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Marius Strydom

CEO - MLAX Consulting


Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in Cape Town South Africa

After finishing his matric with an A aggregate at Table View High School in 1989, Marius completed a BCom Actuarial Science at the University of Stellenbosch. He then started his working life in 1994 in the valuations areas for Norwich Life, moving to Metropolitan Life in 1998.
In 1999, he decided to move into the investment world, starting with Investec Securities as an insurance analyst and moving to BJM Securities in 2002. He has been a highly rated analyst for more than 13 years. During 2008 and 2009 he achieved the number one position in both the Short-term Insurance and Life Assurance sectors based on the annual Financial Mail survey. He took a 13 month sabbatical during 2010/2011 to travel with his family. In May 2011 he joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as director and head of Financial sector research in South Africa. In October 2012 he was appointed as co-head of Financial sector research across the EEMEA region for Merrill Lynch. In November 2014, he founded MLAX Consulting and became a regular blogger.

Contact details

mariusstrydom@mlaxconsulting.com


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Business Address

Laurel Street, Cape Town, South Africa, 7530


Professional Portfolios

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Give us cheaper access to credit

in Research on AIDS mortality in South Africa

We need a Minister of Employment

in Research on AIDS mortality in South Africa

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Owner | MLAX Consulting
Cape Town, South Africa | November 2014 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance

MLAX Consulting provides consulting services, including bespoke company analysis with a specific focus on the SA Financial Sector; assistance with valuation methodology, investment processes and client communication for Research Houses; AIDS consulting, including strategy, product development and media liaison for Insurance Companies; due diligence; and more.


Previous Position(s)

Director - Head of EEMEA Financial Sector Research | Merrill Lynch
Cape Twon, South Africa | 2012 - July 2013

Accounting, Banking and Finance

I jointly head up the Financial sector research team across the EEMEA platform and also analyse insurance companies in South Africa.


Director - Head of SA Financial Sector Research | Merrill Lynch
2011 - 2012

Accounting, Banking and Finance

I headed up Financial sector research in South Africa and analysed insurance companies. During my tenure I drove the introduction of a unified valuation approach for all financial counters including banks and insurance companies.


Committee Member | Windworx Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Cape Town, South Africa | 2005 - 2012

Arts, Culture and Entertainment


Insurance Analyst | BJM
Cape Town, South Africa | 2002 - 2010

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Owner | Papagallo Restaurant and Pizzeria
Cape Town, South Africa | 2002 - 2006

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality


Insurance Analyst | Investec
1999 - 2002

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Actuarial Assistant | Metropolitan Life
1998 - 1998

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Actuarial Assistant | Norwich Life
Cape Town, South Africa | 1994 - 1997

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Educational history

Secondary

Table View High, Cape Town, South Africa (1986)

Tertiary

Stellenbosch University

1990 - 1993

BCOM - Actuarial Science

Achievements

Awards

SA Blog Awards | 2015

MLAX Consulting was awarded Best Educational blog and was runner up in the Best Business blog category.

Financial Mail Analyst of the year | 2009

Number one in Life Assurance and Short-term Insurance

Financial Mail Analyst of the year | 2008

Number one in Life Assurance and Short-term Insurance

Financial Mail Analyst of the year | 2002

Number one in Short-term Insurance

Financial Mail Analyst of the year | 2001

Number one in Short-term Insurance

Financial Mail Analyst of the year | 2000

Number one in Short-term Insurance

Shortlist and nomination

media exposure

SAfm | 2016

I was interviewed on Morning Talk with Rowena Baird on my We need a Minister of Employment piece.

SAfm | 2015

I was interviewed on the Talkshop by Naledi Moleo on my Low standards must fall piece

Netwerk24 | 2015

Curro skole behoort hul sukses te deel

Biznews | 2015

5 top reasons to stop worrying and start loving South Africa

Fin24 | 2015

Eskom should do a Telkom

Radio 702 | 2015

I was interviewed by Bruce Whitfield about my blog "We are better off now than 20 years ago"

Classic FM | 2014

I was interviewed on Classic FM about the AIDS mortality research I led, together with my co-authors.

Personal Finance | 2014

I was featured in the lead article together with my co-authors on our AIDS mortality research.

Activities

Memberships

Institute of Directors of Southern Africa

Member, April 2013 - present

Actuarial Society of South Africa

Associate, 1994 - present

Faculty of Actuaries

Associate, 1991 - present

community

Windworx Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Founder member, 2005 - present

Founder member of Windworx. Active on the committee from 2005 to 2012.

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