Innovative ideas are being found to make life simpler, quicker and safer for investors — and inquiries about offshore opportunities persist, writes Colin Anthony. Retail investors are being driven offshore by SA’s hostile political environment, coupled with flat markets, in search of lower risk and better returns. Stockbrokers are adapting accordingly — beefing up their offshore capabilities and fine-tuning other areas to meet clients’ evolving demands. These factors are also accelerating the trend, highlighted in last year’s Top Stockbrokers survey, of the integration of stockbroking and wealth management services. Clients’ angst over their investments is driving demand for more guidance and planning in long-term investment strategies. These market dynamics, highlighted by stockbrokers in our survey, ensure a fluid, ever-changing industry that is proving capable of adapting to the low-return market of the past three years.GT247/EasyEquities/GT Private Broking is ranked third, and i...

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