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UN Secretary-General on South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

Published: Tue, 25 Oct 16

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court NEW YORK, United States of America: The Secretary-General regrets the decision of the South African Government to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal ...
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Demystifying the myths around financial planning

Published: Tue, 25 Oct 16

Johannesburg: Financial planning greatly contributes to the success and well-being of many South Africans, yet a large portion still holds pre-conceived notions or myths that prevent them from seeking professional counsel. Most people make a series of choices that ultimately lead to their version of financial planning ...
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Key themes for entrepreneurs to look out for in the medium term budget

Published: Tue, 25 Oct 16

The medium term budget policy statement to be released this week will set the framework for government spending over the next three years. The 2016/17 fiscal year took off under the shadow of Nenegate and the threat of a downgrade of the country’s credit rating. It has been a year marked by low consumer and ...
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2016 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement: National Treasury to demonstrate intent

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 16

            By Arthur Kamp, Economist at Sanlam Investments                     Cape Town: South Africa’s Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), which will be read ...
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South Africa’s ICC Move Betrays Victims

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 16

On October 21, 2016, South Africa’s foreign minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, announced that South Africa had submitted a notice to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of its intent to withdraw as a party to the Rome Statute, the treaty that established and governs the ICC. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: ...
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Significant number of businesses neglect potential human rights risks

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 16

- Global study reveals that almost half of surveyed businesses have never undertaken a human rights due diligence exercise - Human rights impacts may go undetected through lack of adequate review mechanisms - Consequences of inadequate attention can include reputational damage, fines and legal claims A global ...
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Active investing – the uncomfortable truths

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 16

By Mark Cliff, Marketing Manager at PSG Asset Management   The only way in which fund managers can deliver superior performance versus a benchmark or its peers is to assemble a portfolio that is different. The size of the opportunity to outperform will be determined by the degree to which the funds are ...
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Canada deeply troubled by South Africa’s announcement‎ to withdraw from International Criminal Court

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 16

OTTAWA, Canada: The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement: “Canada is deeply troubled by South Africa’s announcement that it has submitted a notice of withdrawal from the International Criminal Court to the United Nations Secretary-General ...
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The European Union on South Africa and Burundi and the International Criminal Court

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 16

Until now, no State has ever withdrawn from the Rome Statute BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Union deeply regrets the Republic of South Africa's decision to initiate its withdrawal from the Rome Statute. South Africa played a significant role in the establishment of the ICC and was one of the first signatories ...
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Are fees the only game in town?

Published: Fri, 21 Oct 16

#StopDaylightRobbery     Investment costs matter. In the context of a finite market return, investors fall short of the total market return by the total investment costs they incur. Whatever the financial service industry charges for administration, advice, commission, trading, investment management ...
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Why SA is formally withdrawing from the ICC

Published: Fri, 21 Oct 16

Pretoria: South Africa has formally requested to withdraw from the Rome Statute, a treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). On Wednesday after Cabinet approval, the South African government sent an ‘instrument of withdrawal’ letter to the United Nations Secretary-General explaining ...
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How to optimise your investments in the current economic climate

Published: Fri, 21 Oct 16

Comprehensive financial planning can improve the health of your wealth Despite the current economic climate in South Africa, comprehensive financial planning can improve the health of your wealth. The weaker rand and the threatening credit downgrade for South Africa to "junk" status, coupled with the ...
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Help at hand to improve SA’s financial literacy – and it’s free!

Published: Thu, 20 Oct 16

South Africa is at the bottom of the financial literacy class according to a recent study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The OECD/INFE International Survey of Adult Financial Literacy Competencies questioned 50,000 people aged between 18 and 79 and found that, on average, only ...
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Classic meets modern as financial house builds stone Citadel

Published: Thu, 20 Oct 16

Cape Town’s new landmark building, “The Citadel”, was officially opened last night amidst great anticipation and excitement. The 6,000m² architectural masterpiece is the new head office of wealth management business Citadel and aptly reflects the company’s ethos of classic simplicity, ...
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FSB fines Discovery Life Limited and Regal Financial Services (Pty) Ltd

Published: Thu, 20 Oct 16

FSB has fined Discovery Life Limited and Regal Financial Services (Pty) Ltd for Contravening section 3A of the General Code of Conduct for Financial Services Providers   The Registrar for Financial Services Providers referred a case against Discovery Life Limited (“Discovery”) and Regal Financial ...
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FSB warns the public against AK Dollar Traders Pty (Ltd)

Published: Thu, 20 Oct 16

The Financial Services Board (FSB) would like to warn the public to act with caution when dealing with AK Dollar Traders Pty (Ltd). AK Dollar Traders Pty (Ltd) is not authorised in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 (“FAIS Act”), to render any financial advice and intermediary ...
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FSB warns the public against Invest Acquired Holdings

Published: Thu, 20 Oct 16

The Financial Services Board (FSB) would like to warn the public to act with caution when dealing with Invest Acquired Holdings. Invest Acquired Holdings is not authorised in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 (“FAIS Act”), to render any financial advice and intermediary ...
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2016 Christmas sales outlook – how will embattled households fare?

Published: Thu, 20 Oct 16

“Pray for rain and much more!”   By Luke Doig, Senior Economist Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation   The nominal and real growth in December 2015 retail sales of 8. 4% and 4. ) was ahead of our expectations as tills ran up a total in excess of R100bn in monthly sales for the ...
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Choose a CFP® professional and put your financial affairs in order

Published: Thu, 20 Oct 16

By Bruce Fleming, CFP®, 2016 FPI Financial Planner of the Year   I have a very good friend David who, like me, studied to become a lawyer. However, unlike me, after he had completed his LLB, he completed his articles got instated as an attorney and has now worked himself up to partner. I on the other ...
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Benchmark beating returns from the PSG Stable and PSG Equity funds

Published: Wed, 19 Oct 16

The investment team at PSG Asset Management recently completed a country-wide roadshow sharing their market and portfolio views with clients and advisers and have some insights to share regarding the PSG Stable Fund and the PSG Equity Fund.   Low equity funds back in the sweet spot   According ...
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