Top three risks in 2017 for investors: The Fed, elections in the EU, oil price impact

Nigel Green

  2017 looks set to bring positive news for investors, but Donald Trump’s policies and the Federal Reserve’s reaction to their impact will be the biggest risk, affirms the boss of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organizations. (more…)

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Report launched at Davos highlights 5 practical actions for businesses in achieving the SDGs

How can $2-3 trillion of additional investment per year be unlocked out of a global GDP of approximately $ 115 trillion? This is what is required to acheive the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and central to the Better Business, Better World report, released by the Business & Sustainable Development Commission. (more…)

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Inflation numbers mark the peak in headline inflation

By Mamello Matikinca, FNB Economist Headline inflation negatively surprised in December, rising 6.8%y/y from 6.6% in November. This is notably higher than our 6.6% forecast and the market expectation of 6.5%. The detail in the survey points to a broadening of inflationary pressures – core inflation (CPI excluding food and NAB, petrol and energy) rose […]

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Davos – Who Moved My Currency?

By Arno Lawrenz Head of Fixed Income Portfolio Management at Ashburton Investments Generally, one of the things that politicians have to get right if they want to stay comfortable in power is to make sure that they avoid a currency collapse. (more…)

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Hard Brexit and strong UK inflation data: Now is the time to ‘go more global’

Theresa May’s Brexit speech and today’s strong UK inflation data should prompt investors to reduce exposure to UK assets and invest more internationally, affirms the boss of one of the world’s largest independent advisory organisations. (more…)

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Weak Economic Conditions Weigh On SA’s Housing Market

A weak macroeconomic environment, still-high household indebtedness, and rising interest rates burden the South African housing market, said S&P Global Ratings in a report published today on RatingsDirect, entitled Weak Economic Conditions Are Weighing On South Africa’s Housing Market. (more…)

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Consumer Confidence key to Residential Property Market Recovery in 2017

Consumer confidence as a driver of long-term decision making will be the key to the recovery of the residential property market in 2017. (more…)

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SA’s work on attracting Investments ‘will continue to bear fruit in 2017’

Officials of Invest South Africa (InvestSA), an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will once again put their shoulder on the wheel this year in order to attract and facilitate more domestic and foreign direct investments in the country. (more…)

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SARF calls for immediate action against lawless driving

The South African Road Federation (SARF) says it’s ready to put its full weight behind immediate action against the blatant disregard for life on South Africa’s roads. (more…)

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Global regulator has fund liquidity concerns

Last week, the Financial Stability Board (FSB), (of which SA is a member), chaired by Bank of England governor Mark Carney, published policy recommendations intended to address “liquidity mismatches across investment funds”. Will this make the asset management sector safer and less vulnerable to crises?  Governor Carney thinks so – but not everyone agrees. (more…)

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Most attractive sectors for entrepreneurs in 2017

Last year was a tough one for many South Africans – and small businesses took a hard knock as the local economy experienced many challenges to overcome. Despite this testing environment, there are certain sectors that are ripe with opportunity for astute entrepreneurs to capitalise on in 2017. (more…)

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