South Africa Financial Services

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Fears that the recent violence at mines in South Africa may push up borrowing costs and undercut investor confidence have been allayed, at least for the moment, with money flowing back into the country’s bond market. However, longer-term concerns over the local debt market remain.

The Solvency Assessment and Management (SAM) regime currently overseen by the Financial Services Board (FSB) promises to bring the insurance sector a wide array of potential benefits. Rising industry confidence, increased professionalism in risk management and greater capital efficiency are all reasons many welcome the initiative. The scheme also...

The year 2012 promises to be a significant one for South Africa’s long-term insurance industry. The publication of a green paper is expected to at last provide details of the proposed National Social Security Fund (NSSF). The initiative is designed to meet a well-documented social need, but while its goal might be laudable, its implementation...

Where is industry growth expected to come from?

With nearly 80% of all direct premiums in Africa, the South African insurance industry is a regional giant. Having weathered the economic slowdown, the sector is facing new challenges, including shifting market dynamics and an evolving regulatory framework that will likely alter the day-to-day operations of licensed insurers.

Rated as the best-regulated exchange in the world by the World Economic Forum’s “Global Competitiveness Report 2010-11”, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) occupies a prominent position in South Africa’s economic landscape. Holding its place as Africa’s largest bourse, the JSE continues to invest in upgrading its technological platform, which...

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