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  • The JSE stumbles after the release of poor data from China
  • Friday saw the Johannesburg Stock Exchange bring to an end its superb run. The local bourse fell following the release of poor manufacturing data from China for last month. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE on Friday… On Friday, the JSE closed lower following a fall in Asian markets earlier in the day, reports BDLive. This was due to the release of “disappointing purchasin... ››› more
  • [06 January 2014]
  • Is the gold market about to turn?
  • There's something not quite right in the official gold demand numbers. Reuters recently analysed global trade data and concluded that Shanghai received 133 tonnes this year. If we add that to the Hong Kong imports we arrive at 989 tonnes. But as you're about to see, even that still significantly understates the real numbers. Read on to discover if the gold market is about to turn… To try and u... ››› more
  • [10 December 2013]
  • Despite a China driven bull market, you DON'T want to buy these companies. Here's why…
  • “Iron ore rallying as cargoes to China reach record” This was a headline on Bloomberg yesterday. Now on your first look at this headline, you may think that now's a good time to buy into iron ore miners. After all, if the industrial metal's price is rallying, then miners should make more profit right? Well today I'm telling you, this rally in iron ore prices will be short lived. And ... ››› more
  • [12 November 2013]
  • Before you ditch your gold, you need to read this
  • The price of gold hasn't been looking too good for the last few months. Gold miners have been struggling and mines have been closing down. Vicious labour strikes have been making gold mining a risky and uneconomical endeavour. With all that going on, many investors are considering getting rid of their gold. Before you do, there is one thing you need to know... Find & Follow me... ››› more
  • [29 October 2013]
  • The JSE closes on an even keel
  • After a tremendous run recently, then a major fall yesterday, the JSE ended flat today. But technical indicators suggest that the local bourse may still be in overbought territory. Let's take a closer look at the day on the JSE… The JSE “ended a see-saw session flat,” says IOL. MTN was one of the biggest movers down after the wireless operator “cut its full year target for new subscriber... ››› more
  • [24 October 2013]
  • Why China won't dump US debt
  • Washington's debt-default crisis gave China the perfect opportunity to taunt the US government, and the Chinese took it. Could China bring the United States to its knees without ever setting foot there, just by virtue of its ownership of more than $1.27 trillion in its debt? No. It's all smoke. Read on to find out why China won't dump US debt... Economically, the Chinese are too far in bed with ... ››› more
  • [22 October 2013]
  • How to protect yourself against the demise of the dollar
  • The US dollar is the world's reserve currency. So the risk that the United States could default on its debt obligations alarmed the global financial system. And this could happen again at the turn of the year when the debt ceiling will be hit again. Let's take a closer look at how to protect yourself against the demise of the dollar... The partial shutdown of the US government will have made cou... ››› more
  • [21 October 2013]
  • China's GDP rises for the first time in nine months
  • Earlier today, China's National Bureau of Statistics released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for the third quarter of this year. That's the period of July to September. There was some hopeful news for commodities, industrial output was up. Asian stock markets lifted on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed... Economic growth in China showed “the first rise in thre... ››› more
  • [18 October 2013]
  • Beware China's devious plans to manipulate the price of this resource
  • On the 24th of September, China made an announcement that saw the share price of an obscure miner, Avalon Rare Metals (TSX: AVL), listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange shoot up 11% overnight. And not only this one company's price spiked—the many shares in its sector did… Now investors are rushing in to try and make a profit from the change in the outlook of a previously unprofitable industr... ››› more
  • [08 October 2013]
  • Big dip: What did the US government do to gold prices?
  • The US government is in crisis. After all, the government failed to pass a continuing resolution to fund government operations on Monday. The US dollar fell. But many traders are wondering: "If it's such a crisis, why isn't gold doing better?" The last time we had this scenario, in December 1995, gold moved higher. But this time, gold tanked. Let's have a closer look at what's going on with the go... ››› more
  • [04 October 2013]
  • PMI slumps in September as strikes take their toll
  • The Kagiso Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell sharply for the month of September. This sees the index at its lowest level for eight months. Strikes have had a severe affect. Let's have a closer look at what the data reveals… South Africa’s PMI “fell to an eight month low” last month, says IOL. The strike in the “auto sector” is having a negative impact on “new sales orders”. T... ››› more
  • [01 October 2013]
  • The ins and outs of commodities
  • Buy ‘real' assets. This is an argument you'll often hear these days. With governments around the world printing money, there will be a lot more paper money than ‘stuff' in the world. So the ‘stuff' will only become more valuable. For investors, one very important category of ‘real stuff' is commodities. Read on to uncover the ins and out of commodities… The big, big commodity that’s ... ››› more
  • [25 September 2013]
  • The 2 drivers that will help slingshot gold to $2,000 and beyond
  • This year, the gold price has taken a battering and is out of favour. But over the next 12 months and beyond, the gold price looks set to soar much higher again. Let's take a look at two drivers that will help slingshot gold to $2,000 and beyond… It's time to invest in gold. The price of bullion looks set to soar, explains the US Money Morning’s team of experts... The following two dr... ››› more
  • [13 September 2013]
  • Richemont's share price slides nearly 2% on slowing sales
  • Earlier today, Richemont announced its sales figures for the five months to end of August. And the figures showed that the company is feeling the strain of weaker demand in China. Let's take a closer look at what the sales figures revealed… With the company’s AGM taking place in Geneva earlier today, Richemont released its sales figures for the five months to the end of August before the mee... ››› more
  • [12 September 2013]
  • Why you shouldn't listen to the tabloids when it comes to China
  • The media is wrong about China. You see, the media constantly reminds us that China is in the midst of a dangerous banking crisis. If they had their way, this would make you afraid for your portfolio and worry that it is suddenly going to go bust... Taking the rest of the world with it and sinking your investments. It's likely this is a load of twaddle. Here's why.   Is this... ››› more
  • [09 September 2013]
  • BHP Billiton's profits drop nearly 7%
  • Earlier today, BHP Billiton released its results for January to June. The company saw profits drop. Let's have a closer look at what's weighing on BHP Billiton… The world’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton, saw a “6.9% drop in second-half profit,” reports IOL. This was due to slower growth in emerging economies and a drop in metal prices. Profits fell to $6.7 billion for the perio... ››› more
  • [20 August 2013]
  • The spotlight is on JPMorgan as the US investigates corruption in China
  • It emerged over the weekend that JPMorgan are part of an investigation by the US into corruption in China. Let's have a closer look at what's going on… The spotlight is on JPMorgan for its “hiring practices in China,” reports Fin24. And rival banks will be “scrambling to review their records” to make sure they’re not next in line for investigation. In China, “ties to political a... ››› more
  • [19 August 2013]
  • It's been a stellar week for gold
  • The gold price has rallied this week. This has helped the JSE to record levels. But why this sudden turnaround in the price of the yellow metal? Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Earlier today, gold hit “fresh two-month highs,” reports Fin24. A flurry of “buying from China and short covering after breaking through key technical levels” has pushed the yellow metal “to its b... ››› more
  • [16 August 2013]
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