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  • JSE hits all-time highs thanks to China - but can it keep it up?
  • Last week the JSE hit new all-time highs as fears of a severe Chinese slowdown diminished. This cause a rebound in all sectors but resources in particular benefitted. Let's look at why it happened and what we can expect from the market next week… The JSE resource sector has been trending lower for some time, but it’s exhibited rather extreme levels of volatility. As a whole, this sector has... ››› more
  • [16 August 2013]
  • Two forces that could send gold soaring again
  • It doesn't take much of a crystal ball to see how the US Federal Reserve has been playing with the markets for months. First they tell us stimulus will be wrapped up early. Then we're told they will extend it. Then they say it might wrap up early but if things continue looking like they do the Fed is ready to step in and INCREASE stimulus. In short this has seen the markets very uns... ››› more
  • [15 August 2013]
  • JSE hits a new high, spurred on by a rally in the gold miners
  • The JSE soared today as the gold miners rallied. This took the JSE to a new high. After a day off on Friday, the local bourse had a bit of catch up to do… Gold mining stocks saw a fantastic rally today, which saw the JSE “close at a record high,” reports BDLive. Demand from China for gold, a low gold price and “gold counters playing catch up after recent major losses” helped spur the J... ››› more
  • [12 August 2013]
  • How Africa can build your portfolio to heights you never imagined!
  • My dad is a civil engineer. For over 40 years he's been designing and building roads, bridges and pipelines all over the world. But recently his work has been of a very specific nature. He's been designing and overseeing construction of roads in various African countries. Not in major cities, but rather near developing mines. The reasoning behind this is a major factor in the developm... ››› more
  • [12 August 2013]
  • Nedbank and Bank of China join forces to boost trade and investment into Africa
  • Yesterday, Nedbank said that it had joined forces with the Bank of China to help trade and investment flow between China and Africa. Let's have a closer look at the agreement between the two banks… Nedbank has signed a “strategic business co-operation agreement with the world’s ninth-largest bank,” reports BDLive. This move cements the relationship between Nedbank and the Bank of China (... ››› more
  • [07 August 2013]
  • HSBC disappoints the market as profits come in less than expected
  • Yesterday, global banking giant HSBC posted its interim results. But the results were short of analyst expectations. This led to losses in its share price. Let's have a closer look at what the results revealed… British bank, HSBC, announced its half year results yesterday. The bank said its net profits rose by 22%, reports IOL. This is down to “lower costs and falling bad debt charges”.... ››› more
  • [06 August 2013]
  • The Kiwi dollar falls as top dairy product exporter causes panic with botulism scare
  • The world's largest exporter of dairy products, Fonterra, caused panic after it revealed some of its products were contaminated. The New Zealand-based company's news led the Kiwi dollar to drop in value as word hit the markets. Let's have a look at what is going on… Earlier today, Fonterra apologised “for a milk powder contamination scare in China,” reports Fin24. The scare could have majo... ››› more
  • [05 August 2013]
  • A bumper day on the JSE
  • The JSE soared today, nearly closing at a new all-time high. It seems the deluge of positive data at home and abroad has helped the local bourse. Read on to find out what's going on… The first day of August set off on the right foot for the JSE. After better than expected data came out of the US and China, the JSE has a good day, notes BDLive. “Global optimism” is on the up. Ryan Wib... ››› more
  • [01 August 2013]
  • Investors hold their breath as world markets await economic data
  • Last week was a volatile one for the global markets with significant moves, both up and down. However, there was little overall direction in the market, despite interesting releases out of China, most notably the HSBC China PMI. Here's what happened and what you can expect from next week's economic data… Last week's HSBC China PMI figure came in lower than expected. This reinforced ... ››› more
  • [26 July 2013]
  • The JSE responds positively as Chinese GDP for the second quarter wasn't as bad as expected
  • Earlier today, China released its GDP figures for April to June. Investors were worried about how bad the data could be, and whilst not great, the data was in line with expectations. Read on to find out what the latest Chinese data shows and what it means for the JSE… For the second quarter of 2013, China’s “economic growth slowed,” reports the BBC. This marks the second quarter in a row... ››› more
  • [15 July 2013]
  • China continues to feel the squeeze
  • After yesterday's massacre on the Chinese markets, today didn't start off much better. Worries over the China's central bank tightening credit have led to panic. And all that after the Fed's announcement last week about reducing and eventually stopping its stimulus programme… Today, Chinese stocks touched “a four and a half-year low,” reports the BBC “amid persistent concerns over the go... ››› more
  • [25 June 2013]
  • Market fears leave the JSE decimated
  • What a rough start to the week. Bad news emulating from China about its credit squeeze and the ‘old' news about the Fed plans to stop its stimulus package have unsettled the markets. Investors continue to take their money from emerging markets and run. It's not looking good… Global markets continue to try to come to terms with the US Federal Reserve’s decision last Wednesday. The Fed plans... ››› more
  • [24 June 2013]
  • Chinese stocks plunge - dragging Asia with it!
  • Following data released last week that showed manufacturing activity shrank and with the Fed's news that it won't continue to prop up its economy with its stimulus programme much longer, China was feeling the squeeze. Initially, local expectations appeared to assume that the Chinese government would intervene with its own stimulus measures. But it's made it clear that won't happen… Markets the... ››› more
  • [24 June 2013]
  • Russian oil giant's $270 billion deal to double supply to China
  • With China sucking up natural resources at a rate of knots, it's not surprising that the country wants to ensure oil supplies into the future. In a deal announced today, Russian oil company Rosneft has signed up to double the amount of oil it sells to China. Let's have a look at what the deal entails… In an enormous supply deal “Russia’s Rosneft agreed to double oil supplies to China, in a... ››› more
  • [21 June 2013]
  • Chinese manufacturing activity contracts: How much more bad news can the markets handle?
  • The Fed's announcement last night sent the markets into a spin, but now China is showing more signs of strain and this sent the JSE spiralling further south. Let's have a look at what's going on… Global markets were feeling the heat today following last night’s announcement from the US Federal Reserve (Fed). Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Fed, announced that the US would be stepping down its ... ››› more
  • [20 June 2013]
  • The rand's woes continue - the mass exodus from emerging markets bites
  • The week got off to a bad start for the stricken rand. And this trend looks set to continue today. Now, more bad news for the weak rand has sent it even lower… Yesterday saw worse than expected data emerging from China resulting in the rand tumbling against the dollar. The news that China’s industrial production was worse than forecast left investors continuing to bail out from commodity ... ››› more
  • [11 June 2013]
  • Monday morning misery: The weak rand's slide continues…
  • Just when we thought that the rand was finding its feet, Monday brought with it another day of currency devastation. The rand fell over 2% against the greenback this morning. Read on to find out what's behind the latest fall of the already weak rand… Just when we thought we had seen the worse the rand had to throw at us, Monday morning happened. Thanks to news coming out of China, commodity... ››› more
  • [10 June 2013]
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