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What you should know about cross-border insurance

Despite commodity market instability, Africa remains one of the fastest growing regions in the world with South African organisations focusing their growth strategies beyond borders. Yet these new growth strategies are creating complex new risks for organisations which demand sophisticated cross-border insurance solutions. (more…)

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The rise of the discretionary fund manager

Over the past decade, the idea of turning to external experts for investment proficiency has gained exponential popularity internationally. The 2016 Outsourced Chief Investment Officer Buyer’s Guide reported that outsourced Chief Investment Officer (CIO) assets reportedly grew almost tenfold (860%) over the eight years from 2007 to 2015, which implies an annual growth rate of about 30%. […]

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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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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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Shown the door, Zuma steps out

President Jacob Zuma resigned with immediate effect on 14 February, after the ANC decided to proceed with a no-confidence vote against him. Cyril Ramaphosa will become acting president and the National Assembly has 30 days to choose a replacement for Zuma. Ramaphosa will likely be elected in a permanent capacity and will deliver the State […]

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Ashburton Investments to launch first World Government Bond ETF on JSE

Ashburton Investments, the asset management arm of the FirstRand group, announced today that it will list the Ashburton World Government Bond ETF on the JSE on 13 March 2018 in a boon for South African investors looking to diversify their portfolio holdings.  (more…)

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Economists’ wish list for tomorrow’s SONA

  President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 16 February 2018. The annual speech kicks off the Parliamentary year and focuses on the country’s current political and economic situation. Regarding the latter, South Africa experienced deteriorating economic conditions during 2014-2017, and there is great hope for an improvement […]

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Investors take ‘wait and see approach’ in interest bearing portfolios while equities reward resilience

The local Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) industry attracted healthy net inflows of R134.5 billion in 2017, ending the year with assets under management of R2.25 trillion. (more…)

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