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    The boom behind ESG investing – what’s actually driving the demand

    by Mike Abbott | Mar 26, 2019
    There’s a growing interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment throughout the world. Ethical investing has been around for many years, but what’s driving the current trend and what does the future hold?
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    South Africa’s Retail Distribution Review – slow but important changes for investors and advisors

    by Mike Abbott | Mar 05, 2019
    The Retail Distribution Review (RDR) will change the South African financial advice industry in fundamental ways. The shift to a client-focused, transparent system is both welcome and overdue. So, why has it taken so long?
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    Lessons learned on a trip to Dubai: South Africans take note

    by Mike Abbott | Nov 10, 2017
    We’ve recently had the pleasure of making a trip to Dubai to meet the expat community there to discuss the recent tax changes in South Africa and how they affect South African expats. It’s been great to meet some fellow South Africans in this hub of all expat hubs. These are the key insights I’ve gained from my time there this week.
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    Top of the market? When? Where? How?

    by Mike Abbott | Sep 04, 2017
    Providing prognostications on the future seems to be a habit of people in finance, investments and economics. However, much like the attempts to predict the outcome of major sporting events, this type of crystal ball gazing has a dismal track record. What strikes me as strange is the enduring fascination we all have with predictions, despite the fact that we all know they're no more likely to be correct than our own random throws of a die.
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    South Africa’s sovereign debt downgrade – the effect on the private sector, public sector and ultimately South African citizens

    by Mike Abbott | Apr 13, 2017
    South Africa finds itself in the grip of a full-blown political crisis. In times like this, cool heads prevail and well-considered plan Bs are put into action.
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    British expats to take on 25% tax on pension transfers

    by Mike Abbott | Mar 23, 2017
    Britons living outside of the UK will now face a hefty tax when transferring their pensions outside of the UK as HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have made important changes to the tax laws around qualifying recognised overseas pension schemes (QROPS). The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced that transfers to certain QROPS will be taxed at 25% in his Budget Speech on 8 March 2017. This change will affect thousands of British expats living outside of the UK.
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    Sable International's Brexit brief

    by Mike Abbott | Jun 24, 2016
    The UK has gone to the polls and the decision has been made. The outcome is, however, the one that held the most economic uncertainty. Most investors knew this was a possible outcome, but the inevitable negative financial effects of a Brexit vote are becoming evident immediately.
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    CGT extends to non-residents selling UK residential properties from 6 April 2015

    by Mike Abbott | Mar 20, 2016
    If you are a non-UK resident, you will need to inform HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) within 30 days of selling your UK residential property as Capital Gains Tax (CGT) may be due from 6 April 2015.
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    Top investment strategies

    by Mike Abbott | Dec 05, 2015
    When it comes to financial markets, the only certainties are both risk and uncertainty itself.
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    Tracker vs stock picker? A Nobel Prize winning mystery

    by Mike Abbott | Sep 24, 2015
    In 2013 a strange thing happened at the Nobel Prize awards for Economics. This Nobel Prize has particular relevance for investors. The prize was shared by three academics, but that alone is not the oddity to which I refer. If you take a closer look, you will see that prize winners Eugene Fama and Robert Shiller have diametrically opposing views on how markets work. Yet they shared a Nobel Prize “for their empirical analysis of asset prices”.
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