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A post downgrade – has the sell-off stabilised?

By Mokgatla Madisha, head of Fixed Interest at Sanlam Investment Management. The downgrade by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) of SA’s local-currency debt to one notch above junk (BBB-) and its minority foreign-currency debt to junk status (BB) has long been anticipated by markets, and was largely priced in by the time of the announcement on […]

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Sanguine US Fed waits on Republican fiscal policy decisions

The US Federal Reserve’s decision on 15 March 2017 to increase the target range for the federal funds rate by 0.25% to 0.75-1.0% was widely anticipated. (more…)

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Running your finances like a mini-nation

That new smartphone has such amazing features. How did you ever live without a 12 megapixel camera? Can you really move forward without a 25% brighter screen? You don’t just want it, you need it right? And you’ll happily pay the extra R399 a month to get it. And everyone will think you’re super cool […]

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Budget 2017: Only growth can balance the books

By Sanlam investment economist Arthur Kamp. The improvement in the Main Budget primary budget balance (revenue less non-interest spending) over the past four years to an estimated -0.4% of GDP for fiscal year 2016/17, from a deficit of -2.7% of GDP in 2012/13, is a clear statement of intent. It is also a remarkable achievement […]

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Sanlam acquires majority stake in needs-matched life provider, BrightRock

Listed financial services group Sanlam has announced that it is set to acquire a 53% stake in needs-matched life insurance provider, BrightRock, subject to regulatory approval. (more…)

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S&P downgrade: remember the rand debt is two notches above junk

Arthur Kamp, investment economist at Sanlam Investments, says that as fixated as we are with the possibility of a downgrade to sub-investment grade by ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P), all may not be as gloomy as predicted. (more…)

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A sovereign downgrade: will SA’s crown topple?

On Friday, 25 November Fitch Ratings announced that the outlook attached to its BBB- ratings of SA foreign and local currency sovereign debt has moved from stable to negative, and warned that continued political instability could lead to the downgrade of the sovereign to sub-investment grade. The company expects the political risks facing the country […]

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In times of crisis, a personal loan could be a sensible option

Life happens, like when you are involved in a car accident, your entrepreneurial venture goes south or a loved one loses their job. Piet van der Walt, head of Sanlam Personal Loans, says the reality is that clients aren’t always well prepared for the financial fall-outs of these big events! But even in their daily […]

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