Posts Tagged ‘finance’

Week in Review: US Jobless Rate Soars

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the jobs market in the U.S. and the world, with an April reading of labour conditions in the U.S. showing that a record 20.5 million people are out of work, bringing the unemployment rate to 14.7%, its worst level since the Great Depression by some measures, as businesses closed in…

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Week in Review: Markets Rebound Strongly in April

Despite stocks finishing mixed this week, global markets posted some of their best returns in decades during the month of April. A slowdown in new coronavirus cases and synchronized stimulus initiatives globally, improved sentiment from the March stock-market bottom. Volatility has also subsided from its recent highs but remains elevated. Economic data continues to point…

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Week in Review: Crude Oil Plunges

U.S. crude futures dived into negative territory for the first time in history this week amid concerns that there is not enough global storage for a market decimated by collapsing demand amid widespread lockdowns and travel bans due to the coronavirus pandemic. Brent Crude finished the week down more than 20% as demand destruction from…

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Week in Review: Markets Shrug Off Weak Data

Major indexes were mostly stronger this week, as investors weighed record downturns in economic data against hopes that progress in containing the coronavirus pandemic may soon result in the partial reopening of economies. Investors cheered early indications that coronavirus infection rates may be peaking in Europe and the U.S. along with announcements that governments are…

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Week in Review: S&P 500 posts best week since 1974

Markets got off to a strong start for the week, with growing hopes that coronavirus deaths were beginning to decline in parts of Europe. Markets carried that momentum into Tuesday morning, after China reported no coronavirus-related deaths for the first time, while Germany was seeing more recoveries than new cases and Italy stated it will…

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Week in Review: Worst Quarter for Stock Markets Since 2008

Major indices across the globe closed lower for the week, rounding off their worst quarterly performances since 2008. The stock market response to efforts to contain the global coronavirus pandemic has been sharp and rapid with most indices down between 20 to 30 percent in little more than a month. However, the magnitude of the…

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Moody’s Downgrades South Africa to Junk

Moody’s Investors Service issued its junk status rating after close of trade on Friday 27th March, stripping South Africa (“SA”) of its last remaining investment-grade rating. SA’s international credit rating is now below investment grade by all three credit rating agencies, namely Moody’s, Fitch and Standard and Poor’s. The move was expected in the face…

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Week in Review: Lockdown

Quarantines have now been imposed in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and South Africa, among others. Italians have now been quarantined for more than two weeks – and the pandemic’s surge in the country finally appears to be slowing. To date the most new cases Italy has seen in a single day…

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Carrick Wealth Launches International Property Service

Carrick Wealth, Southern Africa’s leading wealth and investment advisory, is proud to announce the launch of its brand-new business division, Carrick Property, together with its own dedicated website. This development comes in response to an identified need in the market for the provision of independent professional services for those wishing to diversify their investment portfolios…

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Week in Review: Central Banks Take Coordinated Action

Financial markets endured another week of extreme volatility as the number of coronavirus cases globally continues to rise. The social-economic trade-off of social distancing adopted by most countries across the globe will significantly impact global economic growth and employment in the first half of this year. To counteract this, major central banks and governments around…

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