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23 Mar 2017: Sanlam to acquire major stake in PineBridge
According to Business Report, Sanlam has reached an agreement with PineBridge Investments to acquire a majority stake in PineBridge East Africa Ltd. (PIEAL)...more

17 Mar 2017: Sasol Inzalo interim results December 2016
Operating loss for the interim period narrowed to R7 million (2015: loss of R16 million) whilst loss for the period widened to R58 million (2015: loss...more

17 Mar 2017: Sasfin sees future earnings boost from IT
According to Business Report, Sasfin Holdings indicated that the money it invested in improving its information technology (IT) division as well as acquisitions...more

ZAR News
30 Jan 2017: PROFITABILITY DURING REGULATION (By Johanthan Faurie)
Jeffreys Bay, Bondi Beach and Hawaii are well known locations among the surfing community and are famous for some of the biggest and "gnarliest" waves in the world. In a sense, this is the situation facing financial services providers - as well as brokers and advisers - who are facing the regulatory...more

30 Jan 2017: TAX INCREASES ARE LIKELY IN THE 2017 NATIONAL BUDGET SPEECH (By Patricia Williams, Bowmans)
In the Medium-term Budget Speech, on 26 October 2016, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan indicated that there would be tax increases of R13bn in 2017, and provisionally further tax increases of R15bn in 2018. These are in addition to the approximately R15bn tax increases that were introduced in 2016. This...more

As growth remains top of mind for the banking sector, the economic environment in the largest banking markets is challenging, and will likely remain so, at least until commodity prices pick up for the key economies, including Nigeria, South Africa and Angola. Only one major African economy; Kenya, has...more

Consumer Price Index (CPI) & Key Findings: February 2017
The headline CPI (for all urban areas) annual inflation rate in February 2017 was 6.3%.
This rate was 0.3 of a percentage point lower than the corresponding annual rate of 6.6% in January 2017.
On average, prices increased by 1.1% between January 2017 and February 2017.
CPI Headline February 2017 = 6.3%.
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Producer Price Index (PPI) & Key Findings: January 2017
Final manufactured goods – Headline PPI
The annual percentage change in the PPI for final manufactured goods was 5.9% in January 2017 (compared with 7.1% in December 2016). From December 2016 to January 2017 the PPI for final manufactured goods increased by 0.4%.
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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 22 March 2017
Indicator Close Move(%)
BRENT 50.96 -1.55%
GOLD 1245.20 1.33%
USDEUR 0.93 0.01%
USDZAR 12.66 -0.01%
EURGBP 0.87 0.01%
USDJPY 110.98 -1.50%
USALB 2.37 -3.66%
STEFI 3.62 0.02%
BA RATE 5.40 0.00% -
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