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  • Want to invest in gold coins? Here's how to weigh up your options
  • Gold has been a store of value for more than six millennia. So if you fancy investing in gold in the form of coins, what ones should you buy? You can pick between bullion coins like Kruger rands and gold coins of the rarer variety. Let's take a closer look… The different types of gold coins Gold coins tend to fall into two distinct categories: Bullion coins and rare coins. ... ››› more
  • [24 August 2015]
  • Global stock markets plunge as panic sets in over China
  • Since the markets in the Middle East opened yesterday, global stock markets have been going in one direction: Sharply down. Investors are selling off holdings as concerns grow over what lies in store for the Chinese economy. This morning, Asian stock markets closed down in excess of 5%. So what is all the panic about? Let's take a closer look… Asian stock markets fell hard A... ››› more
  • [24 August 2015]
  • The rand plunges to a record low as financial markets worry over growth in China
  • This morning, the rand fell sharply against the dollar. At one stage it traded through R14. The latest bout of weakness for the local currency comes as concerns continue to mount over growth in China, the world's second largest economy. This has knocked commodities down and led to large drops in global stock markets. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand hits R14 t... ››› more
  • [24 August 2015]
  • The rand retreats but remains under pressure after breaching R13/$
  • Yesterday, the rand fell to a level not seen since December 2001. The local currency traded through R13/$. The rand has pulled back slightly, but remains under severe pressure as China continues to show signs of a slowdown. If the US Federal Reserve puts off a hike in interest rates, it may help the local unit out over the longer term. Let's take a closer look at what's going on and what ... ››› more
  • [21 August 2015]
  • The rand is almost touching R13 to the dollar
  • The rand has weakened yet again, taking it to sit just off R13 to the greenback. Any move weaker will see it breach the key level. So what's behind this latest depreciation in the rand? Let's take a closer look… The rand bounced then fell again The rand came under pressure this morning following signs of strength in the currency last night. Last night, minutes from the latest ... ››› more
  • [20 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]
  • Three ways to hedge yourself against a weaker rand
  • This year so far, the rand is down over 10% against the dollar. It's a similar story with the currency's performance against the euro and the pound. It looks like the rand is far from out of the woods yet. So if you haven't hedged yourself against the rand's fall, what can you do now? Read on to find out… Rand hedge #1: Hold foreign currency You can hedge yourself against the r... ››› 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]
  • The rand trades dangerously close to R13 to the dollar
  • The rand has continued its slide against the US dollar. This comes as the US Federal Reserve is due to release its minutes from its latest monetary policy meeting from the end of last month tomorrow. The local currency is edging closer to R13 to the dollar. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand weakens in anticipation of release of the Fed’s minutes The rand h... ››› more
  • [18 August 2015]
  • The rand hits another new low against the pound
  • After a rollercoaster ride last week, the rand has kicked off the new week still hovering at multiyear lows against the dollar. The local unit is also trading at all-time lows against the pound. So what's going on? And what does this week have in store for the rand? Read on to find out… The rand struggles to hold its ground In early trade this morning, the rand managed to trade... ››› more
  • [17 August 2015]
  • The rand eyes R13 to the dollar as this week's rout continues
  • This week has certainly been a tough one for the rand. The local currency has been under fire thanks to developments in China and the US. So how much has the rand fallen? And why is it under so much pressure? Let's take a closer look… The rand is down nearly 2% this week This morning, the rand has fallen to new “14 year lows against the dollar,” says IOL. It’s now trading at... ››› more
  • [14 August 2015]
  • The rand claws back after China's surprise devaluation of the yuan
  • The rand hit 14 year lows against the dollar this week following China's shock decision to devalue its currency in a bid to boost its export market. The step by the Chinese central bank led the rand along with other emerging market currencies to weaken sharply. It also led to sharp falls in global stock markets. But today, after reassurances from the People's Bank of China, the rand has mana... ››› more
  • [13 August 2015]
  • The rand slides as China devalues the yuan for a second day
  • The rand has continued to weaken after China devalued the yuan for a second consecutive day. The local currency traded to levels not seen since 2001. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Today China depreciated the yuan by 1.6% The People’s Bank of China devalued the yuan by “a further 1.6%” today, reports BDLive. This comes a day after the bank devalued the currency... ››› more
  • [12 August 2015]
  • China devalues its currency to combat slowing growth, hitting the rand in the process
  • China has devalued its currency, the yuan, in a bid to stimulate economic growth. The rand, along with other emerging market currencies, fell on the news. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Why China devalued its currency The People’s Bank of China has devalued its currency by 1.9% in a bid to “make the exchange rate more market orientated,” reports the BBC. This t... ››› more
  • [11 August 2015]
  • The rand hits 14 year lows ahead of US jobs data release
  • Yesterday, the rand hit a 14-year low against the dollar and traded through R20 to the pound. The local currency is under severe pressure. So what's going on with the rand? And what does the future hold for the currency? Let's take a closer look… The rand falls sharply This morning, the rand is slightly stronger against the dollar after touching levels not seen since 2001 yeste... ››› more
  • [06 August 2015]
  • The rand continues to look shaky as pressure grows on emerging market currencies
  • The rand has managed to recoup some of last week's losses, but remains vulnerable to further weakening. This as traders wait for the release of US jobs data on Friday. The data could give further clues as to when the US Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in the world's largest economy. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is battling to hold its ground This... ››› more
  • [04 August 2015]
  • Prepare for cheaper fuel at the pumps tomorrow
  • From midnight, a fall in the price of petrol will offset the hike seen at the beginning of July. International oil prices have helped to lower the cost of petrol in spite of the rand's weakening trend. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The petrol price is falling more than forecast Two weeks ago, data released by the Central Energy Fund suggested that a petrol price dro... ››› more
  • [04 August 2015]
  • Forget the plummeting rand hurting your investments! Here's how to profit it…
  • Last week, as investors continue to dump emerging market assets in anticipation of US interest rate hikes, the rand hit a 14 year low of R12.77 to the dollar. The rand hasn't been this low since December 2001. Since the beginning of 2015 alone, the rand fell almost 10% against the dollar. My point is, our local currency is under pressure and this has a major impact on you. You see, e... ››› more
  • [03 August 2015]
  • About the company: Famous Brands Ltd [JSE:FBR]
  • Famous Brands provides a variety of well-known franchises in the food industry. The company has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange… Full name: Famous Brands Limited Short name: FamBrands Ticker: FBR Sector: Travel & leisure – travel & leisure Five top facts about Famous Brands Fact #1: Famous Brands employs over 1,440 people in its provision of franchises in the fast ... ››› more
  • [30 July 2015]
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