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Listed Company Financial News
30 Jun 2017: Trustco final results March 2017
Revenue for the year increased to NAD1.247 billion (2016: NAD1.150 billion), profit for the year rose to NAD530 million (2016: NAD419.8 million), while...more

29 Jun 2017: Ecsponent final results 15 months March 2017
Ecsponent changed its financial year end from 31 December to 31 March with effect from 31 March 2017. This represents the 15 month period to March 2017,...more

23 Jun 2017: Phoenix interim results March 2017
Total income was R103 million (2016: R100 million) and profit for the period was R59 million (2016: R443 million). Headline earnings per share from continuing...more

ZAR News
11 May 2017: THE KNOCK-ON EFFECT OF JUNK STATUS (by Jonathan Faurie)
The economic environment in South Africa has been in a steady decline as economic growth has been hard to come by, and political instability has unfortunately taken centre stage in our daily lives.

This has had a profound effect on small to medium enterprises (SMEs) that rely on a specific...more

04 May 2017: A NEW ERA FOR PRIVATE EQUITY IN AFRICA (by Juan Coetzer, Ashburton Investment & Stuart Bradley, Phatisa)
Over the past two decades, private equity (PE) in Africa has emerged as an expanding asset class, both in funds raised and capital deployed.

According to the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA), from 2011 to 2016, a total of US$6.5 billion has been raised for African...more

Despite South Africa's contracted economic growth forecast at the end of 2016 the performance of the South African private equity industry ended the year on a positive trajectory, demonstrating the asset class's ability to continually source attractive deals and produce favourable returns amidst challenging...more

Consumer Price Index (CPI) & Key Findings: June 2017
The headline CPI (for all urban areas) annual inflation rate in June 2017 was 5.1%.
This rate was 0.3 of a percentage point lower than the corresponding annual rate of 5.4% in May 2017.
On average, prices increased by 0.2% between May 2017 and June 2017.
CPI Headline June 2017 = 5.1%.
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Producer Price Index (PPI) & Key Findings: May 2017
Final manufactured goods – Headline PPI
The annual percentage change in the PPI for final manufactured goods was 4.8% in May 2017 (compared with 4.6% in April 2017). From April 2017 to May 2017 the PPI for final manufactured goods increased by 0.5%.
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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 18 July 2017
Indicator Close Move(%)
BRENT 48.42 -1.00%
GOLD 1234.70 0.06%
USDEUR 0.87 -0.63%
USDZAR 12.91 -0.28%
EURGBP 0.89 0.77%
USDJPY 111.89 -0.77%
USALB 2.27 -1.86%
STEFI 3.71 0.02%
BA RATE 5.40 0.00% -
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