By now the story about the tensions in the Ukraine is old news.
But what's changing is the level of tension between Russia and the western world. You see, Russia's decision to ignore the US and Europe and occupy Crimea has seen these world superpowers bumping heads. Just last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia will be making a “grave mistake” if it doesn't halt provocation... ››› more
After staging a slight comeback earlier this year, the price of bullion is struggling. Rising tensions in Ukraine initially helped the gold price, but a stronger dollar is putting the pressure on its price. Not only that, a survey suggests the price of gold is set to fall further as demand for the yellow metal wanes. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with gold.
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Over the weekend, mounting tensions between Russia and Ukraine continued to dominate the news. By the time the markets opened yesterday morning, the yellow metal was itching to start climbing. As investors get worried over what's going to happen in Ukraine, they're turning to the safe haven status of gold. But gold isn't the only metal rising as a result of what's happening in Ukraine. Let's take ... ››› more
Over the weekend, reports emerged that petrol stations are changing the way they operate as the price of fuel continues to rocket. As motorists struggle to contend with the cost of fuel, it appears a rising number of motorists are driving away without paying for their fuel first. Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
Motorists are ask to pay up before filling up
Some petrol stations ... ››› more
If you're one of the investors still holding on to your shares in one of the big three platinum miners I feel for you…
AMCU is STILL striking for its massive wage increases at Anglo American Platinum, Lonmin and Impala Platinum…
In their latest update CEOs Chris Griffith, Terence Goodlace and Ben Magara said: “The extended strike on the platinum belt is unprecedented, and at a stage wh... ››› more
The price of silver has been ebbing since March last year. It's currently trading below $20. But silver is getting ready to rally. There are several forces at play that look set to drive the price higher. Silver looks set to trade at more than double its current price within two years. Let's take a closer look at the reasons why…
The four basic drivers of the silver price
These are the main... ››› more
Gold has struggled in the build up to today's release of US non-farm payrolls. Analysts view this jobs data as a major indicator of economic health in the US. There's a growing consensus that the US economy is recovering. This is denting demand for gold, seen as an investor safe haven. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the gold price…
The gold price is drifting lower
Early th... ››› more
Yesterday, South Africa's power utility Eskom announced that its electricity supplies are under severe strain. This on the day that its CEO Brian Dames stepped down from his position. This latest issue facing Eskom follows an incident with one of its boilers on Sunday. Let's take a closer look this latest incident…
A boiler incident knocks Eskom’s electricity supply
One of Eskom’s boile... ››› more
“China slowdown threatens global growth”
“China economy running out of steam”
“Chinese stocks fall on growth slump”
These are the headlines journalists have splashed across the media over the last few months. And they normally follow these up headlines with a story about how Chinese growth rates are slowing; and how this could spell economic disaster for China and the world. A... ››› more
On Friday, the Department of Energy announced its prices of fuel come the start of April. Once again, the petrol price is rising. But the hike is much less than seen in recent months. Motorists of diesel vehicles will see a slight respite. Let's take a closer look at what you can expect to pay at the pumps come Wednesday…
The price of petrol will increase slightly
At the end of last week, t... ››› more
After doing so well this year, this week has been awful for the yellow metal. It's down below $1,300 again. So what's had such a bad effect on the price of gold? And what's in store for the yellow metal? Let's take a closer look at what's going on with gold…
Chinese PMI knocked gold hard
On Monday, China’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to an eight month low of 48.1, Sean Brodric... ››› more
Yesterday, the Department of Energy said that as of next month it's scrapping one of its fuel levies. The department introduced the inland transport levy in 2009 to compensate companies for bringing fuel inland from the coast. Let's take a closer look at what this means for motorists…
The Department of Energy will scrap the levy on 2 April
Robert Maake, director of fuel pricing mechanisms a... ››› more
Earlier today, Eskom revealed that it had appointed an acting chief executive officer. This follows the resignation of current CEO Brian Dames. He's due to step down from his post on Monday. Let's take a closer look at the changes at the helm of Eskom…
Collin Matjila will take over from Brian Dames
The former chairman of the National Energy Regulator of SA, Collin Matjila, is set to take ov... ››› more
For nearly ten weeks, the top three platinum producers in South Africa have been dealing with wide spread strike action. With these producers accounting for 40% of global production, it's hardly surprising that the supply of platinum is under pressure. But that's only one reason why the price of platinum is getting ready to soar. Read on to uncover three other reasons contributing to a supply sque... ››› more
In an effort to secure a new aid package from the International Monetary Fund, domestic consumers in Ukraine will pay 50% more for gas come the start of May. The Ukrainian state energy company, Naftogaz made the announcement yesterday. Let's take a closer look at why the government is putting through such a high increase…
The price of gas must rise to meet demands by the IMF
Ukraine is desp... ››› more
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