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STUART THEOBALD: Be wary of the government letting the debt-relief genie out of the bottle

April 16, 2019

South Africans’ over-indebtedness has long been a political risk for the financial system. Almost 10-million have impaired credit records and millions more struggle to meet repayments. That is a...

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Impact investing can support development objectives in SA, but it won’t be plain sailing

April 15, 2019

Why invest only for financial gain, when your investment can also have positive social consequences? The idea that our investments can do good in the world, rather than just serve our narrow financial...

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: Why Reserve Bank policy is still a cut above alternative suggestions

April 8, 2019

In some ways I preferred the period of 2005-2008, when Cosatu would march to the Reserve Bank and make demands to the governor. They were simpler times, with simpler demands.

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The 5th democratic Parliament: what it means for the financial services sector

April 5, 2019

Intellidex is constantly monitoring the legislative and regulatory changes occurring in Parliament and elsewhere that affect the financial services sector clients. Intellidex social media editor Mayo...

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STUART THEOBALD: Something is rotten in corporate SA as checks and balances are eroded

April 1, 2019

SA is a complex swirl of emotions: edginess, anger, despair and resignation. Most worrying is that such emotions apply to business too, putting the country at a very dangerous point — there is a...

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: Eskom crisis risks dimming hope of hitting growth target

March 26, 2019

SA is a complex swirl of emotions: edginess, anger, despair and resignation. Most worrying is that such emotions apply to business too, putting the country at a very dangerous point — there is a...

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STUART THEOBALD: Bright spots in performance, but local banks need an economic turnaround

March 18, 2019

Oh what a dull, decrepit time to be a banker, especially a banker in one of the big four.

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: Why visa policy is so important to SA’s growth prospects

March 11, 2019

Who cares about visas? There is so much else going on in SA it’s sometimes a wonder why there is so much attention paid to this one issue.

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STUART THEOBALD: Odds are stacked against new banks

March 4, 2019

I seldom encounter anyone who has a positive word to say about their banks. That’s why it is easy to believe that the market is ripe for competition. With the entry of several new banks —...

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STUART THEOBALD: Independent power producers are a solution to Eskom’s woes, not a cause

February 18, 2019

IPPs are a solution to Eskom’s woes, not the cause, says Intellidex Chairman Stuart Theobald in his Business Day column today.

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Op-Ed: Beware the dangerous ambitions of the anti-business propaganda campaign

December 5, 2017

The formal business sector in South Africa has been subjected to a propaganda onslaught that has damaged it. It has painted business as universally corrupt, led by unrepentant beneficiaries of...

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STUART THEOBALD: Plenty of competition issues in foreign exchange market

February 27, 2017

The Competition Commission should not stop at the prosecution of bank traders who manipulated the rand exchange rate. It should undertake a full investigation into the competitiveness of foreign...

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Cost of entry level housing is bad for transformation

May 26, 2014

The trend in lending patterns in the banking industry is damaging the transformation of the SA economy, particularly when it comes to home ownership. Since 2008, when banks were hit by a wave of bad...

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