SA's in a recession. The first quarter of 2020 saw a 2% decline in GDP. The SA Reserve Bank expects the second quarter to show a whopping 32.6% decline in GDP.
This is a full blown recession, and to try and cushion the blow we're now seeing the lowest interest rates in SA's history.
The prime interest rate is at a mere 7.25% compared to 10% at the end of 2019. That means a repayment on a R... ››› more
The final theme in our 6-part series is Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals.
While the global pandemic seems to be “under control” and vaccine trials on the go, there's a continued focus on healthcare, hospitals and medication. These form part of a defensive sector that is generally less cyclical.
In preparation for an increase in Covid-19 patients the healthcare sector ramped up medical e... ››› more
This week we reveal the second last theme in our 6-part series set to perform in the new economic reality, which will evolve as global economies open and start recovering post Covid 19 lockdowns.
Part 5 - Precious Metals:
Precious metals provide diversification that protects your portfolio in bad times. But can also benefit in the good times. Investing in the physical... ››› more
This week we follow on with two more investment themes set to perform in the new economic reality, which will evolve post Covid 19 lockdowns.
• Alcohol & Tobacco
These are seen as defensive sectors and have been known to perform better than food in times of recession. The relaxation of alcohol sales by some countries in the SADC region from the beginning of June should see s... ››› more
During this lockdown period I've been unwilling to even go to the shops.
Not that I'm that scared of social contact - but I don't like dealing with road blocks. I've just heard too many stories of police brutality.
So, I've been looking at every way to reduce my need to drive about.
My butcher delivers my meat, a local farmer delivers fruits and veggies… And now, my wife's chronic m... ››› more
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