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Thematic considerations for the future of the insurance industry

Published: Tue, 14 Mar 17

“The worst is yet to come …” UN Global Assessment report on Disaster Risk Reduction, 2013 … and with the worst yet to come, the future of the insurance industry is assured, albeit somewhat transformed from its current state. By Rahima Cassim, Fund Manager at Ashburton ...
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Sanlam Investments Market Update: February 2017

Published: Mon, 13 Mar 17

      Carl Roothman, chief executive of retail business Sanlam Investments           Cape Town: February was an exceptional month for international markets – one in which we saw most major indices explore new territory. Early in the ...
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Modi wave of support becomes tsunami in India state elections

Published: Mon, 13 Mar 17

By Simon Finch Investment Manager at Ashburton Investments Over the weekend the election results from five Indian states, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Punjab and most significant of all, Uttar Pradesh (UP) were announced. Following discussions with journalists and poll experts on my trip to UP last week, consensus ...
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Citadel is delighted to announce the appointment of George Herman as CIO

Published: Mon, 13 Mar 17

              George Herman, Chief Investment Officer             Wealth management company Citadel is delighted to announce the appointment of George Herman as Chief Investment Officer. George ...
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Update on Ashburton Investments current views and outlook

Published: Mon, 13 Mar 17

By Marianna Georgakopoulou, Head of Asset Allocation at Ashburton Investments Global macro indicators are currently strong with a cyclical recovery underway in most regions. In particular, industrial and consumer survey data in the US has been very positive. Growth and inflation data in developed (DM) and emerging ...
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Well educated people can lag behind in wealth accumulation

Published: Mon, 13 Mar 17

Paul Leonard CFP®, Regional Head: E Cape, Citadel   Imagine that you go to your 20-year school reunion and are catching up with old school friends. You speak to John who says that he got a three-year qualification in mechanical engineering and now owns an engineering workshop. You also speak to Steve ...
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Old Mutual - Operating beats delivered as managed separation continues

Published: Thu, 09 Mar 17

OML’s managed separation should unlock material value We think Old Mutual’s announced ‘managed separation’ into four entities will unlock significant value for shareholders. By the end of 2018, a separation into Emerging Markets (OMEM), Nedbank, Old Mutual Wealth (OMW) and Old Mutual Asset ...
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Old Mutual plc preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2016

Published: Thu, 09 Mar 17

Old Mutual plc, whose managed separation strategy aims to result in four strong independent businesses, today publishes its results for the year to 31 December 2016. Bruce Hemphill, Group Chief Executive, said: “We are delivering on our promises: we sold down part of our stake in OM Asset Management, materially ...
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FirstRand delivers real growth and premium returns to its shareholders

Published: Thu, 09 Mar 17

Johannesburg: FirstRand Limited (FirstRand) today reported results for the six months ended 31 December 2016. Group financial highlights Normalised earnings per share grew 7% Dividend per ordinary share up 10% Normalised Return on Equity (ROE) of 22. 9% Normalised net asset ...
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FSB fines Robert Fourie R2 million for FMA Contravention

Published: Thu, 09 Mar 17

The Directorate of Market Abuse had referred a case against Mr Robert Fourie (“Fourie”) to the Enforcement Committee after investigations revealed that he created a deceptive appearance of the trading activity, and an artificial price, with reference to the 20 September 2013 Sunflower futures contract ...
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Radical economic transformation: Beyond sloganeering

Published: Wed, 08 Mar 17

By Nosihle Shelembe One of the key features of the 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA) has no doubt been the government’s intended stance to “radically” transform the economy and ensure equitable share of the country’s wealth. More than 22 years after South Africa attained its democracy, ...
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Imminent changes to tax-free savings regulations

Published: Wed, 08 Mar 17

The National Treasury will shortly publish final amendments to tax free savings accounts regulations for the year beginning 1 March 2017. The amendments will include: The process for transfers clarify the policy position on performance fees in underlying funds give guidance on the adequate and consistent ...
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Ashburton Investments’ major investment themes and how they are playing them

Published: Wed, 08 Mar 17

By Wayne McCurrie, Fund Manager at Ashburton Investments   1) Rand Strength   The Rand is a structurally weak currency for many long-entrenched reasons. And unfortunately, the Rand does not weaken consistently. Normally it collapses for a few years, stabilises for a while and then the weakness ...
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A new tax year brings a new opportunity to grow savings, tax-free

Published: Wed, 08 Mar 17

Johannesburg: On 1 March 2017, it was three years since the South African government introduced Tax-Free Savings Accounts. With a Tax-Free Savings Account, South Africans can now save and invest R33 000 per tax year (previously R30 000 per tax year) and R500 000 in their lifetime, tax free. This means that depending ...
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GDP contracts in fourth quarter: Stats SA

Published: Wed, 08 Mar 17

Pretoria: South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 0. 3% in the fourth quarter of 2016, Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday. The contraction follows on GDP growth of 0. 4% in the third quarter. Announcing the GDP figures at a media briefing in Pretoria, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats ...
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Marriott freedom race showcases talent

Published: Wed, 08 Mar 17

The third Marriott Freedom race will take place in KwaZulu-Natal on the 1st and 2nd April 2017. The event caters for MTB riders in two categories, a two-day race comprising 60kms per day and a second 40km event on Sunday 2rd April 2017. Commencing at the eNanda Adventure Centre each day has a different ...
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Everyone knows how Gordhan feels

Published: Tue, 07 Mar 17

By Khanyi Nzukuma, CEO Metropolitan Retail In his budget speech the finance minister was wrestling with a national debt challenge. Over an extended period of time our government has spent way more than it earns in revenues and, as a result, debt servicing is now costing the treasury R169bn a year. The vast majority ...
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South African children to benefit from unused shares and bonds

Published: Tue, 07 Mar 17

Post the national Budget Speech, we would be ignorant to think that changes to taxes and consumables made by Minister Pravin Gordhan will not change the way we look at our financial portfolios and budgets. And with this comes some reassessing and a spring-clean. This exercise may reveal to investors that they have ...
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Hedge funds 101

Published: Tue, 07 Mar 17

By George Herman*, Director and Chief Investment Officer, Citadel   Increasing use is being made of hedge funds in South Africa, but they remain largely misunderstood by the average investor. Hedge funds have been perceived as elitist investments or only for high net worth individuals. This is ...
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What would “they” do differently?

Published: Tue, 07 Mar 17

      Jac Laubscher, Economic Advisor Sanlam Limited             It is common cause that South Africa’s public finances and how they are managed are currently a topic of great angst. The ongoing political struggle between different ...
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