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Rebuild, or cut one’s losses?

This is the decision facing many SA businesses. Their confidence must be rebuilt, now.   On Sunday night the president did well to make it abundantly clear that vaccination is very important. People who are vaccinated have a far lower probability of serious consequences from the disease. Ultimately this is the route back to a […]

The Acorn Brief – September 2021

Volume 19 Issue 8 – September 2021 “Recovery begins from the darkest moment” – John Major. COMMENT AND OUTLOOK – Afghanistan Humbles US History has repeated itself in Afghanistan with the takeover of the country once again by Taliban forces. The final withdrawal of American forces and personnel was chaotic and tragic as people scrambled to try […]

SA to feature in global experiment on the use of digital currencies

The Bank for International Settlements will test the use of central bank digital currencies with Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa in an experiment that could lead to a more efficient global payments platform. Codenamed “Project Dunbar,” the study aims to develop prototypes for a common platform that will enable international settlement in digital fiat […]

SA’s economy is $37bn bigger after revision

GDP at current prices measured R5.52 trillion in 2020, compared with a previous estimate of R4.97 trillion – Joe de Beer. South Africa’s economy is 11% bigger than previously estimated, after statistics authorities changed the way they calculate gross domestic product. GDP at current prices measured R5.52 trillion ($369 billion) in 2020, compared with a […]

Wall Street is the most bullish on stocks in almost two decades

  About 56% of all recommendations on S&P 500 firms are listed as buys, the most since 2002. It’s been two decades since Wall Street analysts were this upbeat. About 56% of all recommendations on S&P 500 firms are listed as buys, the most since 2002. It’s one more data point that shows the extent […]

The Acorn Brief – August 2021

Volume 19 Issue 7 – August 2021 “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake” – Napoleon Bonapart. COMMENT AND OUTLOOK – The Rule Of Law Failed  The incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma, in early July, was used by his supporters and opponents of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reform initiatives as an opportunity to cause unrest and disturbances that resulted in the worst public violence, looting and destruction of property ever seen in South Africa. The […]

Interest rates staying lower for longer

Reserve Bank deviates from its economic models in effort to revive the economy. The Sarb says the destructive effect of the riots will totally negate the stronger-than-expected economic growth achieved in the first quarter of 2021. That the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) opted to keep the repurchase (repo) rate unchanged at 3.5% last week […]

Rather be safe than sorry!

  The Valuator Group understands the overwhelming situation that many businesses in South Africa are currently facing. We are specifically positioned to assist individuals or companies with insurance claims covering the valuation of all assets. Considering that the world is in the grip of a worldwide pandemic and unknown volatile times it is safe to […]

The Valuator | The Acorn Brief – July 2021

Volume 19 Issue6 – July2021 The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it – Woodrow Wilson. COMMENT AND OUTLOOK–Yet Another Zuma Crisis It is hard to believe that more than 3 years after his removal as President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma has once again created a crisis for the […]

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