Archive for Feb 2020

Coronavirus – Update

We don’t yet know how dangerous the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019 is, and we won’t know until more data becomes available. What we do know is that the probability of dying if infected by the virus is significantly higher for vulnerable members of the…

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What to consider when investing in International Property

Every investment portfolio requires regular assessment and perhaps adjustments as conditions change. Perhaps your portfolio is not diversified enough and is overexposed to the risks and uncertainties of one particular asset class or geographical market. There could be any number of factors that may signal that it’s time to make some sound adjustments. The best…

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Week in Review: President Ramaphosa delivers SONA 2020

Global attention remained on the coronavirus outbreak as the number of confirmed cases rose and China’s factories try to reopen. Equities were mostly stronger for a second straight week while bond yields stayed unchanged, a sign that investors are cautiously optimistic. In the U.S., Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair, Jerome Powell’s commentary took centre stage, where…

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Week in Review: Coronavirus Death Toll Rises

Countries around the world are stepping up efforts to tackle the threat of the spread of coronavirus. The latest figures brought the total number of deaths in China to at least 722 with the total number of confirmed cases rising to 34,000. Most of the newly reported deaths, 81, occurred in Hubei Province, the heart…

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Week in Review: Coronavirus Fears Escalate

Growing concerns about the economic impact of the coronavirus dominated headlines this week. Global equity markets and cyclical sectors underperformed whilst bonds rallied. As the outbreak continues to escalate, the World Health Organization has declared it a public-health emergency of international concern, but said restrictions on commerce weren’t necessary and that it had confidence in…

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