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  • The rand continues to lose its battle against the dollar
  • The rand is under renewed pressure again today. The local currency is struggling against the dollar as worries weigh over the state of the world's largest economies. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand showed notable strength yesterday Yesterday, the rand managed to break through R11 to the dollar “for the second time this week,” reports iAfrica. The local cu... ››› more
  • [16 October 2014]
  • Oil slips below $90 a barrel over worries about the Eurozone's economy
  • Over the last few months, the price of oil has been retreating. Ample supply has outweighed demand. And a stronger dollar is putting further pressure on the price. But now fears are growing that the Eurozone may be heading back to recession. This led the oil price weaker again. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Crude oil sank to a four-year low This morning saw Crude... ››› more
  • [10 October 2014]
  • The IMF cuts South Africa's economic growth forecast again
  • Yesterday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its World Economic Outlook report, a quarterly publication. Yet again, the IMF downgraded expected economic growth in South Africa. It cited many issues holding economic expansion back. Looking slightly further afield, Sub-Saharan Africa is looking solid. But the Ebola virus could put a stop to that. Let's take a closer look at wha... ››› more
  • [08 October 2014]
  • The Reserve Bank keeps interest rates unchanged in the face of a flagging economy
  • This afternoon, the Reserve Bank revealed its decision to keep interest rates unchanged. The central bank made this decision in spite of an uptick in consumer inflation last month. Its focus is to help economic growth. Let's take a closer look at the Reserve Bank's decision… The repo rate remains at 5.75% The governor of the Reserve Bank, Gill Marcus, says interest rates will rema... ››› more
  • [18 September 2014]
  • Business confidence recovers slightly as economic activity picks up
  • Earlier today, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) released its business confidence index for August. After hitting a 15-year low, the index rose slightly through August. Let's take a closer look at what led to the rise… Business confidence rose to 89 in August The business confidence index, which measures business sentiment, “has recovered from a 15-year ... ››› more
  • [03 September 2014]
  • PMI rises significantly after four-months in contraction territory
  • Earlier today, HSBC released its purchasing managers' index for August. The figures showed a sharp rise from July's figure. The rise reflects the end of widespread strike action that's plagued South Africa this year. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed… PMI came in at 51.1 for August The PMI published by HSBC “rose to 51.1 in August from 46.4 in July,” reports Fin... ››› more
  • [03 September 2014]
  • The rand strengthens slightly on positive economic growth data
  • Yesterday, the local currency strengthened very slightly against the dollar. This follows the release of local economic growth data covering the second quarter of the year. But the rand has been trading in a tight range. What could be in store for the currency? Let's take a closer look… The rand pulled back before the release of GDP figures On Monday, the rand weakened slightly in... ››› more
  • [27 August 2014]
  • Africa secures $14 billion in investment from the US at the US-African Leaders Summit
  • Yesterday, as the US-African Leaders Summit continued in Washington, the US President announced that US companies will invest $14 billion into Africa. A number of US corporations have committed to investing in the continent in a bid to strengthen ties between the US and Africa. This as China continues to invest in Africa. Let's take a closer look… Energy and infrastructure look to be... ››› more
  • [06 August 2014]
  • Shares in Twitter soar 35% as the micro blogger reports a steep rise in users
  • Yesterday, Twitter surprised the US market by reporting a large rise in the number of its users. Investors snapped up Twitter shares when the company listed. But since then, the shine's wore off and the company has struggled to impress the market. Pulling its share price down with it. But yesterday, Twitter caught investors by surprise. Let's take a closer look at why shares in Twitter re... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]
  • Could an end be nearing for the three-week long metalworkers strike?
  • Yesterday it emerged that the six workers unions involved in talks have lowered their wage demands to the employer representatives. More than 220,000 workers downed tools on 1 July. The strike has already led to stoppages in production at some car manufacturing plants. Let's take a closer look at the new demands… Talks over the weekend could bring an end to the metalworkers strike Ove... ››› more
  • [21 July 2014]
  • The Reserve Bank opts for a moderate interest rate hike
  • Earlier today, the South African Reserve Bank revealed the outcome of its three-day monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting. In the run-up to the announcement, economists were unsure what the bank was going to do. Would rates remain unchanged or would they raise them? Let's take a closer look at what the Reserve Bank said… Interest rates rise 0.25% The Reserve Bank hiked interest rates... ››› more
  • [17 July 2014]
  • Retail sales boost higher once again
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its retail sales data for May. The data showed that retail sales grew again for the month. The growth far exceeded expectations. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Retail sales grew 2.4% in May Retail sales in South Africa “grew by 2.4% year-on-year,” says MoneyWeb. This was far higher than expectations. Stats SA also revised its... ››› more
  • [16 July 2014]
  • SA's economic growth forecast looks set for another cut by the IMF
  • Later this month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will release its global outlook. And from comments made by an IMF official, South Africa is down for another cut to its economic growth forecast. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Electricity supply issues and strikes remain a cause for concern It appears the main reasons for another cut to the country’s economic growth for... ››› more
  • [11 July 2014]
  • Bitcoin is getting ready to soar as it prepares to go mainstream
  • Bitcoin has had its fair share of controversy since its conception. But Bitcoin is a revolutionary new technology. This means Bitcoin is probably set to follow the path of other revolutionary technologies. And if it follows the paths of these other revolutionary technologies, it's preparing for take-off. Let's take a closer look at the evidence… Bitcoin is preparing for rapid growth Have a l... ››› more
  • [09 July 2014]
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