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  1. August 19, 2014

    Moody’s downgrades South Africa’s four main banks

    Moody’s, the rating agency, on Tuesday downgraded the credit ratings of South Africa’s four dominant banks as the country’s...

  2. August 18, 2014

    Bankers and regulators insist Abil an isolated case

    Even since the extent of African Bank’s problems became clear, bankers and regulators have been quick to claim it is an...

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  1. Africa: Banking and Finance

    With a growing population that is largely ‘unbanked’ and a landscape that has embraced...
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  1. August 18, 2014

    Coronation’s humbling shows scale of Abil crisis

    As South Africa’s financial sector absorbed the news that African Bank Investments, the country’s biggest provider of...

  2. August 17, 2014

    Sim Tshabalala, the ‘insider-outsider’ of Standard Bank

    When asked how his first year at the helm of Standard Bank, Africa’s largest, has been, Sim Tshabalala’s initial instinct is...

  3. beyondbrics

    August 15, 2014

    Guest post: the big win for Ukraine

    By Timothy Ash of Standard Bank There are so many moving parts involved in Ukraine that it is hard to gauge the situation...

  4. August 10, 2014

    S African rescue plan will split Abil into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ banks

    South Africa’s central bank has put crisis-hit African Bank Investments, the country’s biggest lender of unsecured loans,...

  5. August 6, 2014

    Palladium weakens as bulls head for exit

    The top performing precious metal of 2014 is beginning to come under pressure. Since reaching its highest level in almost 14...

  6. August 4, 2014

    Nickel rises as stockpile concerns recede

    Nickel bounced from a one-month low on Monday as analysts said concerns about rising stockpiles outside China had been...

  7. July 22, 2014

    Middle age catches up with StanChart

    Fivefold growth over a decade is a rate that would hardly look out of place in Silicon Valley. But that kind of expansion...

  8. beyondbrics

    June 27, 2014

    Guest post: Ukraine sets course for Europe

    By Timothy Ash of Standard Bank Ukraine, along with Georgia and Moldova, has signed far-reaching free trade and association...

  9. June 6, 2014

    Coal cargo price slips to four-year low

    Thermal coal was in focus after a European cargo fetched the lowest price in four years. According to Argus, the price...

  10. June 4, 2014

    Gold’s ‘death cross’ may signal trouble

    Some potentially significant technical levels are worth noting in the precious metals arena. Recently falling bond yields...

  11. beyondbrics

    June 2, 2014

    Central Europe PMIs: looking good

    Manufacturing in central Europe’s leading economies continued to grow in May, with PMIs in Poland, Hungary and the Czech...

  12. May 21, 2014

    Lead poised for polish and price shift

    The price of lead has been stuck in a $300-a-tonne range for nearly a year. That relatively tight channel suggests investors...

  13. beyondbrics

    May 15, 2014

    The surge in Africa direct investment

    The multi-billion dollar wave of foreign direct investment into Africa is well known among investors. Less known is another...

  14. beyondbrics

    May 14, 2014

    Kenya extends payment on $600m loan as eurobond is delayed again

    Kenya is extending a $600m syndicated loan due for repayment on Thursday by three months, following an eleventh-hour...

  15. April 29, 2014

    Deutsche resigns gold and silver price-fix seats

    Deutsche Bank has resigned its seats on the London gold and silver fixings after failing to find buyers. The German bank put...

  16. beyondbrics

    April 28, 2014

    Guest post: US sanctions - can they work?

    By Timothy Ash of Standard Bank The US government rolled out another round of sanctions on Russia today – its third –...

  17. April 8, 2014

    Mint ratio points to risk appetite worries

    After the “pennant” we noted in the Brent crude chart, we can see a similar formation for silver. A nine-month range from...

  18. April 8, 2014

    Turkey announces euro bond issue

    Turkey announced on Tuesday plans to issue a euro-denominated bond to cover its remaining external financing needs for the...

  19. beyondbrics

    April 8, 2014

    Ukraine adds to fears over South Africa food inflation

    South Africans have endured a torrid few months. Drought, floods, a presidential expenses scandal, rolling blackouts and a...

  20. April 7, 2014

    Ample stocks mute platinum strike effect

    Ample stocks are keeping the price of platinum in check even as industrial action in South Africa, the world’s biggest...

  21. beyondbrics

    April 1, 2014

    South Africa palladium ETFs launch on a high note

    Two new exchange traded funds giving investors access to South Africa’s palladium market have hit the ground running....

  22. April 1, 2014

    Downward pressure exerted on gold

    When this column looked at gold just two weeks ago, we noted that recent weakness at least had not seen the price break the...

  23. March 27, 2014

    Nickel trade poised for longs and shorts battle

    Colleagues last week noted how nickel has been the star performer among the industrial metals this year. It has come off...

  24. March 27, 2014

    Japan buyers rush to snap up gold as tax rise looms

    A landmark increase in Japan’s sales tax has led to a rush for small gold bars as retail investors pile into the precious...

  25. March 13, 2014

    Iron ore pulls away from 18-month low

    Iron ore, the main commodity used in steelmaking, continued to pull away from Monday’s 18-month low as buyers returned to...

  26. March 7, 2014

    Copper tumbles after China bond default

    Copper dropped to a seven-month low in heavy volume after a bond default in China added to growing concerns about slowing...

  27. beyondbrics

    March 5, 2014

    Ukraine in crisis: all clear or eye of the storm?

    The Ukraine crisis has entered its “wait and see” phase. Does this mark the beginning of a peaceful resolution or is it the...

  28. beyondbrics

    February 19, 2014

    Guest post: possible knock-on effects of the Ukraine crisis

    By Timonthy Ash of Standard Bank With the dramatic events in Kiev and beyond, investors are asking what contagion risks are...

  29. February 19, 2014

    China jockeys for seat at gold ‘fix’ table

    South Africa’s Standard Bank, which is selling its UK-based markets division to Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, has...

  30. February 16, 2014

    Shanduka braces for departure of key investor Ramaphosa

    As South Africa’s election campaign gathers pace, Cyril Ramaphosa, the business tycoon, has ditched his pristine suits for...

  31. February 14, 2014

    Gold posts highest weekly gain in six months as dollar weakens

    Gold posted its highest weekly gain in six months, rising as much as 4 per cent to $1,320 a troy ounce on Friday, lifted by...

  32. beyondbrics

    February 14, 2014

    Ukraine: how stressed can you get?

    We did this a couple of days ago but here it is again: the $1.6bn bond of Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state gas company, due on...

  33. February 10, 2014

    Silver positioned for a break higher

    The latest data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission shows that in the week ending February 4, speculator positions...

  34. January 29, 2014

    Standard Bank to sell control of London arm for $765m

    Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is set to become the first large state-owned Chinese lender to set up significant...

  35. beyondbrics

    January 28, 2014

    Turkey: ready to embrace orthodoxy?

    Is Turkey about to embrace orthodoxy? The timing of Tuesday’s eagerly-awaited midnight announcement from the central bank’s...

  36. January 23, 2014

    FCA fines Standard Bank £7.6m for lax money-laundering controls

    The UK’s financial watchdog has fined Standard Bank £7.6m for lax money-laundering controls, in the first such case against...

  37. beyondbrics

    January 23, 2014

    Davos 2014: debunking two of Africa's growth myths

    Africa needs infrastructure above everything else, but doesn’t have enough finance. True? Not quite, perhaps. Prior to a...

  38. beyondbrics

    January 21, 2014

    Turkey's interest rates: sowing confusion

    So, Turkey’s central bank has passed up a chance to affirm its independence and, apparently, bowed to political pressure by...

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