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  • Shares in Truworths soar as the retailer reports surging growth in sales
  • Yesterday, Truworths released its business update covering the 18 weeks to 1 November. The company showed a sharp rise in sales over the period compared with the same period last year. Truworths appears to be excelling despite a tough economic climate. Let's take a closer look at what the company revealed… Truworths shares gained 11%   Yesterday, shares in Truworths soared a... ››› more
  • [06 November 2015]
  • Facebook soars to an all-time high on the back of impressive profits
  • Yesterday, Facebook surprised the market with an excellent set of results. The social media giant is gaining traction. Shares shot higher on release of the results. Let's take a closer look at what's making Facebook so much money…   Facebook continues to grow rapidly   For the third quarter of its financial year, Facebook posted a rise in net income of 11%, bringing it to ... ››› more
  • [05 November 2015]
  • Is a credit rating downgrade looming for SA?
  • Last week when the finance minister gave his medium-term budget speech, the rand fell sharply. The contents of Nhlanhla Nene's mini budget along with the student protests going on outside parliament were not good news for the country's currency or for its credit ratings. Now there seems to be the very real possibility of a credit downgrade. Let's take a closer look… SA’s credit ... ››› more
  • [26 October 2015]
  • Why the mini budget sent the rand nearly 2% weaker
  • Yesterday, finance minister Nhlanhla Nene gave his medium-term budget address. From the time he began his speech to the end of it, the rand lost almost 2% against the dollar. So why did the currency react so badly? Let's take a closer look… The rand weakened sharply The rand weakened “from R13.27 against the dollar before the mini budget to R13.52 shortly” afterwards, repor... ››› more
  • [22 October 2015]
  • What Nene revealed in his medium-term budget
  • Today saw finance minister Nhlanhla Nene give his medium-term budget. Whilst he didn't drop in any surprises, he did say that the Treasury would be looking at ways to increase tax revenues. Let's take a closer look… South African economic growth should start rising next year Last year, the Treasury introduced a number of austerity measures to cut back spending, reports Fin24. Nene... ››› more
  • [21 October 2015]
  • The rand could be heading for R12.95 to the dollar
  • This morning, the rand was trading stronger against the dollar and other major currencies. This is due to better than expected economic growth data out of China. Plus with the market betting on the Fed not raising hikes this year, this has also benefitted the rand. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is showing signs of strength This morning, the rand flirted wit... ››› more
  • [19 October 2015]
  • The rand loses ground as China reports a sharp fall in imports
  • The rand had staged a bit of a comeback over the past week or so as analysts expect the US to only hike interest rates next year. But it was all change for the local currency this morning as it took a knock after the release of import and export data from China. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Chinese imports slide over 20% This morning, the rand was under pressure as... ››› more
  • [13 October 2015]
  • The IMF cuts South African economic growth forecasts again
  • Yesterday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its global economic growth forecasts. The organisation cut its growth forecasts for this year and next. The forecasts are lower than others, including the South African Reserve Bank's. So what does the IMF think lies ahead for SA? Let's take a closer look… The IMF pencils in lower economic growth The IMF believes that ec... ››› more
  • [07 October 2015]
  • Business confidence slides to a multi-decade low
  • Yesterday, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) revealed that business confidence in the country hit a 22 year low last month. So what's causing business confidence to continue to fall? Let's take a closer look… Business confidence plunged to 81.6 Last month, business confidence sunk to hit “its lowest level since the end of apartheid,” reports Fin24. Thi... ››› more
  • [07 October 2015]
  • About the ETF: NewFunds MAPPS Growth ETF [JSE:MAPPSG]
  • NewFunds MAPPS Growth exchange traded fund (ETF) tracks the MAPPS Growth Index. The ETF has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: NewFunds MAPPS Growth ETF Short name: MAPPS_Gro Ticker: MAPPSG Sector: JSE listed funds Five top facts about NewFunds MAPPS Growth ETF Fact #1: ETFs are passively managed funds that track the performance of an underlying index. ETFs ... ››› more
  • [14 September 2015]
  • Stocks rally and oil soars over 9% as US economic growth beat expectations
  • Yesterday afternoon, the US Commerce Department revealed that the US economy has grown over 1% more than first thought during the second quarter of this year. This led to stocks rallying in Europe and the US, and the oil price going through the roof. The upbeat data could give the US Federal Reserve enough reason to hike interest rates this year. Let's take a closer look… US GDP c... ››› more
  • [28 August 2015]
  • GDP comes in far worse than expected signalling trouble for the SA economy
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for the second quarter of the year. The data surprised showing a sharp contraction despite economists expecting the economy to have grown during the three months. So what's to blame for the slump? Read on to find out more… The South African economy contracts 1.3% GDP data showed that the “economy contracte... ››› more
  • [25 August 2015]
  • In the face of uncertainty Greece surprises by growing its economy 0.8%
  • Earlier today, Greece surprised the markets by posting economic growth of 0.8% for the second quarter of this year. Analysts expected a contraction in economic growth over the period. Let's take a closer look… Greece reports economic growth against the odds The Greek “economy unexpectedly returned to growth in the second quarter despite political turmoil” and the chance of an ... ››› more
  • [13 August 2015]
  • Boost your returns offshore by seeking growth and value
  • If you want to diversify your portfolio to include overseas investments, you certainly have a lot of choice. As with investing in SA, you want to make ample returns. So how can you pick the best country to invest in? Read on to find out… How is economic growth performing? Several studies have shown that countries with good growth prospects tend to offer investors higher returns... ››› more
  • [27 July 2015]
  • About the company: Growthpoint Properties Ltd [JSE:GRT]
  • Growthpoint Properties is a real estate investment trust with a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. It's one of the exchange's top 40 companies… Full name: Growthpoint Properties Limited Short name: Growpnt Ticker: GRT Sector: Real estate - real estate investment trusts Five top facts about Growthpoint Properties Fact #1: Growthpoint Properties employs 528 people in its r... ››› more
  • [01 July 2015]
  • Will the economy suffer as interest rates rise to deal with inflation?
  • Yesterday, the Reserve Bank released its biannual monetary policy review. In the review, the central bank addressed the concerns of raising interest rates on lack lustre economic growth. And why inflation looks likely to continue rising. Let's take a closer look at what could be in store… It’s just a matter of time before interest rates rise Lesetja Kganyago, the governor of the... ››› more
  • [03 June 2015]
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