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18 Aug 2016: Sanlam plans to double Kenyan market share
According to Business Report, Sanlam aims to double its market share of Kenya's life insurance market over the next five years. This will be achieved...more

18 Aug 2016: Standard Bank interim results June 2016
Net interest income increased to R27.8 billion (2015: R23.4 billion), profit attributable to ordinary shareholders decreased to R10.8 billion (2015: R13.2...more

15 Aug 2016: Clientele final results 30 June 2016
Net insurance premiums for the year ended 30 June 2016 increased by 13% to R1.726 billion (2015: R1.527 billion). Net profit for the year attributable...more

ZAR News
The surprise outcome of the UK Brexit referendum had an immediate adverse impact on global financial markets, with stock markets coming off sharply and investors rushing into safe-haven assets.

Director of Investments, Hywel George

Given the global significance of the decision,...more

09 Jun 2016: FITCH RETAINS STABLE OUTLOOK, BUT WARNS AGAINST WEAK ECONOMIC GROWTH (By Sanisha Packirisamy and Herman Van Papendorp, MMI Holdings)
A positive outcome by Fitch rating agency followed an earlier decision by Moody's and S&P to leave SA's ratings unchanged at Baa2 (with a negative outlook) and BBB- (with a stable outlook), respectively.

Fitch kept SA's long-term foreign currency sovereign credit rating at BBB- (local currency...more

19 Apr 2016: EMERGING MARKETS Q1 2016 RECAP: A TRUN IN FORTUNES (By Mark Mobius, Templeton Emerging Markets Group)
Overall, the first-quarter of the year (Q1) was marked by a turn in fortunes for emerging markets, which saw many investors return to the asset class after a challenging 2015. In our opinion, the long-term investment case for emerging markets remains positive for a number of reasons. Economic growth...more

Consumer Price Index (CPI) & Key Findings: July 2016
The headline CPI (for all urban areas) annual inflation rate in July 2016 was 6.0%.

This rate was 0.3 of a percentage point lower than the corresponding annual rate of 6.3% in June 2016.

On average, prices increased by 0.8% between June 2016 and July 2016.

CPI Headline July 2016 = 6.0%.

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Producer Price Index (PPI) & Key Findings: June 2016
Final manufactured goods – Headline PPI
The annual percentage change in the PPI for final manufactured goods was 6.8% in June 2016 (compared with 6.5% in May 2016). From May 2016 to June 2016 the PPI for final manufactured goods increased by 0.6%.
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Weekly Economic Briefing
by Forecaster Ecosa cc
Week Ending - 8 January 2016
  1. The rand touched a record R17,9950/US1 on 11 January from R16,30/US$1 on 8 January 2016, R13,04/$1 on 19 October 2015 and R11,41/$1 on 4 February 2015.
  2. The JSE all share index ended 2015 at 50 693,76, down 8,1% on the 24 April peak of 55 188,337.
  3. The African National Congress (ANC) 8 January statement put local government at “the apex of priorities.”
  4. The national matriculation pass rate slipped to 70,7% in 2015 from 75,8% in 2014 and 78,2% in 2013.
  5. Bulk export volumes rose by 7,3% in 2015 to a record 168 million tons (Mt) after only a 2,6% gain in 2014 and a 2,8% rise in 2013.
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Profile's Financial Markets 2014/2015 - Market Review
The review section of the 2014/2015 issue includes the following articles:
  • BA 900 summary of SA banks – April 2014: Ratings Africa
  • Financial Services Sector Faces a Growing List of Reforms: Sungard Systems South Africa (Pty) Ltd. 
  • Gold bulls silenced – but for how long?: Ciaran Ryan
  • JSE punches above its weight in global terms: Ciaran Ryan
  • The year so far – what’s happening on the JSE: Cannon Asset Managers
  • Why derivatives can strengthen your portfolio: JSE
  • Shareholder activism is winning the war for investor returns: Ciaran Ryan
  • Performance of Passive and Active Investment Methods: etfSA 
  • Retirement – is this the most neglected topic in South Africa?: Old Mutual Corporate
  • India and South Africa afflicted with similar illnesses, but chose different medicines: ETM Analytics
  • Global Market Report for the 12 months ended March 2014: Charles Campher
  • Ghana’s deteriorating business environment holds lessons for the rest of Africa: ETM Analytics
  • Nigerian Insurance Market: Fitch Ratings 
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Key Market Indicators
As at 26 August 2016
Indicator Close Move(%)
BRENT 49.67 1.26%
GOLD 1322.60 -0.17%
USDEUR 0.89 0.00% -
USDZAR 14.19 -0.18%
EURGBP 0.86 0.00% -
USDJPY 100.54 0.01%
USALB 1.55 0.00% -
STEFI 3.47 0.02%
BA RATE 5.64 0.00% -
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