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New investment series to give first-time investors the edge

Investing is often an important first step towards financial freedom. Yet, with more than 1350 unit trusts to choose from, many first-time investors feel confused and, as a result, either delay starting their journey, or make the wrong choices. Thandi Ngwane, head of strategic markets at Allan Gray, discusses how to develop the confidence to […]

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Arthur Camp of Sanlam Investments

Budget 2018: Beware of focusing on the symptoms

By Sanlam Investments Economist, Arthur Kamp. Despite years of tax hikes and expenditure cuts, the Budget deficit remains wide and the government’s debt ratio continues to rise. Fiscal consolidation has not worked. Why? (more…)

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Nazmeera Moola, co-Head of Fixed Income, Investec Asset Management

Budget preview: ‘Least bad’ option for SA is VAT hike

By Nazmeera Moola, co-Head of Fixed Income, Investec Asset Management. After the euphoria of President Ramaphosa’s SONA, the 2018 Budget speech due tomorrow will bring South Africa down to earth with a bit of a bump.  The President said that hard choices will be needed – but making hard choices in five days is a […]

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Agri SA’s Expectations for the 2018 Budget Speech

The tabling of the annual national budget speech has proven to be one of the most anticipated events in South Africa. Along with the positive changes that are currently taking place in the political landscape, the February 2018 budget speech is set to attract not only the attention of business and individuals inside the borders […]

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 Malusi Ndlovu

Budget to address reliance on state

This week the South African Finance Minister will outline the government’s top-level financial plan to tackle the country’s growing fiscal deficit. To avoid a further credit rating downgrade, and maintain the momentum created by a renewed sense of business confidence, the 2018 National Budget will need to explicitly outline how the state plans to strengthen […]

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Ruaan van Eeden

National Budget Speech 2018 – a difficult balancing act for Minister of Finance

By Ruaan van Eeden, Head of Tax and Exchange Control at the Geneva Management Group. The National Budget Speech on 21 February this year is likely to attract more interest than it has on many occasions previously. South Africans have become accustomed to a National Budget characterised by inevitable increases in the so-called ‘sin taxes’ […]

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Tumisho Grater

Will Ramaphosa be the turning point South Africa needs?

By Tumisho Grater, economic strategist, Novare. After much anticipation, ultimatums and postponements, South Africa survived a very eventful and challenging week. The newly sworn-in President, Cyril Ramaphosa, took to the podium for his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday night and the change in leadership introduced a sense of renewed hope in the future […]

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Gary Ferguson

Business under duress as drought conditions reach crisis levels

The drought in the Cape region is the worst in over a century and no business sector will escape the consequences. Businesses will need to adapt to what is becoming a new normal as the effects of climate change take hold. (more…)

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