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Nigeria: the next chapter?
Nigeria: the next chapter?

Nigeria presents an interesting tale of seemingly opposites in the African growth agenda. Simultaneously taking pole position as the largest economy in Africa in 2016 and yet suffering from its worst recession in 25 years is indicative of both the ups and downs that the country's economy has been through...

By Charles Weller, Issued by Mindshare World 9 hours ago

The perks of buying QuickBooks
The perks of buying QuickBooks

EasyBiz QuickBooks has officially launched QuickPerks, the revolutionised annual subscription service. In keeping with its quick-to-learn, quick-to-use philosophy, QuickPerks will make life easier for QuickBooks users...

Issued by QuickBooks 15 hours ago

How to day trade
How to day trade

Day trading is hard work. It has the reputation of a get-rich-quick scheme, a fun and web-friendly way to make a living without sitting in some boring, old cube and reporting to a boss you don't like...

Issued by Warrior Trading 2 days ago

Credit life insurance regulations to come into effect in August
Credit life insurance regulations to come into effect in August

The credit life insurance industry has until August 2017 to align with the final Credit Life Insurance Regulations, the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) said on Tuesday, 14 March 2017.

15 Mar 2017

Launch event of the Old Mutual Black Distributor's Trust Infinitum Initiative
Old Mutual initiative aims to further drive transformation

Old Mutual Black Distributor's Trust has launched Infinitum Initiative, an incubation programme that aims to further boost transformation in the financial services sector...

15 Mar 2017

Productive weekend
Productive weekend

The last few days have been a busy and exciting time for Iemas in Secunda with the hosting of a Wellness Day at the regional office and the annual PwC Kosmos 3-in-1 Comrades qualifier in Secunda...

Issued by Iemas Financial Services 13 Mar 2017

NCR warns about pawning vehicles for loans
NCR warns about pawning vehicles for loans

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) is concerned about the rising number of consumers who pawn their motor vehicles in order to obtain loans...

10 Mar 2017

Afgri pursues Bank of Athens' SA stake
Afgri pursues Bank of Athens' SA stake

Afgri is seeking to acquire the South African portion of Bank of Athens. The deal would give Afgri, which has long been a financier of farmers in partnership with the Land Bank, a banking licence...

By Colleen Goko 8 Mar 2017

Health insurance gets a two-year breather
Health insurance gets a two-year breather

Primary healthcare insurance products under threat from proposed regulations have been given a two-year exemption lifeline...

7 Mar 2017

Introducing Iemas Insurance Brokers (Pty) Ltd
Introducing Iemas Insurance Brokers (Pty) Ltd

In line with Iemas' continued commitment to improve operational efficiency and long-term sustainability, a decision was approved to transfer the Short-term Insurance (STI) and Financial Advisory Services (FAS) business of Iemas to a subsidiary company that will be wholly (100%) owned by Iemas...

Issued by Iemas Financial Services 7 Mar 2017

The 2017 Stokvel Exhibition Bokone Bophirima seeks to grow stokvels within the VTSD areas
The 2017 Stokvel Exhibition Bokone Bophirima seeks to grow stokvels within the VTSD areas

The Department of Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development (FEED) presents the annual 2017 Stokvel Exhibition as from 10-11 March at the Brazil Stadium, in Jouberton, Matlosana Local Municipality under the theme “The People's economy”...

Issued by Seven Colors Communications 7 Mar 2017

How microfinance reduces gender inequality in developing countries
How microfinance reduces gender inequality in developing countries

An increase in the proportion of women accessing microfinance services by just 15% could potentially reduce gender inequality, as measured by the Gender Inequality Index, by half in the average developing nation...

By Quanda Zhang and Alberto Posso 3 Mar 2017

FSB to stop insurers spamming mobile numbers
FSB to stop insurers spamming mobile numbers

A draft replacement of the Financial Services Board (FSB) Policyholder Protection Rules (PPRs) will enable consumers to opt-out of unwanted SMS communication...

1 Mar 2017

Peach Payments, Callpay launch EFT payment system for SA e-commerce
Peach Payments, Callpay launch EFT payment system for SA e-commerce

South African mobile payments startup Peach Payments has partnered secure payments solution Callpay to provide automated electronic fund transfers...

By Tom Jackson 1 Mar 2017

QuickBooks Online huge discounts - One week only
QuickBooks Online huge discounts - One week only

For this week only (27 February - 3 March 2017) QuickBooks Online will be on sale for 70% off the normal selling price – valid for 12 months of the continued subscription...

Issued by QuickBooks 27 Feb 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: What is a bank doing at a design conference?
#DesignIndaba2017: What is a bank doing at a design conference?

The world needs more design-centric companies, run by design-minded people, to create products and processes with human wants, needs and behaviours in mind...

27 Feb 2017

Alibaba unit invests $200m in South Korea's Kakao Pay
Alibaba unit invests $200m in South Korea's Kakao Pay

Alibaba's payment affiliate Ant Financial will invest $200 million in a unit of South Korean messaging giant Kakao, the companies said on Tuesday...

21 Feb 2017

Just launches new brand identity, drops Retirement in name
Just launches new brand identity, drops Retirement in name

Just, founded in 2014 by retirement specialists who wanted to address shortcomings in the South African retirement market, has launched its new brand identity, ‘Just' last week, locking in the descriptor ‘Rethink Retirement'...

21 Feb 2017

PPS Investments launches digital calculators to help investors
PPS Investments launches digital calculators to help investors

Investors face many questions when it comes to investing. To assist investors in answering theses questions instantly, PPS Investments has developed five calculators...

17 Feb 2017

Rapid growth seen in consumers using Automated Deposit Tellers
Rapid growth seen in consumers using Automated Deposit Tellers

Due the convenience of Automated Deposit Tellers, there is rapid growth in the number of consumers doing their banking outside the normal banking hours according to FNB...

16 Feb 2017

Iemas, your partner who always cares!
Iemas, your partner who always cares!

Secunda was a buzz of activity as the 2017 Sasol Marathon kicked off on Saturday, 11 February...

Issued by Iemas Financial Services 15 Feb 2017

What is keeping service organisations' clients awake at night?
What is keeping service organisations' clients awake at night?

With the constant change being experienced in the regulatory environment, especially within the financial sector, there is an increased focus on controls over additional regulatory reporting requirements...

By Gustaaf Kruger, Dean Isaaks 15 Feb 2017

CashlessAfrica 2017 awards to honor innovation in Africa's digital financial services ecosystem
CashlessAfrica 2017 awards to honor innovation in Africa's digital financial services ecosystem

The CashlessAfrica 2017 awards honor the best across all sectors and segments covering financial technology providers, mobile network operators, financial institutions, mobile money providers...

14 Feb 2017

Investec Private Banking launches #MoreThanData campaign
Investec Private Banking launches #MoreThanData campaign

Can data tell your whole story? To find out, Investec Private Banking presented three 'out of the ordinary' individuals with how data sees them...

14 Feb 2017

‘Love Index' shows South Africans still romantic at heart
‘Love Index' shows South Africans still romantic at heart

The annual ‘Mastercard Love Index' reveals South African shoppers feel loved and are spending more on Valentine's Day...

14 Feb 2017

Outsurance in new push with digital experts
Outsurance in new push with digital experts

In its latest push to diversify beyond insurance, Outsurance has hired a team of digital financial services experts from Take Your Money Everywhere (Tyme), the mobile payment provider...

By Hanna Ziady 13 Feb 2017

Cardtronics CEO Steve Rathgaber. ©Dave Rossman
Cardtronics acquires Spark ATM Systems to enter African market

Cardtronics, which provides services to approximately 225,000 ATMs in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, has acquired Spark ATM Systems...

6 Feb 2017

Blurred lines between attacks and normal customer activity
Blurred lines between attacks and normal customer activity

According to a recent survey by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, 38% of financial institutions admit that it is difficult to tell whether a transaction is fraudulent or genuine...

1 Feb 2017

Doing business in Mauritius made easy
Doing business in Mauritius made easy

Besides being a holiday paradise, Mauritius is also ranked as number one by the World Bank for "Ease of Doing Business" in Africa...

30 Jan 2017

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