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As newly expectant parents, the months preceding the arrival of a child are both incredibly exciting and busy. And between preparing your child’s room and stocking up on toys, clothes and nappies, it can be difficult to turn your mind back to the question of ensuring that you are financially prepared for the new addition to your family.

However, Citadel Advisory Partner Anelisa Mti notes that if you want to avoid being caught out by any hidden surprises or expenses down the road, the sooner you adjust your budget and update your financial plan, the better.

“Many new parents underestimate the hid...

April 29, 2019

The Mergence group has acquired a controlling stake in Cadiz Corporate Solutions, with the team rebranded under the name Mergence Corporate Solutions, with a presence in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Well-known deal-maker Robbie Gonsalves will continue to lead the team of eight people, among them veteran mining analyst Peter Major.

The Mergence Corporate Solutions team will continue to offer services in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Restructuring, Capital Raising, Black Economic Empowerment, Business Valuations and Derivative Strategies. It will continue its  partnerships with l...

Wednesday is Labor Day in many countries. Our chart for this week takes a look at how many hours an average worker puts in every year across the world.

While most Americans know May 1st as May Day, a holiday that once was celebrated with mayday poles and flowers, most people across the world know the day as Labor Day. 

The story of how May 1st became Labor Day actually begins in the U.S. in 1886. Workers across the U.S. coordinated a multi-day protest starting on May 1st in multiple cities to agitate for an eight-hour workday. On the second day of protests, violence between police and pea...

Emerging markets provide diversification and exposure to exciting innovative businesses

26 April 2019: The Nedgroup Investments Global Emerging Markets Equity Fund will be managed by NS Partners and is available immediately for investment in both a Rand denominated Feeder Fund and a Dollar denominated offshore Fund.

Rob Johnson, Head of Investments at Nedgroup Investments, says the fund is designed to give investors targeted access to some of the fastest-growing economies and equity markets around the world.

“Over the years, the emerging market universe has dynamically evolved thanks to improved...

Due to the increasing weight of South African media group Naspers within domestic equity indices over the past several years, many South African pension funds and investors have moved their domestic equity benchmarks from the FTSE/JSE SWIX All-Share Index (“SWIX”) to the FTSE/JSE Capped SWIX All-Share Index (“Capped SWIX”).  Recent announcements by Naspers regarding their internet holdings have implications for these investors, and while the exact details remain unknown, the following highlights some of the anticipated changes.

On 25 March, Naspers announced that it will list its non-South Afri...

April 26, 2019

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (“FSCA”) would like to warn the public to act with caution when dealing with Dikwena (FSP No. 43519) as the entity is unlawfully conducting unregistered long-term insurance business by selling and offering funeral policies to its funeral policyholders and general members of the public. It should be noted that Dikwena is authorised in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 (“FAIS Act”), to only render financial advisory and intermediary services in respect of long-term insurance subcategory A (“assistance policies”)....

For the last time, Twitter publicly disclosed its monthly active user count on Tuesday, revealing that an average of 330 million people a month used its service in the first quarter of 2019. While that's a slight improvement compared to the previous two quarters, it still marks a net loss of six million users compared to the same period of 2018. Over the past three years, Twitter has now added just 20 million monthly active users, with its user count hovering around 330 million for the better part of that period, indicating that the platform may have reached its growth limit.

To address the p...

The 2019 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders, was released last week. It found that hatred of journalists is degenerating into violence and that point was reinforced by the murder of Lyra McKee in Derry, Northern Ireland, on Thursday. Dissident republican group the "New IRA", admitted responsibility for the journalist's murder. The index found that the number of countries regarded as safe for journalists has continued to decline while authoritarian regimes are strengthening their grip over the media, resulting in a climate of fear. 

The index also stated t...

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