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Cooperatief Climate Fund Managers U.A. (CFM) is proud to announce the final close of Climate Investor One's Stichting Development Fund and Cooperatief Construction Equity Fund U.A. at a combined USD 850 million. Climate Fund Managers is a joint venture between Sanlam InfraWorks and the Dutch Development Bank FMO and invests in climate-related projects in emerging markets.

Climate Investor One, with an emerging markets renewable energy mandate, is the inaugural facility managed by CFM and the first of an intended series of 'blended finance' investment vehicles focused on providing capital to cli...

Despite the fact that contributing towards a retirement fund is compulsory for many employees in the private sector, there was a concerning decline in total contribution towards retirement funds recorded in 2018. According to the 2018 Sanlam Benchmark Survey these reverted to pre-2013 levels. Of equal concern is the expert opinion that in South Africa, 85% of retirees who leave employment will not be able to maintain their pre-retirement lifestyle. 


“Financial planners need to stay abreast of industry changes while providing the best possible solutions to their clients ensuring their comfortab...

With the aim of ensuring fair outcomes for financial customers, South African regulators are advocating for a greater separation of financial advisory and investment management activities. Consequently, financial advisors are increasingly partnering with Discretionary Fund Managers (DFM).

DFM services are not only useful to advisors for their retail clients — they’re also an excellent solution for advisors with institutional clients like retirement funds. Every retirement fund is unique, with a distinct member profile and benefit regime that often requires a customised investment strategy. Inst...

June 28, 2019

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) warns the financial services industry and public of a scam where individuals claiming to be officers or appointed representatives of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) are soliciting investors for fees in exchange for settlement of fake compensation claims. These claims are related to the conduct of several firms under CySEC’s supervision.


A sophisticated online campaign targeting investors of online trading firms that offer speculative investment products is used as part of the scam which typically involves:

  • Individuals claim...

June 28, 2019

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (“FSCA”) warns the public against doing any financial business with Ekasi Bucks Insurers, a Division of Ekasi Bucks Ecosystem (Pty) Ltd, who is not authorised, in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 (“FAIS Act”), to render any financial advice and intermediary services.


It was brought to the attention of the FSCA that Ekasi Bucks Insurers is purporting to be authorised financial services provider (“FSP”). Additionally, Ekasi Bucks Insurers use FSP number 43259 which belongs to a registered financial services provider; PAL L...

June 28, 2019

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (“FSCA”) warns the public against doing any financial business with Yes Money Loans, who is not authorised, in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 (“FAIS Act”), to render any financial advice and intermediary services.


It was brought to the attention of the FSCA that Yes Money Loans is purporting to be an authorised financial services provider (“FSP”). According to the FSCA’s records, Yes Money Loans is not an authorised financial services provider and is not a juristic representative of any FSP, therefore, it is not author...

June 28, 2019

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) warns the public against doing any financial business with Bitcoin Investment, who is not authorised, in terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 (FAIS Act), to render any financial advice and intermediary services.


It was brought to the attention of the FSCA that Bitcoin Investment purports to be an authorised financial services provider (FSP) with licence number 16798 and displays a certificate in its office, which it alleges was issued by the Financial Services Board (FSB). The FSB has since been replaced by the FSCA....

Allan Greenblo has been awarded the Sanlam Financial Journalism Award For Lifetime Achievement

Allan has been writing on developments the financial services industry since entering the field as a journalist in 1967 for the Financial Mail and ultimately ending up as their financial editor.

He was the co-founder of Finance Week in 1978 and was the deputy editor from the magazine’s launch in 1979 and editor from 1982 until 1995. He served simultaneously as executive director.

This is Allan's second Sanlam Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism having won Financial Journalist of the Year 1993...

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