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A view from the top as 2017 is ushered in

South Africa faced a few defining moments in 2016. Some of the most defining of these was the ability of government to avoid two potential drops to junk status as the country faced tough economic conditions and declining political stability. This year also promises to bring its own challenges in this respect. All of the respected rating agencies have given South Africa negative outlooks, and with two periods of review to negate, we would be doing extraordinarily well to survive two periods of ratings review with the same level of political and market uncertainty.

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Straight Talk
Cyber crime becomes a multi-billion dollar industry

We are all aware of the threats and potential liabilities that we are presented with in the financial services industry as people and companies who provide a product and service to clients. One of the biggest industry threats last year was the rapid rise of cyber crime, a threat that will no doubt be an issue in 2017.

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Agility remains relevant to business

The advantages of being agile are not exclusively limited to sportsmen. Companies who are able to be agile enough to adapt to changing customer demands and industry challenges are those that usually rise to the top while competitors continue the battle to remain relevant. We have spoken a lot about technology and the advantages that it can offer companies within the insurance industry.

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Industry Events
Compli-Serve® presents POPI made Practical / 3 FPI CPD points
Company :Compli-Serve®
Start Date :18 October 2016
Insurance Claims Management & Underwriting Asia Summit 2017
Company :Equip Global Pte Ltd
Start Date :14 February 2017
3rd Annual African Insurance Forum 2017
Company :Fexton Group
Start Date :09 March 2017
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Quick Polls

QUESTION

2017 promises to be a major year when it comes to regulatory reform. Will brokers, advisers and financial planners find it easy to weather the storm and adapt to a new way of doing business?

ANSWER

Yes, regulatory reform will improve the standing of all in the industry when it comes to client interaction
No, client interaction will be heavily constrained by reams of red tape
We’ll have to see the hand the FSB plays before placing a firm bet on the ability to weather any storm
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