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The October edition is packed with articles you want to read. We have close to 19 800 registered CPD users, and with this mail we are reminding you to make sure you stay up to date with your CPD hours. We’ve touched on content and issues that are topical and relevant, and ultimately written for you, to empower you. The articles are written by industry experts and FAnews journalists, so if there’s a topic you would want to read more about, or have very specific issues or questions about, please don’t hesitate to raise it with us.

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SA’s SMMEs face a slow strangle as red tape litters the business environment

The administrative burden facing small, medium and microenterprises (SMMEs) plying their trade in South Africa continues to grow, discouraging many firms from expanding operations and forcing countless others to trade ‘under the radar’ in the informal sector. South Africa excels at bureaucracy and red tape despite the well-documented negative impact of hostile regulatory environments on small business. In fact, it is impossible to find an ‘ease of doing business’ index that features our beautiful country near the sharp edge of the wedge.

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Featured story
Finally, local equity is lekker again

Equities that fall into the South Africa Inc basket have made a staggering recovery since the bottom of the pandemic crisis, with banks, retailers and resource shares gaining favour over the likes technology favourites. “Owning South Africa Inc and resources was the place to be since the pandemic lows, which meant that local became lekker again,” said Rehana Khan, portfolio manager for Ninety One Equity Fund. She was commenting during the fund’s recent domestic and global equity outlook presentation.

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Opportunities and challenges in the funeral space
Opportunities and challenges in the funeral space

The widespread adoption of funeral policies illustrates how an appropriately designed product can address financial market issues, such as access and affordability.

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IFA nuggets: Prospecting for clients
FSCA weighs in as universal life policy premiums rocket
No short cuts for the short term broker
Investment lessons worth sharing
Tightening of policy wordings… likely in the future?
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