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20 Mar 2018: Sasfin interim results December 2017
Total income for the interim period lowered to R578.0 million (R592.7 million). Profit from operations decreased to R102.4 million (R112.9 million). Profit...more

19 Mar 2018: Ethos Capital interim results December 2017
Total income came in higher at R82 million (R41.7 million) whilst profit for the period increased to R64.3 million (R28.9 million). Furthermore, headline...more

15 Mar 2018: Sasol Inzalo interim results December 2017
Operating loss was constant at R7 million (2016: loss of R7 million). Loss for the period lessened to R56 million (2016: loss of R58 million). Basic loss...more

ZAR News
15 Feb 2018: WE NEED TO GROW, OUR TIME HAS COME by Jonathan Faurie
Optimism has entered the South African market like a breath of fresh air with Jacob Zuma resigning last night.

Buoyed by the victory of Cyril Ramaphosa at the African National Congress' Elective Conference in December 2017, it may be time for South Africa to finally retake its place among...more

13 Feb 2018: GLOBAL EQUITY : NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BE BOLD by Shaun le Roux, PSG Asset Management
The global macroeconomic backdrop is unequivocally positive. Major economies are enjoying a rare period of sustained synchronised growth (last seen in 2010 and before that in 2006) as central banks globally keep interest rates low. In fact, real rates in most G7 countries remain negative. Central banks...more

Art has become an increasingly popular asset class when it comes to designing an investment portfolio, but remains a fairly un-chartered territory for many South African investors.

According to Fine Art wealth management, investing in art will be a natural by-product to newly minted millionaires...more

Consumer Price Index (CPI) & Key Findings: February 2018
The headline CPI (for all urban areas) annual inflation rate in February 2018 was 4.0%.
This rate was 0.4 of a percentage point lower than the corresponding annual rate of 4.4% in January 2018.
On average, prices increased by 0.8% between January 2018 and February 2018.
CPI Headline February 2018 = 4.0%.
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Producer Price Index (PPI) & Key Findings: January 2018
Final manufactured goods – Headline PPI
The annual percentage change in the PPI for final manufactured goods was 5.1% in January 2018 (compared with 5.2% in December 2017). From December 2017 to January 2018 the PPI for final manufactured goods increased by 0.3%. 
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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 20 March 2018
Indicator Close Move(%)
BRENT 66.05 -0.24%
GOLD 1317.60 0.23%
EURGBP 0.88 -0.02%
USDJPY 106.07 0.00% -
USDEUR 0.81 -0.02%
USDZAR 12.02 0.10%
USALB 2.88 1.34%
STEFI 3.89 0.02%
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