Surviving the digital giants


By Peter Armitage, Anchor Capital’s CEO. Few would deny the benefits of the industrial revolution — increased productivity brought with it rising household income and innovation-enhanced quality of life. But the disruption, displacement and dispossession it entailed meant that, at the time, many would have struggled to recognise its good. So too with the digital revolution. […]

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Does absence of many G7 leaders at WEF foretell growing global rifts?

By Nkareng Mpobane, chief investment officer Ashburton Investments. Few better than South Africans know and understand the kind of effort, maturity and concessions required to make any kind of meaningful strides towards transformation. (more…)

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South African fintech in 2019 – what can we expect?

By Dominique Collett, a senior investment executive at Rand Merchant Investments and the head of AlphaCode Here are my fintech predictions for 2019 based on what we are seeing with our members at AlphaCode which closely track international trends in this space. AlphaCode isthe Rand Merchant Investments  (RMI) incubation, acceleration and investment initiative that identifies, […]

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The benefits of maximising your RA contributions before tax year end

By Michael Kirkpatrick, Alexander Forbes Business & Distribution Enablement specialist. As the afterglow of the festive season fades, we turn our attention to planning for the next 12 months and beyond. This is a great time to reassess where we are in our journey to financial well-being. One of the key components to this is […]

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Why equity investors should ignore annual predictions

After reaching new all-time highs in September, the S&P 500 lost nearly 13.5% in the fourth quarter of 2018, while MSCI World ex-USA declined by 11.4%. Equity markets have recovered somewhat from their December lows – the S&P 500 came within a hair’s breadth of official bear market territory (-20%) on 24 December, before rallying […]

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Davos to start against growing resistance to globalisation 

By Mark Appleton, head of multi asset strategy at Ashburton Investments.  It’s that time of year again where more than 3000 of the world’s top leaders including heads of state, central bankers and representatives from many of the world’s top companies converge on the little town of Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum […]

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Minister Mboweni convenes second colloquium on the economy

The Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni convened the second colloquium on the South African economy on Saturday (19 January 2019) to discuss ways to achieve higher and more inclusive growth. Participants at the colloquium included the Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, Governor of the South African Reserve Bank Lesetja Kganyago and Deputy Governor […]

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Report points to deterioration in global economic and geopolitical conditions

The world’s ability to foster collective action in the face of urgent major crises has reached crisis levels, with worsening international relations hindering action across a growing array of serious challenges. Meanwhile, a darkening economic outlook, in part caused by geopolitical tensions, looks set to further reduce the potential for international cooperation in 2019. These […]

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MPC decision ‘widely expected’

‘The widely expected decision by the MPC to leave interest rates unchanged yesterday is the right one in present economic circumstances,” says Professor Raymond Parsons, MWU Business School economist. (more…)

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Biking to retirement: how cycling connects to better long-term investing

By Richus Nel, Financial Adviser, PSG Wealth Old Oak. As a recreational cyclist, I regard cycling as one of the most enjoyable and effective ways to get around. But while some cycling is for recreation, other times it can be about incremental goal setting. Every hill, every valley or every time challenge is within reach, […]

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SARB keeps interest rates unchanged

Following the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) decision to keep interest rates unchanged, FNB confirms that it will maintain its prime lending rate at 10.25% and will review its position following the next SARB Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in March 2019. (more…)

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