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The search for higher ground

Published: Fri, 26 May 17

Sanlam’s i3 Summit takes a global view of opportunities amid uncertainty Johannesburg: ‘Finding higher ground’ was the theme of the fourth i3 Summit, hosted by Sanlam Investments and Glacier by Sanlam, taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 25 May 2017 and attended by more than 400 delegates ...
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FSB Appeal Board and powers of the Registrar to debar

Published: Fri, 26 May 17

The decision in the Hlumbane case by the Appeal Board of the FSB provides very interesting information about the Board’s powers in terms of decisions made by the Registrar of Financial Services Providers, particularly its discretionary powers. The appeal stems from a decision by the Registrar to debar the appellant ...
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Robots will be our partners rather than our overlords

Published: Wed, 24 May 17

By Anton van Heerden, Managing Director and Executive Vice-President, Africa & Middle East at Sage   This week (25 May) at BotCon in Cape Town, South African developers and enterprises will showcase some of the ways they’re putting the newest artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to work. ...
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What keeps the LT Ombudsman awake at night? Part 2

Published: Wed, 24 May 17

Following on from Part 1. From the Long-term Ombud’s 2016 annual report: The Assessors and Adjudicators in the Long-term Ombud’s office were canvassed about the issues that currently fall into this category. Complainant behaviour The LT Ombud wrote about difficult complainants in the 2015 Annual ...
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Standard Bank Consumer Trends Report: 2016 income estimates

Published: Wed, 24 May 17

Higher income growth for lower income groups; signs of population migration up the income groups We present the 2016 income estimates for South Africa’s population. We also measure income changes across different income groups since 2011. We rely on the latest personal income data from the Bureau of Market ...
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SA still number one Foreign Direct Investment recipient in Africa

Published: Tue, 23 May 17

Pretoria: South Africa continues to be the largest recipient of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on the African continent, Brand South Africa said on Monday. Brand SA said South Africa also continues to be the largest source of intra-regional investment, in addition to having recently made a comeback in the top 25 ...
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Fintech in Africa conference takes a fresh angle on regulation

Published: Tue, 23 May 17

Swift, agile and versatile, financial technology - or Fintech - is sweeping Africa and the rest of the world. Lagging far behind it in many countries and regions is the law and regulation around Fintech operations. While too much regulation could stifle innovation in this dynamic sector, too little - and too late ...
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New Coface Survey Shows Optimism Among UAE Non-oil Private Companies

Published: Mon, 22 May 17

UAE companies are cautiously positive. 43. 5% of exporters and 42% of domestic suppliers expect increased profitability, with 52. 2% and 59% respectively anticipating an upsurge in sales over the previous year. UAE companies’ outstanding receivables and unpaid invoices accounted for, on average, a single digit ...
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Momentum calls for investment industry to put clients first

Published: Mon, 22 May 17

JOHANNESBURG: Momentum Group head of Investments and Savings Marketing Steven Schultz has called for a fundamental mindset shift in the investment industry, from an obsession with past performance to delivering on client goals. “Clients don’t measure success in terms of outperforming generic ...
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Parliament to resume budget votes on Tuesday

Published: Mon, 22 May 17

Pretoria: Government departments’ budget votes schedule will resume in Parliament on Tuesday. In a statement on Sunday, Parliament said the Budget Vote debate programme will resume with six debates on budget votes in separate mini plenary sittings of the National Assembly and a policy debate on higher education ...
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IMF expects SA’s GDP to grow to 1%

Published: Fri, 19 May 17

Pretoria: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised South Africa’s growth forecast to 1% this year. Speaking at the end of an IMF staff team visit to South Africa, led by Paolo Mauro, the monetary fund said there are signs of a modest improvement in the South African economy. “Following last year’s ...
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Unlocking the blockchain

Published: Fri, 19 May 17

By Norton Rose Fulbright   Chapter 3: Using intellectual property rights to protect distributed ledger technology A significant amount of attention is being paid to the disruptive potential of distributed ledger technology (DLT) and many businesses are making huge investments in DLT-enabled products ...
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FSB guidance for Hedge Funds on advertising, marketing and information disclosure

Published: Fri, 19 May 17

The Financial Services Board published guidelines on requirements for advertising, marketing and information disclosure applicable to Hedge Funds. Following the declaration of hedge funds as collective investment schemes, all hedge funds are required to comply with the requirements of CISCA and relevant subordinate ...
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FAIS Regulatory Exam Fraud

Published: Fri, 19 May 17

We encounter a variety of attempts by a limited number of candidates to cheat the system. As evidenced by the example in a recent Appeal Board case, crime really does not pay. The transgressor appealed against a three-year debarment. The Appeal Board found that the person should actually have been debarred for much ...
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The FSB Appeal Board

Published: Fri, 19 May 17

Twenty-four determinations were issued by the FAIS Ombud in the 2015/2016 financial year, half of which concerned short-term insurance products. Settlements, where respondents “pleaded guilty” amounted to a staggering 1 150. So far, the 2016/2017 statistics reveal 65 determinations of which 37, or 57%, ...
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How innovation is disrupting the financial industry

Published: Thu, 18 May 17

Innovation and new technology continues to change the way in which people invest, and the robo-advisor - an automated investment platform – is fast emerging as a ground-breaking investment tool. Robo-advisors have been making their appearance in South Africa with many finding it difficult to survive on their ...
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Market Update: April 2017

Published: Thu, 18 May 17

                Carl Roothman, chief executive of retail business Sanlam Investments               Cape Town: For South Africans, the ratings downgrades dominated the financial news ...
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The value of Value-Added Tax in Africa underestimated

Published: Thu, 18 May 17

Charles de Wet, Head of Indirect Tax, PwC Africa Africa operates within a connected global economic system, with countries relying on global cooperation to address trade imbalances, the abuse of tax havens and the coordination of financial stabilisation efforts. There has been an increase and focus on cross-border ...
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March 2017 retail sales surprise positively, but momentum remains weak

Published: Thu, 18 May 17

Sanisha Packirisamy, Economist, and Herman van Papendorp, Head of Asset Allocation at Momentum   Low base effect boosts retail sales in specialised food and furniture categories   Real retail sales increased by 0. 8% y/y increase in the sales of specialised food, beverages and tobacco, followed ...
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Strong flows into local CIS portfolios demonstrate investor resilience

Published: Thu, 18 May 17

The local Collective Investment Scheme (CIS) industry attracted healthy net inflows of R30. 4 billion in the first quarter of 2017, pushing net inflows for the year to the end of March to R157. 1 billion – the highest for this period in three years. Sunette Mulder, senior policy adviser at the Association ...
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Offshore Investment:

Investing offshore, as the name implies means taking your money outside the borders of your own country and investing it in overseas markets. The main reason for wanting to do this is to spread the risk of your investment over more than one economy. This ensures that should the South African economy experience a downward trend, at least some of your investment is stashed in another country and in another economy, thereby protecting it against the ...
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