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Five years in Sanlam’s BlueStar businesses continue to flourish

Published: Tue, 22 Jul 14

Cape Town: Following the launch by Sanlam of the BlueStar business model in 2009 – a move designed to assist financial advisers towards increased specialisation and successful entrepreneurship – the group says all its expectations have been exceeded. Five years in, there are 173 BlueStar businesses in ...
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Coordinated Assistance for Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Published: Tue, 22 Jul 14

Geneva: Recognising the extensive potential benefits to developing, transition and least developed economies from the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), including: enhanced participation in global supply and value chains; improved competitiveness; increased transparency; greater integration ...
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ITC launches Trade Facilitation Programme to help developing countries implement WTO agreement

Published: Tue, 22 Jul 14

Geneva: The International Trade Centre (ITC) today announced the establishment of its Trade Facilitation Programme that will assist developing countries and their businesses to better understand the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and undertake the necessary steps to ...
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Financial planning is the first step towards a better financial future

Published: Tue, 22 Jul 14

By Marius Bester, Advisory Partner at Citadel Investment Services The well know saying ‘failing to plan, is planning to fail’ is highly applicable when it comes to personal finances. July Savings Month presents a timely, and sometimes alarming, reminder to all South Africans about the need to save for ...
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PlexCrown Unit Trust Survey: Second Quarter 2014

Published: Tue, 22 Jul 14

Summary of retail rand-denominated unit trust and FSB-approved foreign collective investment scheme returns, fund ratings and management company ratings for the quarter ended 30 June 2014. The PlexCrown survey was done in collaboration with ProfileData and based on return data provided by ProfileData and market data ...
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War and Markets

Published: Tue, 22 Jul 14

By Steen Jakobsen “There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for” – Albert Camus The world is increasingly becoming engaged in civil wars and general turmoil where Camus' words could and should play a central role but never will. This article is one of the hardest to write ...
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Managing your student loan effectively

Published: Mon, 21 Jul 14

The announcement that President Barack Obama only finished paying off his student loan eight years ago demonstrates the huge commitment that taking on debt to pay for one’s studies can have for millions of students around the world. For example, student debt at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is reported to ...
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Fourth FAIS Ombud Ruling on RVA Fund

Published: Mon, 21 Jul 14

The office of the FAIS Ombud published its fourth determination against a financial advisor on Friday. In essence, it found that, in four all instances, the losses suffered by investors resulted from clients not being properly advised of the inherent risk of the scheme, and the fact that application forms were totally ...
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The impact of today’s repo rate hike

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

Paul Stewart, head: fund management at Grindrod Asset Management comments on today’s repo rate hike: 1. Will a 25 basis points repo rate hike achieve the SARB’s objective and cool inflation? In my opinion, the 0. 25% repo rate hike will have little impact on cooling inflation expectations in South ...
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SAI Platform, ITC and GLOBALG.A.P. introduce joint initiative for global food security through good agricultural practices

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

Geneva: Today, GLOBALG. A. P. , the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform and the International Trade Centre (ITC) are initiating the ‘The Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security through Good Agricultural Practices’. The Declaration is an invitation to key stakeholders in the global ...
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SARB MPC escapes the ‘stagflationary’ vice-grip by appeasing both sides of the equation

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

COMMENTARY BY GEORGE HERMAN, INVESTMENT STRATEGIST AT CITADEL SA GDP growth is under severe downward pressure due to various well known factors. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is very sensitive to this and thus did everything they could not to hike rates. 25% today they hope not to hamper economic growth ...
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Save and invest today and own tomorrow

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

Despite numerous initiatives aimed at encouraging South Africans to save, consumers still fail to save enough during their working years to enable them to maintain their living standards during retirement. Leon Campher, CEO of the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA), blames this on an inability ...
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Standard Bank offers an alternative to investors looking for a risk-free home for savings

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

Standard Bank has returned more than R 100 million to clients who invested a total of R 87 million in the bank’s JSE-based SharePlus investment launched two years ago. In these tough economic times many people find it difficult to find savings solutions that have the potential to offer returns that exceed the ...
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From here to eternity in the age of low interest rates

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

By Steen Jakobsen, chief economist and CIO at Saxo Bank “L'éternité, c'est long. surtout vers la fin. ” ― Franz Kafka Eternity is here. Eternity in low interest rates for longer. Eternity in excess return from stock markets, eternity in no growth, eternity in low productivity, ...
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Practical advice from Alexander Forbes in Savings Month

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

As economic turmoil continues to threaten household incomes, Alexander Forbes Financial Planning Consultants recommends the following practical tips to increase your savings: A LA CARTE Everyone loves a good splurge now and again. With rising debt levels in South Africa, consumers are consistently being encouraged ...
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KPMG: Venture Capital regime needs overhaul

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

By Nicola Bird, Senior Manager in the Tax and Legal practice at KPMG in South Africa In the 2014 Budget Speech, the Minister of Finance noted the importance of small business and entrepreneurship in facilitating the creation of jobs in the private sector. In this regard, the minister mentioned proposed amendments ...
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Is your image killing your financial future?

Published: Wed, 16 Jul 14

Image factors are fast becoming risk factors for a generation of middle-class South Africans who find it difficult to let an unsustainable lifestyle go. The image alert comes from Imara Asset Management South Africa, an Illovo-based financial services firm with a growing client-base among high earners who are trying ...
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No clash between active and passive investment – Deutsche

Published: Tue, 15 Jul 14

Active and passive investment is not an either-or proposition. Sensible investors can usefully combine both options. The tip comes from Deutsche Securities, the Sandton-based marketers of db X-trackers, a range of five JSE-listed exchange traded funds (ETFs) that provide South Africans with a proven platform for simultaneous ...
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Global race is on to be the Islamic finance hub of the world

Published: Tue, 15 Jul 14

Strong competition among leading business hubs including Dubai, London and Kuala Lumpur Globally, in the next five to seven years, approximately 50,000 Islamic finance professionals will be needed to support the Islamic finance sector which is currently experiencing such positive forecasts that it has led to strong ...
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Assupol sponsors Skeem Saam TV show

Published: Mon, 14 Jul 14

Assupol Life is proud to announce that it will sponsor the popular SABC 1 youth drama, Skeem Saam. Skeem Saam is a ground-breaking and captivating youth drama series on SABC1, which returns to the screens for a third season today. In response to its popularity, from this season on Skeem Saam will be a daily drama ...
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