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  • Should you avoid stocks in 2019?
  • South African stocks ended 2018 as the worst year since 2008. The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index ended the year down 11%, its worst performance since 2008. But this was still better than the emerging market average of -17%... It's fair to say that 2018 was a torrid year for investors especially considering it started very promising with SA's new president replacing Zuma… But a strin... ››› more
  • [09 January 2019]
  • After slowly ticking stronger this week, the rand looks likely to end the week on a high
  • So far this week, the rand has managed to edge higher. The local currency is benefitting from easing geopolitical tensions. And jobs data out of the US gave the rand an unexpected boost. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the rand… It’s been a good week for the rand The rand is getting closer to its longstanding resistance level of 10.50 to the dollar, says Fin24. The... ››› more
  • [15 August 2014]
  • The rand looks set to trade weaker as it struggles to hold against the dollar
  • This morning, the local currency traded weaker against the dollar. The rand is battling to gain some ground due to a lack of fresh data to boost its performance. Looking forward, geopolitical events looks set to determine the rand's performance. Investor sentiment towards riskier assets, such as the rand, will play a big part. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand’s... ››› more
  • [12 August 2014]
  • Investment strategy revealed: How to protect your investments against geopolitical drama
  • When it comes to preparing your investments to weather any storm, the good news is there are things you can do to help offset your risk. In financial lingo, investors call this hedging. Hedging is just a way of diversifying your portfolio. And hedging your portfolio reduces some of the risks facing it. So what if geopolitical events intensify? What can you do to ensure your portfolio doesn't... ››› more
  • [06 August 2014]
  • How to hedge your investments against rising geopolitical tensions
  • Stock markets across the globe continue in their march higher. A low interest rate environment and stimulus programmes has helped money flow into bourses far and wide. But as the markets rise, so do geopolitical tensions. There's the situation in Ukraine for one and Israel as examples. So how can you protect yourself against the potential for situations in certain areas of the world to wors... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]
  • The JSE rallied strongly along with global markets as geopolitical tensions abate
  • Following three trading sessions down, shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) blasted higher yesterday. And the JSE wasn't the only stock market to have a good day. Across the globe, bourses rallied. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The JSE rose over 1% The JSE closed strongly higher breaking its losing run, says Fin24. An appetite for risk “returned to global ma... ››› more
  • [23 July 2014]
  • After a wobble the rand gains against the dollar
  • Yesterday, following the announcement by the Reserve Bank that it was raising interest rates by 25 basis points, the rand rallied. But the rally was short-lived as a Malaysian airliner came down over Ukraine and tensions continued to mount in Israel. But the rand has recovered this afternoon. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand looks slightly more attractive to traders Inve... ››› more
  • [18 July 2014]
  • The JSE ends lower as investors worry about rising geopolitical tensions
  • The Johannesburg Stock Exchange started the day off sharply lower, but picked up as the day went on. The market closed only slightly lower. Platinum shares were under pressure along with retailer Truworths. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE today… The JSE suffered as investors look for safer investments Escalating “geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Ukrai... ››› more
  • [18 July 2014]
  • Investors run to gold as geopolitical tensions in Ukraine escalate
  • Yesterday afternoon, news broke that a Malaysian plane had been shot down over eastern Ukraine. This as the US steps up its sanctions against Russia. The news left the US markets firmly in the red. And the gold price strongly higher. Palladium also rallied. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The gold price rose 1.3% The gold price climbed 1.3% “on heightened geopolitical te... ››› more
  • [18 July 2014]
  • The rand is struggling to hold onto any gains
  • Since the start of the year, the rand has been under continued pressure. After sliding through R11 to the dollar, it's struggling to find its feet. On Friday, the US released job numbers gains were modest. The rand took some respite from this, but it didn't last long. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the rand… Late Friday, the rand saw a brief rally as job figures in the US cam... ››› more
  • [10 February 2014]
  • The oil price falls after successful talks with Iran
  • Today, the oil price has dropped as the talks between world leaders and Iran mean that some of the sanctions against Iran will temporarily cease. The price of Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate both eased on the news. Let's take a closer look at why this caused the oil price to fall… Oil prices dropped today and “world shares were buoyed,” reports BDLive. This follows “Iran and six ... ››› more
  • [25 November 2013]
  • Adcock is determined to go ahead with buyout
  • After the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) said it doesn't back the bid by CFR Pharmaceuticals, Adcock Ingram says it still wants to pursue the deal. Adcock's board believes that the deal is in the best interests of its shareholders. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Adcock’s board says that “a $1.3 billion takeover from Chile’s CFR was in the best interest of all sharehold... ››› more
  • [08 November 2013]
  • Three hidden risks of an all-domestic investment portfolio
  • During the Great Depression, many investors were rudely awakened to the truth that market risks can be greater than what they initially believed. But “even fewer grasp just how vulnerable they are to an even more insidious and equally dangerous menace to their wealth: Political risk,” writes Investment Expert John Pugsley. Read on to discover three political risks that are threatening your wea... ››› more
  • [25 April 2013]



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