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Retail Distribution Review Update

Published: Thu, 03 Apr 14

Plans to review the way in which products are distributed, and specifically the way in which advisors are remunerated, took centre stage in the media recently. RDR is not only about replacing commission with fees. It is actually dangerous to separate remuneration from the rest of the envisaged changes as it creates ...
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Absa to go all digital

Published: Thu, 03 Apr 14

Absa Bank to go into full digital mode - heeding the call of the digital consumer. Absa, wholly owned by Barclays Africa Group, is making the transition to a fully digital financial services provider. Updating existing and developing completely new technologies will transform the way South Africans bank and ...
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Saxo Bank publishes its investment outlook for Q2 2014

Published: Thu, 03 Apr 14

Saxo Bank, the online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, has published its second quarterly insight for 2014, focusing on the outlook for Europe. European outlook: A United States of Europe? Following an abundance of false starts, the European economy is likely to encounter further challenges in Q2, ...
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PwC completes its acquisition of Booz & Company

Published: Thu, 03 Apr 14

PwC is pleased to announce today the successful completion of its combination with Booz & Company. With the granting of all regulatory approvals for Booz & Company to join PwC, it is now officially part of the PwC Network. Marking this occasion, Booz & Company has changed its name to Strategy& (pronounced ...
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Coface Identifies 10 Emerging Countries Hot on the Heels of the BRICS

Published: Wed, 02 Apr 14

Coface, the international credit insurer, says that after 10 years of frenetic growth, the BRICS are slowing down sharply: for 2014, Coface forecasts growth of on average 3,2 points lower than the average growth these countries registered over the previous decade. At the same time, other emerging countries are accelerating ...
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Time to explore little known Rand hedge – Bidvest Bank

Published: Wed, 02 Apr 14

Small businesses and entrepreneurs are in danger of missing a little known method of taking forward cover at the very time when Rand pressures suggest that hedging techniques deserve much closer attention by importers. The tip comes from Bidvest Bank, a bank with specialist insight into the opportunities created for ...
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Sanlam’s Africa property fund announces strong results for 2013 and a further acquisition

Published: Wed, 02 Apr 14

Sanlam’s sub-Saharan Africa Real Estate Fund, which is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius, has announced a strong set of financial results for 2013, outperforming the fund’s long-term total return targets. The fund, which is structured as a listed property company, also announced the acquisition ...
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Commodity-shy investors should think again – Imara

Published: Tue, 01 Apr 14

Prudent saver-investors who in recent years have been happy to steer clear of the commodity sector may wish to take a closer look at long-term prospects. This advise comes from Chris Botha, senior fund manager at Imara Asset Management South Africa. He admits resources have taken a beating and have under-performed ...
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Does the Penalty fit the “Crime”?

Published: Mon, 31 Mar 14

That which was termed “excessive” fines by the local regulatory authorities pale into insignificance when compared with what happened in the UK last week. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) imposed a financial penalty of £12,377,800 on Santander UK plc (“Santander”). The latter, by ...
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Businesses in distress?

Published: Mon, 31 Mar 14

Economic comment by Luke Doig, Senior Economist, Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation The question has to be posed as to whether the sharp uptick in credit extension to businesses of 12. 6% year-on-year in February from 11. 3% in value in the first quarter of the year and claims have similarly risen substantially,” ...
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Is investment style relevant in South Africa?

Published: Mon, 31 Mar 14

Geoff Blount, CEO of Cannon Asset Managers, examines whether investment style is relevant in South Africa, how it has played out in recent years and what the implications are for investors. An increasing and common refrain we hear from consultants and wealth managers is that the South African market is too small for ...
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Africa’s Biggest Music Stars & ONE.org Launch ‘Cocoa na Chocolate’ to Revolutionize Agriculture

Published: Mon, 31 Mar 14

LAGOS, Nigeria: ONE. org (http://www. one. org) today launched one of the continent’s biggest musical collaborations ever, ‘Cocoa na Chocolate’, in support of a new campaign to boost investments in agriculture: ‘Do Agric, It Pays’ (http://www. Nineteen of the top recording artists from ...
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PPS allocates over R4 billion in profits to members with qualifying products

Published: Fri, 28 Mar 14

Profits returned to members* increased by 42% year on year PPS, the financial services company focused exclusively on graduate professionals, has announced that total profit share allocations to members* for the 2013 financial year rose 42% on the previous year to over R4 billion. The company, which is the largest ...
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Proposed tax-free savings accounts good news for SA investors

Published: Thu, 27 Mar 14

South African investors, who have become used to the benefits of zero tax on interest, dividends and realised capital gains within retirement funds, are one step closer to enjoying the same tax-free status on interest, dividends and realised capital gains on investments outside of retirement funds. This is according ...
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Facebook takes a $2 billion look into the future

Published: Thu, 27 Mar 14

By Peter Garnry, Head of Equity Strategy at Saxo Bank Facebook says it's preparing for the reality of tomorrow, make that the virtual reality of tomorrow, with the company’s recent acquisition of Oculus VR Inc. The producer of virtual-reality gaming glasses was purchased by Facebook for USD two billion ...
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Growing demand for services in municipal sector but funding remains a challenge

Published: Thu, 27 Mar 14

Considerable progress has been made in the municipal sector over the past decade in terms of the rollout of basic services, with key measures of service delivery and living standards having improved across all of South Africa’s geographies particularly in larger urban areas. This is according to Eyal Shevel, ...
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Coface SA Country Outlook - inflation to peak above 8% in 2014

Published: Wed, 26 Mar 14

SOUTH AFRICA Strengths The economy of South Africa is the largest in Africa, accounting for 24% of the continent’s GDP in terms of PPP, and is ranked as an upper-middle income economy by the world bank. The country has abundant natural resources, well developed financial, legal and transport sectors, ...
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Why to leave your investment decisions to the professionals

Published: Tue, 25 Mar 14

By David Crosoer, Executive: Research and Investments at PPS Investments The past five years have been marked by abnormal investment markets. To promote economic stimulus in the wake of the financial crisis, central banks in developed countries have made significant monetary injections into their economies. Globally, ...
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Demand for high quality infrastructure is high in emerging markets, according to PwC study

Published: Tue, 25 Mar 14

Relentless urbanisation is driving increased demand for higher quality, more affordable and greener urban infrastructure in emerging and developed markets. The world’s cities are already home to more than half the world’s population, and that number is expected to increase to 70% by 2050. The ...
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Talented London-based practitioner decides, in a bold move, to join Africa’s largest law firm

Published: Mon, 24 Mar 14

ENSafrica is proud to announce that Michael Tétreault Schilling has joined the firm as an executive. Michael left Linklaters in 2008 and went on to serve as a non-executive member of the board of directors for A&D Pharma and as an independent legal consultant in emerging markets. Michael has now relocated ...
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