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July 2018
IFRS 9 - are debt markets ready for it?

IFRS 9 - are debt markets ready for it?

Effective for reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018, lenders complying with International Financial Reporting Standards need to adopt a new model for the early recognition of losses for certain debt instruments. For lenders with large loan books, the intricacy of this new framework presents a great challenge in finding or building a dependable and auditable system that can be integrated into their accounting system.
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June 2018
How Singular Systems is removing the admin of running your company's share scheme

How Singular Systems is removing the admin of running your company's share scheme

In a previous thought leadership piece, Singular Systems carefully unpacked the predicament that companies faced when the Financial Services Board (FSB) released a directive clamping down on what it referred to as "illegal exchanges". The private companies that were enabling trading in their own securities using platforms with matching mechanisms to execute trades found themselves in a difficult position whereby they were effectively operating 'illegally'.
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What is robotics process automation and why should your organisation know about it?

What is robotics process automation and why should your organisation know about it?

In this day and age, modern organisations consist of a wide range of sophisticated technology solutions and end users to achieve objectives, says Motheo Motlhabane, Senior RPA Analyst at Singular Systems. As is often the case, the operational delivery requirements are constantly shifting: at a rate that is faster than an industry or organisation is able to keep up with. This results in a variety of new technologies being brought into the fold, and people being used to fill the gap in between the...
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May 2018
What Is Legal Over-The-Counter Trading?

What Is Legal Over-The-Counter Trading?

Buying and selling shares through matching mechanisms, whether automated or not are functions which are regulated by the Financial Services Board. After the Financial Services Board announced that existing OTC market operators are trading illegally, Singular Systems, the company that built the country’s leading OTC platform, Equity Express, set about to bring to life a mechanism that would still allow companies to remain unlisted while giving their shareholders a legal framework to trade shares...
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What Is The Most Accurate Way of Reporting The Shareholder Base of a Publicly Listed Company?

What Is The Most Accurate Way of Reporting The Shareholder Base of a Publicly Listed Company?

As many a CFO and Company Secretary would attest, the analysis of a share register is somewhat subjective and this begs the question; what is the most accurate way of reporting on the shareholder base of a publicly listed company?
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Share Scheme Administration – Simplified

Share Scheme Administration – Simplified

Focus your attention on strategy – not time consuming admin. Employee share incentive schemes can be a great way of rewarding and motivating your key employees who make valuable contributions to the organisation. The scheme mechanics should be aligned to your company strategy thereby motivating the participants to work towards a common goal. This should inevitably increase shareholder value, staff participation and morale.
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The unseen consequences of offshore corporate actions and how it affects South Africans

The unseen consequences of offshore corporate actions and how it affects South Africans

Access to the global market exposes the South African Tax resident to a new difficulty: the offshore corporate action. What happens when Rolls Royce issues you a "C" share for every "A" share you own? Did you have to pay tax when Kraft Foods and Heinz merged to form a single entity, The Kraft Heinz Company? How did you or your portfolio manager tackle the SAB/AB Inbev merger? If you elected the simple cash sale option, did you identify the two separate tax events?
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December 2017
Blockchain: Value vs. Price

Blockchain: Value vs. Price

Why would you spend your hard earned money on something with no obvious value? Gold for example can be seen and held, fiat currency that can be used in shops at your convenience? What is it that makes cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin worth over R60 000 on South African exchanges? As a Fintech company, Singular Systems, asks why the world is placing their confidence in this technology.
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Singular Systems Internship Program - The Intern Experience

Singular Systems Internship Program - The Intern Experience

If anyone is looking for a place of growth and success in the world of system development then Singular Systems is the place to be. I was lucky enough to receive a bursary from Singular Systems in 2017 and had the opportunity to go to their head office in Johannesburg to get to know the team, culture and to learn what it means to be a software programmer in the real world.
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September 2017
Ease into Ethereum

Ease into Ethereum

In our last article we detailed some of the experiences we had while developing for the Blockchain. However, with so many cryptocurrencies and Blockchain options out there, it is important to look into what makes them different from each other. At the end of 2016 one of our clients came to us with a vision of how cryptocurrencies would change the world, at first we were somewhat sceptical before they described Ethereum and its use of smart contracts.
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