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Finweek Quiz #47

Try your hand at our quiz to win! This week, we have a copy of the book ‘Inspired – Remarkable South African and their stories’ to give away. This book is a compilation of insights from over a dozen inspirational South Africans from all sectors, including Thuli Madonsela, Herman Mashaba, Terence Nombembe and Francois Pienaar, to name just a few.

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ECONOMY: SA links to China risk to sovereign credit quality

Moody’s predicts downside risk for sub-Saharan Africa due to the region’s strong trade ties with China. South Africa’s resource exports and reliance on foreign direct investment contributions means the country will be strongly affected by a slowdown in the Chinese economy.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP: 3 marketing tips for beginners

Not all entrepreneurs are natural marketers. Here Donna Rachelson on Branding & Marketing You shares three easy tips to get you started.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Kickstarting the economy is easier than you think

To ensure a local growth rate above the projected global average of 3.5%, Adrian Saville proposes proper integration with the rest of the continent and speedy roll-out of the infrastructure expenditure programme.

- Mabyanine Phiri – Portfolio Associate: ACM Gold & Forex Trading

MARKET SNIPPET: 25 November 2014

Further stimulus from the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan (BOJ) will eventually filter into the South African securities markets.

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SMEs: Automation key to SME growth and job creation

“The call for small business in South Africa should be ‘automate and build the future’, rather than ‘stay as you are and avoid the future.’ There is no reason why building a business and building employment shouldn’t be simultaneously achieved,” writes Standard Bank’s Ravi Govender.

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PROPERTY: International investments protect wealth

Investing your wealth in offshore property is a good way to protect your wealth and sustain portfolio growth, says Monarch & Co CEO James Bowling.

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ECONOMY: China’s balancing act

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s tightrope walk between public reform and political clout will have serious implications for the growth of the Chinese economy. Ashburton’s Craig Farley unpacks what this will mean for China and foreign investors.

- Mabyanine Phiri – Portfolio Associate: ACM Gold & Forex Trading

MARKET SNIPPET: 24 November 2014

Following a narrow escape from a technical recession in the second quarter, South Africa will keep a keen eye on the third quarter GDP data to be released later this week.

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ENTREPRENEUR: Basic accounting knowledge leads to sound decisions

Not all entrepreneurs are natural bean counters, but a basic understanding of accounting could be the difference between poor decisions made out of desperation and good decisions based on facts.