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Investing in SA’s hedge fund market

With hedge funds slowly starting to make their way onto investment platforms, the general South African public can now invest in hedge funds — for the first time ever. Previously, only high net worth individuals and qualified investors were able to invest in hedge...

Trustees said Moody’s would downgrade, Rand will depreciate

At the recent Batseta conference in Sun City, 61% of attendees at a RisCura presentation said, in answer to a spot survey, that Moody’s Investor Service would join Fitch and S&P in downgrading South Africa to ‘junk’ status.   RisCura’s managing director,...

Market Commentary: May 2017

Market View   Cash Inflation continued to trend lower in April 2017 with the index registering a 16-month low of 5.3%, down 0.8%. Improvement in agricultural prospects and pump-prices saw a considerable easing for core components. Food inflation eased by 2% and...

Africa patients offered online helping hand

A recent report found that seven of the 10 fastest-growing internet populations are in Africa Mobile technology is rapidly transforming the way business is being conducted in Africa, particularly in the healthcare industry, as a result of the growth in internet...

Market Commentary: April 2017

Market View   Cash The latest inflation data indicates a continued downtrend in local price-increases as March CPI eased to a six-month low of 6.1%. The South African Reserve Bank anticipates that price growth will slow to 5.9% for 2017 and 5.5% in 2018, but...

Progress on hold as trade barriers constrain Africa

African leaders frequently pay lip service to the virtues of regional integration, but have yet to implement any meaningful change.   One small positive step that a number of countries are slowly implementing is the one-stop border post concept, in which two...

Market Commentary: March 2017

Market View   Cash Domestic inflationary pressure continued to ease during February. Producer Price Index (PPI) inflation — a leading indicator with a greater weighting to food prices — eased at a faster rate than Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation, stripping...

Structure is business-friendly, but new laws are not

The government continues to pursue legislation that is not friendly towards investors   On Friday, 17 March 2017, President Jacob Zuma launched Invest SA, a one-stop shop service for foreign investors. An initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry, Invest...

Changing the retirement landscape

If followed faithfully by trustees, the revised OECD Core Principles of Private Pension Regulation, introduced late last year, will go some way to restoring public confidence in private pension funds in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). “The...

African fixed income investments coming into their own

Given the continued global search for yield and growth in an increasingly low-yield world, debt markets in Africa should and will attract increasing attention from institutional investors. Pensions and savings institutions around the globe are facing rising...