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In a slow growth environment continued returns require the right investment strategy

Published: Mon, 29 Jun 15

Cape Town: Despite a lengthy period of low short-term interest rates, South African economic growth has remained stubbornly stagnant in recent years. According to Saliegh Salaam, Portfolio Manager at Old Mutual Investment Group’s Customised Solutions boutique, this extended period of slower economic and market ...
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Headings will be taken seriously

Published: Mon, 29 Jun 15

    By Patrick Bracher, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa       Where a suretyship was headed “Deed of Suretyship – Tuning Fork (Pty) Limited t/a After Market Products” it was held that the surety only owed money for the debts incurred ...
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Watch out for lock-ins when rate rises loom says Imara

Published: Mon, 29 Jun 15

Investors can’t time the market, but some issues in the financial service sector are predictable and one of those issues concerns the marketing of fixed-interest securities. Consumers should exercise caution when they see fixed deposit and similar products are being strongly advertised, says Lara Warburton, ...
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Making sense of fund manager surveys - Goal based investing versus chasing performance

Published: Fri, 26 Jun 15

All surveys are created equal, but… By Paul Wilson, Sanlam Investments Most performance surveys exist simply to capture factual information – the performance of investment managers over the same measurement periods – at a certain point in time. The information contained within the performance ...
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DHL plans investment of millions of Euros across Sub-Saharan Africa in 2015

Published: Fri, 26 Jun 15

DHL Express continues to see Sub-Saharan Africa as one of the most prominent areas of growth for the business globally         Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa         CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa: Although the ...
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Incentivising oil and gas companies in South Africa through favourable tax rules

Published: Thu, 25 Jun 15

    Anthea Scholtz Tax Partner & National Tax Oil & Gas Leader Deloitte           Over the last few years, there has been a steady upswing in the level of activity in the oil and gas industry in South Africa (SA). Oil and gas ...
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Coface Upgrades Business Credit Ratings of Czech Republic, Portugal and Vietnam

Published: Thu, 25 Jun 15

Coface, the international credit insurer, has upgraded the business credit rating of the Czech Republic, Portugal and Vietnam. Czech Republic: A3 Coface expects the Czech economy to register fair and accelerating growth both for this year and 2016 (2. Internal demand should be buoyant, in particular household ...
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PwC named second most attractive employer for business students

Published: Thu, 25 Jun 15

PwC has today been ranked as the world’s second most attractive employer for business students in Universum’s annual World’s Most Attractive Employer ranking – second only to Google. The Universum World’s Most Attractive Employer ranking is an annual global survey of business ...
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Avanade empowers worldwide digital innovation for more than 40,000 Henkel employees

Published: Thu, 25 Jun 15

Using Microsoft Office 365 to increase digital business transformation through Cloud, Unified Communications and Collaboration Solutions Johannesburg: Avanade, a leading global provider of innovative digital services, business solutions and design-led experiences, is working with Henkel AG on its digital journey ...
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FPI Awards testament to excellence within the financial planning industry

Published: Thu, 25 Jun 15

Johannesburg: Leaders in the financial planning profession were recognised by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI), last night, at its Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony. Wouter Fourie, CFP®, won the 2015 FPI Financial Planner of the Year award, sponsored by Personal Finance, which honours the most ...
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New open-source comparison tool launched by the Global Social Compliance Programme and ITC Standards Map

Published: Thu, 25 Jun 15

Quick Scan offers easy first step assessment of supply chain social and environmental compliance against best corporate practice (Paris and Geneva) – The Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) of the Consumer Goods Forum and ITC Standards Map of the International Trade Centre (ITC) today launched the GSCP-ITC ...
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Interpreting Real Estate Investment Trusts

Published: Thu, 25 Jun 15

By Abrie Joubert, Client Services Specialist, Glacier by Sanlam This article looks at the finer details of a real estate investment trust (REIT) and how it will affect your finances. You may have noticed an entry on your investment statements and IT3b tax certificate that says ‘REIT income’. What is ...
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Staggering growth for SA unit trust industry

Published: Wed, 24 Jun 15

By Shaun Ruiters, head of Retail Strategy & Client Solutions at Sanlam Investments Cape Town: Asisa’s just released Q1 2015 unit trust data shows staggering growth of the industry. Assets under management have grown six-fold to more than R1. The money market category lost nearly R6 billion during the ...
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What is the effect of non-compliance with business rescue procedures?

Published: Wed, 24 Jun 15

By Riza Moosa, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa A failure to comply with the business rescue procedure timelines in Section 129(3) does not terminate the business rescue proceedings. Only a court can terminate those proceedings. To avoid any court challenges the time periods stipulated must be complied ...
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FSB warns the public against Leon Lincoln and BrownLinc Consulting

Published: Tue, 23 Jun 15

The Financial Services Board (FSB) would like to warn the public to act with caution when dealing with Leon Lincoln (“Mr Lincoln”) and BrownLinc Consulting (“BrownLinc”) of Eldorado Park. Neither Mr Lincoln nor BrownLinc are authorised in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services ...
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Economic comment by Luke Doig

Published: Tue, 23 Jun 15

By Luke Doig, Senior Economist, Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation Credit Guarantee’s weekly adverse indicator - a financial health barometer of firms across the entire economic spectrum – has recently spiked into territory normally witnessed in the early months of the year. This is especially ...
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Standard Bank Rising Star Awards finalists emerge from rigorous judging process

Published: Tue, 23 Jun 15

Sixty talented individuals have emerged as finalists in the annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards. The Standard Bank Rising Star Awards programme is a national platform that awards individual performance in the business arena. The sixty finalists emerged from a rigorous three-phase judging process to be named as ...
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Actuarial Society supports initiative to bring quality teachers into poor classrooms

Published: Tue, 23 Jun 15

The Actuarial Society of South Africa has joined forces with Paper Video, a new social enterprise with the potential to revolutionise the South African learning environment. Mike McDougall, CEO of the Actuarial Society, says the collaboration of the Actuarial Society’s Educational Trust with Paper Video will ...
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Insolvencies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

Published: Mon, 22 Jun 15

By Coface, the international credit insurer The challenges faced by Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) include weak growth in domestic demand due to a difficult labour mar­ket and the reluctance of companies to make investments in fixed assets. On the external side, companies have suffered from the contraction ...
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Cultural leap needed to adapt business models to rapidly changing regulatory landscape, says Deloitte

Published: Mon, 22 Jun 15

Johannesburg, South Africa: Managing the growing regulatory burden needs to become a key priority at board and management level, but many companies are not adapting fast enough, says director for regulatory and governance at Deloitte Southern Africa, Dr Johan Erasmus. Organizations have faced a deluge of onerous regulatory ...
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Sharpe Ratio:

The ratio of annual return minus the risk free rate of return (e. g. long term government bond yield) and the annualized standard deviation. The Sharpe ratio is an example of a risk-adjusted return. This is a measure that describes the efficiency or value added by the manager for each unit of risk taken.
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