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  • In the face of uncertainty Greece surprises by growing its economy 0.8%
  • Earlier today, Greece surprised the markets by posting economic growth of 0.8% for the second quarter of this year. Analysts expected a contraction in economic growth over the period. Let's take a closer look… Greece reports economic growth against the odds The Greek “economy unexpectedly returned to growth in the second quarter despite political turmoil” and the chance of an ... ››› more
  • [13 August 2015]
  • South Africans will have to put up with load shedding until 2017
  • As 2015 continues, South Africans have had to contend with more than their fair share of load shedding. Whilst Eskom battles to get on top of its maintenance programme and bring new power plants online, power cuts have become an unsavoury normality. And it's not going to end anytime soon. Let's take a closer look… South Africans will have to contend with load shedding for another... ››› more
  • [07 August 2015]
  • Business confidence edges slightly higher in July
  • Earlier today, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) released its business confidence data for July. The business confidence index recovered from lows not seen since 1999. So what's behind the small rise? And how can business confidence improve going forward? Let's take a closer look… Business confidence rose to 87.9 The business confidence index (BCI) came... ››› more
  • [05 August 2015]
  • Prepare for cheaper fuel at the pumps tomorrow
  • From midnight, a fall in the price of petrol will offset the hike seen at the beginning of July. International oil prices have helped to lower the cost of petrol in spite of the rand's weakening trend. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The petrol price is falling more than forecast Two weeks ago, data released by the Central Energy Fund suggested that a petrol price dro... ››› more
  • [04 August 2015]
  • The impact of inflation on the stock market
  • Whilst Europe and the UK face deflation, South Africa is contending once again with rising inflation. So what impact does inflation have on the stock market and shares? And what about the effect of hyperinflation on stocks? Read on to find out more… The two main effects of inflation on the stock market Inflation can impact the stock market in two main ways… The first i... ››› more
  • [03 August 2015]
  • Consumer inflation nudges slightly higher, but less than forecast
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its consumer inflation data for last month. Whilst the key economic indicator came in marginally higher than May, it was much lower than economists expected. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Consumer inflation hit 4.7% in June Stats SA announced that the consumer price index came in at 4.7% for June, reports Fin24. This is 0.1% ... ››› more
  • [22 July 2015]
  • The Reserve Bank will reveal its decision on interest rates tomorrow…
  • The South African Reserve Bank's monetary policy committee is in the midst of a meeting. Tomorrow South Africans will find out whether the central bank is hiking interest rates. With inflation creeping higher, it looks like the chances of a hike are increasing. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The Reserve Bank has indicated raising interest rates is a possibility The R... ››› more
  • [22 July 2015]
  • The South African economy takes another blow as tourism dips
  • Yesterday saw the release of the latest South African Tourism Business Index. The index showed a stark drop in tourism over the second quarter of the year. Taking the blame for the drop in the index are new visa restrictions along with a number of other factors. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… South Africa tourism hits a four year low The latest Tourism Business Index... ››› more
  • [21 July 2015]
  • Could the petrol price be set to fall at the beginning of August?
  • The oil price has come down over the month so far. This is raising hopes that the petrol price will follow after hikes over the past few months. But the Automobile Association (AA) warns against motorists pinning hopes on the petrol price coming down as the rand continues to trade at weak levels against the dollar. Let's take a closer look at what could lie in store for the price of petrol a... ››› more
  • [21 July 2015]
  • Greece agrees to a new bailout deal after teetering on the brink of bankruptcy
  • Following overnight talks, Greece has reached a deal with its creditors. This follows Greece missing a multibillion euro payment to the International Monetary Fund two weeks ago. This led the country to close its banks and to impose strict controls on bank withdrawals. So what does the new bailout deal entail? And will Greece remain in the Eurozone? Let's take a closer look… Gree... ››› more
  • [13 July 2015]
  • Business confidence continues to slide
  • Earlier today, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) released its business confidence data. The index revealed a hefty slide since last month. This takes business confidence down to levels not seen since 1999. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The business confidence index fell to 84.6 points The business confidence index slid “to 84.6 points ... ››› more
  • [07 July 2015]
  • Markets slide after Greece votes ‘no' to a bailout
  • Yesterday, the people of Greece voted in a referendum to determine whether or not the country should accept the current bailout offer. The resounding ‘no' by the Greek people led the country's finance minister to step down from his position. Markets are opening down on the news. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Greece’s finance minister steps down following the ‘... ››› more
  • [06 July 2015]
  • The energy regulator vetoes Eskom's bid to raise tariffs
  • Yesterday, the National Energy Regulator of SA (NERSA) announced it was rejecting Eskom's application to raise tariffs. Not surprisingly, many have welcomed the regulator's decision. Let's take a closer look at the reasons why NERSA rejected the application… NERSA weren’t happy about a number of aspects in Eskom’s application NERSA says that Eskom didn’t show “the savings ... ››› more
  • [30 June 2015]
  • Markets are under pressure as Greece shuts banks and its stock market as default looms
  • Financial markets are feeling the pressure today as the Greek government announced its decision to close banks and instil capital controls until next Monday. The Greek government has taken this move as the country will vote in a referendum on 5 July. Greece is on the verge of defaulting on a loan to the International Monetary Fund tomorrow. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… ... ››› more
  • [29 June 2015]

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