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1999 - The Euro came into existence in January which was the goal of the European Union and its predecessors since the 1960s.
Initially there was a negative reaction as the Euro fell below parity (1:1) with the US Dollar for the first time.
After, the dust settled and the EU was finding its feet with regulations, treaties and legislations, the E... ››› more
After much anticipation, the European Central Bank finally announced its plans to inject billions of euros into its floundering economy.
The Eurozone's economy hasn't recovered since the financial crisis in 2008. The ECB also decided to keep interest rates at a mere 0.5%.
Let's take a closer look…
The ECB keeps rates on hold
Today, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it... ››› more
The rand is holding its ground as markets around the world wait to hear the outcome of the European Central Bank's meeting.
Analysts expect the bank to announce a massive quantitative easing programme. But the news will only come out later today.
So if the European Central Bank launches a new stimulus programme, what effect will it have on the rand?
Let's take a closer look…
The r... ››› more
The gold price has been climbing higher and today touched levels not seen for nearly five-months.
This is thanks in part to the decision by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to cut its global economic growth forecasts for this year and next.
Also helping take the yellow metal higher are concerns over the state of the European economy. Speculation is growing over whether the European Cent... ››› more
Most people have heard the story of the little Dutch boy who stuck his finger into a hole in the dyke and saved his town from flooding.
Well, Mario Draghi, the Head of the European Central Bank has been that boy holding back the flood.
You see, for five years, he's held out and managed to avoid quantitative easing (QE).
He's negotiated inter-bank lending structures… He's seen off the G... ››› more
When the financial crisis struck, many investors dumped their shares and ran. One asset class that benefited was bonds. Investors looking for a safer home for their money invested in them. And the action of central banks around the world also helped the bonds market. Let's take a closer look at how bonds work and if you should invest in bonds…
After the financial crisis hit in 2007, central ba... ››› more
The growing popularity of Bitcoin has certainly brought the use of virtual currencies into the public realm. Even the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, said that Bitcoin “may hold long-term promise”. Acceptance of using Bitcoin for payments is still in its infancy, but it's growing in spite of some governments trying to block its use. But could a better virtual currency ... ››› more
I've been a stock market freak for the better part of a decade.
It's both my passion and career to find the best investment opportunities all over the world.
One thing I've learnt over the years is the best investment gains often come from stocks when they're hated by the market.
In 2008, when stocks were at their worst, many of the best companies in the world were trading at prices that ... ››› more
The general consensus was that South Africa's current account deficit was going to widen, adding to SA economic woes. But the market was surprised with the South African Reserve Bank's announcement this morning that the current deficit had in fact narrowed. And this led to a nice bounce in the rand…
To the relief of the markets this morning, “South Africa's current account deficit unexpe... ››› more
Tonight, Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the US Federal Bank (Fed) will announce the outcome of its two day meeting. As the tension builds in the lead up to this announcement, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has warned that the announcement may hit South African markets hard…
Yesterday, Gordhan cautioned the National Assembly during a debate on the 2013 Appropriation Bill, that “revenue outlook co... ››› more
Over the last few days, the stock market's been incredibly volatile. The reason? The main driver behind volatility has been speculation that we may see an end to quantitative easing (QE) from the US Federal Reserve in the coming days. But why would the FED consider an end to QE now?
The reason is quite simple.
The US economy has begun to recover and it may no longer require the extraordinar... ››› more
Property shares have just lost 6% in two days. This caused many investors to panic that the golden days of listed property investments are over. Don't listen to the naysayers - they've just been spooked into selling their stocks. Here's what really happened.
Listed property has been South Africa's best domestic asset class for the past five years because its annualised returns have ... ››› more
It's all about money. Around the world, cheap, copper-plated coins are on the way out and quantitative easing is flooding the markets with paper currency. While this is intended to stimulate the global economy, it's also a good thing if you're an investor - especially if you're investing in gold…
South Africa’s 5c coin was discontinued in April 2012, Fin24 reports.
And eve... ››› more
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