South African Economy

  • South Africa out of recession… where to from here?
  • 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. Editor's Note:  This is your FINAL chance to be a part of the biggest "bonus" we'... ››› more
  • [06 December 2018]
  • The 3 most troubling takeaways from SONA
  • The State of the Nation Address (SONA) was certainly a spectacle, unfortunately mainly for the wrong reasons. However, as South Africans, it's essential to analyse the SONA - especially as it could have a significant impact on our lives. Personally, I found three aspects of SONA particularly troubling…   Why investors should be worried about SONA 2017 #1: The violence   In hi... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • This market is crashing spectacularly - avoid it for now
  • 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.   -------------------- Advertisement --------------------   Discover the explosive profit secret that could see you banking gains of 200%, 300% or even 500% in as little as 2 years  ... ››› more
  • [04 August 2016]
  • Can the SA economy or your pocket handle another increase in maize prices?
  • The drought that's battering Southern Africa right now is going to wreak havoc on your pockets in the near future. South African corn farmers are expected to produce the lowest maize produce in 8 years. The last time production numbers were this low was in 2008. The numbers are concerning and it seems that South Africa will have to drastically increase the amount of maize it imports to 3.8... ››› more
  • [13 July 2016]
  • Get your budget ready for another Eskom price hike
  • If you're celebrating that we're almost through winter and had no load-shedding, I have some bad news for you. You and I might have had an “uninterrupted” power supply this winter but it's going to cost our pockets, big time! According to an article in the City Press newspaper this weekend, “The economy is set for a shock from the combined blows of Eskom's move to hike the cost of tw... ››› more
  • [12 July 2016]
  • 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]
  • The world's largest brewer gets the nod to merge with SABMiller
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev got conditional approval from the South African Competition Tribunal on Tuesday for its $100 billion acquisition of SABMIller (JSE:SAB) in South Africa. The go-ahead didn't come without certain conditions though. The commission found that the deal raises several competition and public interest concerns and has moved to deal with these. To ensure that South Africa doesn'... ››› more
  • [01 June 2016]
  • Confirmed: A recession and a junk status down grade is inevitable
  • “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
  • [30 May 2016]
  • Are you ready for the rand to hit R60 to the dollar?
  • Chris Hart, regular contributor to the South African Investor predicts that the rand will hit R60 to the dollar by 2019. He also believes that credit ratings agencies will soon declare South Africa's junk status before the end of this year. This is bad news for South African Investors. But just how worried should you be? And is there anything you can do to hedge your investments against this event... ››› more
  • [16 May 2016]
  • The case for making South Africa a globally competitive country again - Part 1
  • 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
  • [07 January 2016]
  • Business confidence continues to ebb as a struggling economy takes its toll
  • Earlier today saw the release of the RMB/BER business confidence index. The data showed that business confidence is continuing to fall. So what is putting pressure on business confidence? Let's take a closer look… The business confidence index falls to 36   Business confidence has hit 36 for the last quarter of the year, reports Fin24. This after the index fell “from 42 to... ››› more
  • [26 November 2015]
  • Producer inflation jumps higher as food prices rise
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its producer inflation data for October. The data showed that the rise was mostly due to climbing food prices. This data could indicate that a jump higher in consumer inflation could be on the cards. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Producer inflation rises to 4.2%   Producer inflation, as measured by the producer price ind... ››› more
  • [26 November 2015]
  • The rand drifts weaker as the dollar firms
  • There's no disputing that the rand is under severe pressure. The currency is feeling the strain yet again as the dollar continues on its path stronger. The dollar is gaining on the prospect of an interest rate hike next month. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand continues its slide against the dollar   The latest data out of the US gives more reason for the... ››› more
  • [26 November 2015]
  • The future looks bleak for the rand
  • The rand has yet again struggled to hold under R14 to the dollar. The currency is under pressure as the market expects the US Federal Reserve to hike interest rates next month. After the South African Reserve Bank raised interest rates last week, the local currency experienced a sharp rally, but most of these gains have disappeared. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The ra... ››› more
  • [25 November 2015]
  • SA avoids recession as GDP rises over the third quarter
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for the three months to the end of September. This comes after two quarters of negative growth this year. Let's take a closer look at what the data shows… GDP rises 0.7% from July to September   GDP rose by 0.7% in the third quarter of the year in comparison to the second quarter when the economy contract... ››› more
  • [24 November 2015]
  • The rand rallies on the back of an interest rate hike
  • Yesterday, the South African Reserve Bank hiked interest rates 0.25% amid worries over inflation. The news came as a bit of a surprise as the majority of economists thought the central bank would leave rates unchanged. The rand reacted positively to the news, clawing back some of its recent losses. Let's take a closer look… The rand strengthens on news of an interest rate hike  ... ››› more
  • [20 November 2015]
  • The Reserve Bank hikes interest rates 0.25%
  • Earlier today, the Reserve Bank's monetary policy committee revealed that it was hiking interest rates. This comes as the majority of economists seemed to believe that the bank would hold off hiking rates for the moment. Let's take a closer look at the Reserve Bank's decision…   An interest rate hike takes prime to 9.75%   This afternoon, the governor of the Reserve Bank, ... ››› more
  • [19 November 2015]
  • Will the Reserve Bank hike interest rates this afternoon?
  • This afternoon, the Reserve Bank will give a statement following the central bank's monetary policy committee meeting. The main concern will be whether the committee decides to hike rates or not. Let's take a closer look at what could be on the cards… Will the Reserve Bank hike interest rates 0.25%?   There is a growing consensus that the Reserve Bank will hike interest rate... ››› more
  • [19 November 2015]
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