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Hammerson, 'a solid bet for future returns'

Hammerson, which is the largest property stock on the JSE, is considered by analysts as one of the most undervalued stocks with significant upside potential...

1 day ago

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McDonald's reports higher earnings on strong US, China

NEW YORK, United States - McDonald's reported higher first-quarter earnings Tuesday on better performance in key regions, including the United States and China...

1 day ago

Hanno le Roux
'Junk' status - Weathering the storm

Some of the main areas where South Africans and South African businesses can expect to feel the impact of the sovereign credit rating downgrade and some helpful suggestions for you and your business' finances...

By Hanno le Roux, Issued by Meredith Harington 3 days ago

2016 investment growth is highest seen in five years - JLL report
2016 investment growth is highest seen in five years - JLL report

JLL SSA's 2016 Investment Review of the South African property market reports a R28.8bn increase in investment (from R18.5bn in 2015)...

3 days ago

Junk status brings new challenges for SA businesses
Junk status brings new challenges for SA businesses

Business owners, senior managers and company executives need to prepare themselves for a bumpy second quarter in 2017, with the only certainty being that nobody really knows how much the downgrades by rating agencies and the weaker rand will impact on the economy...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 24 Apr 2017

Living in La La Land
Living in La La Land

Is South Africa still an investors' dream or are we living in La La Land?

By Danette Breitenbach 21 Apr 2017

Panellists: Associate Professor Mills Soko, director: GSB; Mncane Mthunzi, president: Black Management Forum, Dr Sean Gossel, senior lecturer in finance at the GSB; and Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, United Democratic Movement (UDM) chief whip.
The sticky issue of radical economic transformation

Radical economic transformation. The nebulous term being liberally bandied about by politicians with little clarity on what it actually means.,,

21 Apr 2017

How to survive rising interest rates
How to survive rising interest rates

Experts agree that South Africans will be facing higher interest rates soon. In order to keep or purchase a home, we will all have to reassess our spending habits...

Issued by Private Property 19 Apr 2017

David Zahn, head of European fixed income at Franklin Templeton
How Theresa May's election gambit could strengthen her Brexit hand

UK prime minister, Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election for June 8, 2017 caught just about everybody off guard...

By David Zahn 19 Apr 2017

MSCI 2016 index shows industrial sector drives SA property returns
MSCI 2016 index shows industrial sector drives SA property returns

MSCI has released the IPD South Africa Annual Property Index for 2016...

13 Apr 2017

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Retailers shift away from Africa expansion

Africa is falling off the immediate radar of local retailers after the region posted its slowest growth rate in two decades in 2016, and with the outlook for 2017 looking as unpromising, most companies are changing their focus from expansion to improving customer experience...

By Colleen Goko 12 Apr 2017

TC Chetty, South Africa country manager for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Junk status not good for Africa's overall growth

The recent credit rating downgrades will negatively affect Africa's two biggest economies - South Africa and Nigeria...

11 Apr 2017

Naspers invests an additional R960m in Takealot
Naspers invests an additional R960m in Takealot

Takealot Online (Pty) Ltd today announced a R960m investment from Naspers, highlighting the media group's continued commitment to the online retailer and its confidence in the potential of South Africa's e-commerce sector...

11 Apr 2017

World Bank funds Land Bank project with focus on supporting emerging farmers
World Bank funds Land Bank project with focus on supporting emerging farmers

The Financial Intermediation Project and the resultant disbursement will enable Land Bank to sustainably scale up its sources of funding to benefit emerging farmers...

11 Apr 2017

The yo-yo world of commodities
The yo-yo world of commodities

While commodities may be on the rise globally, South Africa is a mixed bag...

By Danette Breitenbach 10 Apr 2017

Tumisho Grater, economic strategist at Novare
Fitch joins the junk status fray

Global ratings agency, Fitch, has added its voice to growing disquiet in the markets that South Africa is no longer a safe bet for investment...

By Tumisho Grater 10 Apr 2017

How to choose the perfect CFD trading platform for you
How to choose the perfect CFD trading platform for you

To be able to select the perfect Contract for Difference (CFD) trading platform, there are some basic things you need to consider...

Issued by Naija Writers’ Coach 7 Apr 2017

Lessons from history. Getting back to investment status
Lessons from history. Getting back to investment status

What will it take for the country to regain investment status?..

6 Apr 2017

Liberty Two Degrees appoints Michael Ilsley interim chairman
Liberty Two Degrees appoints Michael Ilsley interim chairman

Real estate investment trust Liberty Two Degrees has appointed Michael Ilsley as interim chairman until such time as a new chairman is appointed...

6 Apr 2017

Bonds weaker as ANC closes ranks behind Zuma
Bonds weaker as ANC closes ranks behind Zuma

The South African bond market was weaker after the rand fell 30c against the dollar on the news that the ANC rejected calls from the SACP and Cosatu for President Jacob Zuma to step down...

By Maarten Mittner 5 Apr 2017

Cabinet reshuffle triggers junk status
Cabinet reshuffle triggers junk status

With the dash of a pen, President Jacob Zuma has undone all the hard work of government and business last year to avoid junk status...

By Nicci Botha 4 Apr 2017

Ithala celebrates top business achievers at gala dinner
Ithala celebrates top business achievers at gala dinner

In recognition of their contribution towards developing KwaZulu-Natal as an entrepreneurial province, several enterprising business leaders were feted at an awards ceremony in Durban...

Issued by Ithala Development Finance Corporation 3 Apr 2017

Share-price rises point to interest in retail sector
Share-price rises point to interest in retail sector

Prospects for the retail sector may be dismal in 2017, but that has not stopped investors from piling in. The general retailers index has gained 4.2%...

30 Mar 2017

Boris Dzhingarov
How to become better at trading in the forex market

Using trading as a financial instrument is not an easy task, it requires a strong foundation in the financial industry. Here's how to become a better trader in the financial world...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 30 Mar 2017

Bonds firmer as Treasury takes firm stand against Zuma step
Bonds firmer as Treasury takes firm stand against Zuma step

The South African bond market was firmer in late afternoon trade as Pravin Gordhan received a standing ovation at struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada's funeral...

By Maarten Mittner 30 Mar 2017

Finance minister, Pravin Gordhan
‘Not our business,' says ANC of Gordhan's recall

The president's recall of the finance minister from an overseas trip has nothing to do with the African National Congress, secretary general, Gwede Mantashe said...

28 Mar 2017

Five reasons why you should move your business to Dubai
Five reasons why you should move your business to Dubai

Dubai not only offers great weather and many opportunities for families to grow, but it also offers many businesses from around the world plenty of benefits...

Issued by Monetary Library 23 Mar 2017

Nigeria: the next chapter?
Nigeria: the next chapter?

Nigeria presents an interesting tale of seemingly opposites in the African growth agenda. Simultaneously taking pole position as the largest economy in Africa in 2016 and yet suffering from its worst recession in 25 years is indicative of both the ups and downs that the country's economy has been through...

By Charles Weller, Issued by Mindshare World 22 Mar 2017

Coal's Makhado site. Source: Coal of Africa
Coal of Africa exec fined, suspended for insider trader

Coal of Africa's COO has been fined R350,000 for insider trading by the FSB) and was subsequently suspended by the company pending an internal investigation...

20 Mar 2017

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