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GDP, Population and Governance Data Alone Are Not Enough to Predict Brand Success in Africa

Published: Wed, 25 Feb 15

New Nielsen report shows hard retail data, consumer needs and behavior, combined with macro-economic datasets, are better indicators of opportunity and success in African markets             Allen Burch, Head of Africa for Nielsen             NAIROBI, ...
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Blue Ink wins coveted hedge fund award

Published: Wed, 25 Feb 15

Cape Town: The Blue Ink Fixed Income Arbitrage Fund walked away with the Fixed Income Fund of Hedge Funds award at the annual HedgeNews Africa Awards gala dinner in Cape Town on 19 February 2015. The Fund emerged as a winner in the category, having achieved a performance of 14. 51% in 2014 and a 12-month Sharpe ratio ...
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The bigger picture: 7 questions the budget must ask

Published: Tue, 24 Feb 15

Budget previews usually focus on shorter-term issues, such as the changes to tax rates. But sight is mostly lost on what should be the key issue: the long-term sustainability of government’s debt position. And especially now, in 2015, this is a major challenge facing the Finance Minister, as the country stands ...
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Financial administrators ensure that you get value from money left to you

Published: Tue, 24 Feb 15

When you have been left money by a relative, or someone has put money or property in a trust for you, it’s most beneficial to have professional administration specialists managing the estate. Administrators who work at financial institutions are professionally trained and required to have the knowledge and experience ...
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Professionals' confidence that budget speech will address SA’s economic needs is low - survey

Published: Tue, 24 Feb 15

South Africa’s graduate professionals recorded a confidence level of just 42% when asked how confident they were that the upcoming budget announcement will address the country's economic growth needs. This is according to the latest results from the fourth quarter 2014 PPS Professional Confidence Index (PCI) ...
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Despite Lower Investment - US Economy will Benefit from Low Oil Prices

Published: Mon, 23 Feb 15

By Paul Chollet at Coface, the international credit insurer Coface GDP forecast for 2015: 5. 5% and country risk assessment: A4   On the 3rd of February, UK-based BP announced a 20% decrease in its investments for 2015. BP remains a leader in the oil industry across the US, especially in Alaska and the ...
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Fundisa education fund declares bonus of R6.9 million in 2014

Published: Mon, 23 Feb 15

The Fundisa education unit trust fund distributed a bonus payment of R6. 9 million to some 25 000 beneficiaries from lower-income families in 2014. Fundisa is a public/private sector partnership between the Department of Higher Education and Training, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) ...
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Who to Tax

Published: Fri, 20 Feb 15

      Jac Laubscher, Economic Advisor: Sanlam Limited     Next week’s National Budget will be the first since 1994 that will require increased taxes to raise revenue structurally rather than the usual increases in sin taxes or specific tax changes motived ...
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The importance of directors and officers liability insurance in spite of the new Companies Act and King 3

Published: Thu, 19 Feb 15

      Lucian Carciumaru, Director Operations Camargue Underwriting Managers (Pty) Ltd       The introduction of The Companies Act No. 71 in 2008 and the subsequent King III Report have left Directors and Officers in a far more onerous position than ever before ...
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Headline budget unlikely to deviate much, but lower growth poses a challenge going forward

Published: Thu, 19 Feb 15

Commentary by: Sanisha Packirisamy, economist, Momentum Asset Management Last year’s Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) set the bar for fiscal prudency against a challenging economic backdrop. In light of a deterioration in global growth and subdued commodity prices, National Treasury’s credibility ...
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Partnership trailblazing new path in enterprise and supplier development

Published: Thu, 19 Feb 15

Cape Town: Sanlam and the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) have announced that the first phase of their Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) Programme has concluded with 65 new jobs created and R5. 1 million revenue growth generated for all the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) ...
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Lawyers Association (BLA) denounces assault on the constitution

Published: Thu, 19 Feb 15

Issued by P. B. MABUNDA, President on behalf of the Black Lawyers Association On Thursday the 12th day of February 2015 the nation watched with disbelief when some members of the National Assembly were forcefully removed from the chamber, some were physically dragged, pushed and kicked, allegedly for disrupting ...
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Launch of professional learning and development website for Management Accountants

Published: Thu, 19 Feb 15

In a joint project between the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, these two leading global accounting bodies have developed an innovative Continuous Professional Development (CPD) learning tool for the more than 150 000 management accountants around the ...
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Number of employees working overseas set to surge, but organisations struggle to recoup investment

Published: Thu, 19 Feb 15

PwC Report: Businesses are spending millions of dollars each year sending employees on global assignments without being able to quantify the cost or measure the value from their investment, according to a report issued by PwC. This is leading to almost six in ten organisations saying their global mobility programmes ...
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FAIS: Risk Profiling and Asset Allocation

Published: Wed, 18 Feb 15

The Botha Determination by the FAIS Ombud certainly touched on a sensitive area, never covered before in the same detail as in this case. The Ombud found that the clients suffered loss as a result of a lack of proper care and diligence when considering the clients’ risk profiles, and the subsequent placing of ...
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Costs: Comparing Apples with Peaches

Published: Wed, 18 Feb 15

The Retail Distribution Review is the fourth in a series of documents which aim to address unsatisfactory outcomes for contractual savers. The December 2004 National Treasury Discussion Paper on Retirement Fund Reform appeared shortly after Rob Rusconi’s benchmark paper, Costs of Saving for Retirement: ...
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Norton Rose Fulbright announces three new appointments

Published: Wed, 18 Feb 15

Global legal practice, Norton Rose Fulbright, is delighted to announce that Lize Louw, Kirsten Hunt and Patrick Mayer have joined the South African practice. Lize Louw joins Norton Rose Fulbright as a director in our banking and finance team and will focus on local and cross border energy and infrastructure project ...
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Teaching children the value of money

Published: Wed, 18 Feb 15

JOHANNESBURG: If you could turn back the clock, what would you have done differently with the benefit of hindsight to ensure that you enjoyed more financial prosperity than you currently do? Whilst it may be too late for you, you can give your children the second chance you never had by teaching then sensible financial ...
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Lower SA inflation unlikely to negatively impact long-term investment returns

Published: Tue, 17 Feb 15

The steady decline in the international oil price in recent months is starting to filter through to the South African economy environment in the form of lower fuel costs and, in all likelihood, a period of significantly lower inflation. While this has the majority of consumers breathing a sigh of relief, for investors ...
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Budget 2015: delivery is critical… in more ways than one

Published: Tue, 17 Feb 15

By David Crosoer, Executive: Research and Investments, PPS Investments While it’s possible to have many a heated debate about South African politics, right now the primary focus for our politicians should be to make the necessary tough decisions to put our country back on the right track, says David Crosoer, ...
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