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  • Why the oil price crash could be bad for farmers - and great for this stock
  • The oil price crash, and subsequent low demand for fuel worldwide could be seen as a positive for businesses. Transport costs come down - meaning extra cash in the bank. You'd expect the same for farmers. But the low oil price could actually be a big negative for maize farmers the world over… Let me explain.   ________________________________________     Here&... ››› more
  • [29 May 2020]
  • The Butterfly Effect may blow up Africa
  • You may have heard of the Butterfly Effect. Chaos theory predicts it is possible for the flap of a butterfly's wing in China to cause a hurricane in the US. Though this sounds like fantasy, we may actually be witnessing one of the greatest “butterfly effects” in history. A little while ago, likely in 2019, a single virus particle made a jump from bats to humans. In terms of scale, this... ››› more
  • [30 April 2020]
  • Could years of lower oil prices lie ahead?
  • Commodities have had it hard over the past few years. But oil managed to stand its ground, until just over a year ago that is. Since then, the oil price has slid lower and Brent crude oil struggles to trade above $50 a barrel for long periods of time. So what's going on with the oil price? And is a recovery in sight? Let's take a closer look… What’s going on with the oil price? ... ››› more
  • [29 September 2015]
  • Oil sinks to wallow around a six-year low… Here's what it means for you
  • Since July, the oil price has been falling again. And it looks like it is on track to hit six year lows. So why is the oil price under so much pressure again? And what does it mean for you? Read on to find out… What’s going on with the oil price? From the middle of last year, the oil price started to fall. After Brent crude hit $46 a barrel in the middle of January this year, th... ››› more
  • [18 August 2015]
  • The petrol price and inflation could benefit from a lower oil price
  • At the beginning of the week, the price of crude oil fell below $50 a barrel for the first time since February. The oil price has been under severe pressure lately. This could translate into good news for the price of petrol in South Africa. This would have a positive impact on inflation. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The oil price clawed back some losses This morni... ››› more
  • [05 August 2015]
  • How to check a country's risk factors before investing offshore
  • If you've decided to invest some of your cash offshore, it's important to weigh up the potential risks of countries you're looking at. So how can you check? Read on to find out… Weighing up offshore investment destinations When investing offshore, it’s important to consider country-specific risks. FM Global, an international insurance company, has devised a tool to help you d... ››› more
  • [05 June 2015]
  • Warning - Oil Price Crisis: Three toxic investments you must avoid in 2015
  • The oil price is down from $110 a barrel to $47 a barrel in the past seven months. I'm sure you enjoy this 57% drop in the oil price it every time you fill up your car, I certainly do… But the picture is dire for all companies that make their money from the oil sector. Layoffs, drilling shutdowns... and now bankruptcies are a real and imminent threat. On Tuesday 20 January oil-field ser... ››› more
  • [29 January 2015]
  • The oil price holds its ground as OPEC boss warns over low investment in the industry
  • Since June last year, the oil price has lost over half its value. This is thanks to an oversupply in the market and weak demand. But after closing at a six-year low on Monday, the price of oil has held. This could suggest that the oil price has finally found its bottom. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The oil price steadies around $48 a barrel The oil price was very s... ››› more
  • [27 January 2015]
  • The petrol price will drop R1.27 come midnight tomorrow
  • Over the festive period, it's easy to overindulge and spend more than you planned. But some respite is on the cards for motorists. Tomorrow night sees a significant drop in the petrol price. So what has led to this large drop in the petrol price? And how much can you look forward to saving? Let's take a closer look… The local petrol price is benefitting from a slump in the oil pr... ››› more
  • [05 January 2015]
  • Why the oil price could remain at current low levels and what it means for you
  • Since June, the oil price has fallen by an unprecedented 40%. This huge drop in price is beyond what many analysts expected. The oil price is now trading around $65 a barrel. So will the oil price pick up or is it here to stay? And what does this mean for you? Let's take a closer look… The oil price has trended downwards since June Understandably, the lower oil price has made a lo... ››› more
  • [11 December 2014]
  • This once in 40-year event could pop a $1.5 trillion debt bubble soon…
  • Since the mid-1970s, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has controlled the price of oil... Cutting production when it got too low and opening up the floodgates when the price got too high. That's what the world expects OPEC to do. That's what OPEC has always done. But for once OPEC is defying all logic… OPEC's seemingly illogical move will send the oil price... ››› more
  • [28 November 2014]
  • Oil plunges to $72 a barrel as OPEC decides to keep producing at current levels
  • Yesterday, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met in Vienna. On the agenda was how to respond to an ebbing oil price. If the organisation decided to cut production, it could help deal with the current oversupply, which is contributing towards a low oil price. But OPEC decided against a cut in production. The oil price fell hard on the news. Let's take a closer look ... ››› more
  • [28 November 2014]
  • It's time to jump aboard the investment opportunities that come with a falling oil price
  • Since June, the oil price has slid nearly 30%. This fall means cheaper fuel for motorists, leaving more money in their pockets. Not only that, a lower oil price not only benefits consumers, it also benefits businesses, large and small. The price of oil has a powerful effect on the global economy. And the sharp fall means there are some opportunities for investors. So what's going on with ... ››› more
  • [27 November 2014]
  • Where is the price of oil going?
  • The oil price has plunged from around $115 a barrel in June to around $80 a barrel today. OPEC, which represents many of the biggest oil producing nations hasn't responded to the lower price by cutting production. So where does this leave the oil price? And where is it heading? Let's take a closer look… The future of the oil price No-one knows with any certainly where the oil ... ››› more
  • [25 November 2014]
  • What's going on with the stock markets and commodities?
  • The last few weeks have seen some pretty volatile movements on stock markets across the world. Some markets suffering more than others. Not just that, commodity prices are falling too. Oil is trading down at $85 a barrel. Let's take a closer look at movements in the main stock markets and commodities… The rollercoaster ride of the world’s stock markets At the beginning of last m... ››› 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]
  • What's in store for the oil price?
  • Over the last few months, the oil price has come down sharply. This is in spite of rising geopolitical tensions in key oil producing regions. As it stands, traders don't seem to be concerned about the impact this could have on the availability of oil. So what's in store for the oil price? Can we look forward to lower or higher oil prices? Let's take a closer look… The lower oil pr... ››› more
  • [30 September 2014]
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