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  • Is this the catalyst that'll send gold to new all-time highs?
  • In October 2019 the US Federal Reserve Bank announced that instead of shrinking its balance sheet by $50 billion a month it is now PRINTING $60 billion worth of money extra per month! That's right… The bank was in the process of unwinding the nearly $4 trillion worth of money it printed to get the US economy going following the 2008 financial crisis. Now it is printing more money each mo... ››› more
  • [13 November 2019]
  • What a third interest cut means for US stocks!
  • Last week, the US Federal Reserve finally cut interest rates again. The rationale behind this move is to help sustain US growth. Now the quarter-point cut marks the third rate cut this year. And this can be good news for stock investors. In fact, following the latest announcement, US stock markets hit new highs. But even better…. If history is anything to go by, we could see US stock... ››› more
  • [11 November 2019]
  • Why traders and investors are preparing for a HUGE move up for silver!
  • At the end of February 2019, I sent out a prediction article on silver. In it, I mentioned that silver's price broke above a ceiling level (blue line in the graph below) at $15.80.   Since then, the silver market’s price buying momentum picked up and has been in a strong upward trajectory.   In fact, right now the silver price is trading at around $16.52, ... ››› more
  • [05 August 2019]
  • Emerging markets are ready for a Bull Run
  • After a turbulent 2018, emerging markets are finding favour amongst investors looking for value with strong upside potential.   This is on the back of a few major themes that should play out:   1. A dovish FED that is expected to only hike rates once in 2019, 2. EU monetary policy that will remain accommodative, 3. Chinese stimulus to avoid a “hard landing”, 4. Glo... ››› more
  • [24 January 2019]
  • The release of the Fed's minutes is good news for the rand
  • The rand is hovering close to its best levels in a few weeks as the dollar trades weaker. This latest improvement in the rand and decline in the dollar is thanks to the release of the minutes from the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand hit a near three week high This morning, the rand managed to trade as strong as R1... ››› more
  • [09 October 2015]
  • The Fed puts off hiking interest rates over worries about the global economy
  • Last night, the US Federal Reserve finally put an end to speculation about whether or not it would hike interest rates in the world's largest economy. The central bank decided, yet again, to keep rates unchanged. So what's behind the Fed's decision? Let's take a closer look… The Fed could raise interest rates in December The Fed decided against hiking interest rates at its Sept... ››› more
  • [18 September 2015]
  • The rand is under pressure as strong housing data boosts the greenback
  • The rand is continuing its journey weaker against the dollar. Over the past few trading days, the local currency is feeling the effects of the dollar picking up momentum. Yesterday, strong housing data out of the US provided the dollar with further impetus. The rand is hovering close to R12/$ again. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand continues to weaken F... ››› more
  • [20 May 2015]
  • I told you before and I'm going to tell you again…
  • Last month I wrote an article explaining that gold will make its rebound, slowly but surely. Gold suffered significant losses during the past few years - dropping 37% from its high of $1,900 in 2011 all the way down below the $1,200 in 2014. Following from Bill Bonner's comment that gold looks to have bottomed out, I agreed that gold was about to make a comeback. And, I said "if there's eve... ››› more
  • [20 May 2015]
  • The rand is weakening again after receiving a boost off poor US jobs data
  • On Friday, the Labour Department in the US released its non-farm payroll data. The data disappointed, which hit the dollar. The rand initially benefitted from the weaker dollar, but as the dollar regains its footing, the rand is already losing ground. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The dollar dipped on the back of a poor jobs report The US jobs report is a key indica... ››› more
  • [07 April 2015]
  • A weaker dollar helps boost the rand, but will it continue?
  • The rand has been on a wild ride over the past couple of weeks. After the US released a positive jobs report on 6 March, the rand hit the skids. But last week, the rand showed some signs of strengthening. By Friday, it had managed to rally as the dollar weakened. So what's going on with the rand? And what lies in store for the local currency? Let's take a closer look… Interest rat... ››› more
  • [23 March 2015]
  • The rand rallies after the Fed's statement about interest rates
  • Last night, the rand managed to strengthen back under R12.00/$. This came following the release of the Federal Reserve's policy statement. Over the past few months, speculation has been growing as to when the US central bank will start hiking interest rates. This has seen investors turning to the dollar, causing it to strengthen strongly. But this morning, the rand has given up some of last ... ››› more
  • [19 March 2015]
  • The rand holds its ground, but the odds are stacking up against it
  • Lately, the rand has been on a roller coaster ride. Last week, the local currency weakened to touch six-year lows. As the markets get quieter as many traders take the festive period off, the rand is more vulnerable to weakness. One positive on the rand's side is after the rouble's plunge last week, the Russian currency is on a steadier footings. This has helped emerging market currencies. ... ››› more
  • [22 December 2014]
  • The JSE surges over 4% as a Fed statement spurs global markets higher
  • Yesterday, stocks on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange put in their best performance in years. Buoying the local market was news out of the US on Wednesday. The Federal Reserve's statement also helped push international stock markets higher. Let's take a closer look at what led to the JSE's bumper day… The JSE rallied hard The JSE was “swept along by a wave of positive global equi... ››› more
  • [19 December 2014]
  • The rand takes some solace from the Fed's intention to keep interest rates low
  • Over the past few days, the rand has been on a volatile ride. The local currency was under pressure following the crash of the Russian rouble on Tuesday. With worries about the health of the South African economy continuing, the rand is bearing the brunt. But the release of a statement by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) last night has helped the rand strengthen slightly today. Let's take a c... ››› more
  • [18 December 2014]
  • US economic growth beats forecasts, rising to nearly 4%...
  • Yesterday, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis released some unexpected news. The US's rate of economic growth came out better than estimates. The third quarter's GDP figure along with its second quarter counterpart shows the best growth in ten years. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… GDP rose 3.9% Economic growth in the US came out “stronger than initially expected”... ››› more
  • [26 November 2014]
  • The rand rallies as the dollar takes a knock
  • The rand has hit three-week highs against the dollar. The local currency benefitted from a fall in the greenback following the release of the US Federal Reserve's latest open market committee meeting minutes. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The dollar dips, spurring the rand stronger The last few weeks have seen the rand struggling as the dollar went from strength to ... ››› more
  • [09 October 2014]
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