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Global business conditions deteriorate

By Sandy McGregor on 12 Jul 2019

Negative news about the global economy persists. Purchasing manager indices continue to signal a widespread deterioration in business conditions. Even in the...

Valuations matter

By Andrew Lapping on 11 Jun 2019

Uncertainty abounds at present. Equity returns for the past few years have been underwhelming, political upheaval locally and internationally is causing wave...

Finding value in frontier African markets

By Nick Ndiritu on 29 Apr 2019

Across corporate boardrooms in South Africa, a number of management teams and institutional investors are grappling with a vexing question: Is investing in...

Global slowdown continues to take its toll

By Sandy McGregor on 26 Apr 2019

The synchronous global slowdown, which commenced in the last quarter of 2018, continues to take its toll. While Europe is not in recession, it has returned t...

How you can influence your investment outcomes

By Lettie Mzwinila on 16 Apr 2019

After an undeniably tough 2018, the local market staged a turnaround during the first quarter. But the atmosphere in the country is blowing hot and cold: As...

South Africa's fiscal dilemma

By Sandy McGregor on 25 Jan 2019

Faced with sky-high debt, a stagnant economy and disappointing tax collections, South Africa is on an unsustainable fiscal path. Difficult choices have to be...

Global growth accelerates but emerging markets under pressure

By Sandy McGregor on 05 Oct 2018

Following a slower first quarter, the rate of global economic growth accelerated during the Northern Hemisphere summer, with Europe being the only notable...

How to thrive in choppy markets

By Andrew Lapping on 23 Aug 2018

This year has been characterised by increased volatility and concern about the global risks – from trade disputes to inflation. After a strong start to the...

Increasing policy uncertainty

By Sandy McGregor on 20 Jul 2018

With few exceptions, notably India, most countries experienced slower economic growth in the first quarter of 2018. Anecdotal evidence suggests that that the...

SA needs to unlock its 'demographic dividend' by getting the private sector to invest

By Kevin Lings on 18 Jul 2018

South Africa needs to stop looking to government spending as the catalyst for economic growth and should instead foster a more conducive environment for...

Approaching a tipping point?

By Sandy McGregor on 30 Jun 2018

After a strong start to the year, global investors have been spooked by a diverse combination of developments, including a slowdown in global economic...

The value of bitcoin

By Jacques Plaut on 24 Oct 2017

The total market value of all bitcoins is US$80bn, which is more than the value of Richemont and triple the value of Anglo American. It is the topic on which...

Global jitters: Avoid safe havens, opportunity in overlooked sectors

By Dan Brocklebank on 15 Sep 2017

The uncertain global political and economic backdrop created by unexpected recent shocks has spooked investors. However fear, particularly when spurred by...

Equity Fund update: Volatility presents opportunity

By Ruan Stander on 25 Jul 2016

The economic outlook deteriorated during the second quarter, exacerbated by the British referendum. Although the market’s perception of near-term headwinds m...

Gold: A history of its price

By Sandy McGregor on 30 Jun 2016

Inventories play a significant role in the pricing of commodities: when they are low prices tend to rise, while excessive inventories depress prices. However...

Annual report from the outgoing Chief Investment Officer

By Ian Liddle on 01 Mar 2016

Adapted from the Chief Investment Officer’s comments, which will appear in the Allan Gray Unit Trust Annual Report, 2015. These are Ian Liddle’s final Annual...

China's Malthusian challenge

By Sandy McGregor on 31 Mar 2011

Two years since the global financial crisis and commodity prices are back at the record levels of June 2008. This growth has been about five years quicker th...

Deflation

By Sandy McGregor on 30 Sep 2010

It seems the world may divide into two distinct camps: the mature economies gripped by deflation and stagnation, and the emerging markets, which continue to...

The triumph of the markets

By Sandy McGregor on 31 Dec 2009

It is the nature of markets to reward success and eliminate what is unsustainable. During the past year we have seen a dramatic manifestation of this process...

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