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.

INVESTMENT: Boosting SME development with Social Impact Bonds

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The National Treasury is looking into the feasibility of a new financial instrument for social programmes called Social Impact Bonds. Blair Burmeister talks about how SIBs will work in South Africa.

INVESTMENT: The people who look after your investment

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Have you ever wondered who makes the decisions regarding the business you’re invested in? Simon Brown explains how the people at the top manage your investment in a company.

INVESTMENT: The importance of mining codes

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Simon Brown emphasizes the importance of reserves as part of the entire mining landscape in this article. He also explains the difficulty companies face while complying with the Samrec code.

INVESTMENT: Selecting a unit trust

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Many people lack in knowledge about investment schemes and unit trusts. Not doing enough homework can result in an investor’s hard-earned-savings not realising the returns they should. Consider these five factors when selecting a fund.

INVESTMENT: How to position and protect your portfolio

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Many investors worry about when a market downturn will occur and plan on selling their shares before it takes place in order to get back in at the bottom. Selling at the top and buying at the bottom is a total pipe dream. But Simon Brown explains how you can position your portfolio for the inevitable market decline.

NAMIBIA: The phenomenal growth of Trustco

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In the 25 September 2014 issue of Finweek, we take a look at the investment landscape of Namibia. This article focuses on the success story of Trustco Group Holdings Ltd.

INSIGHT: Opportunities for CFO organisations

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According to a study conducted by ACCA and IMA, companies increasingly encourage their business departments to liaise with the finance team to increase better decision support. Finweek investigates the opportunities presented by business partnering in CFO organisations.

INVESTMENT: A spotlight on the banking sector

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Simon Brown has taken the time to explain what the nuances are of all the sectors in SA. Today he discusses the banking sector and focuses mainly on what can be defined as the impairment ratio.