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SARB Quarterly Bulletin: Personal finances deteriorate in Q1

The SA Reserve Bank released its Quarterly Bulletin today, showing that personal finances deteriorated in Q1 2018. According to Nedbank’s Dennis Dykes and Johannes Khosa: There was almost no growth in real disposable income over the quarter, while household debt increased. The ratio of household debt to disposable income rose to 71,7% from 71,2%, and the […]

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IRR: EWC report launched in the US warns of economic, strategic consequences

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) today released a report in Washington in the United States to advance its campaign to protect and extend the property rights of all South Africans. Titled ‘Empowering the State, Impoverishing the People’, the report warns that ‘the undermining of property rights in South Africa has serious implications both for […]

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Pax Africana: How (South) Africa can forge its own economic destiny

By Rahima Cassim, fund manager at Ashburton Investments South Africa is a country of tremendous promise. It’s a dynamic land with the potential for integrated prosperity. Sadly, in the recent past, the forces created by this dynamism have failed to live up to the country’s potential. Rather than focusing inwards, many now believe South Africa’s secret to […]

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Cyber and digital skills top growth threats to private business

Growth confidence is high amongst private business owners, for the 12-month and 36-month outlook, but technology and digital skill threats loom large on the horizon. This is according to research among 722 private business owners as part of PwC’s 21st Annual Global CEO survey. (more…)

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Time and time again

By Stephen Kelly, Investment Analyst, Maitland A pick-up in equity market volatility, like the one experienced recently, can lead to greater disparity amongst portfolio returns as different investors make different decisions based on the information they see and the emotions they feel. (more…)

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SARB gains further insights on DLT developments in SA

The South African Reserve Bank(SARB) has launched the report on Project Khokha. Project Khokha is a proof of concept designed to simulate a ‘real-world’ trial of a distributed ledger technology (DLT)-based wholesale payment system. The project focussed on providing participants practical experience on aspects of using DLT in a realistic test environment where different deployment […]

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Building a better tomorrow – environmentally friendly investing

As worldwide concern around climate change and global warming grows, many South Africans are seeking new and innovative ways of reducing, recycling and conserving to mitigate against the various risks associated with these threats. In response to this trend, local millennial investors –  the generation between 18 and 34 years of age – are questioning […]

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1Q18 GDP disappoints even the bears

By Jason Muscat, FNB Senior Economic Analyst. 1Q18 GDP growth disappointed sharply, even against our bearish forecast of -1% q/q. Growth contracted -2.2% q/q and expanded just 0.8% y/y. As expected, the headline number was dragged lower by the mining and manufacturing sectors, which contracted by -9.9% q/q and -6.4% respectively, each shaving 0.8 percentage […]

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