Category Archives: Investing

The Current SA Tax base and economic climate pose risks and opportunities for government finance.

Currently, the South African government gets a huge proportion of its revenue from taxes. For example, in the 2014/2015 financial year, 87% of the 1, 2 trillion government revenue came from taxes alone. The economy is in a technical recession and unemployment is at its highest levels since the 2008/09 downturn with over 9,5million people unemployed. Indications from SARS are […]

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Why Naspers Lost over 200 Billion Rand in Share Value in Six Days

What? It has not been all “Kumba ya” in the last six consecutive trading days for African media giant NASPERS Ltd. The company has lost R200 billion in share value over the past six days or a total of 16 percent of its market share on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Why? Following the publication of a damaging report on […]

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RE1 and RE5 Made Easy

Pass RE1 or RE5 With Ease Are you interested to kick start a career in financial services, insurance or asset management?   RE1 and RE5  Made Easy Sunburst Africa  offers extensive 2 day workshops in preparation for the Regulatory Exam level 1 (RE 1 & RE 5)   WHY US?     Success guaranteed to all who follow our tips and prepare! […]

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China GDP growth sinks to 25-year low

Chinese shares gained heavily today as investors weighed the likelihood of further stimulus from Beijing following data that the economy grew at its slowest pace in a quarter of a century. Fourth-quarter gross domestic product eased to 6.8% from a year earlier, while full-year growth slipped to 6.9%, adding to the troubling economic picture that’s unsettling traders around the world. […]

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US Federal Rate Hike- South Africa a Loser

By Vivian Atud As expected the US Federal Open Market Committee has finally taken the United States- world’s biggest economy off life support. This happened yesterday when the US Fed Chair Woman-Janet Yellen announced a 0.25 percent rate hike for the first time since 2008. What does this mean for the US economy? On the one hand, the U.S. government […]

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What Is Modern Portfolio Theory?

By Vivian Atud Modern portfolio theory was introduced in 1952, in an article by Harry Markowitz. It has been enormously impactful in shaping the thinking behind how people construct portfolios. Like any theory, it’s not perfect, but its insights have helped the evolution of finance significantly. SunburstAfrica has benefited from the ideas that comprise modern portfolio theory. Sign up to […]

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Exchange Traded Funds

  What are Exchange Traded Funds? Exchange Traded Funds, also called ETFs, are comparatively new entrants to the investing world. ETFs were introduced in the 1990s, and trade on exchanges like individual stocks do. However, they track an underlying investment that could be comprised of stocks, bonds or other financial instruments. One way to think of them is that they […]

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