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  • 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]
  • Why the Oil price is set to slide
  • On 27 June I told Money Morning readers I expected the oil price to drop. That week saw the oil price start a slide which has been its longest downturn in three years! As you can see, the oil price has had seven weeks of downturns following end of June. This past week has seen it halt the decline, but I don't foresee this as a sustained upturn. Simply put - oil shouldn't trade above $70 a... ››› more
  • [29 August 2018]
  • The New Oil Order explained for your trading!
  • The most traded commodity in the world is also the most disappointing commodity in the world. The oil industry has taken off to new heights. And by new heights I'm certainly NOT talking about revenue or prices. I'm talking about the ridiculous increase in oil production per day. Back in 1980, we had around 59 million barrels of oil produced per day. This year we have over 85 million barrels... ››› more
  • [09 November 2015]
  • Things are looking rosier in Europe… Here's how you can make the most of it
  • The climate in Europe certainly looks like it is improving. Between April and June, sales from 75% of European companies beat analyst forecasts. And profits also did well, with 75% of companies matching or beating analyst forecasts. So what could lie ahead for European companies? And what's worth looking at? Let's take a closer look… European companies are on the up With result... ››› more
  • [19 October 2015]
  • It's a mixed bag for fuel prices this month with diesel users hardest hit
  • On Friday, the Department of Energy announced what was in store for fuel prices this month. The department revealed that prices would move up and down, it all depends on what fuel you use. Let's take a closer look… What’s going on with fuel prices? The Department of Energy said that users of 93 grade petrol will see the price fall by 2c a litre from Wednesday, reports Fin24. On ... ››› more
  • [05 October 2015]
  • 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]
  • Consumer inflation eases slightly in August thanks to a lower oil price
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its consumer inflation data for last month. The consumer price index (CPI) showed that inflation eased slightly on an annual basis. The upward pressures on inflation have subsided thanks to a lower oil price, which led to lower fuel prices. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Consumer inflation comes in at 4.6% for August Consumer i... ››› more
  • [23 September 2015]
  • The Reserve Bank keeps interest rates unchanged, for now
  • Earlier today, the South African Reserve Bank's monetary policy committee decided to keep interest rates unchanged for the moment. This follows the US Federal Reserve's decision last week to keep its interest rates also on hold. Let's take a closer look at the Reserve Bank's decision… Interest rates remain unchanged as inflationary pressures ease The governor of the Reserve Bank, ... ››› more
  • [23 September 2015]
  • Chances are the Reserve Bank will keep interest rates unchanged
  • Tomorrow afternoon, the South African Reserve Bank's monetary policy committee meeting will conclude. Will the committee decide to hike rates or will it keep then unchanged? Let's take a look… Interest rates may rise in November Thanks to the US Federal Reserve keeping its interest rates unchanged last Thursday, it looks likely that the Reserve Bank will follow its lead, reports F... ››› more
  • [22 September 2015]
  • Despite the rand's tumble, the petrol price is dropping again on Wednesday
  • On 2 September, motorists can look forward to paying less at the pumps for both petrol and diesel. This brings the second consecutive month of cuts to the petrol price. So what is behind a drop in the price of petrol and other fuels? Let's take a closer look… The petrol price will fall by 69c a litre On Friday, the Department of Energy revealed that from Wednesday, the petrol p... ››› more
  • [31 August 2015]
  • Consumer inflation climbs to 5% in July
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its data for consumer inflation for July. The data showed consumer inflation came in higher and was in line with expectations. So what is putting pressure on inflation? Read on to find out… Consumer inflation climbed 0.3% Consumer inflation, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI), “accelerated to 5%” year-on-year, reports MoneyWeb. This ... ››› more
  • [19 August 2015]
  • Why the rand's plunge won't send inflation soaring
  • The rand has been on a downward trend this year. And over the past couple of weeks, the currency has been under even more pressure. So what's going on with the rand? And does a weaker rand mean much higher inflation and interest rates? Read on to find out… The rand is trading at 14 year lows The rand is currently sitting at levels not seen since 2001. The situation doesn’t look ... ››› more
  • [19 August 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]
  • Shares in Sasol rise as profits look better than expected
  • This morning, Sasol released a trading update regarding its full-year results to the end of June. Shares in Sasol responded positively to the news as the update suggests the impact of lower oil prices hasn't been as bad as first feared. Let's take a closer look… Sasol beats analyst forecasts Sasol [JSE:SOL] said it expects its headline earnings for the 12 months to the end of June... ››› more
  • [07 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]
  • Why the price of oil is under pressure yet again
  • This month, the price of Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate have been on a downwards slope. So why is the oil price under pressure again? Let's take a closer look at what's going on… An increase in US stockpiles hit the oil price Yesterday, the US government revealed that it had increased its “crude stockpiles,” says Fin24. This led to worries about a “global supply glu... ››› more
  • [23 July 2015]
  • Could the petrol price be set to fall at the beginning of August?
  • The oil price has come down over the month so far. This is raising hopes that the petrol price will follow after hikes over the past few months. But the Automobile Association (AA) warns against motorists pinning hopes on the petrol price coming down as the rand continues to trade at weak levels against the dollar. Let's take a closer look at what could lie in store for the price of petrol a... ››› more
  • [21 July 2015]
  • Producer inflation starts to rise again, jumping 0.5% higher
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released producer inflation data for last month. The producer price index (PPI) climbed higher on a year-on-year and month-on-month basis. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Producer inflation came in at 3.1% for March Producer inflation rose “to 3.1% year-on-year” last month, reports Fin24. That’s up 0.5% from the 2.6% reported in F... ››› more
  • [30 April 2015]
  • The impact of deflation on the stock market
  • South Africa has battled with high inflation for a number of years. Only recently has inflation fallen back within the Reserve Bank's target range thanks to the lower oil price. But what happens when deflation hits? What effect does this have on the stock market? Read on to find out… Deflation isn’t something to be scared of The word deflation can make investors start worrying a... ››› more
  • [28 April 2015]
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