Market Commentary: April 2020

Market Commentary: April 2020 Here are this month’s highlights: April was a month of record lows all-round with the global economy forecasted to see its steepest decline since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The South African Reserve Bank reduced the repo rate by a...

Market Commentary: March 2020

Market Commentary: March 2020 Here are this month’s highlights: The world economy continues to feel the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent spread. The South African Reserve Bank cut its repo rate by 100 basis points. Inflation-linked bonds experienced its...

Market Commentary: February 2020

Market Commentary: February 2020 Here are this month’s highlights: Cash was up 47 basis points in February and bonds were largely flat. South Africa entered a technical recession. The US and China lowered existing import tariffs per the phase 1 trade agreement. This...

Market Commentary: January 2020

Market Commentary: January 2020 Here are this month’s highlights: The South African Reserve Bank reduces interest rates; local equity suffered the effects of the coronavirus outbreak as did the property sector which experienced persistent downward selling pressure and...

Market Commentary: December 2019

Market Commentary: December 2019 Here are this month’s highlights: Inflation is expected to remain the same going into 2020. However, consumers can expect increasing electricity, water and fuel prices in the new year. Local bond markets ticked up and local equities...

Market Commentary: November 2019

Here are this month’s highlights:  South African assets struggled in November, underperforming global peers. Sentiment regarding trade talks swung between optimism and concern: A ‘Phase One’ trade deal seemed imminent after China promised improved policing of...