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The real effect of Dividend Withholding Tax

The 30 April 2012 edition of GrayIssue, published by Allan Gray, removes a lot of the myths and hysteria surrounding the tax changes on dividends. The new Dividend Withholding Tax (DWT) replaced Secondary Tax on Companies (STC) on 1 April 2012. Investors are understandably concerned about the long-term impact of this tax and the real […]

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Afrikaanse REs – Gebruik van die Woordelys

Een van die bepalings en voorwaardes van die regulatoriese eksamens lees as volg: Kandidate mag nie enige van die volgende items in die eksamen lokaal inbring, of tydens die eksamen in hul besit hê nie: Ongemagtigde apparate, boeke, papier, elektroniese kommunikasie apparatuur of notas van watter aard ookal nie.   Dit geld ook vir die […]

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Where to tap

Ever heard the story of the giant ship engine that failed? The ship’s owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure but how to fix the engine. Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was a youngster. He carried a large bag of tools […]

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Halfway house overview

If there is one saying by Piet Helium that remains true, then it is his advice to those who questioned the physicality of rugby to buy themselves a tutu and take up ballet. The Easter weekend came and went without a breather for most of the teams, and this week it is the turn of […]

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REs: A waste of time, or empowerment tool?

Shortly after the Investment Indicators went out on Monday, I received calls from two readers about different matters. During our conversations, both echoed the same sentiments: Preparing for these exams did not add an iota of value to my business, other than a massive administrative schlep. I suspect I can hear a massive grunt of […]

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Study Material for RE's

With only 9 weeks left before the first cut-off date, we are swamped by enquiries regarding the most effective study material to use. Last week, we suggested the following: The questions for the exams were drawn up using the qualifying criteria, which is available in the FSB preparation guide.   Obviously, the information required to comply […]

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How accurate is the published pass rate?

Can one make accurate calculations, based on the statistics published by the FSB recently? Many commentators made deductions based on these figures, but showed their own ignorance or bias, rather than objectivity. One article berated the FSB for excluding those who failed in the total number of those that still have to write. In defence […]

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Enough facilities for the end of June?

This subject received wide media coverage over the weekend. The plain and simple answer to the question is an emphatic “Yes”. That is, provided that not all unregistered candidates decide to register for the last session on 29 June 2012. We mentioned before that those who do wait until the last minute to register, and […]

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Afrikaanse REs – Hoeveel geleenthede is daar nog?

Daar is spesifieke datums en tye waarop die regulatoriese eksamens in Afrikaans geskryf kan word. Dit is in ooreenstemming met die skikking wat die FSB en NAIFA bereik het tydens laasgenoemde se hofaansoek aan die einde van Januarie. Ons het ‘n datumlys spesifiek vir die Afrikaanse eksamens opgetrek. Kliek hier om dit af te laai. […]

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Points to ponder

● Love is grand; divorce is a hundred grand. ● I am in shape. Round is a shape. ● Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good. ● Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand. ● Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. […]

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