At 11:30 on 4 December 2018 Stats SA announced that South Africa is out of its recession.
GDP Growth for the third quarter came in at 2.2%, after a 2.6% decline in the first quarter and a 0.4% decline in the second quarter of 2018.
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Car sales are crashing.
Since 2014 they've been in a straight downtrend.
In fact, the latest figures from July 2016 show a drop of 17% (9,222 less vehicles) in vehicles sold compared to July 2015.
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There's a scary word floating around the investment world right now.
It's hanging over your portfolio like a black cloud. It's threatening your income, your investments and your financial future.
The frightening thing is many investors don't even know that their money is in danger. They're ambling along blind to the fact that they're about to lose a large portion of their investments.
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So far this year, you've heard the word recession a lot. It's a real threat to the economy right now.
The third quarter of 2015 saw 0.7% gross domestic product (GDP) growth - the fourth quarter saw 0.6% GDP growth. Results of the first quarter of 2016 shows the economy contracted 1.2%.
Economists expected the economy to contract only 0.1%, which leads me to believe that nobody really knows... ››› more
You already know that rumours of a recession are circulating around the investment markets.
2016 has been a tough year for the South African economy and the hard times don't look like they're going to stop any time soon.
Statistics South Africa shows that the economy is already down 1.2% for the year. We're in the middle of a drought and the price of food, electricity and water is steadily... ››› more
Even though South Africa managed to dodge the downgrade bullet last week, the risk of recession, higher interest rates and a lack of foreign funding still plagues the South African banking industry.
But larger fund managers like PSG Asset Management have recently been adding banks to their portfolios. Surely this is a mistake under the current challenging market environment.
Well, let's ta... ››› more
Regular contributor to FSP Invest's South African Investor publication, Dawie Roodt, recently reported that he believes South Africa is already in recession.
As we know, Roodt doesn't make any statement lightly. He is usually armed with facts and figures before he makes a statement like this.
This begs the question, did South Africa slip into a recession and nobody noticed?
Let's take ... ››› more
If you've been reading the news from FSPInvest.co.za over the past few weeks, I think you understand how important it is to add a certain level of protection to your investment portfolio right now.
There's one precious metal that's proved itself as a protective asset over and over again. Of course, the metal Joshua is talking about is gold.
He says, “In the 1970s and 1980s were marked by... ››› more
“The rand could hit R60 to the dollar by 2019: Chris Hart” - Business Tech
“Chris Hart: Nothing can prevent SA's slide to junk” - Fin24
I spoke to Chris about his recession and junk status predictions at the South African Investor member meeting on 24 May 2016. I asked him if he was misquoted in the media. However, he was adamant that he is right about these predictions.
One of the... ››› more
The situation is more serious than we thought...
As you'll see in a moment, it's become clear that South Africa is headed for a recession.
SA government economic policy has been doing very little to improve the state of our economy and now, the South African economy, consumers and investors are paying for the sins of our decision makers.
But all is not lost...
Due to the severity of... ››› more
On Tuesday, the World Bank announced it cut South Africa's economic growth forecast to 0.8% in 2016. Followed by the words, “The economy is flirting with stagnation if not recession”.
What's more is, the World Bank's economic outlook for South Africa is in line with the IMF's - which estimates economic growth rate to reach 0.7%.
The bottom line is your investments are at risk.
So, if ... ››› more
1994, apartheid ended and democracy was born. It was the beginning of a bright future for South Africa.
Over two decades of freedom, South Africa worked hard to revitalise the declining economy left by apartheid.
Between 1994 and 2013, the South African economy experienced positive growth in every quarter except for 2 of the 78 quarters. In both instances where the South African economy expe... ››› more
Today saw the release of the RMB/BER business confidence index data for the third quarter of this year.
The data showed that the index is now sitting at levels not seen since 2011.
So what's putting pressure on the index?
Let's take a closer look…
Business confidence dips again
The business confidence index (BCI), which the Bureau for Economic Research conducts and Rand Merchan... ››› more
Earlier today, Stats SA released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for the second quarter of the year.
The data surprised showing a sharp contraction despite economists expecting the economy to have grown during the three months.
So what's to blame for the slump?
Read on to find out more…
The South African economy contracts 1.3%
GDP data showed that the “economy contracte... ››› more
"I received a mail from one of your advisors Timon Rossolimos advising that there is ABOUT TO BE A 41.9% DROP IN THE STOCK MARKET. As a pensioner this SCARED THE HELL out of me. I can not afford to lose 50% of my investments.
Does this also mean I need to quickly sell my unit trusts & put everything into cash before I lose 50% ?
Is this an advertising con (if so not appreciated ) or is thi... ››› more
Earlier today, Stats SA released the much anticipated economic growth figures for the three months to the end of June.
After the economy contracted in the first quarter of the year, fears were growing that South Africa was entering recession again.
But figures show that the economy managed to grow weakly over the second quarter.
Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed…
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There is a simple misconception about the link between the stock market and the economy. If you can overcome this misconception, you'll be in a better position to make better investment decisions. So what is this misconception? And what should you do? Read on to find out…
The link between the economy and the stock market
There is a simple misconception that if the economy is doing well, the ... ››› more
Yesterday, the governor of the Reserve Bank, Gill Marcus, said she didn't believe South Africa was heading for a recession, despite a whole host of poor economic indicators. The new finance minister was also quick to reassure today. Let's take a closer look…
Economic indicators would have to be a lot worse to indicate a recession
Ms Marcus said that there would “have to be a very dramatic ... ››› more
Every month, I like to see what the markets are doing worldwide. I analyse the price charts of the biggest stock markets in the world.
So, last week I was sitting down at my desk at around 11pm, casually doing analyses, until I came across a very frightening chart.
It told me that the next stock market crash could be coming, and it's not going to be a small one.
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There are many advantages for a company to use debt to finance its ventures. A company's debt can boost your returns as a shareholder if things go well. But, as you might expect, unforeseen events can have a negative impact on a company laden with too much debt. Let's take a closer look at how it can all go wrong when a company has debt…
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