STEPHEN CRANSTON: Why small caps are beautiful

It is important to remain invested in small caps to capture the often lumpy upside in this asset class

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Hedging your bets on hedge funds

Hedge funds have lost their allure for many investors. The perception is that they have given poor returns

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Evolving advice

If designated fund managers work, advisers can focus on their area of competence, which is sales

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: The star turn

The average Morningstar fund rating is consistently and materially higher for the 10 largest funds than for funds with less than R500m

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: The new bank battle

TymeBank now has 630,000 customers, well ahead of Discovery Bank, which has barely 10,000, and Bank Zero, which hasn’t even launched

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Mopping up the Old Mutual mess

Old Mutual set itself up for its current problems as far back as 2004

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Africa still a hard sell

Allan Gray accepts that there have been more false dawns in Nigeria than just about any other country

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Why we love to hate Goldman Sachs

It is a symbol of what is left of the old Wall Street and US economic hegemony

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: The personal touch that CEOs lack

There is widespread scepticism about CEOs of large companies who surround themselves with spin doctors

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Finance’s twin guardians

When it comes to the age-old question of who guards the guards, in the Prudential Authority’s case it is nobody

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: The secret of Santam’s climb to the top

Having had little competition, Stalker Hutchison Admiral has regularly been a major contributor to Santam’s bottom line

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Birds of a feather

Alexander Forbes and Peregrine are far from strangers

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: The value of disclosure

As Vince Lombardi would have put it, investment returns aren’t everything – they’re the only thing

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Making a prudent(ial) punt

Prudential Investment Managers is one of the crop of boutique managers that has grown more slowly than others but is now one of the larger players, with more ...

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Sanlam’s puzzling decisions

It is puzzling that Sanlam has set up yet another life office. Some cannibalisation is inevitable

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: How Coronation remains on the road

It is a mature business and assets under management are unchanged at R586bn, with international assets at R170bn

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