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Market Solutions – December 2016

By Alexander Forbes Investments on Jan 20, 2017 in Industry Updates Market and Economic Commentary Performance The news 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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Market Solutions – September 2016

By Alexander Forbes Investments on Oct 14, 2016 in Industry Updates Market and Economic Commentary Performance The news Uncategorized

Global: Benefiting from the advantages of EU membership comes with a price, two examples being Norway and Switzerland who remain outside the EU but have access to its market by contributing to its budget. Adopting this arrangement would see Britain experiencing a “soft” Brexit.

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Daily Solutions – 14 October 2016

By Alexander Forbes Investments on Oct 14, 2016 in Industry Updates Market and Economic Commentary The news Uncategorized

JOHANNESBURG – The JSE opened weaker on Thursday in unsettled trade as the market attempted to price in risk relating to the future of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Banks were sharply down again in early morning trade.

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Daily Solutions – 7 July

By Alexander Forbes Investments on Jul 07, 2016 in Industry Updates Market and Economic Commentary The news Uncategorized

THE JSE received no clear direction from stock exchanges trading ahead of it on Thursday morning. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was 0.8% higher while Tokyo’s Topix index was 0.5% down.

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