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  • Breaking news: This move by government could send the gold price past $2,000
  • Just in: The South African Reserve Bank just lowered interest rates by another 1%, the second time in a month.   This puts the South African repo rate at a historic low!   We can write essays about what the lower interest rate means for business and consumers. But in short - lowering interest rates historically has meant one thing for gold. Its price goes up!   And as you can see in the c... ››› more
  • [15 April 2020]
  • This is the highest this commodity's ever been - here's how to profit
  • The gold price sits at R23,044 an ounce - with its recent all time high at R23,721 per ounce. In early 2018 gold was below R16,000 an ounce. So the shiny metal is up around 44% in 2 years!   This is being driven by the weak rand, as well as a rising dollar gold price.   Within mere months I expect we will see the rand gold price hit R26,000 levels.   ... ››› more
  • [29 January 2020]
  • “Future proof” your portfolio with today's offshore pick
  • This weekend, Samsung booked out a large chunk of Sandton Square to put on a very innovative promotion based around their new Oculus VR gear. As you walked in, your eye was immediately drawn to a series of rollercoaster seats where people were screaming, throwing their hands in the air or ducking away from non-existent obstacles. Well, non-existent in our reality, of course. Welcome to the wor... ››› more
  • [20 April 2016]
  • After hitting new lows, the rand shows some resilience
  • This week hasn't been good for the South African rand. The currency is struggling against a weak dollar as speculation grows that the US Federal Reserve will finally hike rates next month. Yesterday, the rand slid to its weakest level ever against the dollar. Yet in spite of the rand showing some signs of strength today, it doesn't look good for the currency. Let's take a closer look at what... ››› more
  • [13 November 2015]
  • The rand continues its fall as the mighty dollar soars
  • After finishing last week on the back foot, the rand is facing strong pressures from the ever strengthening dollar. By late afternoon, the local currency had weakened more than 1% from Friday's close. So why is the dollar so strong at the moment? And what else is putting pressure on the rand? Let's take a closer look… The rand fell over 1% Yesterday, the rand tumbled “to a tw... ››› more
  • [14 April 2015]
  • The rand falls back through R12/$ as the greenback strengthens
  • After displaying some strength at the beginning of last week, the rand ended the week down against the dollar. The local currency is struggling as the greenback remains the currency of choice as speculation grows about when the US central bank will hike interest rates. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand traded to a new low for April On Friday, the rand hit a ses... ››› more
  • [13 April 2015]
  • More turmoil at Eskom as its chairman resigns following suspension of four board members
  • Last night, the chairman of Eskom, Zola Tsotsi, handed in his resignation. The news comes nearly three-weeks after the suspension of four members of the board, including the CEO. Eskom has appointed an acting chairman. The ongoing issues with Eskom's board come as the power utility continues to battle to keep the lights on in South Africa. Let's take a closer look at what's going on…... ››› more
  • [31 March 2015]
  • The rand continues its path weaker against the dollar
  • After losing ground on Friday, yesterday the rand continued to ebb weaker against the US dollar. The rand is feeling the effects of a strengthening greenback. Speculation over when the US Federal Reserve will hike rates is fuelling the dollar's might. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The dollar keeps pressure on the rand After starting the day off on a weaker footing, ... ››› more
  • [31 March 2015]
  • Why silver could be worth a buy
  • There are a number of reasons why buying silver makes sense. It has strong fundamentals supporting this. On the other hand, there are also reasons why the worst may not be over for silver. Let's take a closer look at what's going on and why it could be time to buy the precious metal… The fundamentals supports silver The uses for silver are growing. The precious metal has applicati... ››› more
  • [26 March 2015]
  • The oil price comes under renewed pressure as OPEC reiterates it won't cut production
  • In June last year, the oil price started its descent. By January, the oil price had lost over 50% of its value. Since the middle of January, the price has picked up. But yet again it's been under pressure. And today, oil fell close to $55 a barrel. So what's going on with the price of oil? Let's take a closer look… Comments made by Saudi Arabia’s oil minister sends the oil p... ››› more
  • [23 March 2015]
  • The rand's rut continues, trading through R12.50/$ on Friday
  • Since the release of the US's jobs data on 6 March, the rand has trended weaker against the ever stronger dollar. Last week, the rand hit fresh 13-year lows almost on a daily basis. And on Friday, the rand traded through R12.50 to the dollar. So why is the rand trending weaker? Let's take a closer look… The rand hits fresh 13-year lows On Friday, the rand slid again “to a new... ››› more
  • [16 March 2015]
  • The rand continues its battle against the US dollar, why is it so weak?
  • Last Friday, the US released very positive jobs data that sent the rand into a tail spin. A week down the line and the local currency is still struggling. So what's going on with the rand? And why is it struggling so much? Let's take a closer look… The rand’s rout started at the end of last week US jobs data led to increased speculation that the Federal Reserve is going to hike ... ››› more
  • [13 March 2015]
  • The rand clawed back some of its losses, but stocks suffered
  • After falling heavily in morning trading, the rand managed to strengthen slightly yesterday. The local currency is feeling the effects of investors dumping riskier assets in favour of the dollar. Stocks on the JSE also had a bad day. They fell to their worst level in a month as investors sold off shares. The Top 40 Index fell 0.7%, the All Share Index fell 0.6%. Let's take a closer look at w... ››› more
  • [12 March 2015]
  • The rand hits R12.31/$ as pressure mounts on emerging market currencies
  • Yesterday, the rand hit another 13-year low. The local currency is under sustained pressure as investors turn their backs on emerging market currencies. Emerging market currencies are feeling the strain as investors back the dollar amidst rumours of an impending interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is down 7% against the dol... ››› more
  • [11 March 2015]
  • A strong dollar puts pressure on the oil price
  • After staging a bit of a recovery this year, the oil price has dipped back below $60 a barrel again. On Friday, the US released its non-farm payrolls data. The figures came in much better than forecast and this spurred the dollar stronger, denting oil's gains. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The oil price has ebbed lower over the past week This morning, “Brent crude... ››› more
  • [09 March 2015]
  • The rand battles against a strong dollar, with no respite in sight
  • The rand has continued its struggle against the US dollar. This week, the local currency has been under sustained pressure as worries continue over the state of the South African economy. This after credit ratings agency Fitch warned that it was going to downgrade SA's credit rating. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand hit R11.85 to the greenback Yesterday, the ... ››› more
  • [05 March 2015]
  • Three reasons why you should consider investing in gold producers
  • Over the last few years, investors stayed well clear of gold mining companies. Gold producers peaked at the end of 2010. By 2012, they were heading swiftly lower. In November last year, it looks like the gold producers hit their low. So what has changed now? And why should you consider adding some gold producers to your portfolio? Read on to find out… Why gold producers had such ... ››› more
  • [26 January 2015]
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