MONEY: Gambling revenues grow in tough economy

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Gambling in South Africa has increased with 4.3% over the past year, with the country currently having the largest overall gambling market in Africa. Finweek looks at ‘Raising the stakes in Africa: Gambling outlook 2014-2018′ report to see the effects of a weak economy on the gambling sector.

MARKET SNIPPET: 21 November 2014

- Mabyanine Phiri – Portfolio Associate: ACM Gold & Forex Trading

We’ll get a hint of what to expect in the economic climate on 25 November when the GDP figure is announced, writes Mabyanine Phiri in today’s Market Snippet.

PROPERTY: Stable prime interest rate good for home owners

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The news that the prime interest rate will remain unchanged for the rest of 2014 is fantastic news for homeowners in South Africa, where as many households still struggle with debt-to-income ratios.

NEWS: Rate stability throughout festive season

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It has been announced that the prime lending rate of 9.25% will remain unchanged following the decision earlier today by the SARB Monetary Policy Committee to leave rates unchanged through the festive season.

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.

MARKET SNIPPET: 20 November 2014

- Mabyanine Phiri – Portfolio Associate: ACM Gold & Forex Trading

The new Reserve Bank governor Lesejta Kganyago are under immense pressure to keep rates unchanged due to a weaker rand and inflation pressure, writes Mabyanine Phiri in today’s Market Snippet.

TECHNOLOGY: How retailers can own 2015

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Everybody is anxious to see how the festive season will pan out due to the current weak economic growth in SA, leaving companies under a lot of pressure to perform. Lynette Hundermark looks at how retailers can use mobile technology to connect with customers.

WORLD: S&P report finds Russian banks most vulnerable

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Russian banks are the most vulnerable among seven banking systems of the largest emerging markets, says Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services today (19 November 2014) in a report entitled, “What Lies Ahead For Emerging Market Banks?” Finweek investigates.

MARKET SNIPPET: 19 November 2014

- Mabyanine Phiri – Portfolio Associate: ACM Gold & Forex Trading

The current oil situation across Africa is creating weak global demand which results in even poorer export markets in South Africa, writes Mabyanine Phiri in today’s Market Snippet. Read more here.

INSIGHT: Talent management can improve service delivery

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If local authorities paid more attention to talent management, their service delivery levels should rise accordingly. Read more here to understand how talent management can improve local government institutions.