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How can I use a money market fund?

Published: Thu, 25 May 17

Money market funds have become synonymous with safe, secure and reliable investments, but are they right for you?   “Understanding how money market unit trusts work can help you use them effectively in your portfolio,” says Bekithemba Mafulela, business development manager at Allan Gray. What ...
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South Africa: the “wait-and-see” economy

Published: Wed, 24 May 17

Maarten Ackerman, Advisory Partner and Chief Economist, Citadel   Last week the International Monetary Fund upgraded their 2017 growth forecast for South Africa to 1%. Markets reacted with surprise given the spate of recent investment grade downgrades the country has faced, with Moody’s verdict still ...
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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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FNB promotes access to banking in rural South Africa

Published: Wed, 24 May 17

Johannesburg: FNB has become the first bank in South Africa to introduce a non-cash dispensing ATM with deposit capability. These ATMs are a smaller version of the standard ATM which FNB introduced in 2013 as a way of bringing banking services directly into communities. The roll-out out of the new generation of ATMs ...
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Global conditions have improved for active managers to outperform

Published: Tue, 23 May 17

Henko Roos (CFA, CIPM), Senior Fund Analyst, PSG Wealth   The best reason for South African investors to gain offshore exposure is diversification. It offers various benefits, and specifically, access to sectors and industries that are not available in South Africa. A key benefit for investors using strong ...
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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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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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2017 SITEisfaction® survey celebrates Capitec as best digital bank

Published: Mon, 22 May 17

Modern Independent Insights Agency, Columinate, today revealed the results of its sixth annual Internet Banking SITEisfaction® survey, highlighting Capitec’s steady rise to securing the top spot in the digital banking category, ousting FNB as the category owners. Capitec also secured top honours in the Mobile ...
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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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Finalists announced for FNB Business Innovation Awards

Published: Mon, 22 May 17

The FNB Business Innovation Awards are aimed at businesses that are able to demonstrate real innovation that has the potential to change the way an industry operates both locally and internationally. The businesses must be founder-led, exhibit high-growth potential and have the capacity to add substantial economic ...
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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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This is not the time to panic

Published: Fri, 19 May 17

Themba Mabizela: FNB Business Provincial Head for Gauteng South and Central According to the recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) economic growth for South Africa for the current year and 2018 is unlikely to surpass 0. Businesses are eventually going to feel the impact of the struggling economy, however, now ...
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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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Possible wealth tax

Published: Thu, 18 May 17

Hilary Dudley, Managing Director of Citadel Fiduciary Proprietary Limited   On 25 April 2017 the Davis Tax Committee (DTC) released a media statement calling for written submissions on the possible introduction of wealth taxes in South Africa. This is a contentious topic, coming at a time when ...
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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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How to protect capital and beat inflation

Published: Wed, 17 May 17

Use absolute return investment strategies to navigate the current climate of increased volatility and risk   By Natasha Narsingh, head of Absolute Returns at Sanlam Investments   Cape Town: Retirement fund trustees have to meet challenging goals— above all, achieve the highest possible ...
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