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Market Solutions – December 2016

By Investment Solutions on Jan 20, 2017 in In the news Industry Updates Market and Economic Commentary Performance Uncategorized

Global: After several years of accommodative monetary policy, the US Federal Reserve unanimously raised its federal funds target rate by 25 basis points, with the new rate standing at 0.75%. This rise occurred on the back of improved labour and inflation conditions during 2016, signalling the first step towards policy normalization in the US.
Local: Although local equities showed positive returns for the year – 2.6% in ZAR terms – local bonds stole the show by outperforming equities by around 13%, which signalled that local defensive assets were preferred over aggressive assets in 2016.

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Daily Solutions – 20 January 2017

By Investment Solutions on Jan 20, 2017 in In the news Industry Updates Market and Economic Commentary Performance

JOHANNESBURG – The JSE closed flat on Thursday after the European Central Bank (ECB) kept rates unchanged, with investors cautious ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. The ECB earlier reaffirmed its December decision to continue to buy €80bn of assets per month until March 2017 and €60bn between April and December, causing the euro at first to record gains on the dollar, but then to weaken in later trade.

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Daily Solutions – 19 January 2017

By Investment Solutions on Jan 19, 2017 in In the news Industry Updates Market and Economic Commentary Performance

JOHANNESBURG – The JSE closed only slightly higher on Wednesday despite broad-based gains. Platinums, retailers and property stocks performed best. Analysts said trading was characterised by a lack of conviction before US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen’s speech later in the day after the JSE’s close.

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Africa Beat for the week ended 13 January 2017

By Investment Solutions on Jan 18, 2017 in Africa Beat In the news Industry Updates Market and Economic Commentary Performance

Dear reader                                                       
The intention of the Investment Solutions Africa Beat is to provide you, the investor, with news flow from the rest of the African continent so you can have more knowledgeable discussions around Africa as an investment destination. We hope you will enjoy the brief updates. Please feel free to share your comments and thoughts by getting in touch with the Technical Solutions Team.

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