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19 Dec 2017 MARKETS GIDDY ON RAMAPHOSA VICTORY +

Following a neck-and-neck battle with fellow candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Monday evening announcement of Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC Presidential victor has buoyed investor sentiment, with the rand surging 4% against the dollar before the final result was even known.

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05 Dec 2017 BIGGEST MAIZE CROP ON RECORD YIELDS GDP SURPRISE +

South Africa's real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate was 2.0% in the third quarter.

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21 Nov 2017 RATING RETRIBUTION AND POLITICAL PLOTTING: KEY RISKS INTO YEAR-END +

During his 2017 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, announced figures that surprised even the most bearish of forecasters.

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25 Oct 2017 THE “BIGGEST” MINI BUDGET EVER: THE RIGHT INTENTIONS BUT THE WRONG NUMBERS +

Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba today delivered one of the most important mini budgets in history.

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20 Sep 2017 MIND OVER MATTER +

“You also have to look beyond the crisis for the inevitable opportunities created by such events,” says Citadel Advisory Partner, Abraham van der Westhuysen.

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05 Sep 2017 STRONG REBOUND IN SECOND QUARTER GDP – BUT “RECESSION DROUGHT” NOT OVER YET +

Ask any Capetonian right now and they will tell you that one day’s rain is wonderful, but unfortunately it won’t fill the dams sufficiently. This is as applicable to the latest GDP data released earlier today.

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27 Jul 2017 A WORLD OF UNCERTAINTY? REALLY? +

The world is full of uncertainty: from Donald Trump’s “missing in action” economic policies and a backfired election outcome in the United Kingdom to tensions arising in North Korea and geopolitical developments around Europe. In spite of this, global equity markets are setting new record highs and market measures of uncertainty or volatility are approaching all-time lows. What is going on here?

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20 Jul 2017 PUTTING INVESTMENT PERFORMANCE INTO PERSPECTIVE +

It is often argued that historical investment performance gives no indication of what might happen in the future. However, experience shows that the future will, most likely, fall within the boundaries set by long-term history.

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12 Jul 2017 FINANCIAL ADVICE FOR MY TEEN SELF +

It is so easy to spend money and have very little to show for it. When you're "in the moment" it is even harder to imagine that the few cents that you have can be stretched far enough for you to be anything but frivolous with it.

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04 Jul 2017 WHERE THERE’S A WILL… +

Hilary Dudley talks about her late father used to recount the proverb “Where there’s a will…” not with the time-worn ending “there’s a way” but with the more jaded version “there’s a fight”.

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