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A message from Gielie’s desk

As we gear up to tackle the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead in Q2 2024, we stay true to our commitment to building a more equitable and sustainable future for everyone. In his article, 2024: The Year of Sustainable Investment’, Carl Roothman, CEO of the Sanlam Investment Group, highlights the urgent need for action on climate change, biodiversity loss, and human rights abuses. This echoes Sanlam Investments’ commitment to sustainability, setting the tone for our collective efforts in the coming year.

Our Head of ESG and Impact, Teboho Makhabane, reiterates the urgency of addressing climate change in her article The climate megatrends demand responsible investing’. She highlights how the escalating global temperatures pose significant risks, particularly to vulnerable populations in Africa.

We are excited to announce that Sanlam Investments has once again achieved recognition for excellence in investment management at the Raging Bull Awards. Our Sanlam Investment Management Small Cap Fund was named South Africa’s Best Equity Mid and Small Cap Fund for the fourth time. To read about our other accolades achieved at the awards, as well as our nominations, click here.

In the face of pre-election uncertainty and subdued economic growth, investors may find solace in tactical ideas for fixed income investments. James Turp, Head of Investment Strategy and Portfolio Manager for Fixed Income, offers insights into how income funds at the shorter end of the yield curve can serve as a buffer against surprises during this period, in his article Tactical ideas for fixed income in an election year’.

Furthermore, in line with our commitment to innovation and diversification, Satrix announced the launch of two new exchange traded funds (ETFs): the Satrix JSE Global Equity ETF and the Satrix MSCI ACWI ETF. To read more on these new ETFs, read this article.

Finally, in this instalment of In the Spotlight’, we have the pleasure of getting to know Mokgatla Madisha, Head of Fixed Income at Sanlam Investments. Mokgatla brings a unique perspective to the table, particularly in the realm of South African bonds.

Enjoy the read!

Best regards,

Gielie de Swardt

Head: Retail Distribution

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