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South Africans unaware of the state of their credit profiles

Published: Tue, 14 Apr 15

The recent amendments in the National Credit Act (NCA) will make it more difficult for consumers to turn to unsecured lenders when short on cash. With stricter structures for affordability assessments by lenders being put in place, it has never been more important for South Africans to maintain a good credit standing ...
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ECA's Annual Economic Report on Africa advocates Industrialisation through trade

Published: Mon, 13 Apr 15

Addis Ababa: -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The 2015 edition of the Economic Report on Africa (ERA), "Industrialising through Trade", was launched by Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah, Minister of Trade and Industry, Ghana and Dr. Arkebe Oqubay, Minister and Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, during the Conference ...
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One size does not fit all for Central Banks' role in financing development

Published: Fri, 10 Apr 15

Addis Ababa -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- What is needed to make the most of central banks' potential in financing Africa's development in the post-2015 era? Mr. Carlos Lopes, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of Africa posed the question to a group of central bank governors and development ...
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Moratorium in business rescue: what does it cover?

Published: Fri, 10 Apr 15

By Riza Moosa, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa The moratorium on legal proceedings against a company in business rescue offers critical breathing space to the company from its creditors, allowing the business rescue practitioner the opportunity to investigate affairs of the company and develop the ...
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A convincing first set of full-year results for PSG Konsult

Published: Fri, 10 Apr 15

Independent financial services provider PSG Konsult has reported a convincing first set of full-year financial results. This follows its successful listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) in June and July 2014, respectively. Recurring headline earnings increased by 36% ...
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Why isn’t the weaker Rand driving an export and manufacturing revival in SA?

Published: Thu, 09 Apr 15

Cape Town: A weak currency typically does very little to boost the morale of a country, however, some market analysts and commentators swear by its ability to rebalance a challenged economy and drive an export-led recovery. The obvious question then is could the weak rand help turn South Africa’s economic fortunes ...
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FAIS - Key Individuals liability for Representatives under supervision

Published: Thu, 09 Apr 15

A recent order by the FSB’s Appeal Board highlighted the importance of applying the prescribed methodology where representatives under supervision are concerned. A representative under supervision, Moore, claimed that the directors of Blue Zone should be held accountable for the client’s loss due to their ...
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The Retail Distribution Review – Investment Products and Trail Commission

Published: Wed, 08 Apr 15

    Allan Greenblo, Editorial Director Today's Trustee       Can a client claim back fees for advice he hasn’t received? SA proposal seems at odds with recent UK ruling. “I want it to run until my 60th birthday, when I intend to retire, and I want ...
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SA economy sluggish, US economy waddles on

Published: Wed, 08 Apr 15

By Arthur Kamp, Investment Economist at Sanlam Investments Consumer price inflation (CPI) slowed to 3. 9% for the year to February 2015 from 4. 4% in January 2015. This largely reflected a sharp fall in petrol prices. In its March 2015 Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) Statement, the South African Reserve Bank indicated ...
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Nedbank and IFC drives African food security through $50m finance and warehouse scheme

Published: Tue, 07 Apr 15

Nedbank drives African food security with IFC through the provision of a $50m working capital finance and warehouse scheme to agriculture producers and traders. Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) has experienced high economic growth rates over the past five years, but food security, and particularly food affordability continues ...
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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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