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Polish insolvencies stop rising - but for how long?

Published: Fri, 14 Nov 14

The insolvency statistics for Polish companies reflect an improvement during the first half of 2014. In total, 402 companies declared bankruptcy, representing a decrease of 11. 5% compared to the same period in 2013. A detailed look into the sectors shows a mixed picture, with a highly competitive retail sector and ...
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deVere Group launches its flagship Investment Strategy division

Published: Thu, 13 Nov 14

One of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations has launched its new Investment Strategy division. deVere Group, which has 80,000 clients globally and more than $10bn under advice and management, confirms that deVere Investment Strategy will be headed by Tom Elliott, a former Executive ...
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The Retail Distribution Review - Considering the Bigger Picture

Published: Thu, 13 Nov 14

After attending the FSB’s seminar on Monday, I was actually at a loss as to where to start with conveying the contents of the Retail Distribution Review proposals. We will cover the proposals in a series of articles over the next few weeks. It is very important to bear in mind that this is a discussion paper, ...
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Sub-Saharan Africa improves its state of Globalization – citizens to benefit, says DHL

Published: Thu, 13 Nov 14

        Charles Brewer, Managing Director DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa       CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa: According to the recently released DHL Global Connectedness Index (GCI), a detailed analysis of the state of globalization around the world by ...
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Burkina Faso under scrutiny says credit guarantee insurer

Published: Thu, 13 Nov 14

Credit Guarantee advises that they are carefully monitoring developments in Burkina Faso and that the current underwriting stance for South African exporters to the country will be maintained for now. The current military leader believes that the transition needs to be headed by a civilian and the African Union is ...
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Economic Development and the “Six-Pack”

Published: Wed, 12 Nov 14

Dr Adrian Saville, CIO of Cannon Asset Managers, on the keys to economic development and growth. A primary aim of development economists is to identify the ingredients responsible for positive, sustained improvements in the incomes and, in so doing, help promote policies that lift the social well-being of populations ...
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Fletcher named head of Imara Africa Securities

Published: Tue, 11 Nov 14

Justin Fletcher has been appointed head of Imara Africa Securities by the pan-African Imara financial services group. Fletcher was a member of the founding executive team at Imara Africa Securities. The Africa-wide investment service – part of Johannesburg-based S. Reid Stockbrokers – was launched in 2010 ...
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It pays to pretend you’re a foreigner says Imara

Published: Tue, 11 Nov 14

Playing games in the equity market is not generally recommended, but in certain circumstances a game of ‘let’s pretend’ has the potential to deliver significant investment gains. This unusual market tip comes from Imara Asset Management South Africa, part of the pan-African Imara financial services ...
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Keeping it in the family

Published: Mon, 10 Nov 14

By Carien Strauss, fiduciary and tax specialist at Sanlam Private Wealth Approximately 70% of second-generation families squander assets received from an estate transfer and 90% of the family wealth will be lost by the third generation. According to research the primary reasons for the steady decline in generational ...
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Investment Solutions expanding into retail (individual client) market as part of growth strategy

Published: Mon, 10 Nov 14

Investment Solutions is ramping up its growth strategy to expand market share in the retail (individual clients) sector where the company is teaming up with Independent Financial Advisors (IFAs) to offer a suite of financial products. The strategy complements the company’s existing focus of providing investment ...
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FSB releases Retail Distribution Review paper for comment

Published: Sat, 08 Nov 14

The Financial Services Board (FSB) released a discussion paper yesterday outlining the results of its Retail Distribution Review (RDR). The paper proposes a number of far-reaching reforms to the regulatory framework for distributing retail financial products to customers in South Africa. The review was undertaken ...
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Anglo American invests R15 million in Chair of Occupational Hygiene at Wits University

Published: Fri, 07 Nov 14

Mining continues to play a central role in shaping the social, political, economic and health landscape of South Africa and Africa today JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa: Anglo American (http://www. angloamerican. com) is investing R15-million in a new Chair, to be known as the Anglo American Endowed Chair in Occupational ...
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Aon Hewitt Survey Reveals Salary Increases for Workers Across the Globe Expected to Remain Strong in 2015

Published: Thu, 06 Nov 14

A new survey from Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), reveals that most employees around the world received pay increases in 2014 and can expect to receive comparable increases in 2015. According to Aon Hewitt's 2014 Global Salary Increase Survey of 12,690 ...
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AfrAsia Bank increases operating profit by 49%

Published: Wed, 05 Nov 14

AfrAsia Bank’s strategic focus and business model boosts its operating profit by 49 % for the year ending June 2014. AfrAsia Bank closed its 7th year of operations on a solid note reporting record operating profit and net income pre-exceptional items and maintaining its robust growth in loans, assets, and deposits ...
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SA professionals feel the pinch of bleak economic outlook - survey

Published: Wed, 05 Nov 14

South Africa’s graduate professionals’ confidence levels across a number of socio-economic issues has declined in the third quarter of 2014, according to the latest results from the 2014 PPS Professional Confidence Index (PCI). The overall confidence level recorded by the PCI, which included almost 3 500 ...
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The threat of secular stagnation

Published: Tue, 04 Nov 14

    Jac Laubscher, Group Economist Sanlam       In my previous essay I referred to the possibility of secular stagnation (viz. a prolonged period of low economic growth) in the global economy and stated that it would be virtually impossible for the South African ...
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M&A success demands a disciplined strategic approach

Published: Tue, 04 Nov 14

By Shabbir Norath; Head: Advisory at Nedbank Capital While the global and domestic economic slowdown has had an impact on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in South Africa, the M&A market in this country and across much of Africa, remains extremely dynamic and, in most cases, relatively robust. That said, ...
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Global summit in Dubai calls for stronger links between trade and investment

Published: Tue, 04 Nov 14

(Dubai) – Representatives of trade promotion organizations (TPOs) and trade development and investment agencies worldwide are meeting in Dubai for a two-day summit on trade and investment. The event is organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince ...
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Silver lining around looming rates rise clouds

Published: Tue, 04 Nov 14

As consumers brace for a period of ongoing interest rate rises, an Old Mutual Investment Group portfolio manager has noted that although tough times lie ahead, it’s not all bad news and these interventions are necessary to keep inflation in check. According to Graham Tucker, Old Mutual Balanced Fund Manager ...
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Coface Increases Net Income 36%

Published: Tue, 04 Nov 14

For the nine months to 30 September, international credit insurer Coface increased operating income 28. 2% to euro164 million and net income 36. 1% to €113. 6. Group consolidated turnover was €1 072. Rating agencies Fitch and Moody's confirmed the IFS ratings for the Group as AA- and A2, stable outlook, ...
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