Economic data for January showed some positive signs, but sentiment took another hit after parliament voted to change the constitution regarding land rights. Despite assurances that this should be done on unused land, without affecting food security and focus on the development of new agricultural zones, it introduces another hurdle for new investment.
The market is concerned that it's another... ››› more
After a volatile week, the market is almost flat. It's on the back of a lot of news (noise). But nothing that could derail emerging market rally.
We've had an intensified call for expropriation of land without compensation, the mining charter put to the back burner with a new and improved version due in 3 months. US President Trump ignites a potential trade war.
And today SA GDP coming in ... ››› more
President Ramaphosa announced a late-night cabinet reshuffle that has seen some key Ministry replacements, notably the return of Nhlanhla Nene to the finance ministry and Pravin Gordhan as Public Enterprises Minster.
One of the most important legislative changes made in the past week was the increase in offshore allocation in Regulation 28. African focused investments are now limited to a max... ››› more
Last week, the market saw a strong bounce following Zuma's 'sudden' resignation after re-iterating he "hasn't found someone that can tell him what he has done wrong”.
Traders started to take profit on Friday, which will see the markets trend lower before the budget speech this week.
This sell off could be one of the last dips before a broader rally as President Ramaphosa tries to invig... ››› more
On Tuesday 13 February, the ANC held a press conference in which it officially recalled president Jacob Zuma.
The ANC National Executive Committee decided that Zuma, in the interest of the country and the ANC, should no longer be president of South Africa.
This doesn't mean Zuma is no longer president though…
The recall simply makes it public that the ANC leadership no longer wants Z... ››› more
The past two weeks have seen investors being spooked by a global selloff in stocks and bonds. This will be short lived and allows investors with fresh capital an opportunity to invest at lower levels.
The global market needs a healthy correction (around 15%) after volatility was at its lowest level in years and investor confidence in the market rising day after day was at record highs.
The... ››› more
In the race to the world's first public company worth a Trillion Dollars, Apple is closer than ever!
Between November and December 2017, the company hit $900 billion - nearing the Trillion dollar mark…
With the IPhone, IPod and IPad - Apple has managed to become the largest company in the world!
But new, research points to the EV revolution being MUCH bigger!
The fact is, Electri... ››› more
I'm sick of reading it. The number of indicators “at levels not seen since 2007” is piling up fast. Some are all-time records. While others are “at levels not seen since 2000.”
Just about all the measures signal we're in for a crash. In just about everything. Except for one asset class. More on that opportunity below.
But first, do warning signs necessarily mean you need to take cove... ››› more
February is the month most people focus on the budget speech. Some want to see how much more they will spend on alcohol and cigarettes while others focus on maximising their retirement savings.
You can save 27.5% of your total remuneration, limited to a maximum of R350,000 into a retirement product and significantly reduce your tax. Regularly saving for retirement is key to financial stability... ››› more
I can remember my honeymoon like yesterday.
We were crazy in love.
And for months afterward this euphoric phase continued.
I could make no mistake in her eyes, nor she in mine. Everything was perfect.
Then suddenly reality struck. Our first big fight after getting married.
And suddenly we realized being married is tough, and the good times go hand in hand with the tough ones…... ››› more
The International Monetary Fund has increased its global growth forecast to 3.9% for 2018 on the back of US Tax cuts that will most likely stimulate growth.
Typically, global growth above 3.5% is a strong catalyst for commodity price growth and emerging markets.
SA is still in a honeymoon phase after Ramaphosa's election. The Rand strength and other positive economic results have raised th... ››› more
In just a couple of days, around R183 billion was wiped off Steinhoff's market cap. The company's shares have lost over 80%. CEO Markus Jooste resigned with immediate effect.
Investors, asset managers and fund managers lost a fortune!
So what exactly happened?
"Steinhoff has involved itself in some shady dealings which involves accounting irregularities and overstating profits.”
... ››› more
As we head to the end of 2017, we are approaching the nine year anniversary of the current bull market. If nine years seems like a long time, you are correct: It is.
This is the second longest bull market in history and counting. Most stock indices are at all-time highs and many investors are currently sitting on massive gains in their portfolios.
At the same time risks are rising. We have... ››› more
According to a poll by Kantar Public, Cyril Ramaphosa's support as next ANC president rose to 43% in November from 36% in August. He is also leading the nominations, Ramaphosa has an over 500 branch lead. A lot can still happen in the next few weeks, so, watch this space. As the saying goes, plan for the worst, hope for the best.
Additional tail winds for a global rally is the traction being m... ››› more
On Friday 24 November S&P downgraded South Africa's long term local government bonds to junk rating.
The problem according to S&P is that government in recent years have focused merely on the distribution of income, instead of trying to grow our income…
“As a consequence, South Africa’s economy has stagnated and external competitiveness has eroded. We expect that offsetting fiscal m... ››› more
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