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Fair treatment and transparency go hand in hand

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 14

Richard Rattue, managing director Compli-serve SA It is difficult to open the industry press at present without coming across the words ‘fair treatment’. It is, of course, a derivative of the Treating Customer Fairly (TCF) initiative currently being pushed forward by the Regulator, which at its heart, ...
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Local farmers, African markets and the evolving role of banks

Published: Wed, 22 Oct 14

A bank's relationship with the farmer has evolved beyond just leveraging the business to the hilt with loans. Today’s partnerships are forged with farmers, focused on holistic solutions to everyday and seasonal operational requirements. So says John Hudson, Nedbank Business Banking Divisional Manager of ...
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Economic Comment – October 2014

Published: Tue, 21 Oct 14

By Luke Doig, Senior Economist, Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation Current sizeable over-recoveries on both petrol and fuel offer a degree of hope for lower input costs for businesses and commuting expenses for consumers next month. If current oil prices and exchange rates are maintained until month-end, ...
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The five best and worst ways to spend your money

Published: Tue, 21 Oct 14

Careful financial management can be your ticket to a worry-free life, says financial services company Efficient Group, sponsor of the Investment & Retirement Expo, featuring the Property Expo. The trick is to know what to invest your money in, and what not to waste it on. It’s a misconception that financial ...
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Absa puts customers behind ‘green wheels’ with 61 hectare urban forest commitment

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 14

Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance (AVAF), in partnership with Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), will plant 2 426 trees – the equivalent of 61 hectares of urban forest – in the communities of Khutsong (Gauteng) and Ntuzuma (KwaZulu-Natal) as well as schools and households in the Western Cape. Distributed ...
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Bad news on the cards for taxpayers – Old Mutual Wealth

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 14

Taxpayers must prepare to further tighten their belts following the first Medium Term Budget Policy Statement from Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. Izak Odendaal, Investment Analyst at Old Mutual Wealth, says while there could be some feedback from the Davies tax committee on Wednesday, actual changes to tax rates ...
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Multi-asset class fund portfolios: A simple way to meet your return objectives

Published: Fri, 17 Oct 14

BY: Imraan Jakoet, Fund & Client Solution Specialist, Glacier Research Portfolio flow statistics from the Association of Savings and Investment in South Africa over the last few quarters have shown a significant rise in the percentage of industry assets moving towards funds which may invest into multiple asset ...
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Concerns Over a Collapse of China’s Non-Bank Financing

Published: Fri, 17 Oct 14

By Rocky Tung - economist, Asia Pacific, Coface, the international credit insurer Shadow-banking activities are under the radar of not only general China-observers, but also China’s policymakers. While threats from shadow-banking activities may not be too substantial as suggested by the official numbers, ...
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Committing South Africa to Integrated Reporting

Published: Fri, 17 Oct 14

Kwazulu Natal 15 October 2014 Talk for the KZN Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa (‘IIASA’) By Terrance M. Booysen (CEO: CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd) Good morning ladies and gentlemen May I begin by thanking Jeanette Englund, and the Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa ...
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Directorate of Market Abuse on Deetlefs

Published: Thu, 16 Oct 14

The DMA (Directorate of Market Abuse) referred a case against Deetlefs (Mr David Deetlefs) to the Enforcement Committee of the Financial Services Board. The referral relates to a contravention of section 78 (1) (a) of the Financial Markets Act, No 19 of 2012, in that on 26 November 2013, whilst in possession of non-public, ...
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SA expected to continue its support of OECD Action Plan to address BEPS, says PwC Tax

Published: Thu, 16 Oct 14

In June 2012, the G20 leaders explicitly referred to “the need to prevent base erosion and profit shifting” (“BEPS”) in their meeting’s final declaration. In February 2013 the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued a progress report ahead of that month’s ...
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Africa will be Trading Predominantly with Partners From the South By 2020

Published: Thu, 16 Oct 14

MARRAKECH, Morocco: Prior the economic crisis, Africa's share of trade with other emerging markets was a mere 30%. Today that has gone up to nearer 50%, and by 2020, on current trends that could be as much as 70%. One of the themes at this year's African Development Forum, a UN ECA event, was new forms of ...
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Private Equity and the Growth of Pension Funds Provide a massive Opportunity to Finance Investment in Africa

Published: Thu, 16 Oct 14

MARRAKECH, Morocco: Africa may be flavour of the month but in relative terms still attracts a small percentage of Private Equity and international investment capital. In a plenary at the Africa Development Forum in Marrakech focusing focused on Private Equity, Mike Casey, the Founding Director, EMPEA Consulting pointed ...
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Presidents of Senegal, Ivory Coast and Prime Ministers of Cape Verde and Morocco attend the ninth African Development Forum

Published: Thu, 16 Oct 14

Private equity, illicit financial flows, domestic resource mobilisation, new partnerships and climate financing in Africa at the top of the agenda at the ECA's flagship event MARRAKECH, Morocco: The Presidents of the Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara, President of Senegal, Macky Sall, as well as the Prime Minister ...
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The independent trustee: Why the big fuss?

Published: Thu, 16 Oct 14

Cape Town: In recent months, the Master of the High Court (the Master) has often refused to register newly created family trusts if an independent trustee has not been appointed. Although it isn’t a legal requirement, the Master often applies it as such. The Master adopted this practice following the judgement ...
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Africa Must Generate Resources from Within its Economies

Published: Wed, 15 Oct 14

MARRAKECH, Morocco, 15 October 2014, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Africa is growing at a steady rate and is on the path to sustainable long-term growth, opening up a number of investment opportunities. In fact, one-third of Africa's countries have GDP growth rates of more than 6%. However, as discussed at the ...
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Cocoa’s boom-bust price cycles could hit African farmers hard but the industry is responding

Published: Wed, 15 Oct 14

Analysis by PwC and natural resources tracking company GeoTraceability indicates that ‘boom-bust’ cycles of cocoa prices remain a major threat to small farmers in West Africa in particular. But the confectionary industry is responding with new investment to make cocoa production more efficient and sustainable ...
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Avoid knee-jerk reactions to oil slump and growth downgrades investors warned

Published: Wed, 15 Oct 14

As global markets remain volatile due to a slump in oil prices, and with warnings that low prices might be here to stay, plus the downgrading of global growth forecasts, a leading global analyst from one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations is warning investors to avoid “knee-jerk ...
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Life insurers unite thousands with unclaimed assets in first half of 2014

Published: Wed, 15 Oct 14

Life companies managed to trace 182 366 policyholders and beneficiaries in the first six months of this year and unite them with unclaimed assets due to them as a result of benefit or maturity payments. The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) this week released statistics on the tracing activities ...
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A decade of true empowerment for MMI and KTH

Published: Tue, 14 Oct 14

October 2014 marks a 10-year empowerment partnership milestone between MMI Holdings Limited (MMI) and Kagiso Tiso Holdings (KTH). It was in 2004 that this tried and tested partnership began, when Kagiso Trust Investments (KTI) – now KTH following a merger with Tiso Group – acquired a 10% shareholding in ...
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