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Market review: August 2017

Published: Fri, 15 Sep 17

                Carl Roothman, CEO: Sanlam Retail Business Sanlam Investments             Cape Town: Locally, August was the month that saw Parliament vote (again) on a motion of no confidence ...
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Coface Announces Central and Eastern Europe Top 500 Companies

Published: Fri, 15 Sep 17

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company   Automotive & transport sector is the regional leader Oil & gas continues its downturn, losing number one position for the first time 2016 – a mixed year for CEE. The labour market boomed, while turnover and net profit ...
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With 1600 options out there, how do you choose the right unit trust?

Published: Fri, 15 Sep 17

Choice is usually a good thing. The problem comes in when there are simply too many options muddying the waters. With almost 1600 unit trust options available in South Africa, trying to decide which one is best can be overwhelming. The question is: how do you go about making the right choice?   “The ...
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Why non-executives shouldn’t do it for the fees alone

Published: Thu, 14 Sep 17

By Terrance M. Booysen, CEO CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd   While the board attendance fees paid to Non-Executive Directors (‘NEDs’) may be a strong incentive for certain individuals to avail themselves for these boardroom positions, it may be well worth reconsidering the risk and rewards ...
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The state of government finances: where did it go wrong?

Published: Thu, 14 Sep 17

        Jac Laubscher, Economic Adviser Sanlam Limited         After having been the poster child of sound fiscal practice for a number of years, South Africa’s government finances have experienced a precipitous decline since 2009 ...
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What characteristics make a retail stock an attractive value investment?

Published: Thu, 14 Sep 17

In addition to a suitably cheap valuation, another important factor for value investors is the strength of a business’s balance sheet and particularly the amount of borrowing it may – or may not – reveal. When whole industries sell off – as has certainly happened in the case of retail ...
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Baker McKenzie wins two CSR Awards

Published: Thu, 14 Sep 17

Global law firm Baker McKenzie has won Legal Week’s African Legal Award for CSR, Diversity, Transformation and Economic Empowerment. The firm won the International Law Firm of the Year and the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year awards at the annual African Legal Awards ceremony held ...
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Global jitters: Avoid safe havens, opportunity in overlooked sectors

Published: Thu, 14 Sep 17

The uncertain global political and economic backdrop created by unexpected recent shocks has spooked investors. However, fear, particularly when spurred by short-term concerns, often creates opportunities, for long-term, contrarian investors. Dan Brocklebank - director of Orbis, Allan Gray’s offshore ...
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Electric cars to charge ahead

Published: Thu, 14 Sep 17

The number of nations announcing an end to petrol and diesel-only car sales is growing, prompting a major industrial shift towards electric vehicles. This is according to Andrew Howard, Head of Sustainable Research at global asset manager Schroders, who highlights that in late-July, the UK government announced ...
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Stokvels: The power of a collective

Published: Thu, 14 Sep 17

By Thobela Mfeti, Research & Investment Analyst at Glacier by Sanlam   The South African stokvel economy, with over 11 million local participants, is currently worth R49 billion. Stokvels are about “the power of a collective. ” These individuals within the collective come together to pool ...
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Avoiding value traps when investing

Published: Thu, 14 Sep 17

Paul Bosman, Fund Manager, PSG Asset Management   When investing for the long run, it’s important to find undervalued securities that have enough potential to earn long-term capital returns. But there’s one inherent danger: the risk of investing in a company that is cheap for good reason – ...
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Expect a 25 bps rate cut next week

Published: Wed, 13 Sep 17

            Arthur Kamp, Investment Economist Sanlam Investments                   Cape Town: The split-decision of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to cut its repo ...
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Business confidence up marginally in the third quarter

Published: Wed, 13 Sep 17

Ettienne le Roux, RMB Chief Economist After plunging from 40 to 29 in the second quarter, the RMB/BER Business Confidence Index (BCI) rose by six points to a still low 35 in the third quarter. Almost seven out of ten respondents therefore remained unsatisfied with business conditions – a troubling outcome ...
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Tips for managing a new inheritance

Published: Wed, 13 Sep 17

Becoming a wealthy individual overnight can be overwhelming and challenging for heirs who are not adequately prepared for the transition. Eric Enslin, CEO of FNB Private Wealth and RMB Private Bank, says a majority of high-net worth individuals and families are advised well in advance to prepare heirs for ...
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How to get the best out of smart beta (factor-based) investing

Published: Wed, 13 Sep 17

Cape Town: The challenge today is no longer about how to blend active and passive, but how to blend the underlying risk factors (or styles such as value, quality, dividend yield and momentum) to build more diversified, risk-smart portfolios. Factors are considered to be the fundamental building blocks of investment ...
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Taxpayers beware: only lawyers can keep your secrets

Published: Tue, 12 Sep 17

By Howmera Parak, Senior Associate, and Rui Lopes, Candidate Attorney, Tax Practice, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg   The tax advisory fraternity has generally become a multi-disciplinary practice, with the academic background of advisors ranging from qualifications in law, accounting, economics or business ...
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Five ways to put the spring back into your financial steps

Published: Tue, 12 Sep 17

September is the perfect time of year to take stock of your financial situation. It’s spring, where new blossoms on the trees usher in the next phase of growth. This is the time of the year when winter clothes are packed away, cupboards are cleaned out and homes are decluttered in the annual spring clean. It’s ...
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Central and Eastern European Insolvencies overview

Published: Tue, 12 Sep 17

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company   Less business insolvencies in 2016, but a downturn in the construction sector   · Company insolvencies dropped by 14% in 2015 and 6% in 2016 · Wide variety of dynamics, ranging from a 35. 6% decrease in Bulgarian proceedings, ...
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Moody's negative outlook for SA's banking system

Published: Tue, 12 Sep 17

By Cas Coovadia, MD of The Banking Association South Africa   We note the decision by the Moody’s ratings agency to maintain its negative outlook for South Africa’s banking system. The decision is based on our banks’ exposure to the country’s broader economic environment, ...
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The right investment blend

Published: Tue, 12 Sep 17

By Ian Groenewald, CEO, TBI   No one takes losses lightly; even an investor who has signed off on an aggressive investment mandate. In fact, no matter how small the specific investment item is in relation to a total portfolio, any significant decrease in value is met with horror. At the same time, excellent ...
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Anniversary Date:

The yearly recurrence of the policy date. The policy date is a date specified in the policy from which premium payment dates are reckoned, the date from which incontestable and suicide clause time limits are measured, and the date from which policy years for non-forfeiture loans and paid-up policy purposes are measured. The policy date is frequently called the date of issue of the policy and is usually the date of execution, unless a binding receipt ...
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