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Gloom as feeble economy sheds thousands more jobs

[Chantelle Dreyer] The impact of weak economic growth is being increasingly felt as thousands of jobs disappear and employment prospects dissipate.

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Taxes are certain - What can an entrepreneur do? - Meredith Harington

[Peter Meredith] While well ahead of Africa, and placed competitively worldwide, most South African entrepreneurs would consider they pay too much tax.

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Fixed amount penalties for non-compliance under Tax Admin Law Act

[Michael Stein] The Tax Administration Laws Act 28 of 2011 is a fascinating and far-reaching piece of tax legislation that affects all taxpayers and tax practitioners. For instance, Chapter 15 of the Act deals with administrative non-compliance penalties, which comprise fixed amount penalties and the percentage-based penalty.

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Forward-looking SARB backs its forecasts

[Arthur Kamp] The general expectation was that the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) would hold interest rates steady. After all, domestic demand is soft, credit extension growth has been modest and the core inflation rate has been stable at 5.3% for the last four months of data up to December 2013.

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SA, Germany investment treaty cancelled

[Kay Schröder] In an attempt to overhaul its foreign investment protection regime, SA gave notice to cancel its Investment Protection Treaty with Germany. Subsequently, on 23 October 2013 the draft Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill was published for public comment.

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Changing landscape of unit trust industry

[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.

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Five reasons why South African residents should invest offshore

[Ross Pennell] South Africa is currently the largest economy and the most attractive for foreign investment in Africa - but for how long?

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Republicans, democrats, shutdowns and your investment

[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.

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Getting innovative about funding

[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.

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The costs of education: making your sums

[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.

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Counter-cyclical spending - where is it?

[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.

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Key things you need to know about offshoring your business

[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.

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What is driving the JSE up despite a sluggish economy?

[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?

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Multi-channel call centres can improve debt collection rates

[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.

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Growing Africa through FDI and local partnerships

[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.

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Moving to a new era of fraud prevention

[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.

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Interest rates, subdued growth put pressure on equity returns

[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).

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Four things that are undermining faith in financial institutions

[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.

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It's a woman's world - but is her money part of it?

[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!

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[Marital regimes] Identifying real needs

[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.

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