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01 Dec 2016: Sygnia's acquisition plans
According to Business Report, Sygnia plans to implement an acquisition drive to capture market share from its competitors in 2017. The company aims to...more

30 Nov 2016: Sygnia final results September 2016
Revenue for the year increased to R276.2 million (2015: R234.1 million), profit from operations rose to R101.6 million (2015: R84 million), total comprehensive...more

28 Nov 2016: Alexander Forbes interim results September 2016
Fee and commission income increased to R2.933 billion (2015: R2.792 billion), operating profit rose to R512 million (2015: R477 million), profit 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

Producer Price Index (PPI) & Key Findings: October 2016
Final manufactured goods – Headline PPI

The annual percentage change in the PPI for final manufactured goods was 6.6% in October 2016 (unchanged from September 2016).

From September 2016 to October 2016 the PPI for final manufactured goods increased by 0.9%.

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Consumer Price Index (CPI) & Key Findings: October 2016
The headline CPI (for all urban areas) annual inflation rate in October 2016 was 6.4%.

This rate was 0.3 of a percentage point higher than the corresponding annual rate of 6.1% in September 2016.

On average, prices increased by 0.5% between September 2016 and October 2016.

CPI Headline October 2016 = 6.4%.

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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 02 December 2016
Indicator Close Move(%)
BRENT 50.46 -0.02%
GOLD 1172.60 -0.12%
USDEUR 0.94 -0.03%
USDZAR 14.09 -0.02%
EURGBP 0.85 -0.05%
USDJPY 113.34 -1.13%
USALB 2.36 -3.28%
STEFI 3.54 0.02%
BA RATE 5.64 0.00% -
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