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  • Nigeria looks set to kick South Africa off the top spot as Africa's largest economy
  • This Sunday, South Africa may learn it's no longer the largest economy in Africa. This weekend, the National Bureau for Statistics (NBS) in Nigeria will release its newly calculated figures for economic growth. Chances are, the most populous country on the continent will knock South Africa off the largest economy leader board. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Will South Africa fall... ››› more
  • [04 April 2014]
  • What type of stock market strategy do you follow?
  • When it comes down to investing, there are essentially three different broad types of strategies that investors follow. These three strategies are income investing, value investing and growth investing. Let's take a closer look at these three strategies… Your investing strategy will depend on your money making focus When it comes to investing in shares, you can make money in two ways, Phil ... ››› more
  • [03 April 2014]
  • How to pick a dividend paying stock
  • If you plan on investing in dividend paying stocks for income, what should you look for? Of course, a high yield is probably something you want. But focusing solely on high yielding dividend paying stocks might not produce the best results over the long-term. Let's take a closer look at what else you should look at when picking dividend paying shares… Dividend paying companies tend to be more ... ››› more
  • [01 April 2014]
  • With interest rate hikes likely later in the year, ensure you can afford to repay your debt
  • This afternoon, Gill Marcus, the governor of the South African Reserve Bank said that interest rates will remain unchanged. The next decision over interest rates is due to take place in May. Ms Marcus said that hikes are likely as the year progresses. After interest rates being so low for so long, now is the time to ensure that you can keep on top of your debts and loans if interest rates take a j... ››› more
  • [27 March 2014]
  • If you've invested in the BRIC nations, it's time to drop the 'R'
  • For years now everyone has been punting the BRIC nations. These are emerging economies with huge populations and massive growth. They include Brazil, Russia, India and China. And had you invested in these nations, you'd have done very well over the last decade. But the situation is changing… 23 years since it ended, President Barack Obama has said he feels the echoes of the cold war res... ››› more
  • [26 March 2014]
  • Along with world markets, the JSE fell as investors worry about growth in China
  • Yesterday, the JSE took a knock as concerns over economic growth in China continue. The JSE wasn't the only market to slide under the pressure. International markets were all under strain. Why are investors so concerned? Let's take a closer look at what's going on… It was a bad day on stock markets across the world The JSE’s Top 40 Index tumbled “just over 1%”yesterday, reports Fin24.... ››› more
  • [13 March 2014]
  • The rand took the budget in its stride
  • Yesterday, after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presented his 2014 budget, the rand wobbled slightly, but didn't change markedly. Now the rand has the release of producer price index (PPI) to contend with today. And later on, Janet Yellen will address the Senate banking committee. Her testimony could affect the rand. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the local currency… The ran... ››› more
  • [27 February 2014]
  • Budget: Gordhan cuts economic growth forecast for 2014
  • This afternoon, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presented his budget to parliament. As economists expected, Mr Gordhan cut economic growth forecasts for 2014/2015. But he left the following two year projections unchanged. The rand fell slightly after his address. Let's take a closer look at what the Finance Minister said about South Africa's economy in his budget… As expected, in his budget ad... ››› more
  • [26 February 2014]
  • The rand continues to hold its ground around six week highs
  • The rand has managed to remain steady against the dollar over the past few days, inching stronger. This as all eyes in South Africa will turn to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan this afternoon as he announces the budget. Analysts don't think the budget will contain any shocks as the government gears up for elections in May. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the rand… This morning... ››› more
  • [26 February 2014]
  • The South African economy grows to 3.8%
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released the rate of economic growth for the final quarter of 2013. The gross domestic product (GDP) data exceeded the expectations of economists. The lack of strikes over the quarter helped boost growth. Let's take a closer look at what the data reveals… Over the last three months of 2013, the “economy grew by 3.8%,” reports IOL. That’s in comparison to the 0.7% ... ››› more
  • [25 February 2014]
  • Some respite for the rand as it rallies stronger
  • Yesterday, the rand rallied strongly against major currencies after battling to keep close to R11 to the dollar level last week. Helping the rand out was some easing of aversion to emerging markets after unrest in the Ukraine calmed down. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the local currency… This year hasn’t been kind on the rand. It’s lost its battle several times against t... ››› more
  • [25 February 2014]
  • Emerging market currencies are under pressure
  • The rand, along with other emerging market currencies, is under pressure as worries over violence in Ukraine escalates. And not helping the rand was the release of consumer inflation data this morning. This came out higher than forecast. Let's take a closer look at why investors are turning their backs on emerging market currencies… For the second day in a row, the “rand weakened,” says IO... ››› more
  • [19 February 2014]
  • Equity unit trusts: An easy way to buy shares
  • If you want to invest in shares, but you don't want to do the share picking yourself, equity unit trusts could be for you. Not only that, if you want exposure to the stock market, but you don't have a large lump sum, equity unit trusts are an option to consider. Let's take a closer look at what equity unit trusts offer you… Equity unit trusts invest the majority of their funds into shares list... ››› more
  • [13 February 2014]
  • Three factors that affect forex values
  • When you trade forex, there are different forces at play that can have a bearing on the value of a currency. These forces are generally economic and political factors. The factors tend to last for long periods of time, from months to years. Let's take a closer look at three economic factors that can affect the values of currencies… Here are a few of the major driving forces behind trends in th... ››› more
  • [12 February 2014]
  • How to find a winning penny share
  • If you want to add some spice and the chance of large gains to your investment portfolio then penny shares could be for you. But before you rush in and buy the first penny share you come across, you need to make sure you do your research. You don't want to throw your money into a company that has no hope of growing into a better one. Read on to uncover some tips to help you find a winning penny sh... ››› more
  • [10 February 2014]
  • Twitter dips 12% on release of first quarter report
  • Twitter hit the stock market at the beginning of November last year. The hype surrounding the listing was similar to that seen when Facebook listed. Yesterday, the micro blogger released its figures for its first quarter. And even though the number were in line with forecasts, investors expected more. The share plunged in after-hours trading. Let's take a closer look at what Twitter revealed… ... ››› more
  • [06 February 2014]
  • Global markets feel the strain as worries over growth heighten
  • The JSE kicked off today on the back foot as markets in the US and the east saw large falls across the board. There are worries that economic growth in the world's biggest economies is ebbing. This is having a knock-on effect to other markets and it's dragging the JSE with it. Let's take a closer look at what's troubling markets… This morning, the JSE’s Top 40 Index fell heavily, “sending ... ››› more
  • [04 February 2014]
  • Bernanke bids farewell to the Fed, slashing another $10 billion off its stimulus
  • Late yesterday, the US Federal Reserve said it was reducing its monthly stimulus programme by a further $10 billion a month. That's the second month in a row that the US central bank has cut its stimulus amount. US stocks didn't take kindly to the news. Let's take a closer look at what happened… Following the end of the US Federal Reserve’s open market committee meeting, it “announced a $1... ››› more
  • [30 January 2014]
  • What to expect from Bitcoin in 2014
  • Bitcoin exploded onto the financial world last year. But it immediately became enveloped in controversy, with just as many predicting its imminent doom as were declaring it a revolutionary form of money. The Bitcoin news in 2014 will have less drama. But it will be far more important to the fate of the digital currency. So what lies in store for Bitcoin this year? Read on to uncover two prediction... ››› more
  • [24 January 2014]
  • How to profit from China's record auto sales
  • Last year, China's car imports hit an all-time high. And since most of those cars run on petrol, China's oil consumption has skyrocketed over the past decade. It now imports more oil than the US. However, China's cars are also contributing to a serious problem: Pollution. Here's how China's pollution problem can give you an opportunity to profit… China's air quality is already terrible, Ma... ››› more
  • [23 January 2014]
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