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  • The Ramaphoria optimism has not resulted in any tangible results in Q1
  • Q1 GDP coming out at -2.2%, the worst since Q1 2009, reflects that the Ramaphoria optimism has not resulted in any tangible results and likely kept investors complacent. The rand strength is hard to explain and perhaps it will weaken while investors and portfolio managers digest the impact of these GDP figures on their investments. Look to pick up the quality rand hedges that have been sol... ››› more
  • [05 June 2018]
  • The fastest growing investment sectors in South Africa - and where I'm putting my money
  • Over the past three years, the JSE's Financial index would've made you around 7%. The JSE's Industrial's index would've returned around 27%, and had you invested in the Resources Index, you'd have lost a whopping 38% over the same period. Clearly, you need to pay attention to where you're investing if you want to make money in today's tough market. So, as we're heading into the last qu... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • Pravin Gordhan believes South Africa will dodge another recession
  • So far this year, you've heard the word recession a lot. It's a real threat to the economy right now. The third quarter of 2015 saw 0.7% gross domestic product (GDP) growth - the fourth quarter saw 0.6% GDP growth. Results of the first quarter of 2016 shows the economy contracted 1.2%. Economists expected the economy to contract only 0.1%, which leads me to believe that nobody really knows... ››› more
  • [28 July 2016]
  • SA avoids recession as GDP rises over the third quarter
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for the three months to the end of September. This comes after two quarters of negative growth this year. Let's take a closer look at what the data shows… GDP rises 0.7% from July to September   GDP rose by 0.7% in the third quarter of the year in comparison to the second quarter when the economy contract... ››› more
  • [24 November 2015]
  • Stocks rally and oil soars over 9% as US economic growth beat expectations
  • Yesterday afternoon, the US Commerce Department revealed that the US economy has grown over 1% more than first thought during the second quarter of this year. This led to stocks rallying in Europe and the US, and the oil price going through the roof. The upbeat data could give the US Federal Reserve enough reason to hike interest rates this year. Let's take a closer look… US GDP c... ››› more
  • [28 August 2015]
  • GDP comes in far worse than expected signalling trouble for the SA economy
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for the second quarter of the year. The data surprised showing a sharp contraction despite economists expecting the economy to have grown during the three months. So what's to blame for the slump? Read on to find out more… The South African economy contracts 1.3% GDP data showed that the “economy contracte... ››› more
  • [25 August 2015]
  • GDP growth falters as load shedding takes its toll
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for the first three months of this year. The data reflected the impact of load shedding on the country's economy and the effects of recent droughts. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Economic growth falls sharply in the first quarter of 2015 Stats SA says GDP data indicated “the economy expa... ››› more
  • [26 May 2015]
  • Economic growth takes an unexpected jump higher
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for the final quarter of last year and 2014 as a whole. Economic growth for the last three months of last year beat market expectations. Yet, for the whole year, growth was disappointing. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed and what could lie in store this year… GDP for the fourth quarter of 2014 wa... ››› more
  • [24 February 2015]
  • The rand weakens ahead of a jam-packed week of economic data releases
  • This morning, the rand has succumbed to pressure as a week of data releases and the Budget looms. This week sees the release of GDP data, trade data and producer inflation. And the market is waiting to see what the finance minister reveals in this year's Budget on Wednesday. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand softens against the greenback The rand is weaker agai... ››› more
  • [23 February 2015]
  • Economic growth in the US hits a high not seen for over a decade
  • This afternoon, the US Commerce Department revealed that gross domestic product (GDP) rose to an 11-year high. Boosting the rate of economic growth was an increase in spending by consumers and businesses. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… US economic growth jumped higher in the third quarter From July to September, economic growth in the US rose 1.1% in compariso... ››› more
  • [23 December 2014]
  • US economic growth beats forecasts, rising to nearly 4%...
  • Yesterday, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis released some unexpected news. The US's rate of economic growth came out better than estimates. The third quarter's GDP figure along with its second quarter counterpart shows the best growth in ten years. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… GDP rose 3.9% Economic growth in the US came out “stronger than initially expected”... ››› more
  • [26 November 2014]
  • South Africa's economy grows 1.4% in the third quarter
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for July to September. The measure of economic growth came in slightly less than economists had forecast. The local currency weakened on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed… GDP fell slightly below expectations On an annualised basis, GDP grew “1.4% quarter-on-quarter,” reports Fin... ››› more
  • [25 November 2014]
  • The rand pushes below 11/$ in the run up to release of GDP data tomorrow
  • The rand kicked off the week slightly firmer against the dollar. Traders will have their eyes firmly focused on the release of gross domestic product (GDP) data coming out tomorrow. This will show how South Africa's economy performed over the third quarter of the year. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the rand… The rand is trading firmer against the greenback Th... ››› more
  • [24 November 2014]
  • Why you need to watch out for these two crucial fundamental factors when you trade forex
  • In terms of strategies for trading forex, technical indicators have a good degree of success. But there are some fundamental factors that you need to keep an eye on. Ignore these at your peril. They have the potential to move the forex market as they can have a big impact on their release. So what are these big market movers? Let's take a closer look… Watch out for these two funda... ››› more
  • [30 September 2014]
  • The JSE responded higher to positive economic growth and rumours of more stimulus
  • Yesterday morning, stocks on the local bourse waited for some direction, before the release of economic growth figures for the second quarter. After worries about a recession, growth was positive. Later in the day, speculation that the European Central Bank would provide more stimulus led the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and markets round the world higher. Let's take a closer look at what... ››› more
  • [27 August 2014]
  • The rand strengthens slightly on positive economic growth data
  • Yesterday, the local currency strengthened very slightly against the dollar. This follows the release of local economic growth data covering the second quarter of the year. But the rand has been trading in a tight range. What could be in store for the currency? Let's take a closer look… The rand pulled back before the release of GDP figures On Monday, the rand weakened slightly in... ››› more
  • [27 August 2014]
  • A weaker dollar helps the rand gain
  • Yesterday, it emerged that economic growth in the US fell sharply for the first quarter. This resulted in the dollar losing ground, which has benefitted the rand. Also buoying the rand was the end of the lengthy platinum sector strike. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the rand… US GDP fell nearly 3% from January to March Data released yesterday in the US showed that “the wo... ››› more
  • [26 June 2014]
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