Monthly Market Highlights – March 2024

Interest rates in SA, the US, UK, Eurozone and China remain steady. The Bank of Japan has ended eight years of maintaining negative interest rates. The South African economy grew by a minimal 0.1% in Q4 2023, narrowly avoiding a technical recession after a contraction of 0.2% in Q3 2023.

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Fund selection: When to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em

Market conditions are subject to constant change, influenced by global economic trends, geopolitical events, investor speculation and unforeseen crises. These factors influence fund performance.

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Pre-MPC Analysis: a Hawkish pause expected

We delve into the upcoming Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting. Despite calls for rate cuts, a careful examination reveals a need for patience amidst global economic dynamics.

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February 2024 Economic Review

Both the UK and Japan moved into a technical recession in Q4 2023 after posting two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. UK Prime Minister Rushi Sunak is under pressure to find ways to stimulate the UK economy and address the country’s cost of living crisis.

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