We take a look at the extraordinary price growth of Bitcoin in both US Dollars and South African Rands, and we wonder when this bubble will pop. With the kind of gains Bitcoin has made in recent months it sure looks like a bubble and we warn readers to think twice before jumping into something hardly anyone understands.
The investment opportunity in PSG Group (PSG) brought about by the decline in its share price due to its connections with Steinhoff group. For those who dont know, Steinhoff owns about 25% of PSG group shares.
We take a look at the volatility of the JSE All Share, the Mid Caps index and the Small Caps index, and find that the Small Caps index is not nearly as volatile as one would expect. It's less volatile than both the All Share and Mid Cap index. Click on the Go To Page button to read more.
We take a look at the number of properties for sale per province on popular property website, PrivateProperty.co.za. In future we will build a time series of properties for sale per province and compare the supply of properties to the growth in property prices.
Take a look at the JSE All Share performance on our highly interactive chart. Past few days have been brutal and all indications are that it is going to get a whole lot worse, with the massive sell offs experienced in the USA in particular
While the agricultural sector in South Africa is showing significant growth quarter over quarter (and has been doing so for a few quarters), the sector still makes up a very small part of South Africa's overall economy.
Map of the world with flights showing large inbound tourism origins coming into South Africa
We finally got round to updating our Tourism page. Visit this page for more information regarding South Africa's inbound tourism numbers as well as income earned from the Tourism industry in South Africa
We update our EU vs SA trade data page, by looking at trade between South Africa and Greece so far for 2017. And find out a very interesting fact about Greece most readers would probably not know about. We certainly didn't.
In our latest sector comparison update we compare the share price performance over the last 10 years of major US listed fast food/take-away chains, such as Mcdonalds, Chipotle, Wendy's, Starbucks and Yum Brands (KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut). And Mcdonalds share price over last 12 months killing that of Chipotle.
We take a look at the drama surrounding Steinhoff (SNH) after they broke the news that their financial results publication will be delayed until further notice while they investigate financial irregularities. It's share price decline wiped out R117billion in market value in one day.
We take a look at the sentiment towards various sectors on the JSE. The darker the blue the more positive the sentiment towards a sector, the darker the red the more negative sentiment is towards a sector. Sentiment is measured by index growth.
We take a look at South Africa's current fiscal stance policy over time. And find that for the next few years government spending is set to increase at a pace faster than inflation. Therefore in our opinion current fiscal policy should be seen as expansionary.
We take a look at South Africa's formal business sector in our new permanent page on our website. This page will be updated regularly as more information regarding South Africa's formal business sector becomes available.
We take a look at South Africa's GDP on our new South Africa's GDP page. Page will be updated regularly with more graphics and information regarding South Africa's economic growth rates. We take a look at quarterly as well as annual growth rates. And the story is rather depressing.
We take a look at Naspers' extraordinary share price growth from November 2007 to October 2017 on an animated line graph. And based on its value of its Tencent holding its share price growth is poised for more.
We updated our Education Statistics Page. We take a look at the number of students enrolled at various higher education institutions of South Africa and find that UNISA has shown large declines in number of students registered with it from 2012 to 2016.
We updated our Food and Beverages Sector page with more graphics and charts. And it shows the small and micro enterprises contributes the most to income earned and number of people employed in the Food and Beverages sector in South Africa.
We have a new page on our website. And it is called the Economic Progress Index (EPI). The aim is to take a broad and detailed look at whether South Africa's economy is truly making any progress, compared to where it was in 2010. We are using 2010 as our base to track SA's economic progress.
We take a look at the performance of Famous Brands, Taste and Spur over time. And in particular the massive decline in Famous Brands after their latest trading statement. Enjoy our interactive graphic.
We take a look at the latest Bowler Metcalf (BCF) financial results. And while they made a loss due to impairment charges, their revenue showed strong growth while cost increases were kept to a minimum.
Our new "Sector Comparison Page" will focus on showing the returns of various shares listed on the JSE in the same industry over time, using our interactive graphic that recalculates the returns based on the dates selected. And any combination of shares available in the graphic can be pitted against one another.
Sentiment indicator. The darker blue the more the index increased from starting date selected. The darker red the graphic the more the index declined from starting date selected. The lighter the colour and the lower the peaks, the less movement took place in the index.
SA's economy has entered it's second recession in the last 9 years. And the only president to have shown a worse economic performance than President Zupta, is Kgalema Motlanthe, who unfortunately presided over South Africa during the financial crises that caused recessions the world over.
South Africa's inflation heat map. South Africa's inflation heading in the right direction, sadly idiotic ideas by the ANC such as nationalising the Reserve Bank could have a negative impact on South Africa's inflation rate.
Treasury cut Statistics South Africa's funding by around 13% or around R400million. We take a look at the potential impact this will have on the level and quality of data published by the statistics agency. (Image courtesy of GCIS)
We take a closer look at the main contributors to South Africa's inflation rate and find that four main groups drives inflation more than 8 other groups combined. They are Food and Non Alcoholic Beverages, Housing, Transport and Miscellaneous goods and services.
We take a look at SA's municipalities spending on consultants as a percentage of overall spending. And it seems like our municipalities are hopelessly incompetent as they spent almost R1billion on consultants in first 3 months of 2017 alone.
We take a look at capital expenditure (capex) of the public sector between 2015 and 2016, and find that Capex in state owned enterprises declined, but increased for provincial and national departments
Ever wondered how many people live in each province of South Africa? Or how big each province is in terms of square kilometers? Or how many cars per province? This page called "SA by Numbers" takes a look at SA in numbers.