunity’ report. Johannesburg received high marks for its business-friendly policies that continue to fuel-its human-development goals. Johannesburg also performs particularly ...
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Woman to woman - Tips from leading female actuaries on how to empower yourself financially

Published: Wed, 20 Aug 14

What do four of South Africa’s most accomplished female actuaries have in common apart from being ace number crunchers? They are all financially independent and empowered, but not because they are actuaries or earn good salaries. All of them learnt at an early age that it takes hard work, dedication and self-discipline ...
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B-BBEE: An act in progress . . .

Published: Wed, 20 Aug 14

By Terrance M. Booysen, Chief Executive Officer CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd Since the original launch of what was first known to be the Black Economic Empowerment Act No. 53 of 2003 (‘the Act’) which was signed into South African law in January 2004, the Act has seen many changes. The emphasis ...
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Financial Planning Institute announces new Chairperson and Board of Directors

Published: Tue, 19 Aug 14

The Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI) recently announced the appointment of Adv. Sankie Morata, CFP® as new chairperson of the Institute for a two year-term. Ntai Phoofolo, CFP®, has also been appointed as chairperson-elect to assist Morata in leading the board. Morata will succeed Prem ...
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Standard Bank report confirms strong growth in Africa’s rising middle class – and even faster future growth

Published: Tue, 19 Aug 14

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa: Africa has experienced substantial growth in its middle class over the past 14 years, according to a study by Standard Bank. The report, entitled ‘Understanding Africa’s middle class,’ found there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa’s ...
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