Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The official Financial Markets Journal of SAIFM

Economy

Prescribing Assets is a Form of Financial Repression

The outcry over the governing party’s intention, contained in their 2024 Election Manifesto, to re-introduce prescribed assets is palpable given the history of the country. This is not the first time the governing party mooted the idea

Financial Services

JSE Listings Requirements – Key changes in the JSE Simplification Project to date

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has announced the third phase of the JSE Simplification Project, which aims to shuffle and simplify the existing Sections of the JSE Listings Requirements

Fintech

Central bank digital currencies: What they mean for financial inclusion and private sector banks

The world’s central banks understand that the future of money is digital. As payments shift online, the use of cash declines and the fortunes of crypto assets rise and fall, central bankers realise that their ability to command the use of money in their economies could weaken and that the financial exclusion of un- and underbanked citizens could be cemented.

Instruments & Investments

The African Continental Free Trade Area Investment Protocol signalled a new era in sustainable trade and investment

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is predicted to increase Africa's trade income by USD 450 billion by 2035 and will boost intra-African trade by more than 81 percent, according to a recent report by the World Bank.

International

African Growth and Opportunity Act eligibility requirements under review in three African countries

On 2 November 2021, US President Joe Biden announced that three African countries would be terminated from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) trade preference program, unless they took urgent action to meet statutory eligibility criteria by 1 January 2022.

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Markets

JSE Index Harmonisation – Striking the Right Chord

In its communications about the pending changes, the JSE noted that the process of harmonisation has naturally occurred over the last few years. A significant contributor to the weighting differences between the ALSI and the SWIX has been the ‘grandfathered’ companies that form part of these indices.

Personal Finance

Integrating Private Education into Your Financial Plan: A Strategic Investment in Your Child’s Future

In the realm of financial planning, the choices we make today lay the foundation for a secure and prosperous future.

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