Finance Trends 2018

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Court probes 'unsecured credit' by Capfin
Court probes 'unsecured credit' by Capfin

Steinhoff International's troubles continue to mount. On Thursday, the Cape High Court began to interrogate the controversial lending practices of Capfin, which provided unsecured credit to customers of Pepkor and Ackermans...

By Ann Crotty 16 Feb 2018

The Give Art Life book by Cullinan for client Absa L'Atelier.
"Financial advertising is far from boring": Cullinan SA on their Midas Award wins

While the advertising industry is cluttered with award shows, the Midas Awards that recognise the world's best financial advertising are ones to watch as this form of brand messaging is aimed at gaining the rarest kind of consumer trust imaginable. Here's how SA's own Cullinan agency recently proved its weight in gold...

By Leigh Andrews 15 Feb 2018

Make the most of your money with AI and machine learning
Make the most of your money with AI and machine learning

While a variety of popular apps such as Apple Siri, Google Now, Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana promise to enhance people's lifestyles, few will have more impact on consumer behaviour than personal finance assistants...

By Bradley Elliott 9 Feb 2018

Nedbank's A Tale of Note TVC - Joe Public.
South Africa wins 12 Midas Gold Ingots at Midas Awards!

The Midas Awards for the World's Best Financial Advertising has announced its 2017 winners and South Africa has struck gold with 12 Midas Gold Ingots in the bag...

7 Feb 2018

Five considerations for SMEs in 2018
Five considerations for SMEs in 2018

Coming off the back of a tough 2017, what can small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SME's) do to chart a new growth path and scale their businesses...?

22 Jan 2018

Trusts aren't what they used to be
Trusts aren't what they used to be

Trusts have long been the silver bullet for estate planning, but the way in which our living situations, financial planning, tax and legal provisions have changed over the past few decades...

By Ettiene Retief 17 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA
#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA

More and more, consumers in sub-Saharan Africa are looking beyond their borders to get the products and services they need...

By Efi Dahan 12 Jan 2018

Liberty's financial chief quits
Liberty's financial chief quits

Just seven months after the high-profile resignation of its CEO, Liberty Holdings has announced the departure of the group's finance director, Casper Troskie...

By Ann Crotty 11 Jan 2018

Barriers to finance a hindrance for retail SMMEs
Barriers to finance a hindrance for retail SMMEs

Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) contribute significantly to South Africa's GDP (estimated between 30% and 57%), and provide employment to between 61% and 80% of the country's workforce...

4 Jan 2018

Wynand Smit, CEO of Inovo
#BizTrends2018: Enhancing the customer experience

In South Africa, technology implementation is largely reactive - we're a nation of cautious adopters - yet there are many innovations likely to gain a stronger foothold in 2018 in the financial sector...

By Wynand Smit 3 Jan 2018

Africa's first digital free trade area for rollout in 2018
Africa's first digital free trade area for rollout in 2018

Businesses within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) could save up to $450 million in clearance documentation once the bloc adopts blockchain technology...

By Julius Barigaba 28 Dec 2017

Photo: Travel Massive
A lesson in financial health for women entrepreneurs

Understanding how to access finance, how lenders and micro-lenders operate and an awareness of sound credit management practises are some of the issues that need to be addressed to empower women entrepreneurs, particularly in the townships.

20 Dec 2017

Big active fund managers' silence over Steinhoff
Big active fund managers' silence over Steinhoff

The response of the country's largest active fund managers to the Steinhoff debacle has been appalling...

18 Dec 2017

Volvo Financial Services expands to South Africa
Volvo Financial Services expands to South Africa

Volvo Financial Services (VFS), the global finance arm of the Volvo Group, has announced the launch of its operation in SA through the newly established Volvo Financial Services Southern Africa...

15 Dec 2017

When should you get a small business debt consolidation loan?
When should you get a small business debt consolidation loan?

Waiting till the point of desperation and frustration before getting a consolidation loan is not healthy for your business - or even for you...

Issued by Naija Writers’ Coach 14 Dec 2017

Cash payments still rule informal trade
Cash payments still rule informal trade

According to Mastercard research, around 96% of transactions are still conducted in cash among South Africa's 1.5 million informal enterprises...

14 Dec 2017

Elias Masilela. Photo: SA Commercial Prop News
Keeping a sharp eye on good governance

The sad state of public institutions was recognised as a contributor to the country's precarious near-term economic prospects in the recent downgrade by ratings agency, Standard & Poors (S&P)...

13 Dec 2017

Iemas cares about the communities in which we work and live
Iemas cares about the communities in which we work and live

Iemas recognises that it functions within wider communities and that it is important to provide an opportunity for employees to partake in corporate social responsibility initiatives...

Issued by Iemas Financial Services 11 Dec 2017

Boris Dzhingarov
The future of financial infrastructure

Since blockchain technology emerged into the financial services industry, there has been no end to the transformations that it has made to our financial infrastructure...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 8 Dec 2017

Andrew Darfoor, CEO of Alexander Forbes
Alexander Forbes 'back up to scratch'

Alexander Forbes CEO Andrew Darfoor says the financial services company is back in the game and making progress on its turnaround strategy, even as its share price slumped during the six months to September.

5 Dec 2017

Ineke Prinsloo, client consultant advisory, Consulta
FSR Act shakes up the financial services sector

The clutter and drama of our regular newsfeed obscured the landmark importance of President Jacob Zuma signing the Financial Sector Regulation Act into law late in August 2017...

By Ineke Prinsloo 1 Dec 2017

Court wants details on mooted grant payment methods
Court wants details on mooted grant payment methods

The Constitutional Court wants Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to give reasons - if any - the alternative grant payment systems described in the Auditor General's report are not feasible...

30 Nov 2017

Crazy Black Friday at QuickBooks
Crazy Black Friday at QuickBooks

EasyBiz QuickBooks is proud to offer its customers their Black Friday Crazy Special, which actually starts at 8am on Thursday, 23 November, and finishes on Friday, 24 November, at 4pm. Now isn't that crazy!..

Issued by QuickBooks 23 Nov 2017

Iemas members to receive R109m in member benefits
Iemas members to receive R109m in member benefits

With a rich history spanning over 80 years, Iemas Financial Services (Co-operative) Ltd. offers a comprehensive range of competitive financial products and services to over 160,000 members across South Africa...

Issued by Iemas Financial Services 22 Nov 2017

Dube Tshidi, FSB executive officer. Photo: Bastion Graphics
Twin Peaks: Much more than meets the eye

The passing of the Financial Sector Regulation Act (FSRA), which introduces the Twin Peaks regulatory system, is a major milestone for the FSB...

By Dube Tshidi 22 Nov 2017

WeChat Pay arrives in Paris department stores
WeChat Pay arrives in Paris department stores

PARIS - Chinese tourists visiting Paris are now able to pay for their purchases in two of the city's famous department stores with their smartphones, thanks the adoption of the payment app of the popular Chinese social media network, WeChat...

9 Nov 2017

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New debt funding model a first in agricultural finance

Standard Bank has partnered with agribusiness TWK and Land Bank to create a new debt funding model for the agricultural sector, paving a way for the corporisation of agribusinesses to accelerate their growth...

7 Nov 2017

Muvhango Lukhaimane, the pension funds adjudicator. Photo: Corruption Watch
FSB urged to act against fund for failing to provide information

The conduct of a pension fund, its chairperson and its administrator have been forwarded to the FSB by the Pension Funds Adjudicator for remedial action...

6 Nov 2017

How to get an unsecured loan for your small business
How to get an unsecured loan for your small business

Running a small business efficiently comes with a lot of risk, especially the financial aspect. Funds are needed to buy company equipment, pay the staff members and the likes...

Issued by Naija Writers’ Coach 3 Nov 2017

Image source: Women's World Banking
Visa Foundation launched with up to $20m commitment to Women's World Banking

Established as part of its larger social impact strategy, Visa recently announced the launch of its newly incorporated foundation, which aims to prioritise the growth of micro and small enterprises around the world...

2 Nov 2017

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