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Alexander Forbes Investments has secured a highly skilled team comprising six investment professionals to enhance its “Smart Tracker” capability.  The team will strengthen our capabilities to deliver on our outcome-based investment approach under the Living*Investing™ philosophy.

Leon Greyling, CEO, Alexander Forbes Investments says the investment capability of Alexander Forbes Investments is unrivalled in depth, expertise and experience, offering strategies for both corporate and individual clients.

He says six investment management experts (most of whom have worked together in excess of 10 yea...

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has cut the repo rate by 25 basis points from 6.75% to 6.5% following the most recent rate cut in July 2017. The biggest contributing factors to the rate cut is the low inflation rate at 4.0% per annum as at the end of February coupled with Moody’s decision to maintain South Africa’s investment grade status and changing the outlook to ‘stable’.

However, it is worth noting that this rate cut contradicts the most recent move by the US Federal Reserve to hike rates by 25 basis points.

The rate cut offers a welcomed relief for South African consumers ahead of th...

The Reserve Bank and National Treasury, in consultation with other regulators, have issued a very important regulatory proposal affecting remuneration and benefit professionals. The proposal directly impacts the ability for payroll to make certain deductions, even where specifically requested by employees. Click here for a copy of the proposal. This affects the EVP of various employers, depending on the sophistication of your package structuring alternatives.

  1. SARA have requested to become part of the consultative process, which is expected to happen in April 2018.

  2. Any SARA members who...

Over 56% of South African business owners believe that they still do not fully understand their obligations under the new Companies Act, according to a recent survey by SHA Specialist Underwriters. 

Citing some of the key findings of the 2018 SHA Specialist Risk Report Gareth Beaver, CEO of SHA says that this is a worrying statistic, as well as the fact that 52% of the businesses surveyed did not yet have any form of directors and officers (D&O) insurance in place. “From a personal liability perspective, this places the director’s physical and financial assets at risk.”

Beaver explains that this...

According to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, South Africa features among the top 20 of 144 countries in terms of gender equality. Worryingly, however, the country is ranked at just 89 for economic participation and opportunity, and a shocking 114 for wage equality for work performed in similar positions.

Advocating that more South African women therefore need to feel encouraged to find their voice in the workplace, Citadel Advisory Partner Anelisa Mti also notes that the financial services industry should be doing more to help empower women to take charge of their own...

Alexander Forbes has partnered with a 100% black-owned healthcare consultancy firm to provide sub-contracting consulting work with an initial value of R12-million.

The collaboration with Evo Financial Services enables Alexander Forbes to contribute to the B-BBEE profile of the health consulting business landscape, and sees the financial services giant showing commitment to transformation in the financial services sector.

“Alexander Forbes is committed to finding suitable channels to strengthen our supply chain, deliver shareholder return and in turn contribute to South Africa’s growth. In this r...

March 26, 2018

The National Treasury (NT) has published for comment draft amendments to the Regulations (Regulations) to be made by the Minister of Finance in terms of the Longterm Insurance (LTI) and Short-term Insurance (STI) Acts.

The draft amendments to the Regulations aim to –

  • align the Regulations (specifically terminology) with the Insurance Act, 2017 (Insurance Act) as enacted on 18 January 2018;

  • further strengthen policyholder protection by providing for more robust legislative requirements pertaining to the collection of premiums by intermediaries; and

  • amend the binder regulations...

The FSB has just issued Directive PF No 8: Prohibition on the Acceptance of Gratification wherein it imposes conditions to combat and prevent bribery and corrupt conduct by any industry role player.

The purpose of this Directive is to determine conditions to be imposed by the Registrar of Pension Funds (‘Registrar’) in order to combat and prevent corruption and corrupt activities by and of principal officers, deputy principal officers, board members, employees of retirement funds, valuators, auditors, administrators, employees of administrators or other officers or other service providers to re...

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