Inflation

  • What my mother taught me about retiring wealthy
  • I probably learned more from my mother's retirement experience than anyone else's. When she retired, she wanted security, lived austerely, but had no idea whatsoever of enhancing value. And therein lay the disaster. My mother sold her home, moved into a seemingly more secure rented complex, and placed all financial resources into a low interest bearing building society account in an extremely h... ››› more
  • [14 August 2017]
  • Is the Proverbial Christmas Market Rally likely to happen this year?
  • In the past 24 months the JSE All share index has been unable to lift itself out of its sideways channel. In the last two years it only managed to deliver a 1% move for investors. The trading environment in the local market has been tough to say the least. There has been a slew of socio-political upheavals, both internationally and locally, that have negatively affected the market. With j... ››› more
  • [29 November 2016]
  • Can the SA economy or your pocket handle another increase in maize prices?
  • The drought that's battering Southern Africa right now is going to wreak havoc on your pockets in the near future. South African corn farmers are expected to produce the lowest maize produce in 8 years. The last time production numbers were this low was in 2008. The numbers are concerning and it seems that South Africa will have to drastically increase the amount of maize it imports to 3.8... ››› more
  • [13 July 2016]
  • Get your budget ready for another Eskom price hike
  • If you're celebrating that we're almost through winter and had no load-shedding, I have some bad news for you. You and I might have had an “uninterrupted” power supply this winter but it's going to cost our pockets, big time! According to an article in the City Press newspaper this weekend, “The economy is set for a shock from the combined blows of Eskom's move to hike the cost of tw... ››› more
  • [12 July 2016]
  • Don't make these three fatal mistakes with a Tax-Free Savings Account
  • Just imagine the shock I got when I read that, “59% of TFSAs have been opened at banks, and the majority of investments are in cash.” Really? Cash investments? That really worries me. Think about this… Investing in a tax-free deposit account from the major South African banks will give a return between 6%-8%. But consider that inflation is sitting at 6.1% and not going to stop th... ››› more
  • [11 July 2016]
  • South Africa will know its ratings fate on Friday - Here's what it means for you
  • Standard & Poor's and Fitch ratings agencies is expected to give their verdict on the country's rating by the end of this week. The financial analysts at FSPInvest believe that a downgrade to junk status is inevitable. Even if this doesn't happen this month, it will happen before the end of 2016. Here's what will happen to the economy and your investment portfolio if the downgrade does happ... ››› more
  • [01 June 2016]
  • Why you should use this interest rate pause to boost your financial situation
  • Since the South African reserve bank decided not to increase interest rates again, you have a brief moment of relief to make sure that you get your financial house in order before the next rate hike. Now is the time to be more frugal with your money. It's not the time to make more debt or increase your spending. The challenges for consumers in 2016 are far from over. No one know if the reserve... ››› more
  • [20 May 2016]
  • Boost your retirement investment income the low risk way
  • So, you think that during retirement you can rely on your investment income to keep you going. Well, what if you find yourself dipping into your actual investment capital to make ends meet? The danger is, each time you take cash from your investments, there's less capital invested to generate income. That's why today, I want to show you how an ultra-low risk investment to help you generate... ››› more
  • [06 May 2016]
  • Producer inflation jumps higher as food prices rise
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its producer inflation data for October. The data showed that the rise was mostly due to climbing food prices. This data could indicate that a jump higher in consumer inflation could be on the cards. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Producer inflation rises to 4.2%   Producer inflation, as measured by the producer price ind... ››› more
  • [26 November 2015]
  • Retail sales remain subdued as consumers continue to struggle
  • Today, Stats SA released its retail sales data for September. Growth in sales fell. With consumers feeling the strain, this data may provide further reason for the Reserve Bank to keep interest rates unchanged tomorrow. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Retail sales dipped in September   Stats SA reported that retail sales growth fell to 2.7% in September, ... ››› more
  • [18 November 2015]
  • Consumer inflation ticks higher in line with expectations
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its consumer inflation data for October, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI). Over the period, inflation rose slightly. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Consumer inflation comes in at 4.7% for October   On a year-on-year basis, consumer inflation rose 0.1% from September to 4.7% in October, reports Fin24. On a mon... ››› more
  • [18 November 2015]
  • The rand waits for the next telling bit of economic data out of the US…
  • After weakening to a new low against the dollar yesterday, this morning the rand picked up slightly. But the local currency is waiting for the release of inflation data from the US later today. This could give further clues as to whether the US Federal Reserve will hike rates next month. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Traders are focusing on what’s going to happen wi... ››› more
  • [17 November 2015]
  • The weak rand and drought are bad news for food prices
  • The rand has continued weaker this year. While this in itself has inflationary consequences, it could get worse for consumers. This as the drought affecting much of the country means food prices are set to rise and importing food will be more expensive because of the weak currency. Let's take a closer look… Food imports mean rising food prices   Grain SA has warned that food... ››› more
  • [12 November 2015]
  • Producer inflation rises on the back of higher food prices
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its producer inflation figures for September. The data showed a slight rise in the key economic indicator compared to the same period last year. Yet lower fuel prices helped to offset a larger rise. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Producer inflation rose to 3.6% Producer inflation, as measured by the producer price index (PPI... ››› more
  • [29 October 2015]
  • What Nene revealed in his medium-term budget
  • Today saw finance minister Nhlanhla Nene give his medium-term budget. Whilst he didn't drop in any surprises, he did say that the Treasury would be looking at ways to increase tax revenues. Let's take a closer look… South African economic growth should start rising next year Last year, the Treasury introduced a number of austerity measures to cut back spending, reports Fin24. Nene... ››› more
  • [21 October 2015]
  • No change to consumer inflation in September
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its consumer inflation data for last month. The key economic indicator, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI), showed no change from August. Let's take a closer look… Consumer inflation remains at 4.6% South Africa’s rate of consumer inflation remained unchanged at 4.6% last month on a year-on-year basis, reports IOL. But looking at the ... ››› more
  • [21 October 2015]
  • The rand has R13 to the dollar in its sights
  • Yesterday, the rand came incredibly close to trading under R13 to the dollar. But data out of the US put an end to the currency's rally. So could the rand break through the key level today? Let's take a closer look… Better US consumer inflation data ended the rand’s rally This morning, the rand “ended a recent rally after stronger than expected US inflation data lifted the dol... ››› more
  • [16 October 2015]
  • A weaker dollar is music to the rand's ears
  • The dollar has taken a turn weaker as there is a growing belief that the US Federal Reserve won't raise interest rates this year. This has been good news for emerging market currencies, including the rand, and stocks. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is rallying stronger Yesterday, the rand gained the most “in almost a week” after feeling the pressure on T... ››› more
  • [15 October 2015]
  • The release of the Fed's minutes is good news for the rand
  • The rand is hovering close to its best levels in a few weeks as the dollar trades weaker. This latest improvement in the rand and decline in the dollar is thanks to the release of the minutes from the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand hit a near three week high This morning, the rand managed to trade as strong as R1... ››› more
  • [09 October 2015]
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