Have you heard of Animal Spirits? US markets continue higher while our market takes a breather. We speculate on the outcome of the China Political Consultative Conference. What the Rand is so strong despite a muted SA PMI number; and we take a look at results from Choppies, Growthpoint, Brimstone and Pinnacle.

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The markets are under pressure as the All Share index fell 1.2% on Friday, with resources being the biggest detractor – while Bidcorp continued to rally (+4.4%). Lots of companies reporting and we identify retailers and insurers moving into Africa. We talk #Retire and the tax benefits of being invested in a Retirement Annuity.

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The markets were under pressure last week as the Trump trade dissipates. We find out that French government bonds are called OATs (Obligations Assimilables du Tresor). Kraft Heinz withdraws their bid for Unilever, which was up 13% on Friday… and Tempur Sealy implements a “poison pill”.

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The markets are generally bouyant after the release of decent global economic data and Trump promising cuts in corporate tax rates. Dis-chem, Arcelor Mittal and Italtile put out data last week with mixed reactions. We explain the difference between three investment styles.

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The global market was higher on Friday, but SA closed lower – dragged lower by resource shares. Gordon Stuart calls in to give us a heads up on the Budget Speech and tax expectations. Deon Viljoen is leaving Alexander Forbes for Discovery. Watch out for comments coming from the Mining Indaba, which starts today.

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The market was down ¾ of a percent (but at least it was still higher for the week by 80bps). The biggest story of the day was the Rand which completely buckled after a story came out that two senior NEC members have spoken to Bloomberg anonymously saying that President Jacob Zuma will fire ministers that opposed him in 2016 – weak Rand = higher inflation, credit ratings downgrade and subsequent higher cost of borrowing money (and maybe even default on debt and recession). Liberty Holdings put out a trading update saying that earnings per share would be between 40-60% lower, the share fell over 10%. Comair, which is partly owned by Bidvest, released a voluntary statement saying that the increase in earnings per share was mainly due to the stronger Rand. The US GDP was weaker than expected at 1.9% (exp 2.2%), although they’ve had a fairly good earnings season.

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Last week the JSE lost 0.6%, but at least we’re still 3.8% higher since the beginning of the year. Anthea tells us that Graff diamond jewellers made Euro580m in sales, of which 40% was to 20 individuals. Chinese economic growth came in at 6.8% year on year for Q4, with services now contributing 52%.

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The markets are having a super run, and retailers ended the week on fire after the Truworths trading update. Anthea also discusses the ins and outs of the ABSA Apartheid-era bailout and the Moody’s fine of $846m.

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The JSE started the year off slowly, with not a single $1bn trading day, but at least we were up 0.4% for the first week. Mostly markets are being driven by macro data and PEOTUS tweets, Toyota being the latest victim. Disney has just been upgraded by one of the big banks, but speculation is still rife as to who will replace Bob Iger as CEO.

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#Invest has kicked off the first month with excellent returns by holding shares like financials, The Foschini Group and Sun International. Value detractors included Sibanye Gold and Naspers, which Anthea is confident will bounce again. We review the year and 2017 to produce some good returns.

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