Category Archive: 3.) Investec

Blockchain: the invisible engine of trust

For centuries, we’ve put our trust in a third party when it all comes to all our financial dealings. So, what happens when a new technology emerges that is engineered to automate trust? Blockchain was one of the topics that dominated the 48th World Economic Forum in Davos – that’s because, at its most basic … Continue reading...

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Banks and fintechs: competition or collaboration?

For many players in financial services, whether or not fintech will disrupt financial services is now no longer a question of ‘if’, but rather, of ‘how much and fast?’ Banking the unbanked and simplifying people’s lives are two of the most appealing benefits of fintech. Many pundits believe that for these to be truly realised …

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How is technology disrupting the competitive landscape in financial service?

Just a few years ago, it seemed as if fintech companies represented a clear and present danger to traditional banks. Today, the picture is a little different. Increasingly, we are seeing more progressive incumbents choosing instead to partner with fintechs in an effort to evolve their own businesses. The result may be a new era …

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Bringing clean water to rural communities

A partnership with Innovation Africa and Investec’s Entrepreneurship Development Trust (EDT) has seen several communities in rural Mpumalanga benefit from water infrastructure development. By the end of 2018, eight villages in the Bushbuckridge community had access to clean running water from water towers where solar panels power pumps extract clean water from bore holes. Read …

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Biggest group of rhino orphans released back into the wild

Investec Rhino Lifeline partner, Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, released “the biggest group of orphans in the history of the world that’s been released back into the wild,” said Petronel Nieuwoudt, Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary founder. Read more: https://invest.ec/2ltmhuE

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Tackling youth unemployment in rural areas

As South Africa battles unemployment with millions of youth jobless, Investec in partnership with the Youth Employment Service (YES) is changing lives in the rural Mpumalanga. The partnership has seen over 300 youth employed in projects run by the Sabi Sands Pfunanani Trust and Care for Wild. Read more: https://invest.ec/2ltmhuE

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Preserving the wildlife economy

The South African economy has been sluggish in recent months with growth forecasts decreasing due to local politics as well as international influences. One silver lining in these trying times is the wildlife economy that is growing and bringing some much-needed skills development, job creation and cash injection into rural communities. Read more: https://invest.ec/2ltmhuE

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Uninterrupted Eskom supply to boost Q2 growth

Eskom has managed to keep the lights on in South Africa over the winter period. This is expected to translate into a bounce in South Africa’s second quarter growth. Read more: https://invest.ec/2keUeim

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Educating rural communities

Investment in education is a critical focus for any economic growth strategy. With the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, digital education has taken centre stage. Through the Good Work Foundation (GWF) in partnership with Investec, rural youth in the Hazyview area, in Mpumalanga, have been introduced to digital learning and English. Read more: https://invest.ec/2ltmhuE

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Would you have beef with in vitro meat?

Is in vitro meat healthier? How is it produced? How will in vitro meat affect other industries in the supply chain? Mosa Meat chief scientific officer and professor at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, Mark Post, answers some of the key questions about the rise of in vitro meat. Read more: https://invest.ec/2lzgT94

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Swiss Research Leads to Cancer Break Through

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute recently deciphered the structure of the CC chemokine receptor 7 (CCR7), a signaling protein. Cancer cells use CCR7 to guide themselves into the lymphatic system, spreading cancer throughout the body. The resulting secondary tumors, called metastases, are responsible for most cancer deaths.

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The paradox of more data for investors

While it may seem self-evident that the world we live in has seen a dramatic increase in the production and availability of data, the same cannot be said about our ability to use this data in making better investment decisions. Why is that? We asked members of Investec Wealth & Investment’s Global Investment Strategy Group …

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Retiring the traditional concept of retirement

Outliving your retirement funds is a very real possibility for many people. We asked Investec’s Global Investment Strategy Group for their views. Read more: https://invest.ec/2ZisJYx

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Women on the rise | Mentorship

Shabhana Thaver, Investec Private Bank & Specialist Bank IT head, shares her story on how mentorship has helped her rise. Find out more: https://invest.ec/2NvN5q5 #InvestecWomen

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Women investing in women

Relationships that drive change. Lettie Matthews and mentor, Melanie Humphries, share their inspiring story of growth and bravery. Find out more: https://invest.ec/2ZsJr2o #InvestecWomen

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Investing? How to prepare for a future you can’t predict

Investors love predictability, certainty and bull markets. However, the global economy is presently characterised by bears and volatility. We asked members of Investec Wealth & Investment’s Global Investment Strategy Group for their opinion. Read more: https://invest.ec/2U9ecbQ

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Are currencies losing their currency?

The rise (and fall) of cryptocurrencies has forced global financial markets to think more closely about how they classify and use currencies in the modern context. We asked members of Investec Wealth & Investment’s Global Investment Strategy Group for their opinion. Read more: https://invest.ec/2KWreX7

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Investing? How to prepare for black swans

We asked Investec Wealth & Investment’s Global Investment Strategy Group for their views on how to prepare for future black swans. Read more: https://invest.ec/326fgjn

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Investing – not all emerging markets are equal

Emerging markets are often favoured due to their growth potential, which generally exceeds that of more developed economies. However, investing successfully in emerging markets is not without nuance. We asked members of Investec Wealth & Investment’s Global Investment Strategy Group for their opinion. Read more: https://invest.ec/2HrfxFz

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In a volatile world, is cash king?

Is the best buffer against volatility cash or another fixed income investment? That depends on your investment horizon and when you plan on retiring. We asked members of Investec Wealth & Investment’s Global Investment Strategy Group for their opinion. Read more: https://invest.ec/2HqT8Iy

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