STEPHEN CRANSTON: Repent, active managers

Thanks to the rise of the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification there are now a million people in active investment management

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Not the Roodt roadshow

The Efficient Group, home of economist Dawie Roodt, is one of those small caps that certainly adds some choice to the financial sector

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: The old SA of cross-shareholdings

There is often debate on whether it is better for a life office to own a bank or vice versa

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Long live RMI

Rand Merchant Investment Holdings is a good mix of businesses, and the underlying managers consider RMI to be a useful sounding board

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Ashburton gets it all

Ashburton has some credible offerings in the alternative space, such as its structured products

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Why there’s still potential in MMI

MMI still has a health joint venture in India which has a million members so far. The aYo app-based JV with MTN could also bring new growth

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: By Dickens, it works

Santam’s property insurance book has swung back to profit as it persuaded more of its clients not to resort to arson

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: New Alexander Forbes awards more than just a footnote

Alexander Forbes has launched its own investment awards after many years of promising to do so

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Why high-flyers can be ‘poor’ too

Tertiary education is no guarantee of wellness, as 44% of graduates are financially unwell

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Black-owned stockbrokers making a mark

Mazi Macquarie is a full-service cash equity stockbroker competing with the multinationals

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: An interesting pairing

If few people in the insurance industry have heard of IToo, they will all know former Hollard CEO Paolo Cavalieri and former FD Rob Hallier

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Fund managers worth watching

It makes sense to choose from outside the big three fund managers for the sake of diversification

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: A personal touch for short-term insurance

Highly personalised service is available for investment planning and for life and disability cover, so why not for short-term insurance?

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Unpacking unit trusts

The downside of a unit trust portfolio is that it is tempting to track performance over short periods

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: A wider safety net

Were it not for its small size and free float, Clientèle Life would be as lauded as other companies in the sector, like Discovery

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STEPHEN CRANSTON: Old Mutual’s financial muscle

Old Mutual sometimes seems like a sovereign state; it is so large it has more financial heft than many African countries

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