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Accounting Technician [AT(SA)], Associate General Accountant [AGA(SA)] and Chartered Accountant [CA(SA)].

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INFLUENCE: Special feature: SME state of Play 2015

SME State of Play 2015 Special Report Of all SMEs, two-thirds will start at least two businesses, a third will start at least three, and 3% will valiantly launch at least ten. The 2015 SME report provides insight and guidance for SMEs in the realm of government policy, financial reporting and corporate governance, and offers…

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COVER STORY: BEST OF THE BEST

Congratulations to all our Top 35-under-35 candidates – you are all winners and leaders. After hundreds of entries, months of anticipation, a gruelling judging process and a difficult task to select only three category winners and one overall winner, we can finally announce who they are and why they were chosen. Hundreds of high-quality entries…

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VIEWPOINT: INVESTING Active versus passive

For every buyer there is a seller. Mathematically, this implies that the full universe of asset managers can only achieve the average return of the market. Add in fees, and actively managed investment funds should theoretically consistently underperform passive investments. However, the counter-argument is that there are some really good managers out there who generate…

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VIEWPOINT: IRELAND’S 150-YEAR-OLD Matchmaking festival

Lisdoonvarna, a little village in Ireland, has been celebrating the Matchmaking Festival since the mid-18th century. It started with a surgeon discovering the beneficial effects of its water and from there the popularity of the mineral springs would, with the harvest safely in, bring hundreds of bachelor farmers to town in search of a wife.…

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INFLUENCE: GROUP RA OR UMBRELLA FUND SOLUTION?

That there are ‘horses for courses’ and that no single solution works for all situations cannot be disputed. But an ever-increasing number of ‘horses’ will find they are better suited to a group retirement annuity (RA) solution than to an umbrella fund solution, says Dave Johnson Umbrella funds were originally designed for employers that had…

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VIEWPOINT: WOMEN’S INSURANCE Breast cancer awareness month

According to the National Cancer Registry, one in every 33 women in South Africa is at risk of contracting breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. With October being breast cancer awareness month, this serves as a timely reminder of how important it is for women to plan financially to ensure their own financial…

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