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2016 a “perfect storm”

Published: Mon, 28 Nov 16

By Wayne McCurrie, Fund Manager at Ashburton Investments  A perfect storm is defined as a rare combination of circumstances which aggravates a situation drastically. Well I think that end 2015 / 2016 was a perfect storm for South Africa. We had, especially at the start of the year, a very rare combination ...
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Margaret Nienaber appointed Chief Executive Standard Bank Wealth

Published: Mon, 28 Nov 16

Johannesburg: Margaret Nienaber has been appointed Chief Executive, Standard Bank Wealth. Ms Nienaber has 19 years’ experience in financial services and will oversee Standard Bank’s Wealth division, which encompasses the Group’s Investments, Fiduciary and Insurance businesses, as well as its ...
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Minister Davies Arrives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Attend the Africa Trade Week

Published: Mon, 28 Nov 16

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the Africa Trade Week 2016. Africa Trade Week 2016 is a new Pan- African platform for advancing intra-Africa trade dialogue among mutli-stakeholders. The main objective of the Africa Trade Week ...
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Don’t be afraid of the scary debt statistics

Published: Mon, 28 Nov 16

By Khanyi Nzukuma, Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Retail Debt has a bad name at the moment and understandably so. The current statistics from the Reserve Bank and the National Credit Regulator are really grim. They show South Africans to be among the most financially burdened people in the world with 11 ...
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5.64 million tax returns received

Published: Mon, 28 Nov 16

Pretoria: With the close of Tax Season 2016 last week, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has received 5. 64 million returns, it said on Monday. “SARS received 5. 74 million returns by the close of tax season for non-provisional taxpayers on Friday, 25 November 2016,” said the revenue service ...
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Appeal Board rules on FAIS Ombud’s RVAF finding

Published: Fri, 25 Nov 16

In one of the most important findings by the Appeal Board of the FSB, an appeal against a finding by the FAIS Ombud was upheld. The Ombud's findings Some of the relevant findings by the Ombud include: The Appellant had rendered advice which was inappropriate. The Appellant was involved in the entire process ...
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Steps taken to address ratings agencies' concerns

Published: Fri, 25 Nov 16

Cape Town: President Jacob Zuma says government has taken steps to satisfy the concerns of ratings agencies in order to avert a ratings downgrade. The President said this when answering oral questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday. “I believe we have indeed done a lot, working together, to create favourable ...
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Proposed high tax exemption will negatively impact SA multinationals that have assessed group losses

Published: Fri, 25 Nov 16

Proposed tax amendments to SA’s controlled foreign company (CFC) rules will adversely impact South African multinationals with foreign subsidiaries that have assessed tax losses, warns PwC International Tax. The amendments which are intended to provide benefits for CFS that are in a loss-making position are ...
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R1.2 trillion income received in 2014/15

Published: Fri, 25 Nov 16

Pretoria: South Africa’s consolidated general government had a total income of R1. 2 trillion from operating activities in the fiscal year ended 31 March 2015, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Thursday. “This was R107 billion higher than the income received in the 2013/14 financial year ...
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Actuaries prioritise education initiatives to ensure economic upliftment

Published: Fri, 25 Nov 16

While the violent actions of the ‘Fees must Fall’ protestors cannot be condoned, their plight can also not be dismissed as simple thuggery, according to Roseanne Murphy da Silva, President of the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA). Addressing the more than 1 500 actuarial delegates attending ...
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Repo rate unchanged at final Reserve Bank meeting

Published: Fri, 25 Nov 16

Pretoria: The repo rate will remain unchanged at 7% per annum, the Reserve Bank said on Thursday. Briefing reporters following the last meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) for the year, Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago said the decision to keep rates unchanged was a unanimous one. However, the ...
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Switzerland and South Africa sign joint declaration on introduction of AEOI

Published: Fri, 25 Nov 16

South Africa meets in particular the high demands in terms of adherence to the principle of speciality and the safeguarding of confidentiality for the data delivered, which are prerequisites for the introduction of the AEOI BERN, Switzerland: On 24 November 2016, Switzerland and South Africa signed a joint declaration ...
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Downgrade: can we buy ourselves enough time to turn the ship around?

Published: Thu, 24 Nov 16

            Arthur Kamp, Investment Economist Sanlam Investments                   Cape Town: The next two Fridays are particularly important to South Africans. Moody’s will be ...
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‘Junk’ status for SA not a done deal yet

Published: Thu, 24 Nov 16

By Renier de Bruyn, Sanlam Private Wealth Will they or won’t they? As the local market holds its breath for the next round of sovereign credit rating reviews by the world’s major rating agencies in December, this is the question that has been uppermost in the minds of investors for some time now. Earlier ...
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New Online Ecosystem “Afrinection” Connects African Entrepreneurs, Job Seekers & Professionals with Employers, Investors & Partners

Published: Thu, 24 Nov 16

Afrinection is the go-to resource for African entrepreneurs, job seekers, and professionals to connect with prospective investors, employers, and other African professionals across the globe. The new online ecosystem also provides visibility for African-owned businesses to reach a global consumer base MCLEAN, United ...
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Even a mollified Trump presidency has significant implications

Published: Thu, 24 Nov 16

            Arthur Kamp, investment economist Sanlam Investments                   Cape Town: The observed links between trade liberalisation, jobs and living standards risk leading ...
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Money just got tight

Published: Thu, 24 Nov 16

The one small thing that can make a big difference   The end of the year means something a little different to each one of us. However, there is one thing that applies across the board - money starts to get tight. More often than not people are paid their salaries earlier in December, which means it’s ...
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Sanlam Private Wealth announces new appointments

Published: Thu, 24 Nov 16

South Africa: Sanlam Private Wealth (SPW) is excited to announce five key additions to its Cape Town and Johannesburg offices. The new additions to the team bring with them many years of experience that will assist SPW’s expansion into new markets and its continued endeavour to remain one of South Africa’s ...
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Ashburton Investments CIO in India

Published: Wed, 23 Nov 16

by Jonathan Schiessl, Chief Investment Officer at Ashburton Investments Jonathan Schiessl is in Mumbai and Delhi meeting company management, government officials and the people who are driving the world’s fastest growing major economy. Not because markets are still trying to digest the possible implications ...
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Unblocking the blockchain

Published: Wed, 23 Nov 16

By Kerri Crawford (SA) Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. Blockchain is the latest buzzword in the FinTech world. This technology on which the Bitcoin network is built has the potential for numerous applications in the financial services and other industries, including smart contracts, clearing and settlement, ...
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