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Financial planning considerations when investing offshore

By Andrew Brotchie, MD of Glacier International. Investors wanting offshore exposure have various routes they can take – including rand-denominated funds and asset swap investments – but having decided to use discretionary savings to obtain direct foreign exposure, there are a number of considerations from a financial planning point of view that need to be […]

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Money time in UK

UK businesses regaining pre-referendum momentum

UK business confidence is rising fast on the back of an upbeat outlook for the UK economy, according to the latest Business Trends Report by accountants and business advisers BDO LLP. (more…)

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Aon Launches ‘Brexit Navigator’

Aon plc has today launched Brexit Navigator, a bespoke and proprietary three step solution designed to help organisations quantify the impact of Brexit risk exposures, and redesign risk management and risk financing structures. (more…)

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Judy Snyman of AlphaWealth on the CRS and offshore funds

Screws on for SA tax evaders with offshore funds

From 2016, when The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) comes into operation, there will truly be nowhere left to hide for people seeking to withhold information from SARS. (more…)

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A volatile rand

The rand has seen marked volatility this year, starting 2014 at R11.55/USD and weakening to R12.49/USD, with retracement to R11.35/USD in Q1 2015, but mainly recording losses against the US dollar. This is according to Investec economist Annabel Bishop. The weakest rand/US dollar exchange rate was reached in 2001 – R13.75. Bishop says that investors […]

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Japan: building momentum – is this time different?

Tristan Hanson, head of asset allocation at Ashburton Investments  recently attended the CLSA Japan Forum in Tokyo where a number of companies and keynote speakers presented, including Prime Minister Abe, as well as meeting journalists, analysts and economists. He returned with the following conclusions: The Japanese equity market looks relatively attractive for the next 18-24 […]

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Global emerging markets – an investor’s approach

Significant GDP growth is expected for a number of emerging markets over the coming 10 to 15 years, pointing to potentially stellar emerging market growth. This is according to Feroz Basa, Co-Head of Global Emerging Markets for Old Mutual Investment Group. He says that investors who avoid Global Emerging Markets due to their perceived risks […]

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How Sustainable Is India’s Stellar Growth?

By Sukumar Rajah, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer Franklin Templeton Local Asset Management, Asian Equity India’s stellar market performance over the last 12 months has left many observers asking whether it is sustainable longer term. Sukumar Rajah, managing director and chief investment officer, Local Asset Management, Asian Equity, finds reasons to believe India’s star is […]

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