[Wade Witbooi] The expansion of the retail unit trust industry has been quite robust, from offering two funds in 1965, to 107 funds in 1996, and more recently, investors have approximately 1000 unit trust funds from which to select.
[Ross Pennell] South Africa is currently the largest economy and the most attractive for foreign investment in Africa - but for how long?
[Santhiran Naidoo] For the past few weeks we have seen an increasing number of reports on the US government shutdown, budget impasses, defaults, democrats, republicans and the like. While these issues are played out on a foreign continent, they have far reaching implications and could possibly represent significant changes in the global economic environment.
[Erika van der Merwe] South Africa's young yet lively venture capital ecosystem is building momentum, with the increased availability of funding mechanisms for innovation being one important driver of this growth.
[Nico Coetzee] One of the most important goals we can save towards is our children's education. With a realistic estimate of South African university fees currently sitting at between R35,000 and R50,000 a year (excluding living expenses), most of us will need to save in advance to finance these considerable amounts.
[Paddy Hartdegen] For some people the only purpose of a business is to make money for shareholders. For others there might be some underlying social investment - such as creating jobs or providing a better quality of life - but one thing is certain: without profit, no business is sustainable.
[Adrian Dommisse] How to move one's business offshore is a popular topic among entrepreneurs, but the decision is not as easy as many seem to think.
[Geoff Blount] Last year, the JSE rallied 34% over the last year and a half, and the market continues to hit new highs this year. This is at severe odds with the state of both the global and South African economy. In fact, it appears that there is a disconnect between the real world and the investment world and leads one to wonder what is going on?
[Jed Hewson] South Africa has a mobile penetration of roughly 118% - which means that 50 million people are wielding close to 59 million cell phones. Yet despite the implementation of RICA, mobile churn (where users buy and discard SIM cards) is still increasing.
[George Ferreira] While foreign direct investment (FDI) into Africa dipped somewhat over the past two years, it is forecast that it will increase by more than 10% in 2013. Investment into Angola, Mozambique and South Africa appears to be the most prominent, according to the African Economic Outlook 2013 report.
[Dr Tracy Dunbar] While insurance companies have used tried and tested techniques for fraud detection for decades, high performance analytics now allows them to become proactive in identifying fraud before it happens.
[David Crosoer] When measured in rands, the South African equity market has returned an impressive 20.89% over the past 12 months. We've also observed double-digit annualised nominal returns over three years (17.50% pa), five years (13.11% pa) and seven years (14.35% pa).
[Kevin Phillips] Banks, pension funds and insurance companies are the three most important pillars of our financial system, and all of them depend on large-scale participation to work effectively. The more people are invested in a pension scheme, the more capital it has to work with and the more opportunities it has to make successful investments.
[Boitumelo Mothoagae] 42% of all women lack financial security and only 6% of women are 'very confident' in their ability to retire comfortably. With these stats in mind it's time to stop spending on the 'latest and best' and forget about keeping up with the Jones's and the Khumalo' s and turn your attention to the big 'M' - Money!
[Geraldine Macpherson] Financial planning is all about establishing what your needs are and finding the correct financial planner to provide a solution to those needs. Very often we are not aware of our very own needs, and financial advisers, are essential to uncovering those needs.
[Steven Cohen] Last week, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) announced that Praise Ndebele, a learner from Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School is this year's winner of the National SAICA Pastel Accounting Olympiad, having scored a 92% mark. There were four runners-up, each of whom achieved a score of 88%.
[Hugh Tyzack] With South Africa's current economic climate it is no wonder that business loans are so difficult to get. Even large institutions like Standard Bank and First Rand are cutting back the number of loans that they make.
[Graeme Palmer] Compromise is often said to be the best and cheapest lawyer. In certain circumstances the South African Revenue Services (SARS) can enter into a compromise agreement with a taxpayer, where the taxpayer undertakes to pay less than the full amount of a tax debt and SARS undertakes to permanently write off the remaining portion.
[Craig Pheiffer] Revisions to global growth expectations for both 2013 and 2014 have been to the downside in recent months as economic data releases have generally printed at or below expectations. In the multi-speed economy that is the world economy, some news has been positive, but in aggregate, global demand has moved along at a pedestrian pace.
[Priyesh Modi] Kenya is considered the most developed economy in Eastern Africa and is considered the economic, commercial, and logistical hub of the entire region. Kenya's population is estimated at 41 million with a large number of well-educated English-speaking - and multilingual - professionals and a strong entrepreneurial tradition. It is also a very "young" country with almost 70% of the population under the age of 35.
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