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What the actual F(acebook)?
What the actual F(acebook)?

In an age of multiple digital opportunities, why is it that so many businesses still choose to focus their attention on Facebook alone?...

By Chloe-Simone Hofmann, Issued by Pistol + Honey 14 May 2019

Unpacking the draft Conduct Standard for Banks...
Unpacking the draft Conduct Standard for Banks...

The draft Conduct Standard - published for public comment on 3 May 2019 - aims to introduce requirements applicable to banks, mutual banks and co-operative banks that promote the fair treatment of financial customers of banks...

By Dawid de Villiers, Johann Scholtz and Jessica du Toit 10 May 2019

Africa's big 5 keys to financial transformation, inclusion
Africa's big 5 keys to financial transformation, inclusion

With mobile money continuing to dominate the continent's commerce growth, opening doors to business to everyone from a rural farmer to an entrepreneur, and cross-border seeing inter-country transactions on the rise, the continent is making a play to be the world's biggest e-commerce opportunity...

9 May 2019

Can AI be trusted to make investment decisions?
Can AI be trusted to make investment decisions?

We can't ignore the impact of AI (artificial intelligence) on investments any longer. AI is here to stay, and brings with it a whole new way of doing business. The World Economic Forum 2019 was dominated by AI, and our industry has not been left unaffected...

By Leigh Köhler 7 May 2019

Savings rate drops to all-time low, reveals underlying issues
Savings rate drops to all-time low, reveals underlying issues

The Investec GIBS Savings Index hit an all-time low in 2018 of 56.6 in the first quarter of the year...

6 May 2019

SA Bank of Athens repositioning as Grobank
SA Bank of Athens repositioning as Grobank

Against the background of South Africa's rapidly evolving and expanding banking landscape, where digital solutions and low-cost operating models have become some of the top challenges, the former South African Bank of Athens has repositioned itself as a new banking entity - Grobank...

Issued by Grobank 25 Apr 2019

New speakers added to Inaugural Exponential Finance Summit programme
New speakers added to Inaugural Exponential Finance Summit programme

SingularityU South Africa brings together over 20 global thought leaders in technology, finance, and investment...

Issued by Mann Made 24 Apr 2019

Riccardo Spagni
50 shades of financial privacy

Privacy is widely held as a fundamental human right and is recognised in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and in the Constitution of nearly every country in the world...

By Riccardo Spagni 18 Apr 2019

Launch of the Graduate Institute of Financial Sciences a game-changer for the financial services industry
Launch of the Graduate Institute of Financial Sciences a game-changer for the financial services industry

The institute is a re-brand of Masifunde Training Centre (MTC), a multiple award-winning boutique, financial services education provider that has served the insurance and banking industry with distinction over the past 14 years...

Issued by Graduate Institute of Financial Sciences 15 Apr 2019

Sim Tshabalala, CEO, Standard Bank Group
US-Africa pension funds explore investment opportunties

The latest figures released by the African Development Bank suggest the continent's infrastructure needs amount to between $130-170bn a year, with a current financing gap of $67-$107bn per annum...

11 Apr 2019

Butsi Tladi, MD of Alexander Forbes Health
Cofi Bill brings down regulatory siloes for medical scheme customers

Healthcare sector stakeholders have long advocated for a single regulator, believing that the current dual framework creates a regulatory arbitrage not conducive to offering the consumer maximum protection...

10 Apr 2019

8 FAQs financial advisors ask about how RDR will affect them
8 FAQs financial advisors ask about how RDR will affect them

How the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) will affect the career of financial advisors is a question Jacques Coetzer, general manager: SPF Distribution, is frequently asked...

8 Apr 2019

AI-powered chatbots make buying insurance painless
AI-powered chatbots make buying insurance painless

A global survey from Gartner shows that 40% of companies have deployed artificial intelligence (AI) in some part of their business, up from just 10% four years ago...

8 Apr 2019

Updated titles provide useful start for 2019 financial planning decisions
Updated titles provide useful start for 2019 financial planning decisions

The new year brings new opportunities for success, but sound financial decisions require a big picture view and understanding of the South African financial planning and regulatory environment...

Issued by LexisNexis 1 Apr 2019

Dr Adrian Saville, CEO of Cannon Asset Managers
It's all going to the dogs

One of the first principles in investing is to buy low and sell high. A second principle is to avoid the risk of doing the exact opposite, namely buying high and selling low...

By Adrian Saville 1 Apr 2019

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SA medical schemes in good health

South Africa's largest medical schemes - both open and restricted - are in good shape and have sufficient reserves to pay members' claims...

1 Apr 2019

Akinwale Goodluck
Policy and the potential of mobile money for financial inclusion

Mobile money has changed the face of financial services forever. It has driven significantly greater financial inclusion in emerging markets around the world, positively impacting whole communities and economies...

By Akinwale Goodluck 29 Mar 2019

Whether it's R1 or R1m - you have to be registered when lending money with interest
Whether it's R1 or R1m - you have to be registered when lending money with interest

The fall out between an elderly couple and their business partner, and the consequent lengthy legal battle, led to an interesting situation for anyone borrowing or lending money in South Africa...

By Lamis Adam 26 Mar 2019

Interoperability and financial inclusion in Africa
Interoperability and financial inclusion in Africa

There is still $400m unbanked in Africa, and the goal is to work with the private and financial sector to connect the poor with adequate financial systems...

By Nicci Botha 20 Mar 2019

Winners of the 2019 SA Professional Services Awards
Winners of the 2019 SA Professional Services Awards

Honouring professional excellence drawn from two main categories, namely the built environment and commerce law and management, the fourth annual South African Professional Services Awards (SAPSA) was held at Montecasino on 14 March 2019...

18 Mar 2019

Bridget King, director, finance & banking at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
New financial law aligns SA with global markets

The revised draft of the Financial Matters Amendment Bill contains an update of the South African Insolvency Act, aligning it with the new laws that regulate the trading of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives.

14 Mar 2019

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The cause and effect of behaviour economics

Psychologically, we are programmed to respond well to being rewarded for good behaviour...

11 Mar 2019

Gen Z requires new thinking, fresh approach
Gen Z requires new thinking, fresh approach

Are financial services providers able to cater to the demands of the next generation?...

By Walter van der Merwe 7 Mar 2019

Petri Greeff, Riscura head of investment advisory and administration
Education and communication are key to understanding retirement default regulations

Following the introduction of the amendments to the Pension Funds Act in September 2017, the deadline to comply with the Act's default regulations is now effective...

1 Mar 2019

NDB warns of phishing scam
NDB warns of phishing scam

The New Development Bank (NDB) has warned the banking sector and the public of a fraudulent e-mail scam that requests money transfer requests in the name of the bank...

26 Feb 2019

Report: Financial services are at the bottom on trust
Report: Financial services are at the bottom on trust

The financial services industry was once again the least trusted sector, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer...

26 Feb 2019

Response to the 2019 Budget Speech
Response to the 2019 Budget Speech

Similar to the 2018 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) this budget was very closely watched with many hoping for clarity on the future direction...

By Nico Esterhuizen (FCCA), Issued by ACCA 21 Feb 2019

Tourvest acquires Travelex's South African assets
Tourvest acquires Travelex's South African assets

The financial services division of integrated tourism group Tourvest has acquired the South African assets of global forex provider, Travelex...

15 Feb 2019