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The impact of today’s repo rate hike

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

Paul Stewart, head: fund management at Grindrod Asset Management comments on today’s repo rate hike: 1. Will a 25 basis points repo rate hike achieve the SARB’s objective and cool inflation? In my opinion, the 0. 25% repo rate hike will have little impact on cooling inflation expectations in South ...
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SAI Platform, ITC and GLOBALG.A.P. introduce joint initiative for global food security through good agricultural practices

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

Geneva: Today, GLOBALG. A. P. , the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform and the International Trade Centre (ITC) are initiating the ‘The Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security through Good Agricultural Practices’. The Declaration is an invitation to key stakeholders in the global ...
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SARB MPC escapes the ‘stagflationary’ vice-grip by appeasing both sides of the equation

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

COMMENTARY BY GEORGE HERMAN, INVESTMENT STRATEGIST AT CITADEL SA GDP growth is under severe downward pressure due to various well known factors. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is very sensitive to this and thus did everything they could not to hike rates. 25% today they hope not to hamper economic growth ...
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Save and invest today and own tomorrow

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

Despite numerous initiatives aimed at encouraging South Africans to save, consumers still fail to save enough during their working years to enable them to maintain their living standards during retirement. Leon Campher, CEO of the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA), blames this on an inability ...
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Standard Bank offers an alternative to investors looking for a risk-free home for savings

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

Standard Bank has returned more than R 100 million to clients who invested a total of R 87 million in the bank’s JSE-based SharePlus investment launched two years ago. In these tough economic times many people find it difficult to find savings solutions that have the potential to offer returns that exceed the ...
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From here to eternity in the age of low interest rates

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

By Steen Jakobsen, chief economist and CIO at Saxo Bank “L'éternité, c'est long. surtout vers la fin. ” ― Franz Kafka Eternity is here. Eternity in low interest rates for longer. Eternity in excess return from stock markets, eternity in no growth, eternity in low productivity, ...
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Practical advice from Alexander Forbes in Savings Month

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

As economic turmoil continues to threaten household incomes, Alexander Forbes Financial Planning Consultants recommends the following practical tips to increase your savings: A LA CARTE Everyone loves a good splurge now and again. With rising debt levels in South Africa, consumers are consistently being encouraged ...
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KPMG: Venture Capital regime needs overhaul

Published: Thu, 17 Jul 14

By Nicola Bird, Senior Manager in the Tax and Legal practice at KPMG in South Africa In the 2014 Budget Speech, the Minister of Finance noted the importance of small business and entrepreneurship in facilitating the creation of jobs in the private sector. In this regard, the minister mentioned proposed amendments ...
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Is your image killing your financial future?

Published: Wed, 16 Jul 14

Image factors are fast becoming risk factors for a generation of middle-class South Africans who find it difficult to let an unsustainable lifestyle go. The image alert comes from Imara Asset Management South Africa, an Illovo-based financial services firm with a growing client-base among high earners who are trying ...
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No clash between active and passive investment – Deutsche

Published: Tue, 15 Jul 14

Active and passive investment is not an either-or proposition. Sensible investors can usefully combine both options. The tip comes from Deutsche Securities, the Sandton-based marketers of db X-trackers, a range of five JSE-listed exchange traded funds (ETFs) that provide South Africans with a proven platform for simultaneous ...
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Global race is on to be the Islamic finance hub of the world

Published: Tue, 15 Jul 14

Strong competition among leading business hubs including Dubai, London and Kuala Lumpur Globally, in the next five to seven years, approximately 50,000 Islamic finance professionals will be needed to support the Islamic finance sector which is currently experiencing such positive forecasts that it has led to strong ...
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Assupol sponsors Skeem Saam TV show

Published: Mon, 14 Jul 14

Assupol Life is proud to announce that it will sponsor the popular SABC 1 youth drama, Skeem Saam. Skeem Saam is a ground-breaking and captivating youth drama series on SABC1, which returns to the screens for a third season today. In response to its popularity, from this season on Skeem Saam will be a daily drama ...
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Cutting costs is not enough – you need to put your money to work

Published: Mon, 14 Jul 14

Reducing your day-to-day living expenses in an attempt to save is a futile exercise unless you actually put the saved amount to work, either by reducing debt or by investing this money. Niel Fourie, Public Policy Actuary at the Actuarial Society of South Africa, says the relentless increase in the cost of living and ...
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South African to Lead Global Internal Audit Organization

Published: Mon, 14 Jul 14

The Institute of Internal Auditors Announces 2014-2015 Global Board of Directors Anton van Wyk, a partner at PwC, was elected 2014-2015 Global Chairman of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) at its annual meeting in London, 10 July 2014. He is the first individual from the African continent to lead the world’s ...
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Assupol unveils new website

Published: Fri, 11 Jul 14

Assupol today launches its new website at www. assupol. co. za. The website is an interactive platform that provides easy navigation and updated information on the insurer’s complete range of products and services. The aim is to assist clients, brokers and intermediaries to make well-informed decisions ...
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GCR affirms Coface South Africa rating of AA+(ZA) Outlook Stable

Published: Thu, 10 Jul 14

Global Credit Ratings (GCR) has affirmed the national scale claims paying ability rating assigned to credit insurer Coface South Africa of AA+ with the outlook accorded as stable. Global Credit Ratings said Coface has strong capitalisation with a statutory CAR cover at a multiple of 1,7 and an international solvency ...
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Four steps to a balanced budget

Published: Wed, 09 Jul 14

Budgeting – it’s a balancing act July is National Savings Month – the perfect opportunity to re-assess your finances. The first step towards achieving this is learning how to draw up a budget. Why is this so important? Simply put, having a budget helps you take control of your financial situation ...
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LISP platform snag no reason to turn away ETF business – Deutsche

Published: Wed, 09 Jul 14

No financial service professional likes to turn away business, though opportunities are apparently being missed in the exchange traded fund (ETF) space because of technical constraints on some LISP platforms. Most established LISP platforms were designed with strong focus on capital allocations into unit trusts. In ...
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The leadership challenge: balancing compliance with freedom for commitment

Published: Wed, 09 Jul 14

Article by CGF Research, written by Dr. Gerhard van Rensburg Excellence is mostly a matter of balance. As Aristotle said wisely, the challenge is not only to do the right thing, but to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason. A good leader inherently knows what the ‘right ...
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Credit ratings of the BRICS countries

Published: Tue, 08 Jul 14

    Jac Laubscher, Group Economist Sanlam       Although not unexpected, the recent downgrading of South Africa’s credit rating by Standard & Poor’s (hereafter S&P) elicited wide reaction. The foreign currency rating was downgraded to BBB-, ...
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