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Slowing inflation may spur SARB policy shift

A continued cooling of inflation may encourage the South African Reserve Bank to shift toward easing, particularly with fresh signs that economic growth has slowed. Hence, July’s CPI data, due on Aug. 24 at 9am London time, could have a bigger influence than usual on the central bank’s agenda. If headline inflation comes in below forecast, and if the rand holds its year-to-date gains, the SARB might use its September meeting to signal a move toward cutting rates in 2017.

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Clinton presidency and SA risk

Trump has made a speciality out of the outrageous, upset many people, but kept coming on. However, scaling up from petty outrage among the relative few 13 million early followers, it is a different challenge entirely when preparing for the final massive November contest when needing over 65 million votes.

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Some light on legislation regarding direct offshore investment

Exchange rate fluctuations over the past six months have resulted in Rand depreciation and Rand appreciation of approximately 20% either way. This ebb and flow has led to many financial planners advising investors to transfer money offshore. While this is a very important step in portfolio diversification, investors should weigh up all of the factors when dipping their toes into offshore waters.

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