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  • What the resources boom means for the rand
  • By now I'm sure you've noticed commodity prices are booming! Fifty-three out of 63 commodities monitored by the World Bank were up in price in December 2020 compared with the same month a year earlier. Copper, Palladium, Rhodium and many other metals are at all time highs. Even agricultural commodities like soy, maize and sunflower are climbing. I don't expect this to continue forever.... ››› more
  • [06 May 2021]
  • Invest in the world's most powerful economy with just R100 a month
  • When the results of the Brexit referendum came on Friday 24 June 2016, the rand fell more than 8% against the dollar. This was the biggest fall against the American currency since 2008. The international impact of Britain's decision to leave the European Union is making it difficult for investors to figure out what to invest in next. If you're feeling confused, there is one market that still o... ››› more
  • [08 July 2016]
  • Dealing with the Brexit aftermath... Stop panicking
  • When I heard the results of the Brexit vote last Friday, I was watching TV, clutching a cup of coffee and snuggling under a blanket with my sons in the diamond city, Kimberley. As soon as the news bulletin ended, my phone started to buzz uncontrollably. First, a message from my brother asking, “Did you see the Brexit result?” I ignored it. Then, a message from a colleague, “How could... ››› more
  • [27 June 2016]
  • The weak rand and drought are bad news for food prices
  • The rand has continued weaker this year. While this in itself has inflationary consequences, it could get worse for consumers. This as the drought affecting much of the country means food prices are set to rise and importing food will be more expensive because of the weak currency. Let's take a closer look… Food imports mean rising food prices   Grain SA has warned that food... ››› more
  • [12 November 2015]
  • Zuma promises to get tough on industrial disputes to help the limping SA economy
  • With global factors dragging SA down, problems closer to home are impacting economic growth further. Here's what President Jacob Zuma says he's going to do about it … Surprisingly, the market reacted positively to news that President Jacob Zuma has vowed to take a stance to aid the struggling SA economy. This follows Zuma’s previous intervention about the “economy and the effects of lab... ››› more
  • [13 June 2013]
  • BankservAfrica's Economic Transaction Index shows SA's economy ready for action
  • If you've been holding off on foreign trade based on recent strike activity, here's proof that South Africa's economy is ready for action. Figures released as part of the BankservAfrica Economic Transaction Index (BETI) for December 2012 show the South African economy is bouncing back after the wildcat strike action in the mining industry. Brad Gillis, CEO Payment Clearing House System Operator at... ››› more
  • [17 January 2013]

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