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African Bank

3 March 2015

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Swiss Legend Returns for Investec-songo-Specialized
05.12.2016 
The Absa Cape Epic’s joint most decorated champion, five times winner, Christoph Sauser is back. Returning after a year in retirement the Swiss star will once again be teaming up with Jaroslav Kulhavý, of the Czech Republic, in an attempt to win his sixth Cape Epic title. They will be racing as team Investec-songo-Specialized.
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Pragmatic budget ‘good enough’for SA (and maybe S&P)
26.10.2016 
Nazmeera Moola - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered a pragmatic budget that is good for SA and possibly good enough for Standard & Poors for another six months. However, the bond market won’t like it.
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Investec Asset Management’s Katherine Tweedie appointed to inaugural Aspen Global Leadership Network Finance Program
28.07.2016 
Katherine Tweedie, Executive Director of the Investec Asset Management Investment Institute, has been appointed to join a select group of international business, labour and civil society leaders as a member of a new programme established by the Aspen Institute. The Finance Leaders Fellowship Program was launched this year to develop the next generation of leaders in the global finance industry, encouraging them to play an active role in shaping the future of finance through values-based leadership.
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Tusk announces shortlist for 2016 Tusk Conservation Awards in partnership with Investec Asset Management
01.07.2016 
Now in their fourth year, the Tusk Conservation Awards established in partnership with Investec Asset Management and supported by Investec Specialist Bank recognise the dedication of those fighting for the survival of Africa’s iconic species and their life-enhancing work amongst communities living alongside wildlife under threat. Three unsung heroes, chosen for their dedication to the future of Africa’s wildlife, have been nominated for the 2016 Tusk Conservation Awards.
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Brexit: UK equity and multi-asset implications
24.06.2016 
Simon Brazier, Portfolio manager of the Investec UK Alpha Fund, and Philip Saunders, co-Manager of the Investec Diversified Growth Fund, provide UK and global perspectives on the effects of the EU referendum on markets and portfolio positioning.
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Investec Asset Management’s top performing global equity income strategy launches in the UK
06.06.2016 
Investec Asset Management launches the Investec Global Quality Equity Income Fund for UK based clients. A replica of the existing SICAV, which has outperformed the market and delivered top decile performance since inception, the Fund is the latest addition to the UK fund range managed by Investec’s Quality Investment Team.
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Investec Asset Management appointed to run $670m Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund
09.05.2016 
Investec Asset Management announced today that it has been appointed to manage the approximately US$670 million Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (“EAIF” or “the Fund”), a public-private partnership anchored by the governments of the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. This follows a competitive tender process that brought interest from over 30 companies globally. 
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Investec Global Franchise Fund named Best Global Equity Fund
03.03.2016 
The Investec Global Franchise Fund took top honours as the Best Global Equity Fund at the prestigious Morningstar Awards ceremony, hosted in Cape Town on the 2nd of March 2016. While the award recognises the one-year performance of the fund, the winning fund also needed to have delivered strong three- and five-year returns after adjusting for risk. 
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Hendrik du Toit appointed to global commission to put business at the centre of sustainable development
25.01.2016
Hendrik du Toit, CEO of Investec Asset Management, joins a select group of international business, labour and civil society leaders as member of a new global commission to articulate and quantify the compelling economic case for businesses to engage in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Investec Asset Management and Growthpoint Properties announce joint venture to invest in pan- Africa real estate
10.11.2015
Investec Asset Management and Growthpoint Properties announced today that they have entered into a joint venture agreement, which in partnership with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will seek to establish and grow a significant diversified pan-African real estate investment business.
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MTBPS: Commitment to fiscal sustainability is key
14.10.2015
It is imperative that the treasury use next week’s medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) to reassure the market of its commitment to fiscal sustainability.
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Supporting sustainable development: Time to stop focusing on what grabs headlines
20.07.2015
Hendrik du Toit, CEO and Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, call on the financial industry to support the UN’s sustainable development goals in light of July’s summit in Addis Ababa.
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The UK general election and its implications for Europe
15.05.2015
Philip Saunders, Co-Head of Multi-Asset, shares his thoughts on how this unexpected result impacts wider markets, and in particular the euro zone.
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Nigeria elections: positive outcome for Africa’s biggest economy
01.04.2015
Joseph Rohm, portfolio manager at Investec Asset Management, shares his thoughts on the recent Nigerian elections
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John Stopford: US rate hike - imminent
13.03.2015 
The latest employment figures from the US path the way for a rate hike from the Federal Reserve. For global markets, what are the implications?
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The trend is no longer the investor’s friend
05.03.2015
Investors have benefited from the equity bull market that has prevailed for the last five years, but we believe the trend may no longer be the investors friend. In this environment, it is crucial to place a greater emphasis on capital preservation.
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Investec Asset Management announces use of Stock Connect in UCITS fund range
12.02.2015
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Transformation of finance needed to put world on sustainable growth path
03.02.2015
Speaking today at a Financing for Sustainable Development Forum co-organised by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Investec Asset Management, hosts Prof Jeffrey Sachs and Hendrik du Toit, CEO, Investec Asset Management, explored new frameworks for the role of public and private sector participants in achieving sustainable economic development with leading figures across the spheres of financial services and policy-making.
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Tone of MPC statement key to rate expectations
22.01.2015
Ahead of the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) first monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting for the year, the big conundrum will be the tone they take in this statement.
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Investec Asset Management and songo.info: a partnership for the future
16.01.2015
Investec Asset Management is proud to announce a three-year partnership with sports and education charity songo.info, as part of its corporate social investment initiatives.
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The Duke of Cambridge presents the second Tusk Conservation Awards in partnership with Investec Asset Management
26.11.2014
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Subdued inflation will keep rates on hold
19.11.2014
October’s annual consumer price inflation (CPI) rate of 5.9% is very much in line with expectations and should reassure the market that underlying inflation is reasonably contained. We see no reason for the South African Reserve Bank to hike rates tomorrow.
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Investec Asset Management’s Strategist Michael Power gives his latest views on emerging markets in the FT’s beyondbrics blog
22.10.2014
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MTBPS: Keeping wages in check is crucial
20.10.2014
African countries have tapped into global capital markets with much enthusiasm by issuing sovereign Eurobonds, but we believe there is still significant opportunity to be unlocked with the development of domestic bonds markets on the continent.
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Africa’s opportunity lies in the deepening of domestic bond markets
06.10.2014
African countries have tapped into global capital markets with much enthusiasm by issuing sovereign Eurobonds, but we believe there is still significant opportunity to be unlocked with the development of domestic bonds markets on the continent.
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John Stopford - ECB under pressure
01.10.2014
Inflation in the Eurozone has hit a five-year low placing more pressure on the ECB and allowing the US dollar to continue its upward momentum.
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Shortlist announced for Tusk Conservation Awards in partnership with Investec Asset Management
25.09.2014
The Tusk Conservation Awards, launched in 2013 and presented in London by Royal Patron HRH the Duke of Cambridge, today announced the finalists for the 2014 awards.
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Time for the SARB to go on hold?
12.09.2014
Nazmeera Moola, economist and strategist, discusses why the South African Reserve Bank may only have to hike interest rates next year.
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Report release: Commodities will play key role in Africa’s growth in coming decade
08.09.2014
Sir Paul Collier’s latest report for the Investec Investment Institute, entitled ‘The long view: Making the most of Africa’s natural resources’ discusses commodities playing a key role in Africa’s growth in the coming decade.
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Investec Asset Management significantly broadens UK Equity offering
03.09.2014
Announcement that Simon Brazier, Blake Hutchins, Ben Needham, Anna Farmbrough and Neil Finlay will join Investec Asset Management in November 2014 from Threadneedle Investments.
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Three reasons why gold is poised for a strong 2H 2014
01.09.2014
In recent months there has been renewed investor interest in gold, with the first half of 2014 seeing the gold price rise by 10%.
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Another tough call for SARB this week, but hike may just be on the cards
15.07.2014
The economic situation has hardly improved since the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) previous monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting, making this makes this week’s interest rate decision so much more difficult. Though it would be a very close call, we expect a rate hike of 25 basis points, says Nazmeera Moola, economist and strategist at Investec Asset Management.
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Rates will rise, despite poor growth
27.05.2014
South Africa’s GDP for the first quarter of this year declined by 0.6% on a quarterly basis and while a weaker growth rate was widely expected, this figure has disappointed most analysts’ forecasts.
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MPC keeps rates steady on stable data and rand improves as investors shun ruble
27.03.2014 
Malcolm Charles, portfolio manager at Investec Asset Management, says the South African Reserve Bank has retained its credibility as inflation targeters, and with risks to the upside they stand ready to act.
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SA Budget 2014: Treasury will hope their efforts are enough
19.02.2014
In a year when the economy desperately needs decisive leadership on its finances, circumstances will probably leave the Treasury with very little manoeuvring room and rather reliant on hoping that whatever they do is enough.
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Tough choices for the SARB can make SA economy all the stronger
28.01.2014
On the eve of the first monetary policy committee meeting of the year, the South African Reserve Bank finds itself facing some very tough choices. A rate hike, however unpleasant, might just be the saving grace for an economy in distress.
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Marco Orsi joins Investec Asset Management
21.01.2014 
Investec Asset Management expands global distribution footprint with Italian hire.
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2014: Global 4Factor Equity Outlook
08.01.2014
Mark Breedon, co-Head of 4Factor Equities, highlights the team’s most important themes and market sectors for 2014.
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Five income investment themes for 2014
23.12.2013
John Stopford, portfolio manager across the Investec Managed Solutions Range, gives five themes on investing for income in 2014.
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Four equity investment themes for 2014
23.12.2013
Philip Saunders, portfolio manager across the Investec Managed Solutions Range, gives four equity themes for 2014.
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Big seven a poor proxy for emerging markets
23.12.2013
Kemal Ahmed, portfolio manager of the Investec Horizon markets Strategy, explains why the big seven a poor proxy for emerging markets.
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Tapering does not mean tightening
20.12.2013
Thanos Papasavvas, strategist at Investec Asset Management, shares his thoughts on the US Fed’s decision to commence tapering.
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The Duke's Conservation Charity calls for nominations
04.12.2013
Tusk Conservation Awards in partnership with Investec Asset Management 2014 nominations now open
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Pre-budget review: Not so rosy an outlook for the UK
03.12.2013
Max King, Portfolio Manager and Strategist on the Investec Asset Management Multi-Asset team discusses the UK economy ahead of the Autumn Statement.
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Glencore listing on JSE will offer investors attractive alternative
12.11.2013
Glencore’s listing on the JSE tomorrow is a much-needed endorsement for South Africa as resources investment destination at a time when many are treading very carefully in this area. Read more

Expect the ride to get bumpier
18.10.2013
This summer’s macroeconomic events have had remarkably little impact on financial markets. Warren Buffett once quipped, “The cemetery for seers has a huge section set aside for macro-forecasters.
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Global bond yield on staggered march higher
17.10.2013
John Stopford, Co-Head of Investec Asset Management’s Global Multi Asset Team comments on global bond yields which have risen sharply since a timetable for phasing out QE was outlined by Fed chairman Ben Bernanke earlier this year.
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Investec Asset Management launches super-clean share classes
19.09.2013
Investec Asset Management today announced the launch of ‘super-clean’ share classes across its UK-domiciled OEIC fund range, furthering its commitment to deliver greater transparency and simplicity to the end investor following the implementation of the Retail Distribution Review. Investec Asset Management will now offer a share class with a 0.65% AMC, which will be available to selected strategic distribution partners.
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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the Tusk Conservation Awards in partnership with Investec Asset Management
13.09.2013
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards developed in partnership with Investec Asset Management at The Royal Society in London this evening.
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Investec Asset Management expands global footprint into Belgium market
28.08.2013
Further growing its global distribution footprint, Investec Asset Management is pleased to announce the registration in Belgium of a number of specialist and core funds from its Global Strategy Fund range.
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Hendrik du Toit appointed