MARKET SNIPPET: 27 January 2015

Mabyanine Phiri

What does China’s lowest GDP growth in 24 years mean for South African trade relations with the country? Mabyanine Phiri investigates in today’s Market Snippet.

MARKET SNIPPET: 26 January 2015

Mabyanine Phiri

The looming elections in Greece is putting pressure on the euro, writes Mabyanine Phiri in today’s Market Snippet.

MARKET SNIPPET: 23 January 2015

Mabyanine Phiri

The European Central Bank’s stimulus announcement led to a rally in indices in developed economies, writes Mabyanine Phiri in today’s Market Snippet.

MARKET SNIPPET: 22 January 2015

Mabyanine Phiri

The European Central Bank’s (ECB) executive board has proposed asset purchases of €1.1tr to regenerate inflation in the Eurozone. All eyes will be on Mario Draghi today as the ECB outlays its plan to foster growth in the region and battle disinflation that’s creating deflation risk.

NEWS: Government bonds rally on oil-triggered inflation ease

GOVT BONDS

The slump in oil prices could result in inflation falling to the lower half of the Reserve Bank’s target of between 3% and 6%, writes Jaco Visser in the 29 January 2015 edition of Finweek. Read the full article here.

WEF: Does Davos matter to Africa?

Farming

When world leaders and the very wealthy get together to find solutions to the globe’s most pressing problems, how much time do they spend thinking about Africa?

MARKET SNIPPET: 21 January 2015

Mabyanine Phiri

The challenges facing the Euro zone carry considerable risk for the global economy as a whole, which is why tomorrow’s ECB meeting matters so much, writes Mabyanine Phiri in today’s Market Snippet.

OPINION: Why do we bother to listen to central banks?

Steen-Jakobsen-Chief-Economist-Saxo-Bank

Major central banks claim to be independent, but they are all ultimately under the control of politicians, writes Saxo chief economist Steen Jakobsen.

MARKET SNIPPET: 20 January 2015

Mabyanine Phiri

Continued trouble in the Eurozone, a depreciating Japanese Yen and softer projected GDP figures for China are all having an adverse effect on global growth despite the positive effects of the low oil price.

WEF: Will the Davos agenda be dominated by Frankfurt and Athens?

Mario_Draghi

While there are many important topics on this year’s World Economic Forum agenda, Tristan Hanson of Ashburton Investment suspects the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing programme and the Greek elections will dominate the agenda.