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Maximising your year-end bonus

Published: Wed, 19 Nov 14

Many South Africans are eagerly awaiting their year-end bonuses; however, while the thought of having extra money to spend over the holiday season is often a welcome one, it is important to bear in mind that the wait until January’s pay cheque is often longer and has the potential to be financially fraught should ...
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Structural tax reform needed to promote economic growth: PwC Tax Services

Published: Wed, 19 Nov 14

A reform of South Africa’s tax system is high on the agenda. This comes in the wake of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s recent Medium Term Budget Policy statement that changes are set to be made to tax policy in the 2015 Budget. The government is proposing a fiscal package that reduces the expenditure ...
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Financial Planning under the Retail Distribution Review

Published: Wed, 19 Nov 14

Contrary to what many appear to think, the Retail Distribution Review is not about abolishing commission and forcing brokers to negotiate fees directly with clients. It is in fact a far wider process aimed at simplifying compliance, and the regulation thereof. The matter of remuneration is only one of three main thrusts ...
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Market volatility: what does it mean?

Published: Tue, 18 Nov 14

In light of recent market volatility, Paul Stewart, head: fund management at Grindrod Asset Management, shares his views on the markets and the rand – and gives insight into the opportunities for investors. What is happening in the markets? What is the likelihood of South Africa experiencing another year like ...
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A safer financial sector to serve South Africa better

Published: Tue, 18 Nov 14

The proposed Retail Distribution Review (RDR) paper proposed by the Financial Services Board (FSB) is a bold step in treating customers fairly (TCF), which Old Mutual fully supports. The RDR discussion paper states that implementation will happen in phases and the final legislation will take effect mid-2016, with ...
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South African family businesses optimistic about future growth: PwC survey

Published: Tue, 18 Nov 14

South African family businesses remain resilient and dynamic But competition more intense, price pressures growing, speed of change accelerating Worldwide family businesses remain resilient despite the adverse economic environment they find themselves in post-recession. Significant challenges facing ...
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SA 2014 Christmas sales outlook

Published: Tue, 18 Nov 14

“The outlook remains bleak” By Luke Doig, Senior Economist Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation The nominal and real growth in December 2013 retail sales of 4. 9% and 1. 5% respectively (2012 = 6. 5% respectively) was below expectations, the worst performance since 2009 and reflects the increasing ...
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Africa SME Champions Forum wrap-up: creating an ecosystem to support African champions

Published: Tue, 18 Nov 14

    Didier ACOUETEY - Gervais KOFFI-DJONDO - Felix BIKPO - Amadou KANE       DAKAR, Senegal: The Africa SME Champions Forum (http://www. africa-smechampions. com) closed on 12 November in Dakar, but its work in support of African champions is only just beginning ...
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How training for the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge is like saving for your future

Published: Fri, 14 Nov 14

The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge is just days away and cycle enthusiasts across South Africa are gearing up to ride one of the biggest cycle races in Gauteng. Whether you are riding the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge for the first time, or if you are a seasoned cyclist, a good training schedule is essential leading ...
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A festive season gift for your children – investing in their future

Published: Fri, 14 Nov 14

Cape Town: We all know we should be saving, whether it’s for retirement, education or that proverbial rainy day. As adults, we often believe we’ve missed the boat, and feel we can put it off a little while longer. But there is no greater gift you can give your children than saving for their future, at ...
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Polish insolvencies stop rising - but for how long?

Published: Fri, 14 Nov 14

The insolvency statistics for Polish companies reflect an improvement during the first half of 2014. In total, 402 companies declared bankruptcy, representing a decrease of 11. 5% compared to the same period in 2013. A detailed look into the sectors shows a mixed picture, with a highly competitive retail sector and ...
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deVere Group launches its flagship Investment Strategy division

Published: Thu, 13 Nov 14

One of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations has launched its new Investment Strategy division. deVere Group, which has 80,000 clients globally and more than $10bn under advice and management, confirms that deVere Investment Strategy will be headed by Tom Elliott, a former Executive ...
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The Retail Distribution Review - Considering the Bigger Picture

Published: Thu, 13 Nov 14

After attending the FSB’s seminar on Monday, I was actually at a loss as to where to start with conveying the contents of the Retail Distribution Review proposals. We will cover the proposals in a series of articles over the next few weeks. It is very important to bear in mind that this is a discussion paper, ...
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Sub-Saharan Africa improves its state of Globalization – citizens to benefit, says DHL

Published: Thu, 13 Nov 14

        Charles Brewer, Managing Director DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa       CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa: According to the recently released DHL Global Connectedness Index (GCI), a detailed analysis of the state of globalization around the world by ...
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Burkina Faso under scrutiny says credit guarantee insurer

Published: Thu, 13 Nov 14

Credit Guarantee advises that they are carefully monitoring developments in Burkina Faso and that the current underwriting stance for South African exporters to the country will be maintained for now. The current military leader believes that the transition needs to be headed by a civilian and the African Union is ...
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Economic Development and the “Six-Pack”

Published: Wed, 12 Nov 14

Dr Adrian Saville, CIO of Cannon Asset Managers, on the keys to economic development and growth. A primary aim of development economists is to identify the ingredients responsible for positive, sustained improvements in the incomes and, in so doing, help promote policies that lift the social well-being of populations ...
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Fletcher named head of Imara Africa Securities

Published: Tue, 11 Nov 14

Justin Fletcher has been appointed head of Imara Africa Securities by the pan-African Imara financial services group. Fletcher was a member of the founding executive team at Imara Africa Securities. The Africa-wide investment service – part of Johannesburg-based S. Reid Stockbrokers – was launched in 2010 ...
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It pays to pretend you’re a foreigner says Imara

Published: Tue, 11 Nov 14

Playing games in the equity market is not generally recommended, but in certain circumstances a game of ‘let’s pretend’ has the potential to deliver significant investment gains. This unusual market tip comes from Imara Asset Management South Africa, part of the pan-African Imara financial services ...
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Keeping it in the family

Published: Mon, 10 Nov 14

By Carien Strauss, fiduciary and tax specialist at Sanlam Private Wealth Approximately 70% of second-generation families squander assets received from an estate transfer and 90% of the family wealth will be lost by the third generation. According to research the primary reasons for the steady decline in generational ...
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Investment Solutions expanding into retail (individual client) market as part of growth strategy

Published: Mon, 10 Nov 14

Investment Solutions is ramping up its growth strategy to expand market share in the retail (individual clients) sector where the company is teaming up with Independent Financial Advisors (IFAs) to offer a suite of financial products. The strategy complements the company’s existing focus of providing investment ...
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