Market Overview – April 2019

Market Overview – April 2019

Global equity markets recorded healthy gains in April, as positive investor sentiment (largely arising from the easier global monetary outlook) outweighed renewed concerns over a slowdown in global growth. The IMF revised its 2019 global growth forecast down to 3.3% from 3.5% previously, citing the decelerating US and EU economies, as well as ongoing trade […]

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Market Overview – March 2019

Market Overview – March 2019

Global equity and bond markets were broadly positive in March, buoyed by the US Federal Reserve’s easier interest rate stance that put the brakes on further interest rate hikes for the remainder of 2019. Developed markets outperformed emerging markets, shrugging off concerns over a contraction in global growth and political uncertainty in Europe. In Europe, […]

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Market Overview – February 2019

Market Overview – February 2019

Amid growing signs of a global growth slowdown, financial markets were cheered in February by several positive developments that left developed equity markets with solid gains and the US dollar stronger. Emerging market assets, in contrast, saw largely lacklustre returns, although South African equities benefited from stronger offshore-focused Resource and Industrial shares during the month […]

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The trouble with switching in and out of funds

The trouble with switching in and out of funds

During periods of underperformance, even the most experienced investors get tempted to switch funds in search of better returns. However, switching funds in response to short-term market conditions can jinx your investment success over the long term. After a flat few years, 2018 was particularly difficult for local investors, with the FTSE/JSE All Share Index […]

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Market overview – January 2019

Market overview – January 2019

Global equity markets started the year on a strong note, with all major equity indices ending January in positive territory. South Africa also posted positive returns for the month, supported by stronger Financials and Resources sectors. The US Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates unchanged over the near term, coupled with the reported imminent […]

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The biggest risk to Investors

The biggest risk to Investors

The biggest risk to investors : their own capitulation especially as harsh market reality leads to investor fatigue The last five years on the JSE have been incredibly hard. Investors in the local market have received returns only barely above inflation. As the graph below shows, this is one of the worst five-year periods on […]

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Signs of Spring?

Signs of Spring?

2018 saw South African investors endure their fifth year of equity returns of close to zero, driven largely by an exodus of investors out of emerging markets. The last month of 2018 saw this nervousness spread to developed markets on the back of fears around the China-US trade war, mounting concern around the US Government […]

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