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Beware the ‘jolly’ fear index

‘Tis the season to be jolly … even South Africa’s investment volatility index the SAVI says so. But watch out, savers and investors, because some surprises just might be in store. The seasonal word to the wise comes from Absa Investments, the Absa banking group’s asset management and investment arm. A sense of investor safety […]

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Currency Forecasts

Going travelling in 2011? Here’s what the rand might do The below forecasts and commentary are an excerpt from a longer report by the dealing room of easy-forex, an international licensed and regulated online currency trader. “South Africa achieved real GDP growth of 3.3% in 2010 as it received a boost from strong commodity and […]

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Don’t waste a good recession

At a press conference held on Tuesday (30 November) to release the latest findings of their Savings Monitor, Old Mutual sounded an optimistic note that the economy is o­n the slow road to recovery after the recent recession, with interest rates at their lowest levels since 1974 and inflation falling comfortably within the government’s stated […]

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The gift of education

With the December holidays edging closer, most people are already thinking about what to buy their loved ones. However, with consumers still keeping a close rein on their purse strings, this festive season is a good opportunity for South Africans to consider longer lasting gifts for their children. A recently published festive season spending survey […]

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Investors cautiously optimistic

Investors cautiously optimistic about fairly valued market Pleasing macroeconomic data and policy-maker support for developed world economies have put investors’ minds at ease for now, but most financial advisers and institutional investors polled in the November Sanlam Investment Management (SIM) Investor Confidence Index (ICI) do not believe the market is currently cheap. According to Candice […]

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Fixed interest funds attract investors

Fixed interest funds attract bulk of R29-billion net inflow The South African collective investment schemes (CIS) industry attracted net inflows of R29-billion in the third quarter of this year, second only to the R35-billion recorded in quarter two of last year. This brings assets under management by the local CIS industry to a record R868-billion, […]

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Healing but not fixed

2010 has seen a welcome dose of reality return to global stock markets. Aside from a miserable first quarter, last year was characterised by strong equity markets. They blissfully ignored any bad news, as they rocketed up, almost eclipsing the carnage of the previous 9 months. Markets revelled in a recovering world, leaving many who […]

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How long is long term?

Because markets can be volatile over the short term, investors are often encouraged to invest for the long term. But is this always appropriate, and exactly how long is long-term? Greg Fury, Chief Operating Officer of Allan Gray, says “that depends.” Your ability to bear risk, and even your understanding of what risk is, is […]

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