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SA life and short-term insurers maintain their satisfaction levels this year

Published: Wed, 09 Apr 14

Johannesburg: SA consumers gave the short-term insurance industry an overall satisfaction score of 78. 8 out of 100. Consumers also rated their overall satisfaction with the life insurance industry, granting them a score of 78. 7% higher than last year’s scores, however, these slight increases in the overall ...
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New concerns about capital flows

Published: Wed, 09 Apr 14

    Jac Laubscher, Group Economist Sanlam       The dust regarding the risk of a crisis in emerging markets owing to a possible outflow of foreign capital just does not want to settle. Although the bond and equity markets as well as currencies ...
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Glacier by Sanlam appoints Andre Tuck

Published: Wed, 09 Apr 14

Andre Tuck has been appointed Investment Account Manager at Glacier by Sanlam from 1 March 2014. He will service the Cape Town City Bowl and Southern Suburbs regions. Andre has over 20 years’ sales experience within investments, gained from a number of financial services companies including Old Mutual, ...
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GCR affirms Resilient Property Income Fund Limited's rating of A(ZA); outlook positive

Published: Tue, 08 Apr 14

Global Credit Ratings (GCR) has affirmed the long term national scale and short term national scale issuer ratings assigned to Resilient Property Income Fund Limited of A(ZA) and A1(ZA) respectively; with the outlook accorded as Positive. This is according to Eyal Shevel, Head of Corporate Sector at GCR, who says ...
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Grindrod Bank launches ‘smart beta’ ETFs

Published: Tue, 08 Apr 14

Grindrod Bank has launched two additional low-cost equity exchange traded funds (ETFs) under the exclusive licence of S&P Dow Jones Indices, with whom Grindrod Bank has recently aligned. The ETFs will list on the JSE on 14 April 2014. The Grindrod S&P SA Low Volatility ETF and the S&P SA Dividend Aristocrats ...
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Global assets under management to exceed $100 trillion by 2020 says PwC

Published: Tue, 08 Apr 14

Research from PwC predicts that global assets under management (AuM) will rise to around $101. 7 trillion by 2020, from a 2012 total of $63. 9 trillion. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 6%. The report, Asset Management 2020: A brave new world, also finds that assets under management ...
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Lest We Forget ... recent FAIS Ombud determinations

Published: Tue, 08 Apr 14

When you walk on the right side of the law, it is often difficult to understand why so many obligations are placed on you to comply, when those, for whom the legislation is actually intended, only pay lip service to it. Two recent FAIS Ombud determinations against financial services providers who blatantly ignored ...
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Boqwana and Barnard elected to lead attorneys’ profession through initial transition to new legal dispensation

Published: Mon, 07 Apr 14

Law Society of South Africa Co-Chairpersons Ettienne Barnard and Max Boqwana. Port Elizabeth attorney Max Boqwana and Somerset West attorney Ettienne Barnard have been elected as Co-Chairpersons of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA). They will lead the attorneys’ profession through the crucial initial stages ...
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The investment landscape: getting back to normal

Published: Mon, 07 Apr 14

Marriott, the Income Specialists, contemplates the investment landscape in a post-QE world Since 2008 the investment landscape has largely been shaped by quantitative easing (QE) – the process of creating money to buy bonds. This form of monetary policy, which is designed to stimulate economic growth, has ...
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Understanding your conservative investment in a rising interest rate environment

Published: Fri, 04 Apr 14

By Santhiran Naidoo, Investment analyst, Glacier by Sanlam On 29 January 2014, South African Reserve Bank (SARB) governor Gill Marcus announced that the repo rate would be raised for the first time since 2008. The repo rate is the “rate at which the private (sector) banks borrow rands from the SA Reserve ...
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South Africa’s entities to be issued with LEIs

Published: Fri, 04 Apr 14

South African entities entering into financial transactions, particularly over-the-counter (OTC) Derivatives, can now approach a local entity to receive Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs). A LEI is a 20-digit, alpha-numeric code that uniquely identifies entities when entering into financial transactions both locally ...
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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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