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SA companies under pressure to comply with foreign anti-corruption laws

Published: Tue, 19 Aug 14

South African corporates listed on foreign stock exchanges as well as local companies in business with foreign listed firms are increasingly coming under pressure to comply with foreign anti-corruption legislation in order to retain their business and avoid potentially crippling sanctions. David Rix, commercial forensics ...
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Registrar authorises portfolios to ‘side pocket’ ABIL debt

Published: Tue, 19 Aug 14

The Registrar of Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) has decided to allow CIS managers to create new funds, known as side pockets, to host African Bank Investment Limited (ABIL)’s debt instruments. The move seeks to assist managers to segregate the less liquid ABIL assets within their portfolios from the remaining ...
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NRFSA assists the Loan Market Association in settling its African loan documents

Published: Tue, 19 Aug 14

By André van den Berg, Associate and Katia Mengel, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa The Loan Market Association (LMA) has prepared a suite of agreements for use in Africa which forms part of the suite of recommended documentation made available to LMA members on the LMA website. The agreements, ...
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Financial Services Industry celebrates the Financial Planning Week 2014

Published: Mon, 18 Aug 14

Johannesburg – In light of the Financial Planning Week, scheduled to run from 25 – 29 August 2014, the Financial Planning Institute (FPI) alongside the financial services industry will be offering FREE financial planning consultations to consumers. The nationwide joint industry initiative encompasses a ...
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Me-time includes money-time if you really want control of your life

Published: Mon, 18 Aug 14

Those looking for more me-time in their lives don’t go far enough. They should include money-time in their me-time … that way they really will regain control of their lives. The tip comes from Lara Warburton, a certified financial planner and managing director of Illovo-based Imara Asset Management South ...
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African Bank and Money-market Funds

Published: Thu, 14 Aug 14

    Jac Laubscher, Group Economist Sanlam   An afterthought to “African Bank: too inclusive to fail”   It has been suggested in the media that the real reason why the SARB rescued African Bank is the exposure of money-market funds to African Bank debt ...
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Empowerment within the construction sector needs to be measured against its sustainability

Published: Thu, 14 Aug 14

Despite the ‘Construction Sector Charter Council – State of Empowerment 2009-2013’ offering an optimistic view of growth within the construction sector, Brian Africa, Executive: Marketing & Business Development at Performance and Customs Bond Services (PCBS), a specialist guarantee construction ...
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New PwC report puts the spotlight on the largest cities in sub-Saharan Africa

Published: Thu, 14 Aug 14

By 2030 Dar es Salaam and Luanda could have bigger populations than London has now CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa: CEOs around the world are increasingly recognising the untapped potential of sub-Saharan Africa. This is driven by Africa’s unparalleled demographic edge or demographic dividend. By 2040, Africa is ...
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African businesses continue to reap benefits of US-Africa trade agreement, says DHL

Published: Thu, 14 Aug 14

DHL support the call for the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)           Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa         JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa: The trade relationship ...
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On track to “normal”

Published: Thu, 14 Aug 14

Marriott, the Income Specialists, looks at the current state of the investment environment and offers suggestions on investment options. Over the past 5 years retired investors have weathered a storm of negative real cash interest rates and historically low bond and property yields globally. Fortunately, this environment ...
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African Bank too inclusive to fail

Published: Wed, 13 Aug 14

    Jac Laubscher, Group Economist Sanlam       The rescue of African Bank by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) once again demonstrates the difficulty of allowing a financial institution to fail and to let all the messy consequences play out unhindered. This ...
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51 countries, 60 direct reports, 4,000 employees: Meet the MD leading it all

Published: Wed, 13 Aug 14

51 countries, 60 direct reports, 60,000 customers, 4,000 employees, 14 aircraft, 2 young children and 2 dogs! Charles Brewer is the MD who loves leading all of that CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa: DHL Express, who has been in sub-Saharan Africa for more than 36 years, is the ‘Most International Company in the World’ ...
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Important credit considerations for women

Published: Wed, 13 Aug 14

When it comes to applying for and managing credit, women face some unique challenges when compared to men. The best weapon against nasty financial surprises is to empower yourself with the correct information in order to take control of your finances. This ...
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Investors urged to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ when interest rates start to rise

Published: Tue, 12 Aug 14

‘Keep calm and carry on’ is the message for investors from a leading investment analyst as the day when UK and U. S. interest rates are raised draws ever nearer. The comments from Tom Elliott, International Investment Strategist at deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory ...
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SA is for the daring and the brave

Published: Tue, 12 Aug 14

Glacier by Sanlam and TIME recently held the fifth of their successful thought-leadership forums, [THE INSIDERS], at the Hilton Hotel in Durban. The panel - comprised of Sasfin director and deputy chairman David Shapiro, J&J Group co-founder and executive chairman Jayendra Naidoo, and Alec Hogg, founder ...
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Tax-free savings accounts

Published: Tue, 12 Aug 14

By Lize de la Harpe, Legal Adviser at Glacier by Sanlam Introduction The discussion paper titled “Non-retirement savings: Tax-free savings accounts” (herein after referred to as “the Discussion Paper”) which was published in March 2014 contained adjustments to the first discussion paper ...
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African Leaders commit to end hunger by 2025 through investments in agriculture

Published: Mon, 11 Aug 14

Africans cannot prosper on just hopeful summit declarations - Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Africa’s leaders unanimously agreed to end hunger and cut poverty in half by 2025 with the signing of the Malabo Declaration at the 23rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union Heads ...
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CIS exposure to African Bank not big enough to warrant panic

Published: Mon, 11 Aug 14

The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) has assured collective investment scheme (CIS) investors that there is no need to panic about the woes currently facing African Bank. Leon Campher, CEO of ASISA, says the exposure of local equity and fixed interest portfolios to African Bank stock and ...
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The FAIS OMBUD and Real Restitution

Published: Mon, 11 Aug 14

“Justice needs to go further than the mere dishing out of fines - structures need to be put in place to ensure that victims of transgressors receive the justice afforded to them under law”, Paul Kruger. In the space of the last eight weeks we saw seven determinations against one FSP, and it is likely that ...
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Adjusted Big Mac Index reveals rand as one of the most undervalued currencies

Published: Mon, 11 Aug 14

The recently launched Adjusted Big Mac Index* shows that the South African Rand is currently one of the most undervalued currencies in the world. The Adjusted Index – which addresses the criticism of the original Big Mac Index assumes that the average burger prices to be cheaper in emerging countries than in ...
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