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SA foreign & local currency ratings affirmed at ‘BB’ and ‘BB+’, outlook stable

Last night S&P Global Ratings affirmed its ‘BB/B’ long- and short-term foreign currency sovereign credit ratings and its ‘BB+/B’ long- and short-term local currency sovereign credit ratings on South Africa. The outlook is stable. The Transfer and Convertibility (T&C) assessment is ‘BBB-‘. S&P also affirmed the ‘zaAA+/zaA-1+’ long- and short-term South Africa national scale ratings.   […]

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Political Analyst, Aubrey Matshiqi

The 2018 i3 Summit sketches a future-fit financial world

‘A future to thrive in’ was the theme of the 2018 i3 Summit, hosted by Sanlam Investments and Glacier by Sanlam. Spier Wine Farm hosted the Cape Town event on 22 May, while the Johannesburg event took place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 24 May 2018. In total, more than 600 delegates attended the […]

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What do rates being on hold mean for your investments?

By Chantal Marx: FNB Wealth and Investments, Head of Research.  The SARB MPC has decided to keep rates on hold for now, in-line with our expectations. The Governor did take on a more hawkish tone, as expected, but it was far less hawkish than we anticipated. While he conceded that the balance of risks to […]

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ASISA: A tough first quarter for local collective investment schemes

The local Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) industry reported a 3.2% drop in assets under management for the first quarter of this year as a result of difficult market conditions and subdued net inflows on the back of bruised investor sentiment. According to the CIS industry statistics for the quarter and year ended March 2018, released […]

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Elize Botha

What’s holding millennial’s back from reaching financial freedom

Better educated, tech-savvy and optimistic millennials – South Africans born between 1982 and 2000 – are more likely to seek financial independence and personal fulfillment, compared to older generations. This is according to Elize Botha, Managing Director of Old Mutual Unit Trusts, who revealed the findings of a survey commissioned by the company at an […]

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Steven Romick

Value investing in a world of accelerating change

By Steven Romick, Fund Manager of Nedgroup Investments’ Global Flexible Fund.  Accelerating change swirls around us, placing us in the middle of a vortex that is not without investment implications. In this new world of change, traditional value investing – buying a business or asset at a discount that offers the potential for upside appreciation […]

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Five steps to being investment-savvy newlyweds

Typical millennial couples seem to prefer receiving cash in place of tangible wedding presents. While agreeing that this makes sense, Lisa Airey, Strategy Analyst at Old Mutual Unit Trusts, urges millennial newlyweds to consider investing their monetary contributions into building a financially secure future together.  (more…)

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Exchange control and cryptocurrencies

By Leon Rood, Director at Werksmans Attorneys.  When it comes to cryptocurrencies, an area that is often overlooked is that of exchange control, and whether the acquisition or trading in cryptos may (even inadvertently) lead to a transgression under the exchange control regulations. SARB’s views The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is not unlike regulators […]

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