Finance

Monthly Insights: April 2019

By | 2019-04-08T16:27:12+00:00 April 8th, 2019|Finance, General, Watch This|

  Executive Summary Despite the recent uptick in the international Brent price, it is still 2% lower than it was a year ago. Global growth is easing, and demand-pull inflation is receding, dampening the global inflation trajectory. Furthermore, global commodity prices remain low because of the slowdown in key consumer, China. All these [...]

The challenges and opportunities of trade finance in Africa

By | 2019-04-08T07:44:09+00:00 April 8th, 2019|Finance, General|

By Sekete Mokgehle; Head: Global Commodity Finance, Nedbank CIB It’s common knowledge that, while the African continent offers many exceptional economic opportunities for forward-thinking businesses and investors, doing business in Africa can be challenging. Trade finance is certainly not immune to these challenges and they add a layer of complexity that can make transacting on [...]

Monthly Insights: March 2019

By | 2019-03-11T13:20:38+00:00 March 11th, 2019|Finance, General, Watch This|

  Executive Summary There has been a broad decline in inflation rates across the world, including a sharp downward surprise in our own (SA) inflation print for January. Lower energy prices, a decline in raw material and machinery costs, as well as falling demand-pull inflation have been key reasons for the falling inflation trajectory [...]

2019 is a seminal year for investor confidence in SA’s mining sector

By | 2019-03-13T12:37:31+00:00 February 26th, 2019|Finance, Mining, Resources|

2019 is a seminal year for investor confidence in South Africa’s mining sector, and international investors will be closely watching a variety of important issues as they seek the clarity they will need to commit to investments in the country. With crucial national elections due in May, a debt crisis at state electricity utility Eskom [...]

Monthly Insights: February 2019

By | 2019-02-17T20:12:44+00:00 February 17th, 2019|Finance, General, Watch This|

  Executive Summary· In the past month, we have seen global central banks capitulate, along with some EM central banks, as a result of lower global growth, inflation metrics and trade activity. Further geopolitical risks in the form of trade wars and tighter financial conditions exacerbated the capitulation. In the past month, we have also seen [...]