Words from the (investment) wise for the week that was (June 16 – 22, 2008)

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A ton of doubt … Sentiment deteriorated further during the past week as oil prices rebounded, more bad news in the financial sector surfaced, economic woes mounted and inflationary pressures intensified, compounding already-jittery investors’ anxiety. Read all about this in my weekly review, highlighting some thought-provoking news items and quotes from market commentators during the past week. […]






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SA consumer under enormous pressure

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By Kevin Lings

For a number of months we have been highlighting the enormous and increasing pressure on the consumer. This follows a four-year period of astounding growth in consumer income and spending, as well as an unprecedented increase in consumer debt. The release of the Q1 2008 SARB Quarterly Bulletin yesterday […]

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SA current account deficit increased to 9% of GDP in Q1 2008

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By Kevin Lings

In Q1 2008 South Africa recorded another shock current account deficit, equivalent to 9.0% of GDP. This compares with a deficit of 7.5% of GDP in Q4 2007 and 8.1% of GDP in Q3 2007. In value terms, the current account deficit widened to a record R194.7 billion from […]

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Jeremy Grantham: No Quick End to the Pain

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This post reports on an interview of The Globe and Mail with highly regarded money manager Jeremy Grantham. He discusses the lie of the investment land, providing some stimulating and thought-provoking input. In short, it may not be 1929 all over again, but he sees no quick end to the pain. […]






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Hunting peaks as growth sacrifice deepens

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By Cees Bruggemans

As we approach midyear, the global and local scenes are still upping the ante daily.

Locally, we have just increased interest rates for the tenth time by 0.5% in two years, prime rising to 15.5%, with more increases likely. Perhaps not many more, but enough to turn yesterday’s […]

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Bear markets are never fun

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By Shaun le Roux

Equity markets around the world are struggling. Most markets are down in 2008 and are not significantly above their lows earlier this year. The Shanghai Composite in China is more than 50% down on its October 2007 high.

Equity markets have had to grapple with a […]

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