Finance

M&A activity to remain subdued until a measure of certainty is restored in SA

By | 2019-05-24T11:52:18+00:00 May 23rd, 2019|Featured, Finance, General|

By Tapiwa Shamu, Principal: Corporate Finance; Nedbank CIB. After what can only be described as a difficult year for mergers and acquisitions in SA in 2018 (total number of deals announced were 517 in 2018 compared to 588 in 2017, total value down from R637 billion to R610 billion in the same period (Gleason Publications, 2018), [...]

Monthly Insights: May 2019

By | 2019-05-10T13:10:04+00:00 May 10th, 2019|Finance, General, Watch This|

  Executive Summary Inflationary pressures picked up in March and April due to higher energy costs in the West and elevated food inflation in some Asian countries. In its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) release, the IMF revised its global growth projection down to 3.3% for 2019 from 3.5% previously, predominantly as a [...]

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 [...]