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.

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.