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Provisca, the international distribution business launched in August by Nigel Watson and Bryan Low, has signed its first partnership agreement, opening up the products of South Africa’s third largest listed insurer to international markets.
South African regulator, the Financial Services Board (FSB), has confirmed that the first phase of the upcoming Retail Distribution Review (RDR) will be introduced on 1 January 2017 – six months after the original deadline.
South African asset management firms and investment service providers need to do more to help make the lives of IFAs easier, a survey from consultancy firm Insight Discovery has found.
Old Mutual International saw a sharp drop in sales of qualifying recognised overseas pension schemes (Qrops) following the introduction of UK pensions freedoms in April last year.
South Africa’s Financial Services Board (FSB) and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) have agreed to collaborate more on regulatory matters and facilitate the exchange of information between the countries.
South Africa’s third largest insurer by market value, Discovery, has teamed up with Japan’s Sumitomo Life Insurance and SoftBank Group to launch life products into Japan, the company has announced.
Graviton Financial Partners, a wholly-owned subsidiary of South African insurance giant Sanlam, has acquired a 49% stake in Firstglobal Asset Management for an undisclosed sum.
Swiss-based insurer Zurich has sold its operations in South Africa and Botswana to Canada's Fairfax Financial Holdings for an undisclosed sum.
International life insurer Unilife has its roots firmly planted in Africa, but managing director Stephen Conway has his sights set on entering Europe as well as the changing face of the life market.
Mauritius is set to become the offshore centre of choice among financial advisers based in Southern Africa, a new survey has revealed.
Old Mutual Wealth is set to be spun out of its parent group and floated on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges as part of Old Mutual’s four-way demerger.
South Africa’s leading independent financial advisers have called on the sector to embrace change to meet the great expectations of the next generation of clients and regulators.
Earlier this year, South Africa-based Carrick Wealth launched its flagship Invictus programme, a training academy aimed at the company’s would-be advisers.
Craig Featherby’s start-up, Carrick Wealth, has hit the ground running, benefiting from South Africa’s burgeoning offshore funds market. He shares his inside view on the country’s current economic troubles.
Barclays Africa Group (BAGL), one of South Africa’s ‘big four’ banks, is looking to expand its insurance business into Ghana, local media reports suggest.
Old Mutual Emerging Markets (Omem) has teamed up with pan-African banking group Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) as part of a move to expand its operations into French-speaking nations such as Senegal and the Ivory Coast.
The South African property market is likely to soon see a transition from the current ‘gobble-up’ diversified approach to a more specialised one, said Steve Ralff, director and global product strategist at the BlackRock Real Estate Securities Group.
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