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Budget 2017 commentary

Published: Wed, 22 Feb 17

By Chris Veegh, CIO of 10X Investments   Key points from the Budget Speech:   The Budget Speech was very light on matters affecting retirement fund investors, and did not reference retirement reforms at all. Most significantly for retirement savers, the marginal tax rate for those earning ...
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PwC’s tax comments on the 2017 Budget Review (2)

Published: Wed, 22 Feb 17

Value-added tax VAT on fuel National Treasury has indicated an intention to expand the VAT base by removing the zero rating on fuel. To mitigate the effect, National Treasury is considering combining this change with a freeze or decrease in the fuel levy. This will, however, have the effect of ...
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PwC’s tax comments on the 2017 Budget Review (1)

Published: Wed, 22 Feb 17

Personal Income Tax As many pundits predicted, the Minister of Finance today announced a new 45% tax bracket for individuals which will apply to taxable income in excess of R1. 5 million. The tax rates below that have remained unchanged and the income levels at which they apply have been slightly adjusted, ...
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Citibank files settlement agreement

Published: Wed, 22 Feb 17

Pretoria: The Competition Commission has filed with the Competition Tribunal a settlement agreement reached with Citibank N. A. for being part of the forex trading cartel. “The Commission found that from at least 2007, Citibank N. and its competitors had a general agreement to collude on prices for bids, offers ...
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Government to conduct pre-colonial land audit

Published: Wed, 22 Feb 17

Cape Town: Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says government will conduct a colonial land audit to transform the historic patterns of ownership, use and occupation. The Minister said this when he participated in day one of the debate on the State of the Nation Address at the National Assembly ...
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Gauteng enters "second wave" of empowerment

Published: Tue, 21 Feb 17

Randfontein: The Gauteng Government has entered into the “second wave” of empowerment which will ensure that black businesses and township enterprises become more sustainable by participating in the other sectors of the economy. In partnership with key industry leaders, some of the radical measures that ...
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FSB Warns Against Clement Maloi

Published: Tue, 21 Feb 17

The Financial Services Board (FSB) warns the public to act with caution when dealing with Mr Clement Maloi who purports to be a director at the FSB. Mr Maloi’s telephone number is + 27-83 510 9964 and he calls unsuspecting members of the public, soliciting money, using a fraudulent letter bearing the FSB’s ...
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Euro Area: A Still Fragile Recovery with Political Uncertainty Ahead

Published: Mon, 20 Feb 17

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company     According to the second estimate released on February 14th, euro area GDP growth in the 4th quarter of 2016 rose 0. 4% Q-o-Q, slightly below the consensus of 0. Q4 to Q3 comparison reveals that Western Europe (Belgium, ...
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Controlled Foreign Companies laws need to be simplified

Published: Mon, 20 Feb 17

Amendment to CFC rules in Budget Review will be welcome By Cor Kraamwinkel, PwC International Tax Partner A simplification of the provisions for the taxation of revenue derived by controlled foreign companies is required. There are two areas of concern: The transfer of interests in a controlled foreign ...
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South Africans urged to engage with 2017 Budget

Published: Mon, 20 Feb 17

Pretoria: South Africans are urged to engage with the 2017 National Budget Speech that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will table in Parliament on Wednesday. “The presentation of the National Budget is an important part of our open and accountable budget process. It outlines the finances available for the implementation ...
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A tough budget in a tough environment

Published: Mon, 20 Feb 17

By George Herman, Head of South African Portfolios, Citadel   This year’s budget will be delivered in a very challenging environment. Revenue is under pressure from sluggish economic growth, while demand for higher spending is rampant. The simmering “fees must fall” campaign, struggling ...
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IRBA turns its attention to promoting measurability and transparency in audit

Published: Mon, 20 Feb 17

Johannesburg: Continuous improvement in audit quality is a priority for the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA). As such, it believes that introducing audit quality indicators (AQIs) as a measure for the outcomes of audits could be invaluable in the financial reporting value chain to improve measurability ...
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How to use tax free benefits to ease possible rise in tax

Published: Mon, 20 Feb 17

Consumers running out of time to use current tax free allocation Johannesburg: Consumers are encouraged to use tax free savings vehicles to ease the possibility of increased tax burden after 2017 National Budget Speech. Consumers have until 28 February 2017 to make use of their R30 000 maximum tax free allocation ...
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Ashburton Dynamic Equity Hedge Fund wins a HedgeNews Africa award

Published: Mon, 20 Feb 17

The Ashburton Dynamic Equity Qualified Investor Hedge Fund has won the HedgeNews Africa award for best performing South African Equity Hedge Fund for 2016 with a 15. 12% return. The awards were held in Cape Town on 16 February 2017. “This is an incredible achievement for the fund,” said Rudigor Kleyn, ...
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Unleash the business spirit of South Africa dear Minister

Published: Fri, 17 Feb 17

By Lesiba Mothata, Chief Economist, Investment Solutions   The Davis Tax Committee, established by the National Treasury to look into domestic tax issues, solicited work from the World Bank – work which has preoccupied the imagination of many since its publication a few weeks ago. The Bank was tasked ...
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Budget 2017: Only growth can balance the books

Published: Fri, 17 Feb 17

              Arthur Kamp, Investment Economist Sanlam Investments                 Lest we forget how far we’ve come   The improvement in the Main Budget primary budget ...
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Government to pursue radical economic transformation "vigorously"

Published: Fri, 17 Feb 17

Cape Town: President Jacob Zuma says government will not be apologetic in pursuing socio-economic radical transformation “vigorously” to improve the lives of the majority of South Africans. The President said this when he replied to a debate on his State of the Nation Address at the National Assembly on ...
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African capital markets decline in 2016

Published: Thu, 16 Feb 17

Activity in African capital markets showed significant decline in 2016 amidst economic uncertainty and global political upheaval: PwC report 2016 marked a challenging year for African equity markets in the wake of lower economic growth and political upheaval around the globe, largely as a result of the US elections ...
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SA investors commit a healthy R166 billion to local Collective Investment Scheme portfolios in 2016

Published: Thu, 16 Feb 17

The local Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) industry attracted strong net inflows of R166 billion in 2016, pushing assets under management over the R2 trillion mark. In 2015 the local CIS industry recorded net inflows of R101 billion compared to R109 billion in 2014. The annual CIS industry statistics ...
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Why you need a BFF (best financial friend)

Published: Thu, 16 Feb 17

Commentary by Arthur Hlubi, legal and compliance executive at Bayport Financial Services   When money is tight and debts are piling up, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and very alone. In times of stress and worry, most people withdraw and end up spending too much time on their own with their mind going in ...
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