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Wealth Simplified July 2014

WEALTH SIMPLIFIED Wednesday, 30th July 2014 NEWS UPCOMING EVENTS Investment Club Day- At the JSE 2nd July 2014 Book Now Webinar - Investment Strategy: Asset Allocation 6th August 2014 Book Now Webinar - What is technical analysis 11th August 2014 Book Now Webinar - Developing a trading strategy 19th August 2014 Book Now Webinar - Technical Analysis: Bar Charts 20th August 2014 Book Now Webinar - The Rational Read more [...]

Rising tensions in Ukraine shifts focus of investors again

U.S. markets closed lower yesterday with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropping below the psychological 2 000 points level, as the escalating violence in Ukraine, while disappointing retail earnings eclipsed economic data that the economy was expanding faster than initially estimated. Asian markets traded lower this morning but both the US and UK futures are trading higher. The Rand was last trading weaker at R10.6408 against the US Dollar, while the gold price is steady at $1,288.88 an ounce. Read more [...]
Publication: TradeWise

Rand Report 29 August 2014

PSG Foreign Exchange News of the day The rand was little changed yesterday in early trade, and weakened slightly in the afternoon to close at R10.64/$. The yen headed for its first weekly advance in three weeks as increasing tension between Russia and Ukraine spurred investor demand for haven assets. The euro was set for a seven-week slide, the longest stretch in more than a decade, as economists forecast data will signal consumer prices Read more [...]
Publication: Rand Reports

Disconnect with the economy

For the man on the street, there must seem to be some disconnect between South Africa’s economy and the share market. The JSE Overall Index is trading close to all time record highs, but the economy is shuffling along at a paltry 1% growth per annum. The economy has narrowly missed its second recession in five years by growing an annualised 0.6% in the second quarter, rebounding from a slump in the first quarter. The five-month long labour strike at the world’s largest platinum producers, as well as electricity constraints have put the economy under enormous pressure. The knock-on effects have seen the Rand fall almost 21% against the US Dollar, fuelling rising inflation as our oil imports became more expensive, but on the same hand helping to improve the competitiveness of our exporters. Gill Marcus, the Reserve Bank Governor was forced to raise its benchmark repo rate by 75 basis points this year to 5.75%. What is perceived and what is reality are two very different things. Small cap shares that are trading under the radar of institutions present an opportunity for the astute private investor. Read more [...]
Publication: In The Press

No real drivers to provide reasons for investors to buy

US markets closed higher yesterday with the Dow adding 0.09% and the broader S&P 500 Index edging 0.01% higher to hold the 2000.12 points level, but the technology-heavy NASDAQ Composite Index lost 0.02%. Asian markets traded lower this morning with both US and FTSE futures also trading weaker. The ALSI future was last trading 0.63% lower. The Rand was last quoted firmer at R10.6145 against the US Dollar, while the gold price has climbed higher to trade at $1,288.86 an ounce. Read more [...]
Publication: TradeWise

Rand Report 28 August 2014

PSG Foreign Exchange News of the day South Africa's rand strengthened for a second day against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday, supported by increased emerging market risk appetite and after the economy avoided slipping into recession in the previous session. The U.S dollar weakened as analysts projected data today will indicate the U.S. economy grew at a slower pace than earlier estimated. The Aussie rose against all but two of its 16 Read more [...]
Publication: Rand Reports

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