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  • JSE Outlook - A Santa Claus Rally or a lump of coal?
  • It's that time of year again… Just like children eagerly wait in anticipation for Santa to deliver presents to them, so do investors. Investors are waiting for the arrival of stock market profits during Christmas time as well. This is all because of the Santa Claus rally which is, right now, flooding the mainstream media. Go to Google, Bloomberg, Business Times and you'll see big ... ››› more
  • [09 December 2019]
  • Retail sales came out higher than expected in December
  • Yesterday, Stats SA released its retail sales data for December. Growth in retail sales came in higher than economists had predicted. Falling prices at the pump and a boost in job creation could have driven the figure higher. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Retail sales in December rose 3.4% In December, retail sales rose “by 3.4% year-on-year,” reports Fi... ››› more
  • [19 February 2015]
  • Producer inflation falls sharply in December
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its data on producer inflation for December. Again, the rate of producer inflation, as measured by the producer price index (PPI), fell. This is mostly thanks to the continuing fall in the price of oil. The data for the month came in better than expected. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Producer inflation comes in at 5.8% for De... ››› more
  • [29 January 2015]
  • A large drop in consumer inflation sends the JSE higher
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its inflation data for December. The data showed that consumer inflation eased more than forecast last month. But on average, inflation was higher in 2014 than the year before. The large cuts in the fuel price are having a positive impact on inflation. Stocks on the JSE picked up on the news as the data release fuels speculation of an interest rate cut to ... ››› more
  • [21 January 2015]
  • Business confidence comes under pressure in December and 2015 isn't looking much better
  • Yesterday, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) released its figures for business confidence in December. In spite of showing some recovery in November, the business confidence index fell in December. The main factor putting pressure on business confidence is the rand's poor performance. And business confidence looks likely to remain under pressure through the New Year.... ››› more
  • [09 January 2015]
  • Consumer inflation inches slightly higher in December
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its consumer inflation data for December. The consumer price index showed that inflation increased slightly, but the rise was less that economists had forecast. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed… Consumer inflation in South Africa “edged up to 5.4% year-on-year” last month, reports Fin24. This was slightly higher than the 5.3% seen in Novembe... ››› more
  • [22 January 2014]
  • The South African manufacturing sector contracts in December
  • Earlier today, Kagiso Tiso Holdings released the purchasing managers' index for December. It showed that manufacturing activity in South Africa drifted into contraction territory at the end of the year. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… The Kagiso Tiso Holdings purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell “2.5 points” last month from November, reports Fin24. This is a signal o... ››› more
  • [15 January 2014]
  • South African business confidence notches up in December
  • Yesterday, the South African Chamber for Commerce and Industry released its business confidence index data for December. Compared to November, the index showed an improvement, but concerns remain. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… The South African Chamber for Commerce and Industry (SACCI) said yesterday that its business confidence index (BCI) “edged up to 91.9 in December... ››› more
  • [10 January 2014]
  • Fill up your tank before the fuel price hike at midnight
  • You have until midnight to make the most of ‘cheap' petrol and diesel prices. Come midnight today, the price of fuel at the pumps will be rising. After easing slightly over the past few months, the respite is over. Read on to find out what you can expect to pay for fuel… With only weeks to go before the start of summer holidays, the Department of Energy says that the fuel price is to rise, s... ››› more
  • [03 December 2013]
  • You have an 80% chance of making money this December!
  • When it comes to trading, even the world's best traders are happy when they call the market right just 60% of the time. After all, with good money management, that weighting of more winning trades than losers is enough to make you a fortune. So you can imagine how excited traders get when they have an opportunity to call the market right 80% of the time. And today, I want to tell you how ... ››› more
  • [02 December 2013]

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