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Listed Company Financial News
08 Dec 2017: Phoenix final results September 2017
Total income for the year jumped to R251 million (R200 million). Basic earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders tumbled to R186 million (R491 million)....more

07 Dec 2017: Trustco interim results September 2017
Revenue for the interim period lowered to NAD408.1 million (2016: NAD560.2 million). Income from operations decreased to NAD449.3 million (2016: NAD594.6...more

04 Dec 2017: Aforbes interim results September 2017
Fee and commission income from continuing operations rose to R2.002 billion (R1.994 billion). Operating profit lowered to R382 million (R387 million)....more

ZAR News
30 Nov 2017: MARKET OUTLOOK 2018 - STAY IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL by Rian le Roux, Peter Brooke, Old Mutual Investment Group
While global prospects still look good for 2018, the outlook is never riskless, especially in an environment where central banks are normalizing monetary policy settings. Add South Africa's own problems of weak growth, serious fiscal challenges and the risk of exiting key global investor indices and...more

While many analysts expected S&P to downgrade South Africa's local currency credit rating by one notch given the recent deterioration in public finances highlighted in the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement as well as sustained low economic growth and ongoing difficulties at state-owned enterprises,...more

As the festive season draws near, FNB urges consumers to familiarise themselves with tips on how they can protect themselves against digital banking fraud:

  • Never save usernames, passwords or PINs on your cellphone or computer as it may allow others to access your banking without...more

Producer Price Index (PPI) & Key Findings: November 2017
Final manufactured goods – Headline PPI
The annual percentage change in the PPI for final manufactured goods was 5.1% in November 2017 (compared with 5.0% in October 2017).
From October 2017 to November 2017 the PPI for final manufactured goods increased by 0.5%.
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Consumer Price Index (CPI) & Key Findings: November 2017
The headline CPI (for all urban areas) annual inflation rate in November 2017 was 4.6%.
This rate was 0.2 of a percentage point lower than the corresponding annual rate of 4.8% in October 2017.
On average, prices increased by 0.1% between October 2017 and November 2017.
CPI Headline November 2017 = 4.6%.
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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 18 January 2018
Indicator Close Move(%)
BRENT 69.32 -0.20%
GOLD 1326.00 -0.97%
EURGBP 0.88 -0.03%
USDJPY 110.92 0.16%
USDEUR 0.82 -0.58%
USDZAR 12.13 -1.61%
USALB 2.56 0.00% -
STEFI 3.84 0.02%
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