Edcon has been teetering for a while, but the Covid-19 lockdown may very well be the coup de grace which deems the company defunct. Mr Price has delayed the release of its reports during the lockdown, and there are murmurs that bonuses and raises for their executive staff may be frozen until further notice. Moody’s has finally dropped the hammer and South Africa is now officially at junk status. How will this affect South Africa, from the Reserve Bank to the citizen who is paying a bond and school fees? Will Covid-19 be harder to recover from than the market crash of 2008?

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Cryptocurrency… invest here, there and everywhere… or do we have to just start going back to keeping our cash underneath the mattress? Where does the future of money lie? In these times of uncertainty and volatility, perhaps this is a conversation that will shed some light in helping you answer that question. Gareth chats to Troy Gold’s Dane Viljoen, Luno’s Marius Reitz, and World Wide Worx’s Arthur Goldstuck about the future of money.

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How are you going to deal with huge bills mounting up? Are you in danger of losing your car, your house, and the embarrassment of being unable to pay school fees? How are the banks reacting to this? Are the courts going to come down hard on us, and how do we get the best protection? In studio with Garry and with the answers is Jack Phalane of Fluxmans Attorneys.

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The credo of those who trade on stock markets right now is “sell, sell, sell!” The trend as we stand is to move from equity to cash. The All-Share index is 9% down this week. South Africa – of all the emerging markets on planet Earth – is doing well, let’s see if that holds. Banks are trading at 2008 levels, yikes! Capitec came out with a strong message for shareholders. On the surface, some property shares are showing a 40% yield, but the fine print needs a sharp eye. There’s a difference between panic and capitulating – Anthea explains. Big up to the blue bank of South Africa… students and SMEs will be grateful for the next 90 days.

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We’re in a bear market now, that’s not great news. In the USA, central banks will cut interest rates and pump “easy money” into the system. We saw quantitative easing in 2008, and what did the banks do then? Sasol are struggling, but do we just need to calm down? As an investor, when is the best time to buy/sell shares? Anthea gives her post Covid-19 hopes for South African consumers.

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17.03.20 Pt 2 – Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato are figures who need no introduction. Blind History season 3 is here! In episode one we take a journey back in time to the acropolis of Athens to explore the lives of the fathers of Western Philosophy, and what shaped their outlooks which have impacted everything which governs society today. Anthea Gardner joins us in studio to talk about the state of the world economy in these Covid-19 frenzied times.

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Seleho is quite clear about where you shouldn’t put your money as corona fear spreads throughout the market. Has South Africa stayed with the markets of the world in terms of growth? The blue and green banks of South Africa have posted contrasting results… it’s amazing to see the polarity. Ye old faithful Bidvest continues to offer value in a shrinking economy, how are they so robust? OPEC is at loggerheads internally, and Anglo American declares a force majeure.

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09.03.20 Pt 1 – When you wake up early, don’t go back to sleep… it’s too risky. Toilet paper is the new platinum standard, in Australia two ladies took it deadly seriously. A news headline to give people – you are not going to die, calm down! Are meetings in South Africa too long? Music festival weekends with mates needs one to be organised, Siya gives us the rundown of how to keep it real to maximise fun. Kim Jong is being a naughty boy again, what do we do now?

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This week we saw the biggest decline on the markets since the global financial crisis of 2008. If you are a long term investor, don’t panic. Tito’s speech contained no tax increase… what a miracle. Can he cut the public sector wage bill though? How much more debt can South Africa take on before the Rand blows out? Sasol have had another shocker. BHP Billiton have had impressive reports and are just ticking along nicely. But Shoprite results are not as good as the books might suggest.

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By now, you probably know that cryptocurrencies are not controlled by banks or financial institutions – or governments. Regulation, though, is almost inevitable… and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Luno Africa’s GM, Marius Reitz, explains the potential regulation of cryptocurrency. Decrypto is powered by Luno.

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