STEPHEN CRANSTON: New broom sweeps clean at Alexander Forbes

Forbes staff used to have endless theological debates on the subject of ‘higher purpose’

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Sanlam has the right mix

A visit to Sanlam Investments in Cape Town yields some insight on its product menu

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: The ABCs of smart beta investment strategies

There is much research to show that using a factor, for example favouring small caps over large caps, adds value to portfolios

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Yes, size counts. Especially when it comes to asset managers

The PIC seems like a colossus until you see the size of the global managers

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Millennials and their money

Among the millennials surveyed, 42% did not know what they were paying their service providers in fees on retirement savings and a further 51% believed they ...

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Why a CFA is better than a MBA

MBAs have their place, but they aren’t ideally suited to executives embedded in the investment management food chain

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: On the (smart) money

Active managers are now being attacked on two fronts: by vanilla index funds and smart beta

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: The end of the debate

Delegation of Asisa’s coverage of unit trusts has led to a subtle shift in focus, writes Stephen Cranston

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Retaining momentum

It makes sense for life offices to keep some asset management capability

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Future seems far away

The level of understanding of financial stress is at a record high but it is still too low

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: 25’s a charm for fund

There is a growing demand for highly concentrated global funds. But the Ashburton Global Leaders Equity Fund still stands out with a maximum of 25 shares

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Getting ready to swoop?

Peregrine shareholders like the operating businesses, but not the extra risk the balance sheet investments bring

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: The long view

Household wealth report shows that 21% of all gross income goes to servicing debt. More concerning, 70% of this debt goes towards consumption debt and just 30% ...

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: S&P’s Zack Bezuidenhout: far from a running dog

Bezuidenhout had no part in the downgrade — but his indices have exposed the deplorable performance of active fund managers, writes Stephen Cranston

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: The smart dimension

Fama and French helped develop a more scientific approach to asset management

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