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  • The rand slides as poor domestic data take its toll
  • Yesterday, the rand shed more than 1% after the release of two critical economic indicators. Domestic economic growth figures disappointed. And unemployment figures showed a stark rise. Not helping the local unit was a stronger dollar, which benefited from a positive durable goods report. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand slips well past R12 to the dollar Th... ››› more
  • [27 May 2015]
  • The rate of unemployment grows by 2.1% over the first quarter of 2015
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its Quarterly Labour Force Survey. As is usually the case for the first quarter of the year, the number of people out of work grew, but by more than expected. This take the rate of unemployment to an eleven year high. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… The unemployment rate hits 26.4% The rate of unemployment rose to “its high... ››› more
  • [26 May 2015]
  • GDP growth falters as load shedding takes its toll
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for the first three months of this year. The data reflected the impact of load shedding on the country's economy and the effects of recent droughts. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Economic growth falls sharply in the first quarter of 2015 Stats SA says GDP data indicated “the economy expa... ››› more
  • [26 May 2015]
  • Consumers beware: As April kicks off, so do a number of price hikes
  • From tomorrow, the cost of living is going to start to climb. At midnight tonight, the price at the pumps is rising sharply. Some electricity customers will also be coughing up significantly more for power. And more price hikes are due to filter through over the next few months. Let's take a closer look at what's going on and what impact it could have on South Africa's ailing economy… ... ››› more
  • [31 March 2015]
  • Banks keep interest rates on hold following the Reserve Bank's decision
  • Yesterday, the South African Reserve Bank announced the outcome of its monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting. The central bank opted to leave its repo rate unchanged. This led major banks to leave their interest rates unchanged too. Let's take a look at the reasons behind the Reserve Bank's decision… The repo rate remains at 5.75% The Reserve Bank announced that it was keeping t... ››› more
  • [27 March 2015]
  • Economic growth takes an unexpected jump higher
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for the final quarter of last year and 2014 as a whole. Economic growth for the last three months of last year beat market expectations. Yet, for the whole year, growth was disappointing. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed and what could lie in store this year… GDP for the fourth quarter of 2014 wa... ››› more
  • [24 February 2015]
  • Two reasons why you should invest in the stock market
  • People opt to invest in the stock market for a variety of reasons. But there are two main reasons why investors put their money to work in shares. So what are these reasons for investing in the stock market? Read on to find out… The decision to invest on the stock market The stock market intrigues many people. Of course a lot of this has to do with making money. The greed factor p... ››› more
  • [13 February 2015]
  • South Africa's power supply problems put pressure on business confidence
  • Earlier today, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) released its business confidence data for January. The data, as measured by the business confidence index (BCI), showed the worst start to the year since 1997. There are a number of economic reasons for this, including the negative impact of load shedding. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… ... ››› more
  • [05 February 2015]
  • The rand battles as Eskom struggles to keep South Africa's lights on
  • The rand continues its fight this week to keep hold of some of its gains from last week. As the week progresses, Eskom is continuing with load shedding. This is having a detrimental effect on the rand as worries grow over the knock-on effect of power cuts on economic growth. With decisions over interest rates due out in the US tonight and tomorrow in SA, the rand has these announcements in i... ››› more
  • [28 January 2015]
  • The gold price hits near five-month highs as concerns grow over global economic growth
  • The gold price has been climbing higher and today touched levels not seen for nearly five-months. This is thanks in part to the decision by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to cut its global economic growth forecasts for this year and next. Also helping take the yellow metal higher are concerns over the state of the European economy. Speculation is growing over whether the European Cent... ››› more
  • [20 January 2015]
  • The IMF slashes economic growth forecasts - again
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has downgraded its economic growth forecasts again. In its latest report on economic growth, following the release of its last report in October, the organisation cut world economic growth. And it cut its growth forecast for South Africa. Let's take a closer look at the reasons behind the IMF's cuts… The IMF cuts South Africa’s economic growth ... ››› more
  • [20 January 2015]
  • Shares in Woolworths rise as the retailer boosts sales a whopping 55%
  • This morning, Woolworths Holdings released its trading update for the six-months to the end of December. The retailer reported a large jump in sales growth for the period. This is mostly thanks to its acquisition of David Jones, an Australian department store, in August last year. Shares rose on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the update revealed… Woolworths’ buyout o... ››› more
  • [15 January 2015]
  • Economic growth in the US hits a high not seen for over a decade
  • This afternoon, the US Commerce Department revealed that gross domestic product (GDP) rose to an 11-year high. Boosting the rate of economic growth was an increase in spending by consumers and businesses. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… US economic growth jumped higher in the third quarter From July to September, economic growth in the US rose 1.1% in compariso... ››› more
  • [23 December 2014]
  • Nigeria's economy takes a knock as a lower oil price takes its toll
  • Yesterday, Africa's largest economy said it was lowering growth forecasts and considering budget cuts as the oil price continues to ebb lower. Exports of crude oil make up the vast majority of the Nigerian government's revenue. So a drop in oil prices has widespread effects. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Nigeria drops its economic growth forecast for next year by nearl... ››› more
  • [18 December 2014]
  • The Reserve Bank hints that interest rates may remain unchanged for some time
  • South Africa's economy has been through the mill this year. The first half of the year was marred with strikes that crippled the economy, pushing growth briefly into contraction territory. The rand has been weak, struggling to strengthen below R11/$. This helped inflation break out of the top end of the central bank's inflation target range for much of the year. Yesterday saw the release ... ››› more
  • [02 December 2014]
  • US economic growth beats forecasts, rising to nearly 4%...
  • Yesterday, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis released some unexpected news. The US's rate of economic growth came out better than estimates. The third quarter's GDP figure along with its second quarter counterpart shows the best growth in ten years. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… GDP rose 3.9% Economic growth in the US came out “stronger than initially expected”... ››› more
  • [26 November 2014]
  • South Africa's economy grows 1.4% in the third quarter
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for July to September. The measure of economic growth came in slightly less than economists had forecast. The local currency weakened on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed… GDP fell slightly below expectations On an annualised basis, GDP grew “1.4% quarter-on-quarter,” reports Fin... ››› more
  • [25 November 2014]
  • The rand pushes below 11/$ in the run up to release of GDP data tomorrow
  • The rand kicked off the week slightly firmer against the dollar. Traders will have their eyes firmly focused on the release of gross domestic product (GDP) data coming out tomorrow. This will show how South Africa's economy performed over the third quarter of the year. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the rand… The rand is trading firmer against the greenback Th... ››› more
  • [24 November 2014]
  • 8.3 billion reasons why I'm buying this real estate property giant today!
  • What better way to end the year than with a promising property investment! An investment where you can buy and hold, knowing that you have a fantastic chance of the stock price rocketing up! You see, I've been watching Growthpoint Properties which is the largest listed real estate investment trust on the JSE and owns half of the V&A Waterfront. But this entire year, Growthpoint has just bee... ››› more
  • [14 November 2014]
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