PC Finance Research is staffed by Charles Hattingh, the managing member and tea boy, Colette Spear, who is in charge of our website, marketing, address database and collections and Jade Spear, who is in charge of bookings, logistics and Hedgehog.
After failing the CA (SA) qualifying examination in 1962, he achieved the top spot in the 1963 examination. A year was spent working for 20th Century Fox, part of which was in Kenya, three years with the Industrial Development Corporation as an investigating accountant and two years with UAL, Anglo American’s merchant banker at the time. In 1968 he embarked on a mission to help candidates who had failed the QE. During the off season he assisted Unisa CTA candidates with their studies. Thirty years later he moved on.
In 1993 he decided to write the Chartered Financial Analyst examinations and spent four years immersed in the study of this discipline. He qualified in 1997.
He joined the Accounting Practices Committee in 1995 as the representative of the users of financial statements and was appointed to chair the International Accounting Standards Harmonisation Committee a year later. He sat on most sub-committees of the APC, attended one IASC meeting (a week in Malaysia), and was an alternate member of the Accounting Practices Board. He presented the annual SAICA accounting update workshops over a period of six years.
He is now "semi-retired" and focuses on educating, empowering and supporting DIY investors from all walks of life.
Colette is Charles’ eldest daughter and has an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Johannesburg. She has started studying her Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and has been working for PC Finance Research for 23 years in total.
Jadely is Colette's daughter and, by default, Charles' favourite and only granddaughter. After matriculating she ran a Tax department at a small auditing firm and wrote up the books at a legal firm. In 2014 she received her B.Com Marketing Management Degree from Unisa and in 2015 she received her honours in Financial Planning through the University of the Free State. She is now studying to write the JSE Registered Securities trader exam through the South African Institute of Financial Markets. This is her 11th year of working at P C Finance Research.