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Mark Lindhiem, Head of Strategy at Alexander Forbes Investments

Fintech disruption in asset management

Increasingly we are hearing about technology-led developments in the South African fund/asset management space with the publicity around robo-advisers, a class of financial adviser providing digital financial advice based on algorithms, with moderate to minimal human intervention. However, not much has been written about the actual management of money through AI and machine learning, certainly in the […]

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Woolworths and its woes down under

  South African companies expanding into Australia are again making headlines, this time with Woolworths announcing that it faces an impairment charge for David Jones of A$712.5 million (R7 billion). Woolworths acquired David Jones for R23.3 billion in April 2014, concluding the largest Australian deal at that time by a South African retailer. Now, with […]

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Are higher taxes on wealthy South Africans justified?

Talk of a potential wealth tax in South Africa has re-ignited the debate on the taxation of high net-worth individuals (HNWIs). For many taxpayers around the world, progressive taxes – in which the more one earns, the higher the rate of taxation – contradicts the principal of equality. In fact, it is this thinking that […]

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Scott Zoldi of FICO

AI: Top Trends To Look Out For in 2018

In his 2017 forecast, Scott Zoldi, analyst for big data analytics, artificial intelligence(AI) and cyber security company, FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation), suggested that we were “just at the beginning of the golden age of analytics, in which the value and contributions of AI, machine learning (ML) and deep learning will only grow as we accept […]

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Ending 2017 on a financially high note

Alexander Forbes Financial Planning Consultant, Rita Cool, offers some important financial advice on how to see out 2017. (more…)

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David Crossley - BDO Wealth Advisers Practice Manager - on retirement reforms

Making a Sectional Title purchase: what you should be aware of

Buying a family home is an age-old way of generating wealth creation, however the foundation to wealth creation comes from making rational money decisions and buying such a home can easily be influenced by emotional bias. (more…)

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Christo Snyman, National Director of Forensic Services at Mazars.

Signs there’s a fraudster in your company

The typical South African company loses around 5% of its annual revenue to fraud. One of the main reasons for this is because predicting which employees are capable of committing major fraud against a company is more difficult than expected. (more…)

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Natural catastrophes need more sophisticated risk engineering programmes

South Africa has experienced a spate of natural catastrophes in recent years. These have ranged from tornados, flash floods, freak hailstorms, droughts and fires, with the last five years in particular racking up billions of rand in damages and insurance claims. As a result risk managers and insurers are under increasing pressure to scrutinise and revise […]

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