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Market Commentary: November 2017

Here are this month’s highlights: Cash still well-ahead of inflation, SA Bonds continue to fall, while SA Property sustains its uptick from October. Looking ahead, the ANC’s elective conference will grab the headlines in December, and the importance of transparent and...

SMEs provide opportunity for Africa to grow its debt market

Investments into private firms in Africa are funded by a relatively low proportion of debt compared to equity, especially in contrast to developed markets, where debt is more readily available and affordable. This is according to RisCura’s latest private equity update...

RisCura wins AGF 2017 Service Provider private equity award

Investment specialists, RisCura, has won the Africa Global Funds (AGF) 2017 Service Provider Awards in the Best Advisory Provider: Private Equity category, for the second consecutive year. RisCura provides investment decision support and offers a wide range of...

Market Commentary: October 2017

Here are this month’s highlights: Developed and Emerging market equities ticked up during October, with South African equities outperforming global peers. The Rand and SA government bonds remained under pressure as fiscal slippage and domestic politics weighed on the...

Beyond the grid

Despite its rich energy resources, about 600 million people across sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity, but the rise of micro-grids and advances in technology could be the answer to Africa’s power woes. According to market research company, BMI...

Should pension funds be financing infrastructure in Africa?

Africa’s infrastructure backlog is well-documented, with the World Bank placing it at an annual value of approximately US$93 billion a year. Globally, infrastructure is increasingly being considered as an accepted asset class within a number of pension plans’...

Retirement industry moves toward a Cradle to Grave approach

In an industry-changing move, the amended Pension Fund Act regulations come into effect on 1 September 2017 bringing about welcomed reforms. But, implementation could pose challenges for trustee boards that are already grappling with limited governance bandwidth. The...

Rethinking retirement – why not take the bus?

As people the world over live longer, healthier lives the debate around the design and funding of pension fund schemes shows no sign of subsiding, writes RisCura’s Investment Research Analyst, Fran Troskie. In 2014, then-UK Pensions Minister, Steve Webb, (in)famously...

Market Commentary September 2017

Here are this month’s highlights: South African assets mostly lagged global peers as concern around fiscal slippage resurfaced. The SARB left interest rates unchanged, with currency risk and subdued fundamentals firmly on its radar; September saw Emerging Markets...

Market Commentary August 2017

Here are this month’s highlights: As South Africa escapes an economic recession, and inflation eases further, a small window opens for further SARB rate cuts; Combative rhetoric and tense relationships keep equity investors on their toes (US, Korea, China, Russia,...