Earlier today, SABMiller released a trading update for its third quarter to the end of December. With sales struggling in developed markets, emerging markets helped the brewer's sales out for the period. Investors didn't like what they saw in the update, with shares in SABMiller falling on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the trading update revealed…
SABMiller Plc, the world’s seco... ››› more
Earlier today, Stats SA released its retail sales data for November. The numbers surprised to the upside, well exceeding economists' expectations. But is this just a flash in the pan? Let's take a closer look at what the data reveals…
Retail sales in South Africa grew “at 4.2% year-on-year in November,” reports Fin24. This well exceeded expectations.
Stats SA also revised October’s re... ››› more
Friday saw the long awaited release of the US's non-farm payrolls data. The data showed jobs growth was far less than analysts expected. This led the rand to strengthen slightly. And the rand has managed to hold onto these slight gains over the weekend. Let's take a closer look at what's happening with the rand…
Late on Friday the “rand climbed from a five year low,” reports IOL. This was ... ››› more
On Friday, the US revealed its much awaited non-farm payroll numbers. The data showed that growth in the US job market had fallen to its worst level in three years. Market watchers had expected a far better number. With the release of this data, perhaps the US Federal Reserve (Fed) won't be in such a rush to taper its stimulus programme. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed…
The da... ››› more
We hear it all the time, this notion that professional traders at brokerage firms have tremendous advantages over smaller, individual investors. A lot of it may be true, but some of these notions are fantasy. In some cases, operating outside the system gives you the edge, especially when it comes to smaller shares. Read on to uncover how penny shares can give you a powerful edge over professional ... ››› more
As the world economy slowly crawls out of the recession, let's take a look back at World GDP over the course of last year. Let's see what progress we have made and where most of last year's economic growth came from. And where we can expect growth to come from next…
Though it appeared the world economy was in a downward spiral in early 2013, the world economy suddenly grew at its fastest r... ››› more
Imagine if you'd bought shares in a company like Apple when it was on the cusp of making it big? You no doubt would now be sitting on shares worth a very respectable amount. But there are ways for you to try and uncover the next Apple. Read on to uncover the factors that make a great performing share…
The factors that make a great-performing share are well known and have been intensively studi... ››› more
They say that a bell never rings at the top and the bottom of the market. But there's some real jingling going on in silver right now. And it may just be the start of something big. There's no denying that silver took a beating in 2013. Recently it was down 33.6% for the year, even worse than gold's abysmal 25% loss. Clearly, investors hate silver. Read on to uncover three forces that could ignite... ››› more
If you're looking to invest in a company for healthy dividend paying shares, it pays to focus on the potential for dividend growth, rather than just hunting for high dividend yields. Looking for high yields alone can mean you pay over the odds for a share. Read on to find out how to work out if dividend growth is already in a share's price…
Well there is a simple calculation that helps, based ... ››› more
Yesterday, Stats SA released the retail sales data for October. Retail sales indicate levels of consumer spending. The data showed that retail sales did increase over the month. But it looks like consumers are still watching their spending. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed…
Retail sales in South Africa “grew at 1.3% year-on-year in October,” reports IOL. That’s higher t... ››› more
It's been a rocky road for the rand of late. But today, the release of positive data slightly strengthened the local currency. This saw the rand trading at its best level since the middle of last week. Let's take a closer look at why the rand reacted well to release of local data…
The rand strengthened “to its strongest in nearly a week today,” reports Fin24. This as the release of “upbe... ››› more
Just consider that 12 years ago, there were 330 people in employment for every 100 social grant beneﬁciaries.
Today there are just 90!
So the strain on each taxpayer just keeps on rising.
And over the last 20 years, tax revenue has risen by 491%; while social grant expenditure has grown by 700%!
It's a simple truth…
The number of people working to generate taxes to pay for these socia... ››› more
Over the past three years IT stocks have run up 128%, retail shares have run up 87% and the JSEs All Share Index has done a little more than 41%.
So where should bottom-fishing contrarians look for "left for dead" assets?
One sector to consider is steelmaking… The world’s largest “Boom and Bust” sector might be set for a recovery in 2014
The steelmaking industry is one of the mar... ››› more
Since 1950, the world's population has doubled. In the meantime, the amount of fresh water available has stayed constant, at best.
So what that means is one-third of the world's population is short of water! A massive water shortage is on its way.
Water is becoming scarcer and scarcer… Which is why we call “Blue Gold”.
Because it's about to become about as valuable as gold.
In South A... ››› more
Yesterday, South Africa's stock market fell after bad news hit the JSE. The release of poorer than forecast economic growth figures for the third quarter hit investor confidence. And media giant Naspers tumbled after warning of weaker earnings ahead. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE yesterday…
Stock fell yesterday “as Naspers tumbled after the high flying internet firm sa... ››› more
Earlier today, Stats SA released its economic growth figures for the third quarter of the year. The data showed that economic growth in SA slowed markedly from the second quarter. The widespread strikes over the third quarter, particularly the strikes in the auto industry, had a severe effect. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed…
Economic growth “slowed to 0.7% quarter-on-quar... ››› more
Yesterday, across the board, stocks on the JSE fell. There were a handful of good performers, but generally shares on the local bourse felt the strain. Gold stocks led the fall. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE yesterday…
The JSE “fell more than 1%” yesterday, reports Fin24. Worries about “slowing growth in Africa’s largest economy” took their toll.
The casualt... ››› more
This afternoon, Gill Marcus, governor of the South African Reserve Bank, said the bank left interest rates unchanged. This follows the central bank's three day monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting. The decision is in line with analyst forecasts. Let's take a closer look at what Ms Marcus said today…
The Reserve Bank “left its repo rate unchanged as expected at 5%,” says IOL. This as the... ››› more
The relaxing of policies in China will present the sharp eyed investor with truly great profit opportunities.
Make sure you don't miss out...
China announced yesterday that it will relax its one child only policy.
This policy limited the number of children a couple could have to just one. Originally, the Chinese government introduced this policy to control population growth.
But now Chi... ››› more
Yesterday afternoon, Growthpoint Properties Ltd announced it acquired Tiber Group for R6.6 billion. The buyout sees Growthpoint gaining Tiber's property portfolio and management company. It's the biggest acquisition Growthpoint has made so far. Let's take a closer look at the acquisition…
Yesterday’s announcement sees Growthpoint acquiring “the entire Tiber Group portfolio of properties an... ››› more
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