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Election fever seizes the globe

By Thalia Petousis on 09 Jul 2024

Reading time: 6 mins

According to Deutsche Bank, 2024 will see the most people vote in a single year in recorded history. As speculation fuels heightened uncertainty around the...

Insights categories - Offshore investing

Building multi-asset portfolios in an uncertain world

By Nshalati Hlungwane on 26 Jun 2024

Listening time: 54 mins

Periods of heightened uncertainty are inevitable when you are investing over the long term. And when it is not clear when or how things might change,...

Insights categories - Local investing

Navigating investment challenges: The interplay between skill and luck

By Jithen Pillay and Matthew Patterson on 05 Jun 2024

Reading time: 7 mins

Decision strategist and best-selling author Annie Duke advises focusing on a good process when trying to make the best decisions in highly uncertain scenario...

Insights categories - Personal investing

2024 Budget: Walking a tightrope

By Carla Rossouw on 21 Feb 2024

Reading time: 7 mins

The stage was set for a much-anticipated 2024 Budget speech during an election year. 

Insights categories - Markets and economy

What’s in store for interest rates in 2024?

By Thalia Petousis on 08 Feb 2024

Reading time: 6 mins

Over the course of 2023, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) raised the overnight repo rate from 7.00% to a 14-year high of 8.25%. 

Insights categories - Local investing

The key lesson from 2023: Uncertainty is ever-present

By Rory Kutisker-Jacobson on 29 Jan 2024

Reading time: 6 mins

Rory Kutisker-Jacobson takes stock of the key local and global market events of 2023 and highlights some of the themes that are likely to shape the year ahea...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Geopolitical and fiscal pressures mount as a major global election year kicks off

By Thalia Petousis on 22 Jan 2024

Reading time: 8 mins

The market seemed determined to end 2023 on a hopeful note, unwinding the intra-year losses in global stock and bond indices. The rationale rests in the eage...

Insights categories - Personal investing

Investing for education in an inflationary environment

By Shaheed Mohamed on 10 Jan 2024

Reading time: 6 mins

Parents can expect little relief in 2024, with reports suggesting that fee hikes for South African schools will yet again come in above general inflation,...

Insights categories - Investment insights

How to be a little less wrong – with James Aitken

By Duncan Artus on 16 Nov 2023

Listening time: 56 mins

When it comes to investing, marginal improvements can make a significant difference to investment returns over time. In conversation with Allan Gray’s chief...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

The inflation conversation is far from over

By Thalia Petousis on 23 Oct 2023

Reading time: 7 mins

If the history of debt markets repeats itself, we are now in year three of a new multi-decade bear market for bonds.

Insights categories - Offshore investing

From Johannesburg to Japan: How to resist the magnetism of the magnificent seven

By Tamryn Lamb on 28 Sep 2023

Listening time: 64 mins

In conversation with Tamryn Lamb, Allan Gray portfolio manager Tim Acker and Graeme Forster, portfolio manager at our offshore partner, Orbis, explain why we...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Is South Africa winning the inflation battle?

By Thandi Skade on 26 Sep 2023

Reading time: 4 mins

Following the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) aggressive near-two-year interest rate hiking cycle, headline inflation in South Africa seems to be getting...

Insights categories - Local investing

Local investment update: Balancing caution and optimism

By Tim Acker on 26 Sep 2023

Reading time: 7 mins

In recent years, South Africa’s numerous, well-known economic challenges have fuelled declining investor sentiment and led many to doubt the local market’s...

Insights categories - Personal investing

Three golden rules for achieving long-term, real investment returns

By Earl Van Zyl on 07 Aug 2023

Reading time: 7 mins

Whether you are accumulating capital for retirement, school or university expenses for your children or simply trying to ensure that you have money saved for...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Currency dynamics and returns in emerging and frontier markets

By Rami Hajjar on 31 Jul 2023

Reading time: 16 mins

Rami Hajjar considers currency dynamics in emerging and frontier markets, focusing on how currency impacts returns, and how we think about this factor when...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

The prospects for global growth

By Sandy McGregor on 19 Jul 2023

Reading time: 18 mins

The post-pandemic bounce back of the global economy is losing momentum, and many fear that developed economies may slip into recession.

Insights categories - Offshore investing

Teenagers, curfews & interest rates

By Dan Brocklebank on 14 Jun 2023

Reading time: 5 mins

As interest rates have risen, we have seen a collapse in the valuations of a range of profitless tech companies.  More recently we have seen a crisis in the ...

Insights categories - Offshore investing

Are we entering a global stockpicker’s paradise?

By Rory Kutisker-Jacobson on 02 Jun 2023

Listening time: 40 mins

In conversation with portfolio manager Rory Kutisker-Jacobson, Matthew Spencer from our offshore partner, Orbis, explains why the Investment team believes th...

Insights categories - Offshore investing

Orbis Global Balanced: Investing through the cycles

By Alec Cutler on 04 May 2023

Reading time: 11 mins

History seemingly often repeats itself, but it might be dangerous to assume that the investing landscape over the next 20 years will be similar to that of th...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Shedding dark on the issue of South Africa’s economic growth

By Thalia Petousis on 04 May 2023

Reading time: 12 mins

South African companies are reallocating billions of rands towards the extraordinary costs associated with loadshedding. Government’s prospects for debt...

Insights categories - Local investing

Why South Africa is still attractive for investors

By Tim Acker on 04 May 2023

Listening time: 50 mins

In conversation with portfolio manager Tim Acker, investment analysts Siphesihle Zwane and Jithen Pillay discuss the impact of the major local challenges on...

Insights categories - Offshore investing

Regime change and the rise of the stockpicker

By Alec Cutler on 11 Apr 2023

Viewing time: 4 mins

Alec Cutler chats to Bloomberg’s Merryn Somerset Webb about the impact of central bank and government intervention, the future of inflation and why being a...

Insights categories - Personal investing

How to plan for an emergency fund in 2023

By on 03 Apr 2023

Reading time: 6 mins

How should investors approach unexpected expenses in 2023? Gladness Rupare, investment specialist, Sandy McGregor, portfolio manager, and Emily Gray, busines...

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The new normal: What lies ahead?

By Thalia Petousis on 27 Mar 2023

Listening time: 1 min

In the latest episode of The Allan Gray Podcast, portfolio manager Thalia Petousis and Sandy McGregor reflect on a range of macroeconomic issues as they...

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2023 Budget speech update

By Carrie Norden on 22 Feb 2023

Reading time: 11 mins

The 2023 Budget speech was delivered against the backdrop of high living costs, a dismal unemployment rate and intensive loadshedding crippling businesses, a...

Insights categories - Investment insights

Four contrarian investment questions to ask in 2023

By Jacques Plaut on 22 Feb 2023

Reading time: 6 mins

Jacques Plaut, portfolio manager, shares the four questions investors should consider this year and discusses how the Allan Gray Balanced Fund is positioned ...

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The 2023 Budget: A crisis of credibility in the outer years of the forecast

By Thalia Petousis on 13 Feb 2023

Reading time: 5 mins

Thalia Petousis, portfolio manager at Allan Gray, shares her views on the challenges of putting together a credible national budget

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Are inflation-beating returns on the horizon for money market investors in 2023?

By Thalia Petousis on 26 Jan 2023

Reading time: 5 mins

The 2022 calendar year was undeniably one of meaningful financial market upheaval, worsened by negative portfolio returns of a quantum that many investors ha...

Insights categories - Local investing

Was 2022 a secular turning point and if so, what does it mean for the years ahead?

By Duncan Artus on 26 Jan 2023

Viewing time: 12 Mins

In his first investment update of 2023, Duncan Artus discusses the current investment context and how it differs from the past, shares a review of 2022 and...

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Economic update: A post-pandemic new normal

By Sandy McGregor on 20 Jan 2023

Reading time: 4 mins

2022 saw a massive appreciation of the US dollar against all other currencies and the highest inflation since the early 1980s. These trends, which so dominat...

Insights categories - Local investing

Do local banks offer value in an inflationary world?

By Tim Acker on 08 Dec 2022

Listening time: 48 mins

In the current period of high global inflation and slowing economic activity, how will the local banking sector fare? Are there still long-term opportunities...

Insights categories - Local investing

Investment update: How to invest in a changing world

By Duncan Artus on 01 Dec 2022

Viewing time: 27 Mins

At Allan Gray we are bottom-up investors, but we want to be on the right side of long-term trends, particularly at secular turning points. During the recent...

Insights categories - Local investing

Q&A: Allan Gray and Orbis investment update

By Saleem Sonday on 01 Dec 2022

Viewing time: 21 Mins

After an eventful year, many investors are feeling uncertain about how to position their portfolios to fare well in 2023. At the recent Allan Gray and Orbis...

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Global growth prospects continue to deteriorate

By Sandy McGregor on 02 Nov 2022

Reading time: 3 mins

During the past quarter inflation has remained elevated. In the US the latest print for August was 8.3%. In Europe it was 10.0% in September. Even though in...

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The price of money, the shortage of energy, and the monster of inflation

By Thalia Petousis on 27 Oct 2022

Reading time: 10 mins

Thalia Petousis discusses its impact on financial markets, global trade financing and the energy sector, as well as how central banks are now waging a war...

Insights categories - Offshore investing

Orbis Global Balanced: Beware the Great and Powerful Dollar

By Alec Cutler on 27 Oct 2022

Reading time: 9 mins

The US dollar has rallied significantly over the course of this year, leaving other currencies in its wake. Alec Cutler, from our offshore partner, Orbis,...

Insights categories - Local investing

How to invest in an inflationary, energy-short and increasingly divided world

By Duncan Artus on 06 Oct 2022

Reading time: 6 mins

At Allan Gray, we are bottom-up investors, but we want to be on the right side of long-term trends, particularly at secular turning points. One way is to...

Insights categories - Offshore investing

Podcast: Do old investment truths still hold in the current global environment?

By Rory Kutisker-Jacobson on 30 Sep 2022

Listening time: 42 mins

In the latest episode of The Allan Gray Podcast, hosted by Allan Gray portfolio manager Rory Kutisker-Jacobson, Dan Brocklebank, head of Orbis UK, reflects o...

Insights categories - Personal investing

Why financial optimism matters and how to find it when the world is a mess

By Lise-Mari Crafford on 28 Sep 2022

Reading time: 6 mins

Lise-Mari Crafford, head of ManCo Distribution, discusses why being optimistic about our personal finances matters, and how we can look on the bright side wh...

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Podcast: Can South African investors continue to count on commodities?

By Sean Munsie on 25 Aug 2022

Listening time: 1 min

In this episode of The Allan Gray Podcast, portfolio managers Sean Munsie and Rory Kutisker-Jacobson and investment analyst Jithen Pillay discuss the cyclica...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Whither inflation?

By Sandy McGregor on 28 Jul 2022

Reading time: 21 mins

In the past 12 months , global inflation has surged. Sandy McGregor discusses the increasingly turbulent response of the financial markets.

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Podcast: Can optimism rise from the inflationary ashes?

By Thalia Petousis on 25 Jul 2022

Listening time: 43 min

In conversation with portfolio manager, Thalia Petousis, Sandy McGregor reflects on the very real geopolitical and economic challenges currently affecting th...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Q&A with Allan Gray and Orbis: Positioning our portfolios for an inflationary environment

By Gladness Rupare on 01 Jul 2022

Viewing time: 40 min

With rising global inflation and the possibility of a recession on the cards, investors are tasked with protecting their capital and looking for opportunitie...

Insights categories - Personal investing

Saving in a rising interest rate environment

By Cedrick Pila on 22 Jun 2022

Reading time: 3 mins

With interest rates and inflation on the rise, Cedrick Pila, regional manager, discusses how investors can achieve real returns and protect their savings and...

Insights categories - Investment insights

Podcast: How to think about investing in an energy-short and volatile world

By Tamryn Lamb on 08 Jun 2022

Listening time: 61 mins

From the global technology stock sell-off and rising inflation, to the war in Ukraine exacerbating a global energy crisis, investors are tasked with navigati...

Insights categories - Local investing

Local investment update: Always pay the right price

By Duncan Artus and Jacques Plaut on 03 Jun 2022

Viewing time: 26 min

Jacques Plaut and Duncan Artus discuss the positioning of our equity and multi-asset funds given the pre-existing trends exacerbated by the war in Ukraine....

Insights categories - Markets and economy

The SARB hikes rates as food inflation threatens to erode the income of the working class

By Thalia Petousis on 19 May 2022

Reading time: 3 mins

Raising rates by 50-basis points to take the SA repo rate to 4.75%, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) delivered what may have been a ‘credibility move’....

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Food price inflation: Are we watching “That ‘70s Show”?

By Thalia Petousis on 12 May 2022

Reading time: 7 mins

Unaffordable food and fuel prices are raising developed market consumer inflation to multi-decade highs, while the Federal Reserve recently announced a...

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What price are we paying for the Russia-Ukraine conflict?

By Horacia Naidoo-McCarthy on 11 Apr 2022

Reading time: 6 mins

As investors brace themselves for the impact of higher prices on their portfolios, Horacia Naidoo-McCarthy discusses how the prevailing environment may impac...

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Q&A: Perspectives and positioning for 2022

By Tim Acker on 17 Feb 2022

Viewing time: 1 min

Amid a rising inflationary environment and ongoing uncertainty, many investors are struggling to take a long-term view. During the recent Allan Gray webinar,...

Insights categories - Offshore investing

The power of perspective in an expensive market

By Ben Preston on 17 Feb 2022

Viewing time: 1 min

Historically, every decade has its “poster child” asset class. In the 70s it was gold, the 80s Japanese shares, and materials shares in the noughties. At the...

Insights categories - Personal investing

Save now for your child’s education to avoid future pain

By Saleem Sonday on 28 Jan 2022

Reading time: 4 mins

Putting aside money every month to fund your child’s future studies may seem like a huge ask, but it will be worth it in the end, especially in light of...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Sticking to the slow and steady path of normalisation, for now

By Thalia Petousis on 28 Jan 2022

Reading time: 3 mins

At the January meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), South Africa’s repo rate was raised by another 25 basis points (bps) to 4.00%.

Insights categories - Markets and economy

The transition into the post-pandemic world

By Sandy McGregor on 27 Jan 2022

Reading time: 19 mins

It is remarkable the extent to which the future is hidden from us. We all conduct our lives largely in terms of our experiences in the recent past, assuming...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Global economic recovery slower and more complex than expected

By Sandy McGregor on 19 Jan 2022

Reading time: 3 mins

The global recovery from the severe economic contraction in the first half of 2020, which followed the initial outbreak of the pandemic, has proved to be bot...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

The divided Committee draws a line in the sand, but gradually

By Thalia Petousis on 19 Nov 2021

Reading time: 3 mins

At the November meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), South Africa’s repo rate was raised by 25 basis points (bps) to 3.75%. The recent dissenting...

Insights categories - Local investing

Q&A with Allan Gray portfolio managers

By Duncan Artus on 17 Nov 2021

Viewing time: 1 min

At a recent Allan Gray local investment update, chief investment officer, Duncan Artus, facilitated a robust discussion with portfolio managers, Thalia...

Insights categories - Local investing

How to invest for the possibility of higher inflation and interest rates

By Duncan Artus on 17 Nov 2021

Viewing time: 7 mins

The probability that the world is moving into an environment of higher inflation is increasing. An inflationary environment requires investors to think...

Insights categories - Offshore investing

Orbis: Inflation – the bottom-up case for caution

By Rob Perrone on 09 Nov 2021

Reading time: 7 mins

If headlines are to be believed, people are gravely concerned that inflation will rise. If market prices are to be believed, people are quietly convinced tha...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Can we expect an interest rate hike in November?

By Thalia Petousis on 04 Nov 2021

Reading time: 4 mins

South Africa should prepare for interest rate hikes given the rising inflationary pressures and global energy shortage currently unfolding. Thalia Petousis...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Economic recovery accompanied by a surge in inflation

By Sandy McGregor on 15 Oct 2021

Reading time: 4 mins

With increasing vaccinations economic activity is returning to pre-pandemic levels and, while there may be further waves of infection, governments are learni...

Insights categories - Local investing

Active management: Potential for a comeback in a divided inflationary world

By Duncan Artus on 23 Sep 2021

Viewing time: 7 mins

For most of the 2000s, the developed world has been characterised by disinflation and falling interest rates. This is despite a large increase in leverage, t...

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Inflation returns

By Sandy McGregor on 26 Jul 2021

Reading time: 17 mins

Prices are on the up in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The question is, will deflationary conditions resume as global economic conditions normalise or is...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

MPC rates decision: Where to from here?

By Thalia Petousis on 22 Jul 2021

Reading time: 4 mins

The South African Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) today made the unanimous decision to keep the repo rate unchanged at 3.5%.

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Q&A with portfolio managers from Allan Gray and Orbis 2021

By Tamryn Lamb on 26 May 2021

Reading time: 1 min

The global recovery is underway as markets rebound from their March 2020 lows, but the current pandemic is far from over, leaving many investors questioning...

Insights categories - Local investing

Sitting at the bottom of the interest rate cycle, potentially for much longer

By Thalia Petousis on 21 May 2021

Reading time: 3 mins

The South African Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted in May 2021 to again keep the repo rate unchanged at 3.5%, its lowest level since the...

Insights categories - Local investing

Where to from here for interest rates and money market returns?

By Thalia Petousis on 07 May 2021

Reading time: 3 mins

Lower interest rates, although a life jacket for those in debt or with home loans, have negative consequences for savers. 

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Global recovery underway

By Sandy McGregor on 30 Apr 2021

Reading time: 2 mins

The world is recovering from the pandemic and 2021 should see strong global economic growth. The epicentre of the recovery is now the United States, where th...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

The state of the economy

By Sandy McGregor and Vuyo Nogantshi on 10 Feb 2021

Viewing time: 62 mins

In a recent Q&A-style webinar hosted by Allan Gray’s Vuyo Nogantshi, Allan Gray’s Sandy McGregor and the Reserve Bank’s Rashad Cassim and David Fowkes examin...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

The dangers of printing money

By Sandy McGregor on 16 Oct 2020

Reading time: 14 mins

Modern Monetary Theory, or MMT as it is often called, is a new term for an old idea. Its proponents argue that a state which issues fiat money does not have ...

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Money lessons from the arcade

By Emmanuella Fernandes on 24 Sep 2020

Reading time: 5 mins

Throughout Heritage Month, South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs, histories, and traditions. In the...

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Q&A: Understanding the economic context in which we must invest

By Grant Pitt on 27 May 2020

Reading time: 1 min

As investors, we must understand the economic consequences of COVID-19 and the impact on different asset classes. Grant Pitt, joint head of Institutional...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

The monetary and fiscal response to the COVID-19 crisis

By Sandy McGregor on 27 May 2020

Reading time: 5 mins

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a massive disruption of global economic activity without peacetime precedent. In a presentation via Zoom webinar, Sandy...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

The world after the COVID-19 pandemic

By Sandy McGregor on 23 Apr 2020

Reading time: 11 mins

We are witnessing a global economic collapse without precedent in modern times. As investors we must think about what the world will look like when the...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

2020 Budget: Managing the wage bill and fixing Eskom's credibility

By Sandy McGregor on 21 Feb 2020

Reading time: 2 mins

The National Treasury faces formidable challenges in preparing the Budget for the 2020/21 fiscal year, which will be presented on 26 February. Projections...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Inflation

By Sandy McGregor on 29 Jan 2020

Reading time: 15 mins

Inflation is a phenomenon of great importance to investors. It is subject to intense scrutiny but is not well understood. Sandy McGregor offers his perspecti...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Global growth slows

By Sandy McGregor on 13 Jan 2020

Reading time: 3 mins

Over the past year, global economic growth has slowed. International trade volumes have contracted. This slowdown has many causes but has been significantly...

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How not to break the bank this festive season

By Lettie Mzwinila on 22 Nov 2019

Reading time: 5 mins

The end of 2019 is fast approaching and with many looking forward to downtime during the festive season, this shouldn’t mean breaking the bank, according to...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Making sense of the rand

By Linda Kallis on 10 Oct 2019

Reading time: 9 mins

Like other emerging market currencies, the rand has seen periods of prolonged fluctuation since September 2018 but has remained relatively stable over time....

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Trade wars

By Sandy McGregor on 29 Jul 2019

Reading time: 18 mins

In recent months, we have observed increasing uncertainty and concern among our clients about what impact rising international tensions, particularly the tra...

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PART 3: What are the best investment options for education savings?

By Saleem Sonday on 16 Jul 2019

Reading time: 9 mins

With the cost of education soaring, relying purely on your salary to finance your children’s education is becoming increasingly difficult. Consider saving fo...

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PART 1: How to overcome the growing cost of education

By Saleem Sonday on 16 Jul 2019

Reading time: 6 mins

Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of how you will finance your children’s education? You are not alone. We all want to empower our children by giving th...

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PART 2: Saving for education – later is still better than never

By Saleem Sonday on 16 Jul 2019

Reading time: 7 mins

When it comes to paying for the best education for your child, making small sacrifices early on and taking a long-term approach to investing is the smart thi...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Global business conditions deteriorate

By Sandy McGregor on 12 Jul 2019

Reading time: 2 mins

Negative news about the global economy persists. Purchasing manager indices continue to signal a widespread deterioration in business conditions. Even in the...

Insights categories - Local investing

Is a money market fund right for you right now?

By Earl Van Zyl on 05 Apr 2019

Reading time: 5 mins

Money market unit trusts have become popular as they appear to provide a safe, secure and reliable haven for your investments. During times with extreme...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Global economy losing momentum

By Sandy McGregor on 18 Jan 2019

Reading time: 3 mins

After two years of strong synchronous growth the global economy is losing momentum. Almost without exception the most recent purchasing manager’s indices are...

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SA needs to unlock its 'demographic dividend' by getting the private sector to invest

By Kevin Lings on 18 Jul 2018

Reading time: 5 mins

South Africa needs to stop looking to government spending as the catalyst for economic growth and should instead foster a more conducive environment for...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Business confidence improves in South Africa

By Sandy McGregor on 13 Apr 2018

Reading time: 2 mins

After 18 months of accelerating growth, the momentum of the expansion of the global economy slowed in the first quarter of 2018.  It is noteworthy that an...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Facing a fiscal crisis

By Sandy McGregor on 13 Oct 2017

Reading time: 2 mins

The synchronised global economic expansion continues to gain momentum. World trade is growing and increasing demand is putting upward pressure on commodity...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Invest in stocks with dividends, but put stop losses in place

By Todd Buchholz on 01 Sep 2017

Reading time: 3 mins

It is always a good time to invest, the question is where...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

SA economy in the doldrums as the rest of the world picks up

By Sandy McGregor on 14 Jul 2017

Reading time: 2 mins

Since January, domestic demand in South Africa has been very weak, the clearest evidence of which has been poor retail sales. The consumer is no longer in a...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

The winds of change

By Sandy McGregor on 06 Jan 2017

Reading time: 2 mins

While the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States was not expected by investors, it does not seem to have been unwelcome:  both t...

Insights categories - Local investing

Money Market Fund update: Rising inflation and low growth continue to cause concern

By Gary Elston on 05 Aug 2016

Reading time: 3 mins

Global yields have fallen after Brexit became a reality when the UK voted to leave the EU. This uncertainty has decreased the expectation that the US Federal...

Insights categories - Local investing

Stable Fund update: How to invest in ‘interesting’ times

By Mark Dunley-Owen on 15 Jul 2016

Reading time: 4 mins

‘May you live in interesting times' is an English expression which many believe to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. The expression seems to...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

The economic consequences of political decisions

By Sandy McGregor on 06 Jul 2016

Reading time: 2 mins

The vote by the British electorate in support of leaving the European Union (EU) took markets by surprise. The immediate impact was a strengthening of the US...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Uncertainty persists

By Gary Elston on 20 Apr 2016

Reading time: 3 mins

The increased uncertainty that arose in December of last year has persisted throughout the first quarter of 2016. The current political climate and the threa...

Insights categories - Personal investing

Saving in a rising interest rate environment 2015

By Jeanette Marais on 20 Nov 2015

Reading time: 4 mins

The South African Reserve bank has announced an interest rate increase from 6% to 6.25% confirming that the country is in a rising interest rate cycle.   Whi...

Insights categories - Personal investing

Understand the impact of inflation

By Thandi Ngwane on 30 Sep 2014

Reading time: 4 mins

There are different types of investment risks, some more obvious than others. One risk that people often forget about is the risk that their invested money...

Insights categories - Retirement

Consider your lifestyle inflation when saving for retirement

By Shaun Duddy on 25 Feb 2014

Reading time: 5 mins

While most investors seem to understand the need to contribute consistently to their retirement funds, and to start saving as early as possible, many investo...

Insights categories - Retirement

Make sustainability a priority when planning your retirement income

By Richard Carter on 29 Oct 2012

Reading time: 6 mins

Over the last 20 years pension funds have increasingly passed the responsibility for generating income after retirement on to retirees and insurers, rather...

Insights categories - Personal investing

Investing for education

By Wanita Isaacs on 30 Sep 2012

Reading time: 7 mins

As Wanita Isaacs joins the ranks of parents investigating ways to afford the best possible education for their children, she learns that, although long-term...

Insights categories - Retirement

Planning for income post retirement

By Richard Carter on 30 Sep 2012

Reading time: 9 mins

If you are knocking at 60's door and fall into the small minority of South Africans who have saved enough to retire comfortably, you may be planning your...

Insights categories - Personal investing

Delayed gratification is priceless

By Rob Formby on 02 Dec 2011

Reading time: 6 mins

Acknowledging your future financial needs and making concrete plans to meet these is a discipline that will benefit you and your family enormously. It is the...

Insights categories - Personal investing

It is worthwhile starting to save early - a little can go a long way

By Jeanette Marais on 20 Oct 2011

Reading time: 5 mins

You can substantially improve your financial situation if you start saving sooner rather than later and you will be a step closer to being financially...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

The long-term outlook for the South African bond market

By Andrew Lapping on 31 Mar 2011

Reading time: 9 mins

As a bond investor you need to ask yourself two questions: are your inflation expectations reasonable, and will the potential real return be sufficient? Andr...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Deflation

By Sandy McGregor on 30 Sep 2010

Reading time: 8 mins

It seems the world may divide into two distinct camps: the mature economies gripped by deflation and stagnation, and the emerging markets, which continue to...

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