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Disease and downgrades: Diary of a bad year for SA

Published: Mon, 30 Mar 20

Adrian Saville, Chief Executive, Cannon Asset Managers   30 March 2020: Moody’s finally dropped the sword on South Africa on Friday evening, following in the steps of fellow ratings agencies S&P and Fitch in downgrading the country’s sovereign credit rating to sub-investment grade or “junk ...
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Moody’s downgrade and what it means for investors

Published: Mon, 30 Mar 20

Maarten Ackerman, Chief Economist and Advisory Partner, Citadel   30 March 2020: The Moody’s downgrade of South Africa’s credit rating should have happened long ago. We’ve known for a long time that our fiscal metrics have been unsustainable, so despite the coronavirus, this is unsurprising ...
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COFACE SA: Review of the credit insurance sector by Moody's

Published: Fri, 27 Mar 20

The rating agency Moody's confirmed Coface’s Insurance Financial Strength (IFS) A2 rating on 27 March 2020. The outlook for this rating has been changed to negative.   As part of its credit insurance sector review, ...
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How high volatility can offer investors good opportunities to buy

Published: Wed, 25 Mar 20

It’s always darkest before the dawn, and markets across the globe are looking pretty dark right now. I’m not saying that the worst is over, or nearly over (my crystal ball is simply not giving me any clear answers) but if you look at the past, history will remind you that following the herd and selling ...
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POSTPONEMENT NOTICE: SAIA BREAKFAST SESSION 2020

Published: Mon, 16 Mar 20

Following the national disaster declaration made by the President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, on 15 March 2020 around the spread of the coronavirus, the South African Insurance Association (SAIA) has decided to postpone the SAIA Breakfast Session which was to be held on 19 March to a later date in May 2020 ...
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Allianz: 5 sustainability trends to watch for companies

Published: Thu, 12 Mar 20

Companies can potentially face reputational damage or legal liabilities if they fail to appropriately manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s ESG team identified key trends to watch: climate change, water management, preserving biodiversity degradation ...
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CORONAVIRUS Q&A: KNOW YOUR EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS

Published: Wed, 11 Mar 20

Aadil Patel, National Head of the Employment practice and Anli Bezuidenhout, Senior Associate in the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr   The COVID – 19 (or "Coronavirus") is spreading. In this alert, we answer some of the most pressing questions that have been asked over ...
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Financial planning is a must-have

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 20

South Africans are indebted as they consistently depend on credit cards to pay for day-to-day expenses. This year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) speech delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa made mention of starting a sovereign wealth fund to “preserve and grow the national endowment of the nation” ...
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BUDGET 2020: THE RIGHT INTENT, BUT THE CHALLENGE REMAINS DAUNTING

Published: Thu, 27 Feb 20

BY ARTHUR KAMP, CHIEF ECONOMIST AT SANLAM INVESTMENTS Budget 2020 is the best we could have hoped for in difficult circumstances. In essence, it aims to constrain consumption spending relative to capital expenditure, while recognising that persistent tax increases are counter-productive and constrain growth. Budget ...
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Liberty delivers improved results, increasing dividend by 3%, for the year ended 31 December 2019

Published: Thu, 27 Feb 20

Resilience demonstrated in the current economic climate, while continuing to invest for the future Financial highlights: Normalised headline earnings increased 42% to R3 205 million Shareholder Investment Portfolio (SIP) earnings of R1 004 million Normalised operating earnings increased 10% to R2 201 ...
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South Africa’s National Budget Speech 2020: A fiscal surprise

Published: Wed, 26 Feb 20

South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni delivered a surprising budget for 2020/21 before Parliament today by opting not to increase tax rates, highlighting the fact that in the current economic environment, substantial increases are likely to be ineffective. The focus of the budget over the last ...
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Hard choices for Budget 2020

Published: Mon, 17 Feb 20

Citadel Portfolio Manager Mike van der Westhuizen believes a strong Budget will come down to simple action and hard choices taken now for the long-term benefit of the country. 17 February 2020: “The main thing to look at, given that the Moody’s is watching closely, is the need to rein in the ...
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WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE SAVINGS, RETIREMENT AND INSURANCE POLICIES WHEN EMIGRATING

Published: Mon, 17 Feb 20

By Renier Hugo, Alexander Forbes Certified Financial Planner   With South Africans increasingly opting to live abroad, a hot topic is the issue of what to do with your life savings, retirement, and insurance policies when emigrating. New legislation, coming into effect in March 2020, means that ...
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Stock picking still safer than looking for catalysts

Published: Thu, 13 Feb 20

By Gustav Schulenburg, PSG Asset Management   Clients often ask us what the catalysts for outperformance will be. Sometimes this refers to outperformance of our funds, and other times to the South African economy as a whole. The dictionary definition for a catalyst is ‘something that precipitates ...
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Coronavirus and its effects on international trade and insurance

Published: Thu, 13 Feb 20

The deadly novel coronavirus outbreak (2019-CoV) has resulted in passenger and cargo ships being quarantined around the world, partial and complete travel bans to parts of China and shipping and airlines being unable or unwilling to deliver cargo to the contractual destination. Malcolm Hartwell, head of ...
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HOW TO MERGE YOUR FINANCES AS A COUPLE?

Published: Mon, 10 Feb 20

By Nelisiwe Ndlovu, Certified Financial Planner at Alexander Forbes   There is never a good time to discuss finances with your partner, married or unmarried, and one key issue that needs to be discussed is whether you should merge your finances. Joining all your money matters can seem overwhelming at first, ...
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Political and environmental risks are the main threats facing businesses in 2020

Published: Tue, 04 Feb 20

As Coface launches the 2020 edition of its Country & Sector Risks Handbook, Chief Economist Julien Marcilly today presents the main threats for the global economy in 2020 at the Coface Country Risk Conference in Paris. The US-China trade agreement will not be enough to rekindle international trade With 2019 ...
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COMPARING THE BENEFITS OF A TAX FREE SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND A RETIREMENT ANNUITY FUND

Published: Thu, 30 Jan 20

By Jaco Prinsloo, Certified Financial Planner at Alexander Forbes Financial Planning Consultants   The benefits of saving are well known, as are the tax benefits offered by tax-free savings accounts (TFSA) and retirement annuity funds (RA). Before we look at what the benefits of each, let's look at ...
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Cyber attackers’ home in on South African businesses

Published: Mon, 27 Jan 20

Ransomware industry flourishes in SA while business are largely unprepared for the business interruption and financial fallout of a breach   In a recent Carte Blanche episode, the investigative news programme revealed that South Africa had faced a number of major cyberattacks during 2019 – one of ...
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SELECTING THE WRONG DIRECTORS FOR THE SOE AND SOC BOARDS HAS BEEN DISASTROUS

Published: Fri, 24 Jan 20

By Terrance M. Booysen and peer reviewed by Jene’ Palmer CA(SA) (CGF Lead Independent Consultant)    As most South Africans eagerly awaited some reprieve from a year of constant and negative bombardment, be this over matters such as a massively contracted economy, rising unemployment, state capture, ...
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