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China Study author for SA International Health Conference

Respected nutritionist, health researcher and author of the critically acclaimed book The China Study, Dr Colin Campbell, will be one of the key note speakers at the first Fedhealth International Natural Health Conference ever to be held in South Africa in January 2011. Campbell is a Professor Emeritus at Cornell University and one of the […]

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Kagiso PMI remains in positive territory

Theo Vorster, specialist consultant from Kagiso Group noted that “The seasonally adjusted Kagiso PMI remained in positive territory during December 2010, although the index declined marginally to 51.7 index points from the 52.9 recorded in November” Vorster continued that “The seasonally adjusted business activity index, which posted a robust gain of 6.1 index points during […]

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2011 Outlook – any surprises?

By Paul Stewart, managing director of Plexus Asset Management The famous US baseball player “Yogi” Berra once said, “It’s tough making predictions, especially about the future.” Hopefully we can all identify with Yogi’s somewhat contorted logic. Forecasts on very short-term outcomes such as, ‘I will be alive to see this article’s completion in an hour’s […]

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PWC launches Financial Services Journal

At the start of 2011, the dynamics and competiveness of the South African financial services sector are set to increase in complexity with concerns about European debt, uncertainty about the future of the value of the Rand and with new developments in regulation and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). In response to these and other […]

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Sovereign debt: a tragedy in five acts

By John Stopford, co-head of fixed income, Investec Asset Management The European debt crisis lurched back onto the markets’ radar screen in November, after a few months of relative calm. The primary drivers were German insistence on haircuts for insolvent sovereigns and the realisation that Ireland’s decision to guarantee its banks had put the government’s […]

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Five investment challenges for 2011

Five investment questions to ask in the new year 2011 could be a difficult investing year – how and what decisions to make is a dilemma every serious investor faces. Below we have five investment questions that must be asked in 2011 before investing or moving your hard earned cash: 1. The market is expensive […]

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US jobs data improving?

In December 2010, the US unemployment rate fell noticeably to 9.4% from 9.8% in November 2010, says Stanlib economist Kevin Lings. “The US unemployment rate had moved up from a low of 4.4% in May 2007, to a peak of 10.1% in October 2009. Since October 2009 the rate of unemployment has generally eased; mainly […]

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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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