So unless you've been living under a rock for the last week you'll have noticed that the UK scored a massive own goal by voting to leave the European Union last Friday.
What a mess!
All those South African's now “safely” living in the UK and no doubt looking down their snooty noses at our own Nene-gate scandal (and the subsequent rand devaluation) are now facing the same sort of curren... ››› more
On 23 June 2016, I remember reading a Moneyweb article stating the “JSE, Rand shrug off Brexit fears”.
Another well-known market commentator said that “I think it is going to be a non-event, quite honestly, but if it so happens that they vote to leave, the markets are in for a massive shock. I think the markets are going to scramble.”
I even read a tweet from a trader stating that ... ››› more
Commodities have taken a tanking over the last couple of months.
Gold, oil and platinum are just some of the commodities falling in price.
So is a fall in commodity prices just bad news for companies concerned with natural resources? Or could it indicate problems with the global economy?
Let's take a closer look…
The effect of a strong dollar on commodities
The dollar has been... ››› more
A report released yesterday outlines the overwhelming impact of cybercrime on businesses. And the problem is set to worsen as computer hackers steal data. The knock-on effect is staggering. Let's take a closer look at the issues companies face dealing with cybercrime…
Cybercrime costs businesses about $445 billion a year
Cybercrime isn’t just an issue affecting consumers, says Fin24. The g... ››› more
Unrest in Thailand, Venezuela and Ukraine, as well as precarious governments in Turkey and Argentina have all conspired to give emerging markets a black eye over the last few months. This week the Ukrainian situation took the spotlight as protestors struggled to form some sort of government after the ouster of the former Prime Minister.
Here's what's going on and how it's affecting our stock m... ››› more
Yesterday, Janet Yellen, the newly appointed chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve (Fed), made her first public comments since taking over from Ben Bernanke. Ms Yellen confirmed that the US central bank would continue to cut its massive stimulus programme. Let's take a closer look at what Ms Yellen revealed…
Janet Yellen appeared before the House Financial Services Committee yesterday, notes th... ››› more
Earlier today, Anglo American Platinum released a trading update covering the year to the end of December. The update showed that Amplats is on the road to recovery after a spate of strikes in 2012. Shares in Amplats rose on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the trading update revealed…
Today’s trading update shows that Anglo American Platinum “swung back into profit in 2013,” r... ››› more
After a six-month rally in steel prices, the metal pulled back a bit in recent days. Some analysts say the run in steel is over. But there could be some excellent opportunities to forge big profits in the steel sector. Read on to find out why it could pay to be bullish on steel…
Here are three reasons why being bullish on steel could lead to gains, Sean Brodrick in Investment U explains...
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Last week, we saw a deluge of data out of the US. And it makes sense considering that during the shutdown, the processing and publication of economic data was deemed a non-essential service. And so incredibly influential stock market figures such as the Non-Farm Payroll number were kept under wraps. Luckily, there were no major surprises when the figures were released, and the stock market continu... ››› more
As I write this article, the US federal remains shut and we're approaching an even larger deadline next week when the US debt ceiling will need to be raised. So what awaits investors in the week ahead? Let's explore…
Thus far, the talks between President Obama and the Republicans have failed to result in a resolution.
While some analysts believe we won’t get one until the stock market c... ››› more
Last week, the market found some support after it became clear that irrespective of what the US Fed planned to do with its QE programme, Europe and the UK are likely to continue with their current monetary policy for some time to come. Here's why…
The UK is currently showing signs of a very weak recovery with employment picking up slightly. The new Governor of the Bank of England (BOE), the C... ››› more
Consumer debt doesn't just affect you. It has drastic implications for the global economy.
That's why Moody's has just cut the credit ratings of six of Canada's biggest banks based on the country's rising consumer debt. If you're already in debt, you can take three steps to minimise it, even if you're paying off a garnishee order. Moody’s has cut the credit ratings of six of Canada’s biggest ... ››› more
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