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  • With all this stimulus - should you be scared of hyperinflation?
  • Interest rates world-wide have been dropped to their lowest levels in history. The US is currently running a 0% - 0.25% interest rate, and the country is pumping TRILLIONS of dollars into its economy via quantitative easing. In Europe the same plan is being followed, in fact, there are in fact banks borrowing money from the European Central bank at -1% interest rates. This means banks are g... ››› more
  • [29 July 2020]
  • The rand holds at 11.42/$ as this week's interest rate decision looms
  • Since the announcement by the European Central Bank (ECB) last week of its massive stimulus programme, the rand has strengthened slightly. This week, the rand's focus will be closer to home as the Reserve Bank holds its first monetary policy committee meeting of the year. The money's on the bank keeping interest rates unchanged. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The ECB’... ››› more
  • [26 January 2015]
  • The rand benefits from Europe's new stimulus programme, but has it run too much?
  • This week, around the globe, investors were waiting for yesterday's announcement from the European Central Bank (ECB). The new stimulus programme exceeded expectations. The rand rallied on the news, but there are concerns the local currency's signs of strength are going to be short-lived. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand rallied strongly on the back of the ECB’... ››› more
  • [23 January 2015]
  • If Europe goes ahead with quantitative easing, it could be good news for the rand
  • The rand is holding its ground as markets around the world wait to hear the outcome of the European Central Bank's meeting. Analysts expect the bank to announce a massive quantitative easing programme. But the news will only come out later today. So if the European Central Bank launches a new stimulus programme, what effect will it have on the rand? Let's take a closer look… The r... ››› more
  • [22 January 2015]
  • The JSE responded higher to positive economic growth and rumours of more stimulus
  • Yesterday morning, stocks on the local bourse waited for some direction, before the release of economic growth figures for the second quarter. After worries about a recession, growth was positive. Later in the day, speculation that the European Central Bank would provide more stimulus led the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and markets round the world higher. Let's take a closer look at what... ››› more
  • [27 August 2014]
  • When bad news is good news, it's time to buy!
  • Over the last few days we've seen some bad news coming out from around the world: • Economic contraction in Japan • A shock fall in Chinese loans • A lacklustre reading on US retail sales • And disappointing US jobs numbers Considering all this, it's not surprising we've seen a sell-off in global markets. But what's surprising is that this period of bad debt could actually sig... ››› more
  • [15 August 2014]
  • The Fed looks set to end its stimulus programme in October
  • Late yesterday, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) released the minutes of its latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, held in June. The meeting revealed the US central bank plans to end its stimulus programme in October. US stocks rose on the news. Let's take a closer look… The Fed’s stimulus programme’s days are numbered In yesterday’s released minutes, the Fed revealed it “... ››› more
  • [10 July 2014]
  • The Fed trims its stimulus programme again - it now stands at $45 billion a month
  • At the end of 2013, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) began tapering its massive $85 billion a month stimulus programme. After the credit crisis hit, the US central bank stepped in to stimulus its ailing economy. As the US economy shows signs of improvement, the Fed continues to trim the stimulus. Yesterday's announcement saw the Dow Jones close at a record high. Let's take a closer look at what's goin... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • US non-farm payrolls come in slightly less than forecast
  • This afternoon, the US released its non-farm payrolls data covering March. The number of new jobs created came in slightly less than forecast. But the numbers showed that the US economy continues to recover. Let's take a closer look at what the jobs data revealed… Jobs growth fell 5,000 in March from February For March, jobs created in non-farming sectors of the economy grew 192,000, says I... ››› more
  • [04 April 2014]
  • When this lady signals it's time to buy… You buy!
  • Last week Janet Yellen, the US Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) Chairperson, announced that the US could stop its economic stimulus program as early as the end of this year. And interest rates could start rising in 2015. This move signaled the end of dollar weakness. And it could make you a lot of money as a trader if you know where to look. In fact, I've got two great ways you can profit from thi... ››› more
  • [24 March 2014]
  • The rand continues to lose its battle against the dollar
  • The local currency has been under immense pressure this week on the back of poor sentiment weighing on emerging market currencies. There are also factors closer to home playing a part in the rand's poor performance. Yesterday, reports reveal that a massive fuel hike looks likely at the start of March. And a recent survey suggests that the rand's lack lustre performance in affecting confidence in t... ››› more
  • [21 February 2014]
  • The price of bullion blasts through $1,300 an ounce
  • Since dipping to $1,195 in mid-December, gold has been on a volatile journey upwards. After closing last night in London at $1,296, gold has blasted through the $1,300 level. And it has kept on rising. Let's take a look at what's pushing the price of gold higher… Gold is in the midst of its “longest rally since 2011,” says Mineweb. The yellow metal has soared through the $1,300 level “fo... ››› more
  • [14 February 2014]
  • The JSE rises strongly spurred on by good news
  • The JSE closed the day firmly higher yesterday. Good news from China early in the day helped get trading off to a good start. Higher precious metal prices helped take gold and platinum stocks higher too. And there were some outstanding performers from individual shares. Let's see what happened on the JSE yesterday… The JSE finished the day comfortably higher helped by” positive global sentim... ››› more
  • [13 February 2014]
  • Do bonds deserve a place in your investment portfolio?
  • When the financial crisis struck, many investors dumped their shares and ran. One asset class that benefited was bonds. Investors looking for a safer home for their money invested in them. And the action of central banks around the world also helped the bonds market. Let's take a closer look at how bonds work and if you should invest in bonds… After the financial crisis hit in 2007, central ba... ››› more
  • [12 February 2014]
  • The rand manages to stand its ground below 11 to the dollar
  • Today, the rand has strengthened below R11 to the dollar. Chinese data released this morning has helped the local currency to briefly rally. This, along with news from the US that it raised its debt ceiling and provided more clarity of plans to cut its stimulus, translated into good news for the rand. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The “release of positive Chinese trade data”... ››› more
  • [12 February 2014]
  • Yellen confirms the Fed will continue to trim stimulus programme
  • Yesterday, Janet Yellen, the newly appointed chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve (Fed), made her first public comments since taking over from Ben Bernanke. Ms Yellen confirmed that the US central bank would continue to cut its massive stimulus programme. Let's take a closer look at what Ms Yellen revealed… Janet Yellen appeared before the House Financial Services Committee yesterday, notes th... ››› more
  • [12 February 2014]
  • Forex markets going nowhere? Here's a trading strategy to deal with it
  • When there are no clear trends in the markets, like at the moment, it can be hard to know what to do next. The most important thing is don't panic. You need to wait for the opportunities to arise. So what should your trading approach be at time like these? And why are the markets behaving like this? Read on to find out what you should do… The most important thing is to step away from your trad... ››› more
  • [06 February 2014]
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