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LeapFrog Investments raises R4.2 billion for Emerging Consumer Fund, as global investors lean in

Published: Tue, 09 Sep 14

LeapFrog Investments has raised a new R4. 2 billion (US $400m) fund, to invest in financial services companies in Africa and Asia. South Africa is a priority country. LeapFrog plans to invest a total of up to R 1. Launched by a predominantly South African team, LeapFrog is now the world’s largest dedicated equity ...
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New arbitration rules make arbitration more efficient and arbitrators more accountable

Published: Tue, 09 Sep 14

By Fabio Miceli and Claudia Eisenberg Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) has revised its arbitration rules to make the arbitration process more efficient using requirements that include timetables, guidelines, emergency procedures and consolidation processes ...
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Credit ratings and acceptable banks

Published: Tue, 09 Sep 14

By Malibuye Cossie and Katia Mengel Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa When rating agencies downgrade the credit ratings of South Africa’s banks or the country’s sovereign credit rating, whether justifiably or not, it raises interesting questions for the operation of project financing agreements. Definitions ...
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Start climbing the property ladder with a little bit of help from Absa

Published: Mon, 08 Sep 14

Buying a home is an expensive exercise and related costs, especially the deposit, often makes it difficult for first time home buyers to access the property market. Carel Grönum, head of Absa Home Loans says, “Banks usually request a 10% deposit before a home loan is granted. Let’s say you apply for ...
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Global economies must lower carbon emissions at five times the levels currently achieved

Published: Mon, 08 Sep 14

PwC analysis of economic growth rates and greenhouse gas emissions data for G20 economies PwC’s climate change analysts estimate that the global economies need to cut their energy related carbon emissions for every $ of GDP by 6. The annual PwC Low Carbon Economy Index, 2 degrees of separation – ambition ...
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South Africa’s securities regulation tops the world

Published: Mon, 08 Sep 14

The regulation of securities exchanges in South Africa was ranked first in the world, for the fifth time in a row, in the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s 2014/2105 Global Competitiveness Report. This is a well-earned accolade which demonstrates the FSB’s consistent, efficient and robust oversight of regulation ...
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Macro Digest: Is Draghi heading back to Italy?

Published: Thu, 04 Sep 14

By Steen Jakobsen: Chief Investment Officer, Saxo Bank ECB: I will let other discuss the mechanics of Draghi's speech but I want to elaborate on what I think is / could be happening behind the headlines in ECB and with Draghi. The last few days I have heard more and more rumors that Draghi could on his way ...
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Romania leads Europe's economic recovery

Published: Thu, 04 Sep 14

Romania was at front line of 2013 economic growth – will it catch up after the contraction in 2014? International credit insurer Coface says Romania’s economic performance has made it one of the leaders in Europe’s recovery. Its growth has exceeded expectations, with GDP rising by 3,5% in 2013 ...
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Become a day-trader with Sanlam iTrade for a month

Published: Thu, 04 Sep 14

Cape Town: Ever wanted to trade shares on the JSE, but too nervous to take that first step? Online trading platform Sanlam iTrade is giving one ‘Wannabee iTrader’ the opportunity to trade shares and contracts for difference (CFDs) for a month – with R10 000 deposited into a Sanlam iTrade trading ...
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The end of Sign-on Bonuses in sight

Published: Thu, 04 Sep 14

The whole messy business of institutionalised churning reminds me of the wise words of George Bernard Shaw: "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. " We have often in the past questioned the practice of incentive-driven churning. The article titled Incentive-Driven Miss-selling, ...
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SA’s entrepreneurs Need to Prepare for Business Realities

Published: Thu, 04 Sep 14

While entrepreneurship presents massive opportunities to curb youth unemployment, many young entrepreneurs are ill-prepared for the realities of doing business. This is according to expert speakers set to hold entrepreneurial workshops at the upcoming Business Opportunities and Franchise (BOFE) expo, to be presented ...
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Liberty’s Evolve and Gateway reach the R10 billion mark in investments

Published: Thu, 04 Sep 14

Johannesburg: Liberty’s Evolve - a first of its kind investment solution has reached the R10 billion mark in investments in combined efforts with the Gateway Investment Range, Liberty’s Linked Investment Service Provider (LISP) platform. David Lloyd, Managing Director of Liberty Investments says, ...
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Financial literacy among SA public extremely low - survey

Published: Thu, 04 Sep 14

South Africa’s graduate professionals have extremely low levels of confidence in the financial literacy of the general public, according to the latest results from the 2014 second quarter PPS Professionals Confidence Index (PCI). The PPS survey, conducted among approximately 3 000 of SA’s graduate professionals, ...
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Survey reveals SA consumers do not save for unexpected expenses

Published: Thu, 04 Sep 14

Failing to budget for unexpected expenses is one of the main reasons behind the rising debt levels in South Africa. This is according to a recent survey conducted by Wonga. com SA, which revealed that although most respondents (78%) claim their salary covers their expenses, only 31% of the respondents said that they ...
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Online foreign gaming providers required to register for VAT

Published: Thu, 04 Sep 14

Online foreign gaming providers required to register for VAT under new legislation - even if they are not registered under the National Gambling Act New legislation requiring foreign suppliers of electronic services to register for Value Added Tax (VAT) in South Africa may prove to be challenging for those providing ...
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Investec pioneers One Place

Published: Wed, 03 Sep 14

Investec, South Africa’s leading Private Bank and Wealth & Investment manager has today announced a pioneering development in its business. Known as One Place, the enhanced offering gives clients seamless, integrated access to banking and investment services, both locally and internationally. “One ...
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Class actions in the banking industry

Published: Wed, 03 Sep 14

By Yasmin Kadwa, Associate Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa The global banking industry has seen an increasing number of class actions being brought against it. In August 2014 an application for class action certification was launched against a number of Australian banks in New South Wales. The class potentially ...
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Divorce: Redistribution orders and trust assets

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 14

Compiled by Lize de la Harpe, Legal Adviser at Glacier by Sanlam Introduction This week we look at an interesting court case I came across recently which deals with trust assets and divorce. The case of Miller and others v Miller [2014] JOL 32176 (KZP) (as discussed in detail below) again highlights that one ...
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What is the use of credit ratings?

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 14

    Jac Laubscher, Group Economist Sanlam       The recent downgrade of South African banks by Moody’s (and the Reserve Bank’s surprisingly sharp response) has once again turned the spotlight on the role of credit rating agencies (CRAs) in the economy ...
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How the US found an extraordinary solution to oil supply risk

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 14

By Ole Sloth Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy A new report from the US Energy Information Administration highlights the extraordinary rise in US liquid fuel production over the past few years and how it has helped off-set unplanned supply disruptions which are running at the highest level since the Iraq-Kuwait ...
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