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Heading for Junk Status

By Johan Coetzee. Financial Consultant, Ecsponent Financial Services It is almost certain that South Africa’s government debt will be downgraded further in November and that full junk status will last for at least the next six years. The writing is on the wall after the Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, made no bones about the…

Rommel status is ons voorland

Deur Johan Coetzee. Konsultant van Ecsponent Financial Services Dit is feitlik seker dat Suid-Afrika se staatskuld later in November verder afgegradeer gaan word en dat ons eersdaags vir minstens ses jaar in die rommel gaan wees. Die skrif is aan die muur nadat die Minister van Finansies, Malusi Gigaba, die benarde situasie van Suid-Afrika in…

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Global interest rates and investing in 2017

Will the US Federal Reserve raise interest rates when their meeting concludes on Wednesday 14 December? According to Floris Slabbert, speaking on KykNet’s Groot Ontbyt, a 0.25% increase is likely. If the short-term interest rates are indeed increased, it will be the first increase in about 12 months. The last increase before that was in…