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  • 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]
  • Forex trend alert: China's redback is starting to overtake the US greenback!
  • Until 2009, payments between Chinese companies and their foreign partners were usually conducted in US dollars or euros. Then Beijing set in motion a series of reforms to facilitate the use of the renminbi (also known as the redback) in cross-border trade settlements to improve investment flows into the country. By doing this, China's leapfrogged Japan to become the second largest economy in the w... ››› more
  • [09 May 2013]
  • Invest in wine before China snatches up all the available supply!
  • If you've recently discovered a new favourite wine, best you snatch up all available bottles of it! And you better do it fast, because wine sales are on the rise globally and vineyards can only produce so much. In fact, certain vineyards aren't allowed to exceed production limits of just 200 bottles per year. This means there's a chance your favourite wine will be sold out before you even have a c... ››› more
  • [25 April 2013]
  • China's latest currency move shows where you should invest next…
  • The Western world is slowly but surely being replaced by fresher economic super powers from the East. Take China, for example. Like most of the world, it was badly hit by the economic recession. Now, it's bounced back to such an extent that it's one of the countries with the most available capital to invest around the world. Luckily, you can profit from this with this easy way to invest in China..... ››› more
  • [09 April 2013]
  • The real reason why this top local resource sector is a no-go investment zone for now
  • One of the highlights from new Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to South Africa this week is that South Africa and China's Chery Holdings are now in a multibillion dollar port deal for Richards Bay. This is set to strengthen the economy as China continues to export our resources like coal and iron as fast as it can. But that doesn't mean you should be piling into these to resources just yet…... ››› more
  • [28 March 2013]
  • Don't let currency wars get you down - use an ETN to invest in emerging market superpowers!
  • Investors are bored with the West's constant currency wars and they're looking for a new direction. And China and Brazil are leading the way. At this week's BRICS Summit, they signed an agreement to move their trade exchanges out of the US dollar zone. The best part? You can profit from these emerging market superpowers with minimal risk through an ETN! Want proof that you should be investing i... ››› more
  • [28 March 2013]
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