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FSP Due Diligence Responsibilities

Published: Thu, 03 Jul 14

We recently outlined the background to the first complaint against an advisor who invested client funds in Herman Pretorius’s Relative Value Arbitrage Fund. In his response to the complaint, the advisor stated, amongst other arguments that he, after reading about possible problems, “…contacted Mr ...
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FSB on the resignation of Mr Dawood Seedat

Published: Wed, 02 Jul 14

The Financial Services Board (FSB) is an institution of high integrity and credibility, with over 20 years of international acclaim for its standards of regulation. The current corruption allegations against the former Chief Financial Officer of the FSB Mr Dawood Seedat are completely unacceptable, ...
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TMT innovation leaders focus on key areas to ensure innovation delivers consistent, tangible results

Published: Wed, 02 Jul 14

Leading innovators in the Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) industries succeed by identifying and taking action on six key areas that can set their companies apart from the competition, according to a report issued by PwC: ‘Clearing the innovation hurdles: How leading TMT businesses overcome barriers to make ...
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Offshore diversification more than a currency bet - Deutsche

Published: Tue, 01 Jul 14

South African investors putting money offshore are not just nervous about the rand’s prospects. They are also positive about the recovery prospects of some international jurisdictions and wish to diversify accordingly. The perspective comes from Deutsche Securities, the Sandton-based exchange traded funds company ...
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What it means when markets are up while growth is down

Published: Tue, 01 Jul 14

Luigi Marinus, Investment Analyst at PPS Investments The South African economy is under strain: After growing by just 1. 9% in 2013, it proceeded to shrink in the first quarter of 2014. Expectations are that the economy will grow by only 2% this year – and that’s if we’re lucky. In fact, credit ...
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Understanding sources of investment return using heat maps

Published: Tue, 01 Jul 14

Andrew Newell, Head of Business Development at Cannon Asset Managers, explains the importance of understanding the source of investment returns and gives pointers on where to look in the future Most investors want not only high equity returns, but returns that are even better than the market itself. This points ...
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FATCA reporting from 1 July 2014

Published: Tue, 01 Jul 14

By Desiree Reddy , Associate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Enacted in 2010, the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) seeks to prevent tax abuses by US persons living or operating outside of the US. FATCA imposes a 30% withholding tax on payments of US source income made to non-US financial institutions, ...
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FAIS Ombud Rules on RVAF Investment

Published: Mon, 30 Jun 14

The reasons for the sad ending to the Relative Value Arbitrage Fund, for both investors and advisors, are evident from this, the first determination by the Ombud on the Herman Pretorius saga. A client, who invested R500 000 in 2010, complained to the Ombud after losing all his savings when the mastermind behind ...
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President Obiang Asks for Greater Investment in Agricultural Sector

Published: Mon, 30 Jun 14

Closing session of the African Union Summit MALABO, Equatorial Guinea: Equatorial Guinea’s President, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (http://equatorialguineainfo. blogspot. com), asked African countries to invest heavily in their agricultural sector to decrease their dependence on the developed world, ensure food ...
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Positioned for investment growth

Published: Mon, 30 Jun 14

Nico Coetzee, Executive: Business Development and Marketing at PPS Investments July marks Savings Month. Midway through the year, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at your investments. Are you saving enough towards your goals for the future? And – equally important – are you investing ...
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Growing local concerns: outlook fraught with uncertainty

Published: Mon, 30 Jun 14

SA competitiveness eroded by rising labour costs A present, the South African investor outlook is fraught with uncertainty. This is according to Ursula Maritz, Chief Investment Officer at Southern Charter, who says that the biggest concern is the state of the South African economy, which contracted by 0. 6% in ...
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FSB warns on Mentor Life Cover and Investment Ltd and/or MBB Legacy Investment Group

Published: Fri, 27 Jun 14

The Financial Services Board (“FSB”) would like to warn the public against conducting any business with Mentor Life Cover and Investment Ltd, its owner, Mr Lucas Mabeba and/or MBB Legacy Investment Group. Mentor Life Cover and Investment Ltd was authorized (FSP: 41338) in terms of section 7 of the Financial ...
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Life-stage financial mistakes to avoid for the sake of your security

Published: Fri, 27 Jun 14

South African households, with more limited incomes in the current highly inflationary environment, are nowadays caught between a deep desire to save the rock of saving for a comfortable retirement, and the hard place of leaving a legacy for their children. Saving has long been punted as a necessary obligation for ...
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Metropolitan Retail’s new CEO changing the focus

Published: Fri, 27 Jun 14

        Khanyi Nzukuma, the new CEO of Metropolitan Retail           Cape Town - Khanyi Nzukuma takes the reins as the new CEO of Metropolitan Retail, a division of the JSE-listed financial services group, MMI Holdings, on 1 July ...
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The greatest possible pitfalls in investment planning

Published: Thu, 26 Jun 14

Patrick Barker, Private Client Portfolio Manager at Cannon Asset Managers, identifies what he believes may be the biggest hindering factors in investment planning. Investors need to think in terms of taking responsibility for their investments, rather than being “victims” of their investment circumstances ...
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Fidentia curator resigns

Published: Thu, 26 Jun 14

The Financial Services Board (FSB) has today received a written resignation from Mr Dines Chandra Manilal Gihwala as a curator of the financial services business of Fidentia Asset Management (Pty) Ltd, Bramber Alternative (Pty) Ltd and Fidentia Holdings (Pty) Ltd (Fidentia). Mr Gihwala was appointed as provisional ...
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Over 2 million Africans tell African leaders at AU Summit to Do Agric

Published: Thu, 26 Jun 14

African citizens join the continent’s top musicians, hundreds of CSOs, and ONE. org to ask leaders to invest more and better in agriculture JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa: As the 23rd African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit gets underway in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, ONE. org’s Do Agric ...
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How the behavioural gap can jeopardise your retirement savings

Published: Wed, 25 Jun 14

The average investment fund underperforms the index by around 2% per year, with the average investor underperforming the average fund by a further 2% to 4% per year. This happens as investors chase past performance and switch funds based upon what has worked in the past. This is according to Steven Nathan, Chief Executive ...
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Financial Planning Institute (FPI) announces the 2014 Financial Planner of the Year

Published: Wed, 25 Jun 14

The Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI), a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) recognised professional body for financial planners in South Africa, is proud to announce that Peter Hewitt, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional and founder of Efficient Advise practice, is the ...
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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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