Category Archive: 3.) Investec

How brands can connect with humans in a data-driven world

The biggest threat to brands is to outsource their customer relationship to web-based platforms, says Bronwyn Williams, Trend Translator for Flux Trends. Read more: https://invest.ec/2XZoS1L

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UBS warns of a looming shortage of workers in Switzerland

The Swiss bank UBS estimates there could be a shortfall of 500,000 workers in Switzerland in the coming 10 years as the baby boomer generation retires. However, the bank predicts the shortfall will not be even across all industries. Some sectors are expected to stagnate. Workers in these industries might find it harder to find work.

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Swiss exports to the US significantly exceed those to Germany for the first time

According to an analysis by the Swiss broadcaster RTS, Switzerland’s EU exports have declined in recent years. Over the first quarter of 2019, for the first time, exports to the US exceeded those to Germany by more than CHF 1 billion reaching CHF 15.7 billion. Exports to the US have risen from 8.3% to 16.3% of total Swiss exports over the last 30 years.

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Rhino rehabilitation and release | A story of survival

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) has for the first time, successfully released two rhino orphaned from poaching. As the gates opened, and the tentative pair crossed the threshold into the reserve, the magnitude of the moment became apparent. Tears and laughter were shared as Gertjie and Matimba were given a second chance at life, and …

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How much of my wealth should be offshore?

In a globalised world where money is moving freely, it is estimated that up to 50% of your wealth should be offshore. Annelise Peers, Chief Investment Officer, Investec Wealth & Investment, Switzerland discusses how Swiss and Japanese investors generally invest 50% of their wealth onshore and then go offshore for more volatile, riskier assets that …

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Are You Smarter Than A Lwando? Maps gets behind the wheel of vehicle finance

Welcome to a uniquely mzansi game show Are You Smarter Than A Lwando?, which is adorably hosted by little Lwando, with our very own Investec Private Banking brand ambassador, Maps Maponyane in the “hot seat”. In this episode, Maps learns about all things “VrrPha!”. From saving for a deposit on a vehicle to the hidden …

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Investing: Don’t sell your winners

Why time in the market is a better approach to investing than timing the market, according to John Haynes, Head of Research and Chairman of the Global Investment Strategy Group at Investec Wealth & Investment. Read more: https://invest.ec/2JiQi9M

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Investing: Time in the market vs timing the market?

Research shows that those who stay invested over the long run in a well-diversified portfolio will generally do better than those who try to profit from turning points in the market. The Global Investment Strategy Group from Investec Wealth & Investment share their views. Read more: https://invest.ec/2L9rnYm

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Is diversification a good investment strategy?

Why having an undiversified investment strategy a risky proposition, says the Global Investment Strategy Group from Investec Wealth & Investment. Read more: https://invest.ec/2L8Ku58

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How likely is a US-China trade war?

A resolution of the US-China trade war is necessary to avoid a global stagflationary shock. This is according to self-proclaimed China bull, John Haynes, Head of Research and Chairman of the Global Investment Strategy Group at Investec Wealth & Investment. Read more: https://invest.ec/30mdLN3

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Impact investing: Stephen Koseff talks to Aunnie Patton Power

Former Investec CEO Stephen Koseff talks to Aunnie Patton Power, a leading voice in the growing field of impact investing, about why investors are increasingly seeking to generate societal as well as financial returns. Read more https://invest.ec/2XoY9LS

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Switzerland’s upper house wants incentives for people who work beyond 65

The gap between Switzerland’s official retirement age – 65 for men and 64 for women – and average life expectancy is long. Life expectancy at 65 is 20 years for men (85) and 23 for women (88). More and more people are questioning the viability of living for two decades or more without working, particularly when the population is aging and the pension system is crumbling.

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How do Autocalls work?

An Autocall is a five-year structured product that automatically calls if the underlying index is positive at an anniversary date, paying the investor back their initial investment plus an enhanced return. Find out more: http://invest.ec/2AQwnIZ Brian Macmillan, Head of Sales, Investec Retail Structured Products, explains how an Autocall can pay a defined return if the …

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Swiss-EU friction rises in lead up to expiry of stock market equivalence

In 2018, Switzerland and the EU struck a deal to extend Swiss stock market equivalence until 30 June 2019, a date fast approaching. Stock market equivalence makes a trade on the Swiss stock exchange equivalent to a trade on an exchange in an EU country. This allows trades to be pooled across countries, something that supports global trade and improves international market liquidity, a win-win for all traders.

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Six trends shaping cities of the future

With commercial and industrial office buildings consuming nearly 30% of the world’s energy, smart building innovation is essential in the fight against climate change. Investec recently took some of South Africa’s top entrepreneurs in the property and construction sectors to Berlin as part of its Global Young Entrepreneurs Programme. Here we share some the top …

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Rising above the noise

At an Investec In Conversation event titled ‘Rising above the noise’, a panel consisting of Lesetja Kganyago (Sarb governor), Chris Holdsworth (Investec investment strategist) and Ferial Haffajee (political journalist), debated the various political and economic scenarios, both locally and globally, likely to affect the South African economy, separating the reality from the rhetoric. Watch full …

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Winners Run A Different Race | Investec Derby 2019

How do you face the unknown and find a way to succeed? Clare Balding talks about the steps winners take to write history at the Investec Derby. https://invest.ec/2RiLzY0

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Swiss restaurant ranked best in the world

A ranking by Elite Traveler placed the restaurant Hôtel de Ville de Crissier first in a list of the world’s 100 best restaurants, eight places higher than last year. The ranking is based on the votes of readers of the magazine, which is distributed to private jet companies around the world.

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Switzerland has best winter for 11 years

The Swiss Hotel Association recorded a 0.7% increase in overnight stays during the 2018/2019 winter season. From November to April, 16.7 million overnight stays were recorded in Switzerland, 8.8 million by foreign visitors and 7.9 million by Swiss travelers.

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Mmane Boikanyo | My story is real

Mmane Boikanyo talks resilience in the face of difficulties, how excelling at Maths led to a life-changing bursary, and the makings of a leader. Find out more: https://invest.ec/2KGFCDc

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