MARKETS: Market and policy dislocations could peak in Q1 of 2015


Saxo Bank published its quarterly outlook for the global markets and its key trading ideas for 2015. Here’s what it expects from FX, equities and commodities in 2015.

INSIGHT: Is SAA worth saving?

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South Africa’s national carrier, SAA, has been in the doldrums for many years. Is the carrier worth rescuing once more, and if so, how much would it cost?

INVESTMENT: MMI gearing up for growth

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MMI Holdings is the result of the biggest merger ever in die domestic insurance sector, and the company continues to offer value for its investors, writes Tandisizwe Mahlutshana.

INVESTMENT: Comair rising above a tough environment

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Comair CEO Erik Venter says that over and above improved aircraft efficiencies, much work has been done to improve passenger services and the Internet selling process as well as keeping prices competitive.

INVESTMENT: A new season of volatility

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Financial markets have been subject to an abrupt increase in volatility in recent weeks with risky assets having been sold off sharply in the first half of October 2014. Paolo Senatore from Ashburton Investments talks about increased volatility in the SA economy.

NEWS: Capitec Bank named best at customer service

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Capitec Bank, South Africa’s fastest growing retail bank for individuals, has been voted South Africa’s favourite financial institution in terms of customer service.

INVESTMENT: Importance of Retail Distribution Review

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The release of the Financial Services Board’s Retail Distribution Review is a welcome step towards achieving the objective of greater transparency within the financial services sector. RDR proposals are very important for retail investors. Here is why.

INVESTMENT: Behavioural finance vs traditional finance

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The role of investor psychology in the market is discussed by Mark Mobius from the Templeton Emerging Markets Group. He talks about behavioural finance against the traditional finance theory in practice.

INVESTMENT: Importance of ECD investment

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The FirstRand Foundation has found that investing in early childhood development (ECD) yields greater returns to society than any other form of human capital investment. Research indicates that investing in the development of young people helps to reduce social and economic inequality. The relevance of the outcomes are discussed in this article.