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French Credit Insurer Coface Launches $1-Billion IPO

Published: Tue, 24 Jun 14

The French credit insurer Coface has launched an initial public offering (IPO) worth up to 895-million euros ($1,2-billion). Coface is fully owned by French investment bank Natixis, who will be reducing its share in Coface. Coface is the world's third-largest credit insurer, offering insurance to protect ...
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Have You Wasted Money On Sales Training; Again?

Published: Tue, 24 Jun 14

    Jacques de Villiers Author, Blogger and Sales Trainer         As a sales manager have you spent money on sales training, invested in a bunch of sales techniques and sales coaching and found that your numbers are still not improving?” Are you ...
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Proposed directive on companies that provide exchange infrastructures to facilitate trade in their own securities

Published: Tue, 24 Jun 14

FSB - QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 1. What is the extent of the application of the draft Directive? The draft Directive applies to all public companies that provide infrastructures conforming to the definition of an exchange where the issuer facilitates trade in its own securities. What does the draft Directive ...
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Liquidation stats unreliable says CGIC

Published: Mon, 23 Jun 14

Comment by Luke Doig, Senior Economist, Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation The volatility – and indeed unreliability – in the liquidation data continued in May with a 70% increase from 130 in the corresponding month last year to the current 221 cases. This can largely be attributed to the administrative ...
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South African investors urged to stay the course during turbulent times

Published: Mon, 23 Jun 14

Fitch Ratings’s negative outlook on South Africa’s credit rating, paired with Standard & Poor’s (S&P) downgrade of the country’s credit rating has resulted in increased concern amongst many local investors around the risks and value of their investment portfolios. However, those investors ...
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Aon Hewitt 2014 EMEA Employee Benefits Communication Survey

Published: Mon, 23 Jun 14

Survey finds that employers are not effectively communicating the total value of employee compensation and benefits         Ndivhuwo Manyonga, Executive Head Aon Hewitt South Africa           Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement ...
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ITC partners with World Bank to drive SME exports through e-commerce

Published: Fri, 20 Jun 14

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia are set to increase exports of their goods and services using virtual marketplaces (VMPs), under a new project of the World Bank and the International Trade Centre (ITC). The ‘Developing SMEs’ Exports Through Virtual Marketplaces ...
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In a class of their own…

Published: Thu, 19 Jun 14

By Ayanda Nondwana, senior associate at Hogan Lovells, Johannesburg It is evident from recent legal judgments and pending damages claims, such as the bread-fixing cartel and the construction anti-competitive cartels, that South African citizens are more alive to their rights embodied in the Constitution and other ...
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PwC Report - Further growth expected in Africa’s hospitality sector in the next five years

Published: Thu, 19 Jun 14

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa: Despite South Africa’s economy facing headwinds, the hospitality sector is poised for further growth in the next five years in the wake of a number of inbound travellers into the African continent, according to a report issued by PwC today (http://www. Nikki Forster, PwC Leader of ...
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Citadel acquires 100% stake in the Wealth Corporation

Published: Thu, 19 Jun 14

Citadel, a specialist wealth manager, today announced its acquisition of an outstanding minority shareholding in The Wealth Corporation, taking its ownership stake to 100%. The most recent purchase completes the transaction that begun with a 50% stake 18 months ago. Andrew Möller, Citadel CEO says that since ...
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Think big for long-term investment gains – Imara

Published: Thu, 19 Jun 14

Investors are continually told they should think long term, but that’s only half the story. For improved returns they should also think BIG. The investment tip comes from Chris Botha, senior fund manager at Imara Asset Management South Africa, a firm with a reputation for securing contrarian gains. Botha disputes ...
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Social media: what happens when you delete your account?

Published: Thu, 19 Jun 14

By Nerushka Deosaran, Assoiciate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa What happens when you delete a social media account? When you delete your Twitter account: You need to deactivate your account using your account settings. Your account should be deactivated within a few minutes, but some content may ...
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CIMA offers limited offer 33% discount on registration fees

Published: Wed, 18 Jun 14

In a bold move to counter the effects of currency fluctuation in the market, CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants has a launched a special limited offer of 33% off its standard registration fee until 30 September. In addition, the capped exemption fee rate of GBP165 that has applied in South Africa ...
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Six key steps in choosing a unit trust fund

Published: Wed, 18 Jun 14

By Glacier Research, Glacier by Sanlam With over 1 000 unit trust funds available locally, selecting the right one for you can seem like a daunting exercise. Here are six steps to get you started. Understand your objectives and risk-profile A financial adviser is invaluable in helping you determine ...
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Natural capital depletion will leave businesses dangerously exposed, warns new report

Published: Tue, 17 Jun 14

A new report entitled Accounting for Natural Capital: The Elephant in the Boardroom was launched today by CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, in collaboration with EY, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the Natural Capital Coalition, at an event at CNBC Africa in Sandton. In ...
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Hassen Adam’s Nadeson Investments acquires 25.1% stake in RBS

Published: Tue, 17 Jun 14

Deal a milestone for transformation in the insurance industry Nadeson Investments (Pty) Limited, which is led by Hassen Adams, Chairman of Grand Parade Investments - the parent company of Burger King SA - has acquired a 25. 1% stake in Risk Benefit Solutions (RBS), one of South Africa’s largest independent ...
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Leading TMT innovators cite collaboration as competitive edge

Published: Tue, 17 Jun 14

Distinct differences at top 20% most innovative TMT companies: intelligent risk taking, business model innovation, and collaboration translate into significant revenue and market share gains The most innovative 20% of TMT companies use collaboration in unique ways to gain a competitive edge, according to a PwC ...
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2014 Global Economic Outlook

Published: Fri, 13 Jun 14

By Coface, international credit insurer International credit insurer Coface, sees global growth is picking up, but emerging markets still under pressure. Global GDP growth is expected to improve from 2. 6% in 2013 to 3. This breakdown between emerging and advanced economies is rebalancing somewhat, as the contribution ...
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SA’s top financial services product suppliers crowned at the 2014 FIA Awards celebrations

Published: Fri, 13 Jun 14

The 2014 Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) Awards gala dinner took place last night (Thursday, 12 June 2014) at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. More than a thousand industry representatives thronged to the glittering black-tie event to congratulate the insurers, underwriters ...
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GCR downgrades African Bank Limited’s rating to A-(ZA)

Published: Fri, 13 Jun 14

Global Credit Ratings (GCR) has downgraded the national scale ratings assigned to African Bank Limited to A-(ZA) and A2(ZA) in the long term and short term respectively; with the outlook accorded as Negative. Furthermore, the international scale rating assigned to African Bank Limited has been downgraded to BB+ with ...
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