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So, you are thinking of having that baby…

Published: Fri, 18 Aug 17

By Marlise Kotze, Financial Planner at Alexander Forbes Retail I just came back from maternity leave with my second child in January. It is not all hugs and kisses. I know most people will warn you about the sleepless nights, vomits and dirty nappies. But can you afford it? Here as some potential financial ...
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What to consider before you invest internationally

Published: Fri, 18 Aug 17

International investment exposure is non-negotiable from a portfolio diversification point of view. However, according to Mike Wilmot, Head of Investments at Nedbank Private Wealth, ‘International investment objectives based on unreasonable tax outcomes, opaque asset ownership or speculative short-term currency ...
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The perils of introducing tax legislation by press release"

Published: Fri, 18 Aug 17

By Arnaaz Camay, Senior Executive: Tax, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg Earlier this year, the South African Minister of Finance announced in the Budget Speech that the dividends tax rate would be increased from 15% to 20% with effect from the date of the announcement thereof on 22 February 2017. More recently, in ...
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Interpretation of contract

Published: Fri, 18 Aug 17

A lawyer’s understanding must not always be imposed on non-lawyers       Patrick Bracher, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc.       In an important development of the law of interpretation of contracts, the Constitutional Court held ...
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Hong Kong: Concerns Despite Robust Growth

Published: Fri, 18 Aug 17

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company GDP figures show that Hong Kong’s economy expanded by 3. 8% Y-o-Y in Q2 (1. 0% Q-o-Q). While this is lower than the 4. 3% Y-o-Y in Q1, it beats economist estimates of 3. Rising asset prices and strong consumer spending, backed by low ...
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Fairness in Justice

Published: Fri, 18 Aug 17

In a recent decision concerning a Sharemax investment, the FSB Appeal Board said that section 20(3) of the FAIS Act requires the FAIS Ombud to consider complaints in a procedurally fair, informal, economical and expeditious manner, and by what is equitable in all circumstances. Failure to afford a party an opportunity ...
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Electric cars and oil prices. Should investors be concerned now?

Published: Fri, 18 Aug 17

By Kevin Murphy, Schroders   What is more likely to see a long-term collapse in oil prices – the electric car or the humble combustion engine? If you were to judge solely by media coverage or perhaps even by gut instinct, you might well answer ‘the electric car’. But you would be wrong ...
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SADC introspects on its 25th anniversary

Published: Thu, 17 Aug 17

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) celebrates its 25th anniversary today and the bloc has used the occasion to reflect on the progress made in its regional integration agenda. SADC was formed on 17 August 1992 in Windhoek, Namibia, with its precursor known as the Southern African Development Coordinating ...
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Invest offshore for the right reasons

Published: Thu, 17 Aug 17

South Africans tend to flock offshore in response to rand weakness or negative news headlines. This is counterintuitive, costly and can destroy value. This is according to Tamryn Lamb, head of client servicing in South Africa for Orbis, Allan Gray’s offshore investment partner. “The ...
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What do foreigners see that local investors don’t?

Published: Thu, 17 Aug 17

Melville du Plessis, Portfolio Manager, Sanlam Investments   Cape Town: Since Nenegate South Africans have had to digest a series of rather unpalatable political events. This year alone there have been the surprise Cabinet reshuffle, the so-called continued ‘state capture’ and the release of ...
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Market Review: July 2017

Published: Thu, 17 Aug 17

              Carl Roothman, chief executive of retail business Sanlam Investments                 Cape Town: July was a rewarding month for investors who stuck to their long-term financial ...
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FSB warns the public against Prestige Trading

Published: Thu, 17 Aug 17

The Financial Services Board (FSB) would like to warn the public to act with caution when dealing with Prestige Trading. The entity is not authorised in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002, to render any financial advice and intermediary services. The FSB received information ...
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Value investing in Nigeria

Published: Thu, 17 Aug 17

By Nick Ndiritu, portfolio manager, Allan Gray Varied narratives Active managers in Africa and frontier markets have to counter the perceived higher risk of investing in volatile markets prone to political and economic uncertainty. In response, most investors gravitate to growth strategies, pursuing markets ...
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CIS industry reports healthy net inflows of R37 billion for second quarter

Published: Wed, 16 Aug 17

The local Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) industry ended the second quarter of this year with assets under management of R2. 09 trillion. Investors committed R37 billion in net inflows to CIS portfolios during this quarter, which included R16 billion of distributions reinvested. The CIS industry statistics ...
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Parliamentary Hearings: Outcome on Transformation in the Financial Services Sector

Published: Wed, 16 Aug 17

If financial sector institutions don’t quickly meet transformation targets, they can expect legislation forcing them to. Financial sector institutions need to come up with innovative solutions for more inclusion in the sector to fulfil the country’s transformation objectives, or face new legislation ...
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Take charge of your finances this Women’s Month

Published: Tue, 15 Aug 17

            Jeanette Marais Director of distribution and client service Allan Gray         A man is not a financial plan and women today are becoming more aware of the fact that they must take ownership of their finances ...
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Investing offshore for sustained quality returns: is the approach justified?

Published: Tue, 15 Aug 17

By Clyde Rossouw and Neil Finlay, Investec Asset Management   Selecting an offshore equity manager is daunting and the apparent simplicity of a passive strategy often seduces investors. Getting broad exposure to difficult-to-outperform global equity indices at low cost is often used to justify the allocation ...
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Sanlam to acquire 30% of fintech disruptor EasyEquities

Published: Tue, 15 Aug 17

Cape Town: Purple Group (PPE) and Sanlam Investment Holdings (SIH), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sanlam Limited, are delighted to announce that SIH has entered into agreements to acquire a 30% stake in First World Trader Proprietary Limited, trading as EasyEquities. This is in a joint pursuit of growing ...
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Renewal of a right of pre-emption on extension of a lease

Published: Tue, 15 Aug 17

By Julia Randles, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. Where the period of a lease agreement is extended, the terms of that agreement will apply during the extended period unless the context or the parties’ intention indicates otherwise. Where parties to a lease simply say that they want to extend the lease ...
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Next generation of entrepreneurs gets a hand up at Small Business Expo

Published: Tue, 15 Aug 17

South Africa’s most innovative junior entrepreneurs will again gain exposure to the real world of business, when Eskom’s SimamaRanta finalists participate in the Small Business Expo in Johannesburg. The SimamaRanta Entrepreneurship Education programme identifies, honours and showcases South African secondary ...
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