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Delicate negotiations in Zimbabwe may continue for a few more days

For the second time in less than ten years, the security services are again the supreme governing authority in Zimbabwe and have received political cover for their intervention by South Africa and China. This is according to Dr Robert Besseling of Ex Africa Business Risk Intelligence. (more…)

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Demystifying Trusts

By Theunis Ehlers, Citadel Fiduciary Partner. We are often asked about trusts, what their purpose is and how they function. A trust is essentially a contract between the Founder and the Trustees who undertake to manage the trust assets for the benefit of the beneficiaries. (more…)

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ABSIP Punts Transformation, Honours Black Excellence In The Financial Services Sector

At the end of a conference charting economic transformation in the financial services sector, the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) recognised men and women who excelled in the financial services sector in 2017. “The awards recipients are representative of our key focus areas and theme of this year’s conference Towards a Transformed, […]

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Don’t get a financial fright this Halloween!

Creepy ghouls and spooks may try to scare us every Halloween, but even scarier and much more real are the financial mistakes many of us make. Financial blunders can be stressful, says Priya Naicker, Advice Manager at Old Mutual Personal Finance, “but with the right insights and a few behavioural shifts, they can be as […]

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Public-sector wage bill crowds out other areas of spending

According to the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), public finances are facing growing strains and risks. “Several years of fiscal restraint have left funding gaps in a number of programmes, reflected in the build-up of unpaid accounts and financial imbalances. Without resolute action and planning to cut wasteful and inefficient spending areas, there is a […]

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BlackRock mulls potential secondary listing of Greater Europe investment trust on JSE

BlackRock is exploring a potential secondary listing of its Greater Europe, equities-focused, investment trust on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) via the JSE’s fast-track listings mechanism. BlackRock Greater Europe Investment Trust plc (BRGE), which currently has a market capitalisation of £313 million (R5.5 billion)[1] has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange, where it […]

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Political awareness an imperative for professional financial advice

A deep awareness of the South African political landscape is important to financial planners due to its effect on the domestic economy and the knock-on impact on business and consumer confidence and investment returns. (more…)

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Ben Bierman, MD of Business Partners Limited

MTBPS: Economic growth crucial to SMEs

While local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have many wishes for the upcoming Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) that will improve the ease of doing business, none of these will be significant unless the ultimate outcome of the speech is improved economic prospects. (more…)

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