For equity investors who stuck to their guns, 2013 was a good year. While individual shares in certain struggling sectors may have put an end to dreams of an overseas holiday, the All Share Index (Alsi), despite having experienced severe volatility in certain periods, performed well and is up around 12% in the year to date (excluding dividend growth). But as 2014 looms on the horizon, the question on many an investor’s mind has got to be: What’s in store for next year? Gavin Wood shares his thoughts in this article. View article
A switch to aluminium cans is set to revolutionise the informal scrap and recycling industries in SA. The earth below South Africans’ feet may be rich in many minerals, but one element has always been missing — this nation imports 100% of the raw materials it needs to make aluminium. Savvy urban prospectors in Gauteng, however, have detected a mother lode of the metal spilling out of bars, restaurants and homes, in the shape of aluminium cans. A revolution has begun in the South African packaging industry.
THE key leading manufacturing indicator released yesterday points to improving conditions in November. The latest Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) increased by 1.7 points to 52.4. A number of PMIs across the globe have also rebounded over the 50 level mark which indicates positive activity.
Is Remgro making a bid for Caxton? This seemed to have been the market’s initial thoughts on Friday after a consortium, led by entities controlled by RMB and Remgro, announced that it signed a binding transaction implementation agreement to acquire the entire share capital of ElementOne for R2.3bn. Abdul Davids shares his thoughts on this. View article
Manufacturing production would likely, in the final quarter of 2013, recover from the sharp decline recorded in the third quarter as a result of prolonged strikes in the automotive sector, Kagiso Asset Management head of research Abdul Davids said on Monday. View article
Long before responsible investing became trendy, Shari’ah-compliant investment products, catering for a niche Muslim market, had entered the scene. Although the prime target group for this type of investing is the Muslim community (about two per cent of the South African population), Shari’ah investing is seeing increased interest from investors who are keen on responsible investing. Previously, Shari’ah-compliant equity funds were the only product available, catering mainly for discretionary savings by high net worth individuals. But demand for Shari’ah-compliant investments has grown significantly over the last few years, says Abdul Davids, head of research at Kagiso Asset Management.