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  • Russia is hoarding gold like there's no tomorrow
  • Russia is hoarding gold. The country has bought around 230 tonnes of gold since the start of 2018. What's more - back in the year 2000 Russia held 830 tonnes of gold - its gold reserves now total more than 2,119 tonnes!    Russian central bank gold reserves are soaring   In fact, there are reports that the Central Bank of Russia is studying a proposal to create a gold-b... ››› more
  • [04 July 2019]
  • The Russian rouble plunges despite an interest rate hike of 6.5%
  • Yesterday, the Russian rouble was in free fall. On Monday night, the Russian central bank tried to take control of the troubled currency by hiking interest rates, but it wasn't enough to stabilise the currency. So why is the rouble weakening so much? Let's take a closer look… A 6.5% hike to interest rates did little to stabilise the rouble The Russian rouble sank yesterday, “... ››› more
  • [17 December 2014]
  • South Africa enters a multibillion rand deal with Russia to secure nuclear power
  • Yesterday, the government announced that it had signed a deal with Russia's state power provider. The deal with Rosatom secures the building of up to eight nuclear reactors. As Eskom struggles to meet the demands of power consumption, the government is looking at alternatives to providing the country with sufficient electricity over the long-term. Let's take a closer look at what's going on... ››› more
  • [23 September 2014]
  • Sappi tumbles over 5% despite reporting a profit for its third quarter
  • Earlier today, Sappi released its results for the three months to the end of June. The company reported a profit for the quarter, but that wasn't enough for investors. The share price closed the day down over 5%. Let's take a closer look at what the results revealed… The situation in Ukraine and Russia is putting pressure on sales Sappi benefitted from the cost cutting measures it imple... ››› more
  • [31 July 2014]
  • The rand comes under pressure as worries over Ukraine grow
  • After trading in a tighter range over the past week, the rand has weakened this morning. The local currency is under renewed pressure as concern grow over instability in Ukraine. As investors dump emerging market currencies, the rand is suffering. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the rand… Negative investor sentiment is pushing the rand weaker This morning, the rand continue... ››› more
  • [28 May 2014]
  • Platinum and palladium are about to experience a supply squeeze never seen before
  • Tomorrow marks four months since the start of the platinum sector strike. The world's three largest platinum producers have had their production crippled. Even though new talks are underway, there's no certainty when full production will resume. And this is having other knock-on effects that are sure to affect platinum, not to mention other linked metals like palladium. Palladium is under severe s... ››› more
  • [22 May 2014]
  • How you can profit from Russia's grave mistake
  • By now the story about the tensions in the Ukraine is old news. But what's changing is the level of tension between Russia and the western world. You see, Russia's decision to ignore the US and Europe and occupy Crimea has seen these world superpowers bumping heads. Just last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia will be making a “grave mistake” if it doesn't halt provocation... ››› more
  • [25 April 2014]
  • Uncertainty in Ukraine fuels the price of gold and palladium higher
  • Over the weekend, mounting tensions between Russia and Ukraine continued to dominate the news. By the time the markets opened yesterday morning, the yellow metal was itching to start climbing. As investors get worried over what's going to happen in Ukraine, they're turning to the safe haven status of gold. But gold isn't the only metal rising as a result of what's happening in Ukraine. Let's take ... ››› more
  • [15 April 2014]
  • The rand is under pressure again as growing tensions in Ukraine puts it under strain
  • After last week's decent performance, the rand is under pressure once again. This follows the rand hitting three month highs last week. As tensions grow in the Ukraine, investors are turning away from riskier assets like the rand. Let's take a closer look at why the rand is struggling again… ****************************************************** URGENT: Next trade imminent! On 24th March 2... ››› more
  • [14 April 2014]
  • Ukrainians will pay 50% more for gas come 1 May
  • In an effort to secure a new aid package from the International Monetary Fund, domestic consumers in Ukraine will pay 50% more for gas come the start of May. The Ukrainian state energy company, Naftogaz made the announcement yesterday. Let's take a closer look at why the government is putting through such a high increase… The price of gas must rise to meet demands by the IMF Ukraine is desp... ››› more
  • [26 March 2014]
  • If you've invested in the BRIC nations, it's time to drop the 'R'
  • For years now everyone has been punting the BRIC nations. These are emerging economies with huge populations and massive growth. They include Brazil, Russia, India and China. And had you invested in these nations, you'd have done very well over the last decade. But the situation is changing… 23 years since it ended, President Barack Obama has said he feels the echoes of the cold war res... ››› more
  • [26 March 2014]
  • Tensions in the Ukraine make now the perfect time to profit…
  • With the Oscar Pritorius trial dominating the news at the moment, many people haven't noticed that there are some pretty big things happening around the world… One of these is the fact that the old world super powers are flexing their muscles in a squabble over Crimea. Simply put, there is a large portion of Russians living in Crimea who want to belong to Russia. But the western world is w... ››› more
  • [17 March 2014]
  • The gold price rallies as tensions grow in Ukraine
  • Gold has hit a four month high today. The yellow metal is benefitting from its safe haven status. Investors worried about the growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia have turned to gold. The gold price has risen more than 1% today. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the yellow metal… Global stocks markets are under pressure The growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine h... ››› more
  • [03 March 2014]
  • The rand remains vulnerable as tensions mount between Ukraine and Russia
  • The rand is on shaky ground as investors around the world are on edge over tension between Ukraine and Russia. This is putting pressure on emerging markets and their currencies. Last week, the rand put in its best performance for weeks. And shrugged off news about the larger than forecast trade account deficit. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the local currency… The rand weake... ››› more
  • [03 March 2014]
  • Palladium: This rare metal is poised to soar
  • There is a metal that's getting ready to soar. This metal is 15 times rarer than platinum. In fact, this metal is 30 times rarer than gold. And no substitute can replace this metal because of its unique physical properties. This metal is palladium. And the price of palladium is looking set to double. Let's take a look at why… ] Modern technology needs palladium to function Palladium is a met... ››› more
  • [28 February 2014]
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