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#DesignMonth: A virtual solution for financial inclusion
#DesignMonth: A virtual solution for financial inclusion

The mobile payment space is an exciting one right now; and with on-demand services like UBER...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 day ago

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There's still time to save on your tax bill

The next tax season opens on 1 July this year and smart investors who file early can look forward to some tax back from SARS later this year. What will you do with you tax refund...

By Carl Roothman 3 Feb 2016

Can technology-enabled collaborative consumption drive prosperity in Africa?
Can technology-enabled collaborative consumption drive prosperity in Africa?

The last few years has seen a substantial rise in wealth accumulation in the global commerce. Oxfam indicates that by 2016, the wealthiest 1% of the world population...

By Ntando Kubheka 3 Feb 2016

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Retirement reforms in best interest of employees

Payroll administrators need to start preparing their business systems, processes and workforces for the implementation of the National Treasury's long-awaited retirement reforms...

By Rob Cooper 2 Feb 2016

A pragmatic view on the repo rate and residential property market
A pragmatic view on the repo rate and residential property market

Market sentiment is a key factor which impacts on activity in the residential marketplace, so the recent decision by the Monetary Policy Committee to further increase the repo rate - by 50bps - is likely to create a further dampening effect on housing demand...

By Dr Andrew Golding 29 Jan 2016

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Repo rate hike is but one step amid broader policy tightening

Amid waning liquidity, higher funding costs, rand weakness and rising inflation South Africa needs a decisive policy response. The 50bp hike in the Reserve Bank's...

By Arthur Kamp 29 Jan 2016

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Cybercrime on the rise - banking survey

Today the concern for banks is not so much that the bank vault will be empty, but that the IT system will be empty. Every day, several times a day...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Jan 2016

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[BizTrends 2016] Finance access remains tough for consumers

During 2015 the South African residential property market continued to see improvement...

By Adrian Goslett 18 Jan 2016

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[BizTrends 2016] Five finance sector forecasts for 2016

From collaboration with fintech startups to more personalised client services, digital technology dominates trends...

By Nicci Botha 18 Jan 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
Penny stocks - highly profitable and risky

There is no real difference between normal stocks and penny stocks besides the fact that penny stocks will not be traded with the use of the main exchanges we normally see. Penny stock is also a lot more volatile...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 12 Jan 2016

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Banks face extinction if they don't find ways to work with fintech startups

Banks that fail to adapt to the digital world face extinction in the same way other traditional industry leaders have fallen away, according to David Lynch...

By Tom Jackson 4 Jan 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
Finding personal loans with a low credit score

There are a lot of people with low credit scores who also need personal loans. In fact, regardless of why your credit score is low, you should learn everything about the process...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 4 Jan 2016

Draft Carbon Tax Bill up for comment
Draft Carbon Tax Bill up for comment

The Treasury has published the Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment by 15 December 2015...

By Graeme Palmer 9 Dec 2015

Boris Dzhingarov
Ways to find a great insurance agency

With so many companies all offering the same services, finding the right insurance agency can be time-consuming and difficult. Here are some practical ways you can find the right agency...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 7 Dec 2015

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Commodity and Index CFDs: With and without expiration dates

Over the last 15 years Contract for Difference (CFD) trading has become more and more popular. A convenient speculative instrument, CFD trading has numerous advantages over trading on the stock exchange...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 4 Dec 2015

What are the advantages of stock trading? - Monetary Library
What are the advantages of stock trading?

Stock trading has become increasingly popular due to the introduction of CFD. A contract for difference or CFD is an agreement between two parties for exchanging the difference between the opening and closing price of a contract...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 3 Dec 2015

Applying for a loan as an expat - Monetary Library
Applying for a loan as an expat

There's a good chance that you'll have to spend some extra time and effort getting a loan in a country you weren't born in. But don't let that stop you. Here are some ways to make the whole process go a lot easier...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 2 Dec 2015

Five middle-market companies helping SA SMBs - Monetary Library
Five middle-market companies helping SA SMBs

No matter what type of business opportunity or help in South Africa that you're looking for, the following are five middle-market companies that are regularly helping South African SMBs get the footing or assistance they need to find success...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 1 Dec 2015

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Working for Africa

The third and final day of the EMRC Africa Finance and Investment Forum (AFIF) saw presentations on agricultural investment opportunities on the continent as a whole...

By Nicci Botha 30 Nov 2015

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Financing infrastructure, energy projects

Without a solid infrastructure or a stable energy supply, sustainable development and economic growth in any context is virtually an impossible dream...

By Nicci Botha 27 Nov 2015

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The future of short-term insurance

If clients are at the centre of our businesses, we have to adapt to their shopping preferences. If they want to shop online, then we have at least to meet them half way by creating the necessary channels and platforms for them to evaluate their options properly...

By Gideon Galloway 26 Nov 2015

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Opening the doors to finance for SMEs

On a continent where traditional jobs are scarce, building a strong base of entrepreneurs and small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) seems like the logical solution. But lack of access to finance remains a primary reason why these enterprises don't succeed...

By Nicci Botha 25 Nov 2015

Investors continue to save despite challenging economic environment
Investors continue to save despite challenging economic environment

The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) recently released the unit trust industry's Q3 2015 statistics, revealing a few interesting investor trends...

By Carl Roothman 17 Nov 2015

Graeme Palmer
SARS ruling on payment of shareholder's loan from proceeds of a new share issue

In the recent Binding Private Ruling 208, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) considered the tax consequences of a repayment of a shareholder's loan from the proceeds of a new share issue by a company...

By Graeme Palmer 11 Nov 2015

House price indices cause misinterpretation of property values
House price indices cause misinterpretation of property values

There exists a view that property values are capable of 'holding up' in...

By John Loos 5 Nov 2015

Investment options for people outside the US
Investment options for people outside the US

For investors all around the world, NASDAQ and the S&P 500 are synonymous with investment itself...

By Boris Dzhingarov 26 Oct 2015

Arthur Kamp
Mini-Budget 2015: More restraint needed

In tandem, the slowdown in economic growth and a higher than expected increase in government's wage bill continue to make it difficult for the National Treasury to balance the books...

By Arthur Kamp 22 Oct 2015

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Will carbon tax legislation become effective in 2016?

It is going to be a challenge for organisations to put in place the required systems and processes if the current deadline is adhered to...

By Kirsten Hunt 22 Oct 2015

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[Joburg Indaba] Riding out the downturn

Worldwide commodity prices have dropped as the mining industry finds itself in a commodity downturn...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Oct 2015

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[Joburg Indaba] Coming to terms with China

In 2007, 200 countries in the world showed growth. The only ones not to grow were Zimbabwe, the DRC and Fiji. Of these 200, 114 grew at five percent or more. To put this in perspective, normal expectations are that only 30 to 40 countries grow in a year...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Oct 2015

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