Posts Tagged ‘financial markets’

Week in Review: Minister Mboweni Delivers a Grim Assessment of SA’s Finances

On Wednesday, South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivered a grim assessment of the nation’s finances in a special Supplementary Budget Review (SBR) that forecasts a deep South African recession and plunging tax revenues as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown measures. Gross domestic product (GDP) is forecast to shrink by 7.2%…

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Week in Review: The Delicate Balance

On Thursday more than 150,000 new cases of the coronavirus were recorded, the highest single-day number so far. The new cases were mostly reported in the Americas, with significant numbers from South Asia and the Middle East. Countries globally are moving forward with the reopening of their economies, some more cautiously than others, as each…

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Week in Review: Central Banks Take Coordinated Action

Financial markets endured another week of extreme volatility as the number of coronavirus cases globally continues to rise. The social-economic trade-off of social distancing adopted by most countries across the globe will significantly impact global economic growth and employment in the first half of this year. To counteract this, major central banks and governments around…

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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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Continued global and domestic uncertainty calls for safeguarding of investments

Ongoing volatility in the South African domestic political theatre, shifting dynamics in other countries of the region and sudden volatility that rattled stocks and investors globally since last Friday, have one consequence in common: continued uncertainty. Uncertainty brings heightened risk that should inspire investors and high net worth individuals everywhere to take appropriate action: reassess,…

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