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HIV patents: no solution - yet

While the WTO has not yet made a breakthrough on the issue of patent-free HIV drugs for developing economies, something must be done to alleviate the human and economic cost of the HIV epidemic. Western pharma companies will inevitably lose out - the only question is how well their profit maintenance strategies can cushion the blow.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

HIV/AIDS: World Bank gives warning

The World Bank has warned the South African government of a potential long-term economic collapse if the HIV/AIDS crisis is not appropriately addressed. Although officials and analysts have criticized the World Bank's statement, this should not be an excuse for complacency on the part of the government.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jul 2003
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HNW offshore investment: it's not just about tax

Tax efficiency and the availability of better investment options overseas are the top two drivers of HNW offshore investment globally. With growing regulatory pressure on offshore centers, the appeal of investing offshore for tax purposes alone is set to become increasingly limited. Wealth managers need to understand other key drivers for offshore investment and target their offerings accordingly.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Dec 2012
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Inditex to enter Australia and South Africa in 2011

After entering a number of new markets this year, Inditex is poised to enter the Australian and South African markets in 2011. Its plans for expansion, which include introducing global online retail platforms, will ensure that it keeps one step ahead of its international rivals, and will provide an opportunity for rejuvenation in the local clothing markets.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jul 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Interbrew: tactics, tactics, tactics

SAB would be a good target for Interbrew, and the Belgian firm is highly likely to make more acquisitions soon. However, it would be a mistake to read too much into the rumors. Interbrew is likely to have made the leak on purpose, but it's too early to work out its intentions. Whatever they are, they're unlikely to be as the document says.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2001
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Investec launches app for South African clients

Investec's new iPad app for HNW clients in South Africa should get a warm reception. Datamonitor's 2012 Global Wealth Managers Survey shows that South African HNW clients demand regular reporting on their asset performance, with the majority interacting with their wealth manager's website at least once a week. The next key step is to make it available across more mobile platforms.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Apr 2013
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Investment choice drives South Africans offshore

According to Datamonitor's 2012 Global Wealth Managers Survey, HNW individuals offshore wealth because of better investment options available overseas. The UK is the primary booking center for offshore wealth. This is not surprising considering the diverse range of products and services available in advanced financial centers such as London.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2013
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CommentWire

Man Group: seeking diversification in derivatives

Man Group's purchase of leading derivatives broker GNI from Old Mutual will create the world's largest independent futures broker. Man Group has profited well from the growth in hedge funds to become a giant in this sector, but as demand for such alternative investment is weakening, diversifying away from its core business looks like a strong plan.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2002
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Middle East and Africa wealth markets are dwarfed by Europe or Asia but will grow three times faster

Global oil demand was one of the biggest wealth drivers in the GCC, especially in the more oil-dependent countries of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia where the hydrocarbon industry accounts for the vast majority of GDP. South Africa's wealth market, on the other hand, is driven by manufacturing and services, and therefore the region's future growth is tied to the performance of the world's economies.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2012
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Mobile banking boom expected in Nigeria

A number of recent announcements suggest that Nigeria is set for a mobile banking boom, with several banks looking to secure a share of previously unbanked or underbanked consumers. The latest announcements from First Bank and Standard Chartered suggest that the popularity of mobile banking in Africa is spreading beyond Kenya.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Feb 2012

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