Syria air strikes raises more questions

As expected western air strikes on Syria took place at the weekend. The allies of course declared the strikes a resounding success. The markets seems to have concluded that the limited strikes means t...
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WTI possible move higher on escalation of Syrian conflict

Gary has published an article outlining the seriousness of the situation Syria, which is having an impact on the oil price and keeping the upside pressure on prices. An escalation of hostilities from ...
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Syria: Powers edge closer to direct confrontation

The latest phase of the Syrian conflict has edged global and regional powers closer to direct confrontation. Victory in East Ghoutha The Syrian victory in East Ghouta is a significant step forward for...
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Brazilian Real could be in focus again – Political developments will dictate moves to either 3.5000 or 3.0000

Ex-president Lula was refused bail to fight a 12 year jail term for corruption this week. The courts told him to start serving his sentence. Markets were happy with the news but they may have celebrat...
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US$ZAR on the move again ?

The Rand is starting to warm up again post change of leadership within the ANC and a 25bp reduction in interest rates. I am watching the 12.05/07 area for a close to retest the 12.25 area. Overall, th...
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Trade wars: News, views and updates

‘Trade wars: News, views and updates’, aims to provide brief commentary on events as they unfold. Updates by Gary Hollands. Diggging in for a protracted trade war Any hopes that the US and...
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Trump’s war on trade – “This is the first of many”

“This is the first of many.” With those words Trump sent a tremor through markets as he signed a memorandum slapping tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese goods. The memorandum allows a ...
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USDZAR at Crossroads ahead of ANC meeting tonight 12 February 2018

The Rand is getting to an interesting point. Tonight the ANC meet to try and get Zuma to resign from the government and hand over power to the newly elected leader of the ANC, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa. Toni...
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Zuma desperate for a corruption charges deal

There is intense speculation over whether the South African president, Jacob Zuma, will resign or be deposed over multiple allegations of corruption. Zuma is desperately negotiating  for a deal to pr...
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