Author: Teodoro de Jesus Xavier Poulson, Economist and Board Member, FACRA | Date: 2017-05-25
This year, we should be looking at where grassroots innovation is being supported through platforms and technology, which fosters the production of goods and services, boost entrepreneurship and help create jobs throughout the continent
Author: Wim van der Beek, Founder and Managing Partner, Goodwell Investments | Date: 2017-01-13
The “Africa Rising” narrative is increasingly giving way to that of “Aspiring Africa”, as the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) shrinks and the new middle class burgeons, says Wim van der Beek, founder and managing partner of Goodwell Investments
The development of platforms for small to medium-sized businesses to list across African capital markets will allow private equity investors to consider listing as an effective way to realising the return on their investments.
Author: Jan Dehn, Head of Research, Ashmore | Date: 2016-11-08
Jan Dehn of Ashmore explores the implications of the impending US elections on Emerging Markets (EM). He explains how either outcome will see EM continuing its outperformance, although short term market dynamics will differ depending on who wins.
Author: James George, Compliance Manager, Compli-Serve SA | Date: 2016-09-15
With less than a month to go before they have to disclose an Effective Annual Cost (EAC) on quotes for savings and investment products, product providers are no doubt scrambling to get their calculations done and their point of sale documentation updated.
Author: Francisco Khoza and Derryn Visser, Bowmans | Date: 2016-09-13
Fintech is posing a significant challenge to the current regulatory framework in South Africa, write Francisco Khoza, Partner, and Derryn Visser, Candidate Attorney, Banking and Finance Practice, Bowmans - South Africa
Author: Mark Winter, Analyst, RisCura | Date: 2016-08-29
If you own equity in South African companies that derive most of their income from business activities within South Africa, you might need to start adjusting your thoughts about what they are really worth, despite their current market prices.
Author: Xolani Nyali, Senior Associate, Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group | Date: 2016-08-16
Investors involved in cross border merger transactions in Africa should note that, depending on their existing investments and the activities of a target company, they may have to comply with the merger regimes of up to three different competition regulators.
Author: Paul Boynton, CEO, Old Mutual Alternative Investments | Date: 2016-08-04
The potential of private equity investments continues in Africa, despite the continent’s lower GDP growth rates, and the effects of falling commodity prices on commodity-rich countries, writes Paul Boynton, CEO at Old Mutual Alternative Investments
Author: Rajan Rosick, Head of New Business, Trident Fund Services Mauritius | Date: 2016-06-26
Although companies are still the dominant form for investment funds located in Mauritius, partnerships can provide a number of advantages, writes Rajan Rosick, Head of New Business, Trident Fund Services Mauritius
Author: Wim van der Beek, Founding Partner, Goodwell Investments | Date: 2016-06-14
Fintech space in Africa is different to that in developed economies, with a whole raft of opportunities presented by unique factors that are not found elsewhere in the world, says Wim van der Beek, founding partner at Goodwell Investments
The World Bank released the Africa’s Pulse report on April 11, in which the multilateral organisation outlined salient economic vulnerabilities and provided strategies for unlocking inclusive, sustainable growth
Author: Magda Wierzycka, CEO, Sygnia Group | Date: 2016-04-04
The most significant development in the financial services industry in the US and the UK in recent times has been the emergence of robo-advisors – internet-based systems which, through a series of questions, lead investors to an appropriate mix of investments suited to their personal circumstances.
Author: Jason Dozier, Global Risk Insights | Date: 2016-03-28
Recent US airstrikes in Libya and Tunisia underline a growing concern that ISIS is deepening its reach across northern Africa. Increasingly, Libya is becoming the main target of the group, but why? And what are the national and regional consequences?
Author: Christie Viljoen, Economist, KPMG South Africa | Date: 2016-03-09
The announcement by Barclays Plc that it will sell down its stake in the Johannesburg-listed Barclays Group Africa serves as a blow to the “Africa Rising” narrative, says Christie Viljoen of KPMG South Africa
Author: Paul Boynton, CEO, Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI) | Date: 2016-02-24
Private equity investments have not been embraced by South African retirement funds which have less than 1% of their portfolios invested in private equity, says Paul Boynton, CEO of Old Mutual Alternative Investments
Author: Johann Els, Senior Economist, Old Mutual Investment Group | Date: 2016-02-18
With all eyes on Minister Pravin Gordhan as he prepares for his Budget Speech later this month, one thing that is certain is that 2016 is going to be a tough year for South African consumers, says Johann Els, Senior Economist, Old Mutual Investment Group
Author: Madeleine Moreau, Global Risk Insights | Date: 2016-01-14
Libya’s oil sector faces a host of challenges. The failure of the Tripoli-based GNC and Tobruk governments to reach a unity peace deal last month is pushing the country into deeper political chaos, while the expanding presence of the Islamic State is threatening an already fragile security situation.
Author: Hari Chaitanya, Standard Bank | Date: 2015-11-26
While most capital markets in Africa have relied mainly on foreign investment to date, the domestic institutional investment will also be a major driving force in the future, says Hari Chaitanya of Standard Bank
Author: Charl Bruyns, Head of Investor Services South Africa for Standard Bank | Date: 2015-10-30
The role of custodians is advancing beyond traditional functions of safeguarding assets and settling trades, to the full administration of pension fund investments, says Charl Bruyns, Head of Investor Services South Africa for Standard Bank
There has been much commentary about the amount of private equity capital being raised for investment in Africa and whether there are sufficient investment targets available to deploy this flow of capital, say experts at King & Wood Mallesons
Indian infrastructure operators have been through the golden era for infrastructure in India from 2000 onwards and are able to see the same opportunity in Sub-Saharan Africa, argue Somdatt Kurdikar and Anhad Narula, Partners at DSC Investment Partners
A new double tax treaty between South Africa and Mauritius will allow SA to tax some repatriations of profit on investments in South Africa structured through a Mauritian holding company, according to Eloise Walker, a tax expert at Pinsent Masons.
Although the recent experience in Nigeria is a reminder that the high rewards investors seek in Africa tend to be accompanied by elevated levels of risk, the long-term outlook for African markets remains positive, says Johan Steyn, Portfolio Manager at Prescient Investment Management.
Author: George Fang, Head of Mining and Metals in Asia, Standard Bank | Date: 2015-02-26
China’s investment in African resources remains at a relatively early stage and is likely to increase further over the next decade, despite the economic slowdown being experienced in the world’s second largest economy, says George Fang, Standard Bank’s Beijing-based Head of Mining and Metals in Asia.
Author: Michael Kimondo, Head of Treasury Operations, Fusion Group | Date: 2015-02-17
The reintroduction of CGT faced severe criticism, with many analysts indicating it could impact investment in equities and the real estate, oil and mining sectors, says Michael Kimondo, Head of Treasury Operations at Fusion.
As the region prepares for the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Yun Sun discusses the evolving China-Africa relationship, whether China’s priorities might be shifting, and how African countries are strengthening their voices in the conversation.
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