The market is swinging in all directions while the Rand is constantly flirting with the 13 handle to the USD, but can’t seem to settle on this figure. Woolworths releases a trading update which is in line with what was expected. Health is important and FNB’s banking app now rewards good well-being. The CEO of the Stringfellow Group hands himself over to the police in Honeydew, following allegations that he may have misappropriated hundreds of millions in client funds. Plus, more on Richard Branson’s space-tourism venture, Virgin Galactic.

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With Gareth away, the rest of the team take up this week’s finance conversations with Anthea, starting with a look at trading volumes and US non-farm payrolls. Congratulations go out to Christine Lagarde and Phuti Mahanyele-Debengwa on their new positions. Anthea then unpacks Eskom’s debt for government bonds or ring-fencing it in a special account, before giving details of escalating battle between Peter Moyo and Trevor Manuel. She wraps things up by helping a listener find out more about Karatbars.

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With the beginning of July signalling the mid-point of the year, Anthea reports on the JSE closing the first half of 2019 in positive territory, despite a weak economy – an economy that remains stuck in its longest downward cycle since 1945. She also looks at the formal sector adding 22 000 new jobs in the first quarter of 2019, Daniel Mminele’s resignation, the petrol price, and Steinhoff looking to recover R870m from Jooste. The new #PayBackTheMoney – Discovery Bank – gets discussed, too.

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The US Fed has left rates unchanged, but signalled that they are prepared to cut rates. On Wednesday the European Central Bank (ECB) surprised the market by signalling an increased likelihood of rate cuts (although rates are already at record lows) and stimulus measure. South Africa’s May 2019 CPI inflation rate came out at 4.5% y/y (April 4.4% y/y). Multichoice reported core HEPS up 10% to 410cps, which was roughly the mid-point of the range given in the recent trading update. Naspers has released its results for the year to end March. KAP reported a core HEPS decline of 8% for FY19, which is an unexpected disappointment, especially in light of the 6% growth achieved in H1. And Facebook announced the launch of its cryptocurrency, Libra.

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How has the bombing of the two Japanese oil tankers in the strait of Hormuz by the Iranians impacted the economy? Anthea explains it to the team, before looking at emerging markets, mining production and Business Confidence. She also touches on Naspers rising, even though Tencent fell in Hong Kong. She concludes with an analysis of Beyond Meat, a Los Angeles based producer of plant-based meat substitutes.

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In this special edition of The Money Shot, the team turn the tables on Anthea as they pick her brain about her new book, ‘How To Make Your Money Work For You’. Find out how her book advises you to ‘sweat your assets’ by making your hard-earned cash work for you – and it won’t even require a degree in accounting.

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Markets ended the week in the black, but it was mostly about the macro-economics last week – get insight about this straight from Anthea here. SAA’s CEO, on top of all other CEOs recently, has stepped down. She also looks at company news before giving her take on US non-farm payrolls.

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While Anthea is away, Henry Biddlecombe takes her seat to give an update on finance and the markets. He breaks down what operating leverage – this incredibly boring-sounding accounting term – has to do with your portfolio. Then, he also weighs out whether the Beyond Meat IPO is something to get excited about. Lastly, he gives his take on the tech you can invest in without burning your fingers.

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CPI Inflation (4.4%) was below mid-point of the SARB’s target range, and yet they still left rates unchanged! Want to find out what that is all about? Anthea discusses it, along with giving her take on companies reporting and massive corporate CEO shake ups. There’ve been big movers and other noteworthy results. To wrap things up, she discusses the resignation of UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

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The SA unemployment rate came out last week and had market commentators up in arms – not great, but what did we expect? Anthea examines these numbers, as well as discussing China retaliating after President Trump raised import tariffs, by raising imports on some American goods. She also talks about Netcare, Vodacom, Dis-chem, Transaction Capital and Spar… since reporting season has started again in SA. She wraps up with news of two new listings of interest: MTN Nigeria and Uber.

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