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  • Bad news for you is good news for Sanlam
  • No one likes to think about dying - but if you're not prepared for your death, you'll leave your family in a huge mess when your time comes. That's why drawing up a Will and getting life insurance is so important. And its big business too, as Sanlam's latest new business growth figures reveals… “The strength of new business growth at Sanlam, South Africa’s second-biggest life insurance gr... ››› more
  • [06 June 2013]
  • Netcare proves a weaker rand isn't always a bad thing!
  • It may sound slightly off-kilter, but Netcare says the weaker rand is the reason for much of its increase in revenue these past six months. But there's more to Netcare's profitability than that… Here's why investors are sitting up and taking note of this private hospital group.   This week, private hospital group Netcare reported a 23.2% increase in its diluted headline earnings per shar... ››› more
  • [22 May 2013]
  • Revealed: What the just-released retail sales figures for March 2013 really mean
  • “Not wonderful, but still in positive territory”. That's what analysts are saying about Statistics South Africa's retail sales figures for March, which slowed to 2.8% year-on-year. Here's what this news means…   Economists polled by Reuters were expecting sales growth to slow to 2.4% in March, year-on-year, says Fin24.   The actual results weren’t as bad as expected. Yesterd... ››› more
  • [16 May 2013]
  • Here's why African governments want their people to drink you to mega profits!
  • Africa's official beer consumption is amongst the lowest in the world. According to a recent report by Bernstein Research, Africans consumed nine liters of beer per person per year in 2011. This is significantly lower than the developed nations of North America and Western Europe where consumption is near the 70 litre mark! However these facts don't fully reflect the beer market in Afric... ››› more
  • [09 April 2013]
  • Don't be fooled - a Cyprus bailout is not the end of Europe's woes!
  • So the European and Cypriot politicians managed to reach a bailout agreement in the final moments before the country went bust. This involved levies on large deposits as well as winding up the country's second biggest bank. But, does this mean you can now breathe a sigh of relief and believe things will go back to normal in Europe and they can just jump back on a growth path? Most certainly n... ››› more
  • [28 March 2013]
  • Why top asset managers are putting all their money offshore
  • “My own money is 100% offshore in foreign equity, property and even cash”. - This was a huge statement delivered by Allan Gray fund manager Duncan Artus at the recent investor forum held at Sun City. In fact, the main theme of the forum overall was that most fund managers in South Africa are at the maximum allowed offshore levels in their funds. South Africa is not the investment opportu... ››› more
  • [19 March 2013]
  • Use the PEG ratio to buy great potential, ‘cheap' shares
  • To make big money on the stock market, you need to buy good quality shares that are trading cheap. To help you do that, here's a great, often overlooked investment ratio you can use… “When you go out looking to buy a new car, you want to get a good price. But you also don’t want to buy a car that’ll stop running after just one year. Even if you want to pay as little as possible you still w... ››› more
  • [28 January 2013]
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