The value the internet can bring to advisers’ businesses

Philip Calvert

By Philip Calvert, International Social Media Expert It happens a couple of times a year. The email comes in and they always say the same thing: “I’m sorry Philip, but I won’t be joining your technology revolution. My clients aren’t interested in the internet and that’s fine by me.” (more…)

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New CEO for Europ Assistance South Africa

Jacques Preyser has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Europ Assistance South Africa, effective 1 February 2018. Jacques will be taking over from Christelle Colman who will be pursuing new business opportunities within the insurance industry. (more…)

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Allan Gray appoints new COO

Allan Gray today announced the appointment of Rob Formby as Chief Operating Officer designate, to take over as Chief Operating Officer in June 2018. Formby takes over from Rob Dower, who is stepping down to pursue other opportunities within the group. (more…)

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2017 – A year of vindication for risk assets

By Luke McMahon and Shawn Phillips, Research and Investment Analysts at Glacier by Sanlam. There is a powerful proverbial saying which goes as follows, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”. Rattled by the difficult 2016 experienced by a large number of investors, both locally and globally, the retail investment market experienced a […]

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CoreShares to list new Global Dividend ETF

CoreShares announced today the listing of a new exchange traded fund to list on the JSE: the CoreShares S&P Global Dividend Aristocrats Exchanged Traded Fund (ETF). The ETF will trade in Rand on the JSE but will invest globally, based on the S&P Dow Jones Indices Dividend Aristocrats® methodology. This methodology is run in numerous […]

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Discovery Health recovers R568m in fraud savings for 2017

In 2017 Discovery Health’s efforts to curb fraud in the healthcare system resulted in a significantR568m recovered on behalf of client schemes, compared to R405m in 2016,” says Discovery Health CEO, Dr Jonathan Broomberg. “We also estimate that the ‘halo’ effect of these fraud-control activities, in which health professionals and others contemplating fraud desist from […]

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Risks inhibit cut as SARB leaves rates unchanged, says FNB

Following the South African Reserve Bank’s decision earlier today to keep interest rates unchanged, FNB confirms that it will maintain its prime lending rate at 10,25% and will review its position after the next SARB MPC meeting in March. (more…)

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Repo rate remains unchanged at 6.75% per annum: SARB

The SA Reserve Bank has announced that the repurchase rate remains unchanged at 6.75% per annum, following its latest Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting. (more…)

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The JSE continues to lag global markets – where to now for investors?

Over the past five years, local markets returned just above 75% in ZAR terms, which is comparable to the JSE’s long-term average. However, when taking into account that over this same period the currency weakened by almost 50% to the US dollar, the JSE’s hard currency return – in real comparable terms – is 24%, […]

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Are higher taxes on wealthy South Africans justified?

Talk of a potential wealth tax in South Africa has re-ignited the debate on the taxation of high net-worth individuals (HNWIs). For many taxpayers around the world, progressive taxes – in which the more one earns, the higher the rate of taxation – contradicts the principal of equality. In fact, it is this thinking that […]

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Market review: December 2017

By Carl Roothman, CE of Sanlam Investments Retail Business. December was another eventful month on the financial calendar and the year 2017 did not go down quietly. An important driver of global markets’ strong growth in recent months has been the expectation of the implementation of President Trump’s tax reform. (more…)

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