Fiduciary update with Louis van Vuren, CEO of FISA


Q: The Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa is to hold its annual conference on 20 September at the Sandton Convention Centre. Tell us a bit about it. A: This is the eighth conference FISA will have held. It is building a strong name for being the place where academics and practitioners can discuss trends and […]

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Money lessons we should be teaching our kids

  By Thami Cele, Head of Savings & Investments, Absa. We have unique relationships with each of our family members, friends and colleagues – but we all also have our own special relationship with money. Just take a moment to think of how you interact with yours (on the increasingly rare occasions that you happen […]

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The good and bad of proposed tax amendments for cryptocurrencies

  By Tertius Troost, Senior Tax Consultant at Mazars (more…)

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Mergers & acquisitions activity declines in SA in first half of 2018

Merger & Acquisition (M&A) transactions in South Africa declined in terms of both the volume and value of domestic and cross-border deals, according to analysis by Baker McKenzie of Thomson Reuters  M&A data for South Africa. Transactions fell by 44% and 52% in terms of volume and value, respectively, in the first half of 2018 […]

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Protection of Investment Act may deter foreign investment even further

President Cyril Ramaphosa activated the controversial Protection of Investment Act, by publication of a notice in the Government Gazette, on Friday 13 July. The Act was signed into law by former President Jacob Zuma in 2015, and foreign investors were waiting on tenterhooks as to the commencement date of the law. The law was controversial […]

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The folly of fixating on three-year numbers

Returns from most major asset classes have disappointed in recent years, leaving many investors doubting their decisions. (more…)

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Trade conditions worsen: SACCI

According to SACCI’s June 2018 trade conditions survey, trade conditions deteriorated further. The Trade Activity Index (TAI) that measures present trade conditions, moved further into negative territory and was 37, compared to 40 in May 2018. The survey also shows trade expectations for the next six months, as reflected by the Trade Expectations Index (TEI), which […]

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What to expect from July’s interest rate decision

By Maura Feddersen, Economist at PwC Strategy&. The risks to the inflation outlook may have shifted further to the upside since the last Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) in May. The vulnerability of the rand exchange rate and lower-than-expected economic growth are likely to be key themes as […]

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Making cryptocurrency part of your savings strategy

The value of cryptocurrency as a concept and as an investment vehicle continues to stir debate in South Africa’s financial and investor circles. All investments carry their own set of risks and reward variables, and with newer investment vehicles like digital currency, the two questions investors should ask are: how much and over how long? […]

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Rewarding a smart savings mindset

Whether it’s smoking, over-eating or spending money on the wrong things, bad habits are hard to break. However, one of the toughest to break is managing money poorly, including borrowing too much, saving too little or protecting yourself against shocks. (more…)

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Go on, take a financial wellness day off

By Lettie Mzwinila, business development manager at Allan Gray. (more…)

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