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The $100,000 iTradeGlobal Challenge

Did you wish you were able to trade or invest in offshore markets when Finance Minister Nene was unceremoniously fired on 9 December (9/12 is rated as South Africa’s 9/11)? The Rand has since strengthened, but our currency is still very volatile and we are still waiting for the Ratings Agencies to confirm if we

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Structured Products – Low Risk With Gearing

A structured product is a pre-packaged investment product based on an underlying instrument like a single share or a basket of shares. In many cases the product will provide a capital guarantee if it is held to maturity plus enhanced gearing in the upward performance of the underlying instrument, capped at a maximum profit. How

US markets and economy

2 reasons why the Fed might not raise interest rates in September

A few months ago FED Chair, Janet Yellen, shifted the goal posts for the start of the interest rate hiking cycle slightly when she introduced NAIRU as the important indicator. NAIRU stands for Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment, quite a mouthful. It becomes easier to understand if you pause after “inflation”. It is the rate

Gold price from 2010 to 2015
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Gold bar and coin demand continues to slip!

The World Gold Council just released demand and supply statistics for 2014. There are no surprises on the supply side with total mine production up 2% to 3,114 tonnes. Total Gold supply, including recycled Gold, was flat for the year at 4,278 tonnes. On the demand side total jewellery demand declined by 10% to 2,153

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Trouble in China!

Why you should still be careful investing in resource shares. “Resource shares are so cheap now, should I buy?” I get the question from clients often and the subject is debated in the SPI investment meetings regularly. I have expressed my worries about growth in China a few times on TV and Twitter. A new

US markets and economy

Obama’s win and the Fiscal Cliff tug-of-war!

What exactly is the Fiscal Cliff? In late February 2012, Ben Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, was the first person to use the term “fiscal cliff” for this crisis. He described “a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases” on January 1, 2013. During a lame duck session in December 2010,