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Jun 2015
Chinese jewellers’ woes bode ill for gold
Source: Business Day

Gold has fallen out of favour among investors and serious problems are brewing in China’s jewellery-making sector, the quarterly GFMS Gold Survey revealed on Tuesday.
29 July 2015

Warning bells are sounding as mining enters slow death
Source: Business Day

For more than a century, SA has built its fortunes on mineral wealth, but we must get used to a future without being dependent on mining. This is a conversation that cannot be avoided, but it has yet to start. What’s next after mining? How do we minimise the effect on other sectors when mining winds down? Will we be ready or found wanting? Is there a plan for a "post-mining South African economy"?
28 July 2015

Rand drops to weakest level this year due to commodity sell-off
Source: Business Day

The rand fell to its weakest level this year against the dollar late on Friday as a commodity sell-off, triggered by a strong dollar, weighed on commodity currencies such as the rand.
27 July 2015

MPC delivers on earlier warnings with a 25bps repo rate hike
Source: BER

The SARB followed through on hawkish comments at the March and May interest rate meetings by hiking the repo policy interest rate by 25bps to 6%. This will increase the prime lending rate from 9.25% to 9.5%. The statement that accompanied the decision revealed that four members of the MPC favoured a 25bps hike, while 2 members were in favour of an unchanged policy rate. This is a complete reversal from the May meeting when only two members argued for a 25bps rate hike.
23 July 2015

Chinese moves heap pressure on coal price
Source: Reuters

European thermal coal prices edged lower on Wednesday, as ample supplies met weak demand, with brokers expecting the outlook for prices to remain bearish.
23 July 2015

FNB Civil

After dropping to 39 points in 1Q2015, the FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index recovered somewhat to 44 points in 2Q2015. However, the rise in confidence is deceiving in that the state of the civil construction industry, as implied by the underlying data, seems to have worsened during the quarter.
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