Earlier today, Stats SA released its retail sales for the month of July. And in spite of showing growth from the previous month, the figure came in well below expectations. The economy is looking tired. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed…
Retail sales in SA “grew 2.8% year on year” for July, report IOL. The figure is “far below expectations,” but better than the 1.4% seen... ››› more
Earlier today, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) announced that its current stimulus programme will continue, for the moment. For months, analysts thought September would be the month when the Fed would start to step down its $85 billion a month stimulus. Let's take a closer look at the surprise decision…
The Fed “has decided to maintain its economic stimulus” programme, reports the BBC. This i... ››› more
Nigeria is Africa's second biggest economy, and it won't be long until it overtakes over the number one spot from South Africa.
At the same time, Nigeria still remains very under developed compared to here at home.
However, the biggest profit opportunities out there often arise from such situations. And this is no different.
You see, as Nigeria has risen to be one of the biggest economie... ››› more
If you're looking to earn 10% or more on your portfolio year after year, chances are, you're looking in the wrong place. Chances are, you're buying risky, overpriced, "high growth" stocks that have a good story. Or you're buying risky, leveraged, "high income" stocks. Either way, over the long-term, you're more likely to lose money than make it. Read on to find out how to find the best source of d... ››› more
Earlier today, Richemont announced its sales figures for the five months to end of August. And the figures showed that the company is feeling the strain of weaker demand in China. Let's take a closer look at what the sales figures revealed…
With the company’s AGM taking place in Geneva earlier today, Richemont released its sales figures for the five months to the end of August before the mee... ››› more
The single best way to make money from shares is to identify and value a dominating dividend growing business. These businesses are the strongest and the safest. And these companies dominate their industries. Read on to find out the four key financial clues to help you uncover top dividend paying shares…
Top dividend paying companies have the best brand names, the biggest competitive advantage... ››› more
Earlier today, Stats SA released its manufacturing data for July. And the data showed that it grew more than forecast. It looks like the weak rand played its part. Let's take a closer look at what pushed manufacturing higher in July…
Manufacturing output in South Africa rose to 5.4% for the month of July, reports Bloomberg. The weaker rand help to boost “revenue for exporters”.
Stats SA... ››› more
When it comes to growth investments, Africa is the truly the last great frontier growth continent. It's going to be a major investment trend over the next decade.
But Africa has 55 countries, spans over 30 million square kilometers and has thousands of companies you can invest in.
So where do you put your money to work in this massive growth market?
Well to get a clearer picture, you nee... ››› more
For years South Africa has been the undisputed king of business in sub-Saharan Africa. People have assumed that if you want to make money in Africa, then South Africa was the country to go to.
But times are changing… And they're changing fast!
Right now South Africa is losing its competitive edge. And investors who are slow to realise this, could miss out on one of the biggest investment o... ››› more
Growth investing, as the name suggests, focuses more on capital gains than income. With this strategy, you hope to find companies that can grow their profits rapidly. If this happens, the share price of the company will go up rapidly as well and you will make a lot of money. Read on to find out how you can benefit from the growth investing approach…
You won’t find growth companies that pay b... ››› more
It's proving quite difficult to keep up to date with all the strike action on the go at the moment. With auto industry workers already on strike, now it's the retail side of the sector's turn. Let's take a closer look at what's going on...
Earlier today, the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) said that more of its members are to go on strike.
Up to 72,000 union members who work at “petr... ››› more
Earlier today, Stats SA released the gross domestic product (GDP) figures for the second quarter. And in spite of coming in at 3%, the figure was below expectations. Let's have a closer look at what the data shows…
Economic growth in South Africa “quickened to 3.0% quarter-on-quarter” for April to June this year, reports Fin24. That’s up from the first quarter figure of 0.9%.
That’s... ››› more
Yesterday, Italtile released its results for the full year to June. And as the market has come to expect, the results were sound. The share rallied over 8% on the news. Let's have a closer look at what the results show…
Italtile Ltd saw a bumper day on the JSE yesterday after releasing good results.
Branded stores “CTM, Italtile Retail and TopT” make up the retail side, says Fin24. Thes... ››› more
Earlier today, Stats SA released its data on the retail sales for the month of June. The figures disappointed. It failed to come close to economists' expectations. Read on to find out what the data showed…
Stats SA reported that “growth in South Africa's retail sales was at 1.9% year-on-year in June,” says Fin24. That’s down from a mighty revised figure of 6.0% in May.
Before the ... ››› more
If you're about to go on holiday overseas, or thinking about investing some of your hard earned cash overseas, you need to know the exchange rate. But have you ever thought about what actually determines it? Read on to uncover exactly what an exchange rate is…
An exchange rate is the relative price between two currencies.
Every time a transaction occurs between two currencies, the exchange ... ››› more
Yesterday, global banking giant HSBC posted its interim results. But the results were short of analyst expectations. This led to losses in its share price. Let's have a closer look at what the results revealed…
British bank, HSBC, announced its half year results yesterday.
The bank said its net profits rose by 22%, reports IOL. This is down to “lower costs and falling bad debt charges”.... ››› more
Earlier today, Gill Marcus, governor of the South African Reserve Bank, warned about poor job growth. This is the major cause of unemployment, and a problem facing South Africa and many other countries. Read on to find out more about what Marcus had to say on the lack of jobs…
Earlier today, Gill Marcus, the governor of the Reserve Bank, addressed the Annual Labour Law Conference in Sandton, J... ››› more
If you want to make some extra cash or boost your retirement fund, then investing on the stock market may be right up your street. Read on to uncover two key reasons why you should buy and sell shares…
If you’re new to the whole concept of stock market investing, you might wonder why you’d want to invest in shares in the first place.
There are many reasons, explains Gareth Stokes in Fea... ››› more
Stats SA revealed that the jobless number rose for the second quarter of 2013. This brought the unemployment figure to 4.723 million. Let's have a closer look at the data…
Earlier today, Stats SA released the jobless figures for April to June. And it wasn’t a pretty picture.
Since Stats SA began this survey back in 2008, this is the “highest” level recorded so far, says Fin24.
The ... ››› more
The Reserve Bank released some key figures this morning. Amongst them was credit extension and money supply. Let's have a look at what the data showed…
Growth in the demand for credit from the private sector reduced to 8.91% year on year for June, reports Fin24. The Reserve Bank said this was “down from 9.05% in May”.
A slowdown in credit growth may signal that the “trade deficit is w... ››› more
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