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The Acorn Brief – November 2021

Volume 19 Issue 10 – November 2021 The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting in above average effort. – Colin Powell. COMMENT AND OUTLOOK – ANC Election Woes The local government elections have been concluded and a clear message has been sent to the bigger political parties as both the DA and […]

Eskom says clean transition requires public money

  CEO says the approach is not to leave ‘ghost towns in our wake’.   South Africa’s coal-dependent power utility Eskom will rely on government and development finance for “the important” funding for a transition to cleaner sources of energy, according to its top official. The concessional lending will allow the company, which provides almost […]

Aramco warns that world’s spare oil supplies falling rapidly

  The spare capacity is shrinking.   Saudi Aramco said oil-output capacity across the world is dropping quickly and companies need to invest more in production. It’s a “huge concern,” chief executive officer Amin Nasser said in an interview in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital. “The spare capacity is shrinking.” His comments come with crude prices […]

Stocks, US futures fall as mood sours; yen rises: markets wrap

  Chinese coal futures plunged amid efforts by officials to contain power costs. Most Asian stocks fell Thursday as investors weighed corporate earnings, elevated inflation and the outlook for China’s property sector. Japan’s yen strengthened. Equities retreated in Japan and Hong Kong and were little changed in China. While ailing China Evergrande Group sank on […]

The Acorn Brief – October 2021

Volume 19 Issue 9 – October 2021 Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. – George Bernard Shaw. COMMENT AND OUTLOOK – Brexit Bites Britain Some  of  the  realities  of  the  decision  by  the  UK  to  leave  the European Union have started to hit home. Being part of the EU meant  that  […]

SA has first quarterly primary surplus in three years

A sign that the National Treasury’s efforts to bring spending in line with revenue are succeeding.   South Africa recorded its first quarterly primary budget surplus since 2018 in the three months through June, a sign that the National Treasury’s efforts to bring spending in line with revenue are succeeding. The government’s primary balance swung […]

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’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 […]

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