18.05.20 Pt 1 – Unless there’s cat vomit on your webinar, it’s not great viewing. Chequebooks are ridiculous aren’t they, it’s 2020! Gareth might buy the Pope’s car… bless him. You can socially distance and still preach the good word. And do Cubans just call them cigars?

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The economic reality on the street vs the markets is worlds apart. Is it good when the yield is up? What exactly are foreign reserves? Is Covid-19 enforced redundancy just an excuse for businesses who were on the brink anyway? And the US job loss numbers have gone beyond the number of people who are employed in South Africa.

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Another positive week for the JSE, as investors turn positive on the news that quite a few countries are lifting lockdown restrictions. S&P ratings agency downgraded SA further into junk status, but the Rand is still holding below 19/US$. Edcon has filed for voluntary business rescue, as Comair find themselves in a “very difficult“ financial situation. The US Fed kept rates on hold, while another 3.8m Americans registered for unemployment. And Spotify claims that podcast listening has increased, as every day for users now looks like the weekend.

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What do your favourite colour, animal, and place say about you? Gareth responds to the Twitter outrage directed at him over the weekend. Italy is slowly emerging from its long Covid-19 lockdown, but the people are not happy. ‘The Mountain’ from GoT deadlifted 500kgs… because he could. And who do you trust more between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg?

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Why doesn’t the Stock Market close when all other businesses have to? Who legislates the JSE? Are traders adjusting to volatility as the new norm on the market? While the Rand hit an all-time low, Anthea details what micro and macro factors could lead to inflation if we are not careful.

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How is it possible that trading volumes are up January to March 2020? Are the IMF being a little dramatic with their predictions on the economic global outlook post Covid-19? JP Morgan’s losses are astronomical in the latest reporting. Gold is now a bar, yes it’s that kind of bar but also, it now costs one bar for a bar. The IEA predicts a sharp drop in barrel per day production in the oil sector – how does this affect the markets and oil prices? Reports claim South Africa might hit an undesirable world first when it comes to the employment sector.

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20.04.20 Pt 1 – Global Citizens concert, how was that whole thing? Beyonce popped in too… did that make it worse or better? Is being forced to give up your vices too much to ask for people who need to cope with stress? Siya fell asleep during a family call, what should his punishment be? If you are single, Tinder is primed with a bunch of caged animals – strike while the iron is hot!

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Banks are expecting a $5 trillion loss from all the coronavirus related economic inactivity. The All Share Index is up 4%, which is a disconnect from the real world economy. Sasol’s share price is up 73%… what is going on there? Volatility is at an all time high on the markets, even beyond 2008 numbers. Is lockdown a good time to be online trading? Crowd1 – be careful, do research before signing up. China reopening its economy has been interesting. And the World Bank has some scary predictions for Sub-Saharan economies.

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South African Bonds are still in high demand, which is good news in what has been a tough economic month for the country. Banks have taken a 40% knock and projections are not much better, as the ripple effect of Covid-19 is now truly starting to shake all sectors of the economy to its core. Gold and tech companies seem to have shown a bullish nature, even in these challenging times. Could this be the time to renegotiate your lease with your landlord if you are a retailer occupying space in malls? The inevitable cash crunch – which was expected – is now starting to rear its ugly head. Russia and Saudi Arabia continue their stand-off over oil… not even a pandemic has brought a moratorium between these juggernaughts who are both rich in ‘black gold’.

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06.04.20 Pt 1 – Are Easter eggs a cure for all viruses in general? Should Damon be given his share of the trillions that will be made from selling hot water and lemon to the masses? If you want to employ a sexy voice, Leigh-Ann Mol is your person… Mbuleo however has a voice that’s about as sexy as a rotten carrot in a toilet bowl. He’ll die alone. If family invites you to digital drinking games, what do you do if you are nearly out of booze? And Putin does not like people talking about his kids in public.

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