Motorists urged to be familiar with accident protocol

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The latest Road Traffic Management Corporation annual report has revealed that more than 4 500 road fatalities were reported on South African roads from April 2014 to April 2015. (more…)

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Three quarters of HNWIs plan to increase contributions to their investment portfolios

When asked “Do you intend to invest more in the first six months of 2016?”  76 per cent of clients contacted by deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations, said Yes.  14 per cent responded No and 10 per cent did not yet know. (more…)

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Crisis of confidence grips financial markets

Given the likelihood that market volatility will increase against the background of global growth and monetary policy divergences and uncertainties, it will be important for investors to stick with their investment horizons and not be influenced by short-term noise. (more…)

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South Africa slips in freedom index – IRR

South Africa saw its economic freedom score slip from 62.6 to 61.9 in the latest Index of Economic Freedom report released by the Heritage Foundation in Washington this week. This was contrary to the overall trend for southern Africa which saw the regional freedom score improve from 54.9 to 55.5. (more…)

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New tax laws to put spotlight on retirement savings

The so called T day reforms will be implemented on the 1st of March 2016 and are likely to spark a surge of renewed interest in income tax deductions and capital accumulation for retirement. This is according to Derick Ferreira, a senior manager at Old Mutual. (more…)

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The certainty of uncertainty in South Africa

The North West University (NWU) School of Business and Governance this week launched its policy uncertainty index (PUI).  Unsurprisingly, policy uncertainty was high in the 4th quarter of 2015 in SA and was recorded at 55.4.  An increase over 50 reflects greater policy uncertainty while a decrease below 50 reflects less policy uncertainty.  (more…)

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Finding the silver lining in the dark economic cloud

While the country and the world may be facing economic woes, it doesn’t mean it is all doom and gloom for South Africa’s local entrepreneurs. This is the sentiment of Christo Botes, spokesperson for the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition – sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS. (more…)

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Novare launches SA’s first retail hedge fund

Independent investment pioneer, Novare, is proud to announce the launch of South Africa’s first retail fund of hedge funds product. (more…)

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Onshore tax breaks plus offshore exposure

Government’s tax-free savings (TFS) dispensation has added further impetus to the growth of db X-trackers, the range of JSE-listed exchange traded funds that track the performance of leading offshore indices. (more…)

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SIM among top 5 SA managers

Following on last week’s success, with several Sanlam portfolio managers walking away with certificates at the Raging Bull Awards,  Sanlam Investment Management (SIM) says it has improved its ranking in the PlexCrown Fund Ratings Survey to fifth in the domestic unit trust management company category. (more…)

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Retirement Reforms: Good news for most South Africans

Payroll administrators need to start preparing their business systems, processes and workforces for the implementation of the National Treasury’s long-awaited retirement reforms during the next tax year (2016-2017). (more…)

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