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03 November 2004 Angelo Coppola

African Harvest man moves to Nedcor.

Nedcor Retail Investments (NRI) has appointed Rowan Williams-Short as Chief Investment Officer of its London-based asset management team.

He will also oversee NRI's domestic investment operations, effective 1 January 2005.

Rowan qualified with BSc. (Mathematical Statistics and Applied Mathematics) and BSc. Honours (Operations Research) degrees from the University of Cape Town, and a MSc. (Statistics) from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

From 1999 until recently, Rowan was the Chief Investment Officer (and Chief Executive Officer for one year) of African Harvest Fund Managers. Prior to joining African Harvest he spent almost six years, culminating as Chief Investment Officer, at Prudential Portfolio Managers (South Africa).

He began his working career in 1989 at Old Mutual Investments (now Old Mutual Asset Management), initially as a bond analyst and portfolio manager, before heading up their derivative research.

Quick Polls

QUESTION

As National Treasury mulls a two-bucket retirement system, mandatory contributions and preservation, regulation 28 is being amended to allow up to 40% of retirement fund assets to be invested in SA-based infrastructure… Which of the following retirement fund ‘tweaks’ would you consider most beneficial to your clients?

ANSWER

Give fund members emergency access to retirement savings
Let fund members invest 40% in infrastructure
Let fund members invest 40% offshore
Mandatory preservation when resigning from a fund
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