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SA consumers still better off than last year, despite significant fuel hikes

Published: Thu, 02 Apr 15

Cape Town: The petrol price increase of over R1. 60 per litre on 1 April has left many consumers concerned about increasing pressure on their pockets. However, the hike is not necessarily the harbinger of doom for South African interest rates, or the 2015 economy as a whole, with the current petrol price still R1. ...
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Businesses must capitalise on savings from low oil prices before the opportunity dries up

Published: Wed, 01 Apr 15

Businesses should use any savings they make from lower oil prices to build up resources and diversify into different markets thereby maximizing opportunities while they last, says Standard Bank. Oil prices dropped more than 50% between June last year and early 2015 – the worst plunge in five years – but ...
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Remain vigilant and avoid ATM and card fraud this Easter

Published: Wed, 01 Apr 15

As South Africans prepare to travel to Easter holiday destinations around the country, Absa’s card division has advised its customers to be even more vigilant around card and ATM fraud. “Customers who travel, stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, and draw cash from ATMs during Easter, increase their risk ...
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Beating the after-holiday financial blues

Published: Wed, 01 Apr 15

Movies, go-carting, putt-putt, game arcades, aquarium visits, lunches out…the list of school holiday activities is endless! Although great fun for the kids, the cost of covering these outings is not so kind to the pocket. While many parents are still recovering financially from the December holidays and back-to-school ...
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African leaders call for taking ownership of resources and using them effectively

Published: Wed, 01 Apr 15

Addis Ababa: African Media Agency (AMA) - African leaders including Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Mr. Ato Haliemariam Dessalegn, HE Paul Kagame, President, Mr Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson, AUC, and Mr El Moctar Djay, Minister of Finance, ...
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Those crumbling BRIC(K)S

Published: Tue, 31 Mar 15

      Jac Laubscher, Economic Advisor: Sanlam Limited     The spotlight has recently fallen a lot on South Africa’s disappointingly low economic growth, mostly because of the negative effect it is having on revenue collection and thus the national budget. ...
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Comments on SARS Trade statistics: Standard Bank

Published: Tue, 31 Mar 15

By Karl Gotte, Standard Bank Commercial Banking “The country’s trade balance for February 2015 came in at a deficit of-R8. 48 billion. This follows January’s deficit of -R24,2 bn. Year on Year the deficit has increased by -R17,2 bn (111%) from 2014. The deficit was unexpected by Standard Bank and ...
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Unpacking SA’s financial adviser environment

Published: Tue, 31 Mar 15

Financial advisers are ready for changes to commission structures in the life and investment market           Justus van Pletzen, CEO of the FIA           South Africa’s financial advisers show a high awareness of the impact ...
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Don’t play the financial fool

Published: Tue, 31 Mar 15

Never was there a truer saying than “a fool and his money are soon parted. ” Take control of your financial situation this April Fools’ Day and avoid being foolish with your funds. Wilfred Moyo from Metropolitan shares some common financial traps to look out for, as well as tips that ...
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ECA Country Profiles - Key Data and Forecasting Tools for Africa - Launched in Addis

Published: Tue, 31 Mar 15

ADDIS ABABA: African Media Agency (AMA) - The ECA Country Profiles - set to become key data and forecasting tools for Africa - were launched at the 8th Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union Specialised Technical Committee on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration and the ECA Conference of ...
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A consensual Agenda 2063 is expected to succeed - Experts

Published: Mon, 30 Mar 15

ADDIS ABADA, Ethiopia: African Media Agency (AMA) - The message that came out strong and clear at the Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic ...
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Plans to Consolidate Ombud Schemes

Published: Fri, 27 Mar 15

The Financial Services Regulation (FSR) Bill includes a review of the various ombud schemes currently active in the industry. The information below was extracted from the discussion document titled “An Integrated Ombud System”. As the landscape for financial sector regulation is consolidated under the ...
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SARB monetary policy statement

Published: Fri, 27 Mar 15

By Arthur Kamp: Investment Economist at Sanlam Investments The South African Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) sketched a bleak picture for the South African economy when it released its Monetary Policy Statement at the conclusion of its March 2015 meeting. While growth remains a concern amidst ...
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SA’s major banks post solid results amidst a difficult and volatile economic climate: PwC Major Banks Analysis

Published: Thu, 26 Mar 15

The financial results of South Africa’s four major banking groups (Barclays Africa Group Limited, FirstRand, Nedbank and Standard Bank) for the year ended 31 December 2014 are an admirable reflection of the financial health of the industry in that they show that the banks have remained resilient through recent ...
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FSB takes Action on Sign on Bonuses

Published: Thu, 26 Mar 15

Scarcely a week after announcing its intent to investigate the impact of sign-on bonuses on churning, the Regulator called for a special compliance report to be completed by FSPs registered as Long-term insurers. As with the investigation into causal event penalties, which led to the Statement of Intent, the FSB identified ...
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FSB comments on Jacobus Kellerman media reports

Published: Thu, 26 Mar 15

Following media articles regarding the investigations carried out by the Mauritian Financial Services Commission and the Guernsey Financial Commission into the affairs of Mr Jacobus Kellerman and his associated entities and persons, the Financial Services Board (FSB) has received a number of enquiries about his status ...
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Scaling the peaks of competence

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

How can you know if you are competent to perform in your role? Many professional organisations produce competence frameworks which attempt to answer this question. Unfortunately most of these frameworks are limited to assessing what you know or what you can do. But knowledge and skills are only two of the elements ...
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Low interest rates, slow growth driving financial market trends

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

Johannesburg: Ultra-low interest rates and slow economic growth are the two main factors currently driving global financial market trends – trends which also inform the South African asset allocation landscape and are integral to both investor behaviour and investment manager decisions. According to Alwyn van ...
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Unsolicited offerings to Government risky for the private sector

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

A lack of legal clarity around unsolicited proposals and bids could deter the private sector from offering innovative solutions to some of the complex challenges faced by Government. This is according to Raisa Cachalia, a constitutional and administrative law specialist consultant at Caveat Legal. She points out that ...
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deVere reveals its role in exposing alleged $16bn investment fraud

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 15

One of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations today revealed it helped a U. S. based investigative financial news service expose what could be one of the world's biggest-ever frauds in order to protect investors and try to recover assets. deVere Group confirmed it provided evidence ...
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