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Patrick Cairns is one of South Africa's most respected commentators on the investment industry. He also covers economics issues and business news.

The biggest challenges to SA’s asset management industry

Planning for an uncertain future.

It’s not that active managers have failed …

It’s that they have no competitive advantage.

How do local equity managers stack up against the index?

It depends which index you use.

SA’s top performing multi-asset low-equity funds

Not so stable?

The two big questions ahead of the medium-term budget

Mboweni has to balance the books.

When 13% interest is not really 13%

Absa’s special offer is not what it seems at first glance.

The Guptas, Steinhoff and the Cape Town water crisis

Local challenges are influencing the way South Africans invest.

It’s a scary world out there

What are the implications of central banks and policy makers having no ammunition when the next economic downturn hits?

Elon Musk: Flying too close to the sun

It’s not just about the vision.

Asset management’s ‘Napster moment’

Passive investing is causing a structural change in the industry.

So you think that you can pick the top performers?

You can’t. And you shouldn’t try.

What was the real issue in Hunter’s pension funds case?

The Constitutional Court judgment is clear.

What’s more important – asset allocation or stock picking?

Are you and your asset manager focusing on the right thing?

Has your advisor considered a worst-case scenario?

The financial planning reality check.

Three years after its collapse, the men behind Bridge Finance face the law

Three members of the Aldum family and attorney Clifford Coombe all charged by the NPA.
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