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FSB provisionally suspends JVN Asset Management (Pty) Limited (“JVN”)

Published: Fri, 23 Jun 17

The Registrar of Financial Services Providers (“the Registrar”) has provisionally suspended the authorisation of JVN Asset Management (Pty) Limited (“JVN”) to act as a financial services provider with immediate effect. The decision follows the Registrar receiving concerning information about ...
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BASA response to FSR Bill

Published: Fri, 23 Jun 17

By Cas Coovadia, MD of The Banking Association South Africa   We welcome today’s passing of the Financial Sector Regulation Bill by the National Assembly and its forwarding to the President for his consideration. It aligns South African banking regulations with global best practice, towards a “Twin ...
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Managing risk in credit portfolios

Published: Thu, 22 Jun 17

Avoiding undue concentration risk helps mitigate the possibility of underperformance   By Melville du Plessis, Portfolio Manager at Sanlam Investment Management   Cape Town; 21 June 2017: In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, policymakers worldwide have been using unconventional monetary ...
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Interventions to mitigate effects of technical recession

Published: Thu, 22 Jun 17

Cape Town: President Jacob Zuma says government will forge ahead and implement pro-growth intervention measures to reignite growth after South Africa’s economy recently slipped into a technical recession. Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane had asked an urgent question, which was included on the list ...
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Populism driven by debt, low growth and a broken social contract

Published: Thu, 22 Jun 17

Cape Town: US President Donald Trump may perplex and exasperate the old order of established geopolitical interests, but his maverick style may turn out to be a boon for the global economy. That’s the word from Dr Philippa Malmgren, a former US presidential adviser and founder of DRPM Group and now ...
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IRBA says additional measures required to promote transformation of audit profession

Published: Thu, 22 Jun 17

Johannesburg: In the face of criticism that Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation (MAFR) will not address transformation of the profession, the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) said in parliament today at a hearing of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCOF) that additional measures to drive transformation ...
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Turkish economy surges in Q1 2017, driven by Exports

Published: Thu, 22 Jun 17

By Coface, the international trade credit insurance company                                         Chart: Breakdown of Turkish GDP components (%)   Turkey’s ...
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5 Habits that stop you from building your savings

Published: Thu, 22 Jun 17

Johannesburg: The extent to which a person is able to save depends largely on their attitude towards money and not how much they earn. Ester Ochse, Product Specialist at FNB Advisory, says “Some people don’t earn much but are able to build a solid savings base, and the reason for this is simple – ...
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Refreshing your share portfolio: How to avoid neglected portfolios

Published: Thu, 22 Jun 17

Geoff Blount, MD, BayHill Capital   It’s mid-year and a perfect time to assess your share portfolio. Many investors who run their own portfolios via their stock brokers often end up with a “neglected portfolio” or become frustrated with the performance of their portfolio. In ...
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Unpacking radical economic transformation

Published: Wed, 21 Jun 17

Pretoria: Radical economic transformation is not a break from existing government policy nor does it represent a new and uncertain path. Rather it is an acceleration of the current transformation of the country’s economy to benefit all and if implemented right it can speedily address the imbalances of the past, ...
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BRICS ministers talk trade, UN reforms, terrorism

Published: Wed, 21 Jun 17

Pretoria: Trade, climate change, reforms of the United Nations and terrorism were high on the agenda when the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs met in Beijing on Monday. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) who make up the grouping for countries that account for about 40% of the world's population ...
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Are your kids ready for their inheritance?

Published: Wed, 21 Jun 17

One of the challenges wealthy individuals face in their lifetime is ensuring that their kids are ready to inherit and sustain wealth for future generations. Eric Enslin, CEO of FNB Private Wealth and RMB Private Bank, says the responsibility that comes with inheriting wealth and leading the family to grow ...
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Being an optimist in trying times

Published: Tue, 20 Jun 17

By John Kennedy, Director and Regional Head, Citadel   I am an optimist and believe that tomorrow will be better than today; that the future will be better than the present. This is a mind-set that has worked for me in many ways. But, in these difficult times, in the world of daily disruption ...
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BASA response to the Public Protector's comments on the mandate of the SARB

Published: Tue, 20 Jun 17

By Cas Coovadia, MD of the Banking Association South Africa   Comments by the Public Protector relating to the mandate of the SA Reserve Bank are particularly alarming. The role and independence of the SARB is critical in maintaining what little certainty remains in our already fragile economy ...
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What do rising Middle East tensions mean for OPEC?

Published: Tue, 20 Jun 17

By Richard Robinson, Investment Manager at Ashburton Investments Friction in the Middle East appears to be hitting concerning levels. At the beginning of June, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with Qatar. Qataris were given two weeks to leave the respective countries and, probably most significantly, ...
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Sanlam announces the first ever Balanced UCITS Fund managed solely by Artificial Intelligence

Published: Tue, 20 Jun 17

Cape Town: Sanlam Global Investment Solutions (SGIS) has today announced that the Sanlam Managed Risk UCITS Fund is now managed solely by Artificial Intelligence (AI) – making it the first Balanced Fund in the world fully driven by AI. The financial markets have been through significant change in recent ...
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10 major problems with the Mining Charter

Published: Tue, 20 Jun 17

by Chris Stevens, Head of Mining & Resources practice at Werksmans Attorneys   There are various aspects of the Mining Charter which are extremely problematic not only from a conceptual point of view but also from a practical implementation point of view and these are as follows –   1) Paragraph ...
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Business rescue asset disposals

Published: Tue, 20 Jun 17

By Riza Moosa, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. An owner whose property is in the possession of another without consent can recover possession by way of vindication (rei vindicatio). But what happens if the person in possession is legally permitted to sell those goods? In EnergyDrive Systems (Pty) ...
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Could a lack of financial education cost a fortune?

Published: Mon, 19 Jun 17

Cape Town: While it used to take two generations to lose a fortune, now it takes just one. This is according to a PwC 2016 Billionaires Insights report that showed that globally, 70% of inheritances are squandered in under five years. In a compelling real life simulation, Sanlam Private Wealth decided to ...
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How to trim down SME running costs

Published: Mon, 19 Jun 17

Operating costs associated with running a business may be challenging to deal with due to the current economic woes. SME’s need to develop long term strategies to ensure they can stretch each rand whilst saving where they can. “The state of the economy is not great, consumers are hard pressed ...
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