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April 2009
Safe haven

While local collective investment schemes (CIS) attracted net inflows in the second half of last year, the global CIS industry recorded a net outflow of US $218-billion during the third quarter of last year. This...

April 2009
Still worth its mettle

Gold gold demand
The World Gold Council (WGC) updates important statistics on the global gold market. Prices follow supply and demand. As with any other commodity, gold has its own supply/demand dynamics....

April 2009
Majority of SA companies fail to gain competitive advantage

The most successful companies in South Africa are those that have adopted strategies to ensure greater visibility and reactivity in their supply chains than their competitors. In so doing, these companies...

April 2009
The picture of recession

Some of us are having a terrific recession, observes Cees Bruggemans, Chief Economist at FNB: Farmers are enjoying 50% more income than last year, with a 12.7mt maize crop and good prices.

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April 2009
Inside info..

Performance fees are a common topic discussed in the financial press. Many articles have been written debating the issues around such fees particularly whether they are fair for investors and which structures are most...

April 2009
Staying put

While some commentators are suggesting that local consumers are gloomy about economic prospects in 2009, Jeff Morgan-Hill, Head of Niche Investments, a division of Grant Thornton Capital, is more upbeat.

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April 2009
Slim chances

Unlisted securities are shares in public or private companies not Listed on an exchange licensed by the FSB or not included in the List of securities kept by an exchange. Trading in these securities takes place over...

April 2009
Ignore bad sound bites

Pension fund trustees and advisors must stay focused on the bigger picture and the longer-term and avoid making decisions based on single events or individual pieces of bad news.

This is the advice of Old...

April 2009
Motor assessment success

Mutual & Federal has recently completed a pilot Motor Engineer Internship Programme, which Basetsana Magano, Executive General Manager: Group Human Resources describes as a rewarding success. The five month pilot...

April 2009
By the book

In light of the recent economic down-turn, sellers of immovable property can expect to find themselves facing not only failed bond applications but also a number of technical reasons for purchasers to renege on what...

April 2009
Minor hold up

Beneficiary funds, created in the wake of the Fidentia scandal to replace umbrella trusts for the management of minors’ assets, have been official since the operational deadline of 1st January. But not all...

April 2009
Plastic evidence

The Competition Commission indicated last year that it would actively address anticompetitive conduct – particularly by cartels – in sectors of the South African economy which impact most keenly on poor consumers and...

April 2009
Chain reaction

Cyclists at the Cape Argus Tour struggled through powerful headwinds to reach Greenpoint Stadium on 8th March. Bicycle retailers will face an even stronger force in the form of the wrath of the Competition Commission...

April 2009
Vodacom idiot

The instructions from Vodacom about sending an SMS from your email account are incorrect. Perhaps you are not surprised; I wasn’t. But I thought I’d put the record straight if only to counteract the indifference of...

April 2009
Safe on the move

Yale has recently introduced its portable safe solution. Called ‘the Yale Portable Travel Safe’ it is a durable high impact box with a tough rubberised surface. The inside has a soft lining which protects any...

April 2009
Placing the burden of proof

Policies often contain exclusion clauses. They allow the insurer to deny liability in the circumstances described in the respective clause. One of the most common exclusion clauses is a ‘pre-existing exclusion clause...

April 2009
Paper trail

The original idea of issuing ‘bank notes’ was to provide a medium of monetary exchange in the form of paper that was freely convertible into a pre-set, fixed quantity of gold. In Britain, for example, back in 1833,...

April 2009
Glittering opportunity?

The current turmoil in the world’s financial markets is a currency crisis caused by governments and central banks. This is the view of Eustace Davie of the Free Market Foundation. He recently presented a paper...

April 2009
Metal myth

It’s an old chestnut, the question of whether the world should return to the gold standard. This would require all notes, coins and bank cash deposits to be matched by an equal amount of the precious metal held in...

April 2009
Reducing workload

Increased thresholds for notifying mergers to the Competition Commission have been published to take effect on 1st April 2009.

Explains Lesley Morphet, Director and Head of Competition Law Department, at...

April 2009
FNB advisory

First National Bank says there has been a “significant increase in the number of phishing episodes” whereby fraudsters attempt to obtain customer’s personal banking and other confidential information by spurious web...

April 2009
Calling for help

Residents of Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries who apply for life insurance policies requiring HIV testing from South African life insurers have been given access to free telephonic pre-...

April 2009
Got it taped

Last year after consulting with the FSB (Financial Services Board) Xelnex says it developed a mobile recording application to assist the banks and insurance companies to comply with all aspects of the FAIS ACT, the...