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Last week was not a good one for the two most prominent property syndications in the country. We reported elsewhere about the woes of Sharemax, and now Picvest also made the headlines. This property syndication group, previously known as PIC, launched an appeal to the Pretoria High Court after unsuccessfully approaching the FSB Appeal Board, writes…
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Many learners experience problems when trying to understand the legislation they are required to master in preparing for the level 1 regulatory exams. Whilst there is study material available in layman’s language, the exam questions are drawn up using the qualifying criteria and actual legislation, and many candidates find it heavy going…
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It is going to take some time before we fully understand the plans of Lesotho’s squabbling political elites. These elites are attempting to advance their own agendas in the mediation process led by South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, but the situation in the country is not nearly as dire as the competing elite agendas would have us…
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The “why” of this requirement is clear to all, but the “what”, “how” and “when” remains one of the biggest grey areas for FSPs. If you place your client’s business with a leading product provider, it seems ludicrous that you, and each of the hundreds of other advisors who also place business there, should be required to study their…
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The rapidly changing nature of the business we find ourselves in often demands changes which we did not foresee. On Monday I received a call from a reader who is currently in a business which he shares with a partner. The latter is the key individual (KI) and he is a representative. His partner informed him recently that he wants to hang up his boots, which…
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Just like at the most famous gun battle in Western history, there will not be a place for timid souls on Saturday, even on the stands and in front of our TV sets. A colleague reminded me of the corresponding match last year, when the Springboks had to score four tries and win by a certain margin. These goals caused them to lose focus on the first goal, namely…
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All’s well that ends well

Up to the 70th minute I had that dreaded “here we go again” feeling. So often in the past, and particularly against Australia, we managed to everything required to win, but did not. The Wallabies had a number of close calls in the scoring department, but somehow lady luck for once turned her back on the men in gold. Nigel Owns deserves a lot of credit…
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Think TCF – Part 3

Thus far in this series of articles, we covered the need to embed fair treatment of customers in the culture of your business, and ensuring that the products you recommend address the real needs of your clients. Outcome 3 stipulates that you need to ensure that clients receive clear information, and are kept appropriately informed before, during…
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Legislative Changes

From 14 April 2014, changes to the FAIS Act which came into operation on 28 February 2014 were incorporated in the regulatory exams. FAIS Circular 4 of 2014 contains details of these changes, as well as the rationale behind it. Candidates who wish to study this document can download it by clicking here. Preparation Material Fully updated…
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