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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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Consumers turn to banking ombud in their numbers

The ombudsman for banking services has been getting busier; its call centre fielded 26,970 calls in 2018, 58% more than in 2016

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Conducting an investment orchestra

The asset consulting industry is severely compromised. It is now a sales channel

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Consumers in the soup

Those who are more dependent on income than assets are having a tougher time with a higher tax burden

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Favourites fall below par

The recovery of some large caps such as Naspers and BAT is starting to help managers

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Quilter poised for growth

Quilter has a vertically integrated model and operates in more sectors than its peers

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Slow, steady and sure

It’s true that past performance doesn’t always repeat, but there is no doubt that bad performance persists far more than good

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: The active-passive line

It is not just active managers who are threatened by the growth of index funds

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: It’s hard to make the top fund managers list

According to Alexander Forbes, the list of the top seven fund managers — and even the order in which they appear — remains unchanged

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: The trouble with family businesses

It is hard to imagine who would have done a better job of building Anglo American than Ernest Oppenheimer’s son Harry

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Old Mutual and Sanlam’s oh so different businesses

Old Mutual and Sanlam have facilitated the birth of two very different businesses, both of which reported results last week

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Real expertise needed at life insurers

While Liberty’s relationship with Standard Bank gets more claustrophobic every year, MMI no longer supplies product to FirstRand

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: We all know her name — Magda Wierzycka

Wierzycka is naturally mercurial and not naturally patient, but she has brought professional management into the business

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