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20 November 2017: During his 2017 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, announced figures that surprised even the most bearish of forecasters. Although some fiscal slippage was widely expected, it was the frank transparency with which he delivered his speech that sent the market into panic. There were few positives for him to hide behind.

A tax shortfall of R50.8bn for the 2017/18 fiscal year would translate into a budget deficit of 4.3% of GDP, a 1.2 percentage point slippage on the figures announced in Pravin Gordhan’s last budget speech in February. Wit...

In this edition...

  • Our current concepts of retirement and employee benefits are under fire

  • Beware! The FSB can replace the board of your pension fund!

  • What difference does a quarter of a percent interest rate change make?

  • Information analysis and the future of investing

  • What do foreigners see that local investors don’t?

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To invest in an economy of over 1.3 billion people, a GDP of US$21 trillion and an all-powerful, all-seeing Communist government, you need to look at things a little differently.

China is a unique equity market with divergent features such as an immature investment climate; strong government presence across strategically important industries; high levels of domestic retail participation; hot money flows in both directions and frequent shifts in sentiment and volatility. Combined, these factors lead to frequent market dislocations


These events present challenges, but also create opportunities. T...

Alexander Forbes launches a new innovative business, Alexander Forbes Empower with a mission to empower customers to achieve better outcomes through developing a lifelong relationship with education and learning

Strategic partnership with Degreed to offer a seamless on-line integrated learning portal and experience

Sandton, 9 November 2017 – Alexander Forbes has launched a new innovative business called Alexander Forbes Empower with a mission to empower customers to achieve better outcomes, through developing a lifelong relationship with education and learning.

In partnership with Degreed, a San...

2017 Old Mutual Corporate Disability Monitor reveals a rise in poor lifestyle and stress induced diseases problems.

The dawn of the digital revolution is shaping the way we work and live, driving innovation but also taking a toll on our health, particularly in the workplace.

“While this modern world of work is opening up amazing possibilities, it has also brought a new set of challenges and health risks,” says Clement Chinaka, MD of Old Mutual Corporate. “Living in an always-on culture, we have become physically disconnected from each other and emotionally disconnected from ourselves. We’re less...

ECONOMIC UPDATE

Namibia - Weak credit extension growth

  • The Private sector credit extension (PSCE) growth moderated in September to 5.2% y-o-y from 5.9% y-o-y in August

  • According to the Bank of Namibia, this moderated PSCE growth was driven by weaker demand for credit by the corporate sector

  • Total credit extended to the corporate sector increased by 3.9% y-o-y in September, down from a 6.0% y-o-y increase in August

  • In contrast, growth in credit extended to households remained steady at 6.4% y-o-y in September, unchanged from August

Source: NKC

Mauritius - Inflation remains unc...

Can Gigaba halt the plan? Does he want to?

Whisper the thought, hoping perhaps in vain that finance minister Malusi Gigaba isn’t already contemplating it, that he does have a means to evade the jam of unaffordable government guarantees colliding with underfunded state-owned enterprises (SOEs). By hook or by crook, Gigaba must find a way.

Introduction of prescribed assets will be by crook. Be ready to resist.

From his perspective, the route of prescribed assets will be easier than hooking the Public Investment Corp (PIC) into loading up on stock in badly run SOEs. It won’t cause consternation amon...

The rise of global populism and its impact on the world economy is an undeniable reality. What is happening in the sociopolitical landscape that businesses operate in? Does it matter, and what is the corporate sector’s role in a world that is changing before our very eyes, asks Clement Chinaka.

Around the world, from the streets of Brazil to the city squares of Europe, from campuses in South Africa to voting booths in the United Kingdom, there is a growing feeling that the voice of the common man is not being heard.

Populist uprisings are a global talking point, and for good reason – they concer...

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