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Rand firms below R14/$ as investors hope for US Fed rate cut

05 July 2019

Rand firms below R14/$ as investors hope for US Fed rate cut

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Market commentary

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South Africa

The JSE closed lower on Thursday as a rally by the rand failed to lift banking stocks. The ALSI fell 0.31%.

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United States

US markets were closed on Thursday for the Independence Day public holiday, this after the Dow reached a record high the day before.

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Europe

European shares closed higher on Thursday as Italian stocks surged on relief that Rome had avoided European Union disciplinary action and rising expectations of looser monetary policy by major central banks. At 19h30 the DAX traded 0.11% in the green.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong stocks ended lower on Thursday, amid thin trade, as investors awaited developments around Sino-US trade talks. The Hang Seng index fell 0.16%.

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Japan

The Nikkei rose yesterday tracking gains on Wall Street on expectations the US Fed would start cutting interest rates after some indicators signalled a slowdown in the economy. The Nikkei was up 0.30%.

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Rand

The rand firmed below the R14/$-level in intraday trade on Thursday as talks of impending loose monetary policy in the world’s major central banks boosted emerging-market currencies. At 19h30, a dollar traded at R14.05.

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Precious metals

Gold prices eased on Thursday as investors locked in profits before this week’s US non-farm payrolls data. At 19h30, an ounce of spot gold traded at $1 415.42.

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Oil

Oil prices fell on Thursday, weighed down by data showing a smaller-than-expected draw on US crude stockpiles. A barrel of Brent crude traded at $63.86.


Market indicators

Local markets (R)
Index Current level 1 Day move 1 Month move 3 Month move 6 Month move 1 Year move
ALSI 57 829.47 - 0.31 2.55 0.83 12.63 3.77
Gold mining 1 956.64 - 0.04 12.86 28.95 39.49 81.38
Basic minerals 33 524.72 - 1.07 5.49 - 1.18 20.86 22.05
Industrial index 78 101.20 - 0.08 1.79 2.29 13.50 - 3.27
Financial 41 588.99 0.03 1.00 0.16 3.44 1.85
Fin + Ind 30 7 775.35 - 0.04 1.53 1.59 9.96 - 1.62
International markets (Base currency)
Index Current level 1 Day move 1 Month move 3 Month move 6 Month move 1 Year move
Dow Jones (USD) 26 966.00 0.71 8.81 3.51 20.29 14.24
S&P 500 PR (USD) 2 995.82 0.79 9.35 4.80 23.63 12.69
NASDAQ (USD) 8 170.23 0.77 11.53 3.78 27.11 10.12
FT-100 (GBP) 7 603.58 - 0.05 5.71 3.93 14.02 4.89
Hang Seng (HKD) 28 795.77 - 0.21 8.64 - 1.78 15.20 6.46
Nikkei 225 (JPY) 21 702.45 0.30 6.59 0.13 12.19 2.08
MSCI World (USD) 6 439.09 0.08 6.76 0.16 17.69 8.51
Frankfurt (EUR) 5 638.43 0.11 5.50 5.35 17.29 2.54
Other markets
Index Current level 1 Day move 1 Month move 3 Month move 6 Month move 1 Year move
Gold ($) 1 415.25 - 0.69 6.92 9.57 9.68 12.60
Platinum ($) 836.00 0.60 1.83 - 5.22 4.37 - 0.24
Brent Oil ($) 63.30 - 0.81 2.15 - 8.79 10.94 - 19.10
Rand/USD 14.05 0.15 3.97 0.57 - 0.78 - 2.57
Rand/GBP 17.69 0.15 4.89 4.25 0.51 2.40
Rand/EUR 15.85 0.18 3.80 0.11 0.46 0.73
ALBI (R) 685.38 0.38 2.86 3.60 7.23 11.33
  1. Some data may be delayed, the above table reflects the latest available information
  2. Performance reported during the first week of each month may be impacted by distributions. Distributions are fully accounted for by the second week of each month


Economic calendar

Local International
  1. Foreign exchange reserves JUN
  1. UK: Labour productivity Final Q1
  2. EU: Non-farm payrolls JUN

Source: Reuters, Business Day, Trading Economics


PSG Product Matrix

Fund matrix

PSG Wealth Solutions
Fund 6 Month move 1 Year move 2 Year move 3 Year move 4 Year move 5 Year move
PSG Wealth Enhanced Interest D 3.93 8.03 8.02 8.11 7.92 7.59
PSG Wealth Income FoF D 4.48 7.84 8.00 8.09 8.21 8.08
PSG Wealth Preserver FoF D 5.47 4.42 6.03 5.68 6.35 6.71
PSG Wealth Moderate FoF D 7.54 2.22 5.32 4.98 5.44 5.90
PSG Wealth Creator FoF D 8.47 0.90 4.83 4.71 3.62 3.89
PSG Wealth Global Moderate FF D 7.75 6.74 7.29 4.89 6.16 7.29
PSG Wealth Global Creator FF D 17.42 12.13 13.80 12.02 12.48 -
PSG Wealth Solutions ($)
Fund 6 Month move 1 Year move 2 Year move 3 Year move 4 Year move 5 Year move
PSG Wealth Global Moderate FoF D 10.97 3.89 3.79 5.88 2.59 1.78
PSG Wealth Global Creator FoF D 21.12 9.15 10.01 12.69 8.63 7.15
PSG Wealth Global Preserver FoF (USD) D 7.66 6.10 3.34 4.66 4.61 3.38
PSG Wealth Global Flexible FoF (USD) D 14.33 8.81 8.39 11.32 8.70 6.44
PSG Wealth Solutions (£)
Fund 6 Month move 1 Year move 2 Year move 3 Year move 4 Year move 5 Year move
PSG Wealth Global Preserver FoF (GBP) D 7.90 9.24 4.50 6.13 8.62 7.54
PSG Wealth Global Flexible FoF (GBP) D 15.14 13.82 9.23 13.07 13.01 12.19
PSG Asset Management
Fund 6 Month move 1 Year move 2 Year move 3 Year move 4 Year move 5 Year move
PSG Money Market A 3.58 7.30 7.35 7.45 7.30 7.10
PSG Income A 4.15 8.35 8.38 8.42 8.22 7.88
PSG Diversified Income 3.99 6.89 7.62 7.82 7.85 7.67
PSG Stable A 1.10 0.80 4.82 5.53 5.65 6.19
PSG Balanced A - 1.39 - 5.22 1.76 4.04 3.80 5.23
PSG Flexible A - 1.36 - 4.61 1.95 4.59 4.52 5.96
PSG SA Equity D - 8.56 - 13.21 - 3.76 1.00 - -
PSG Equity A - 4.45 - 9.33 - 0.90 3.55 1.66 2.94
PSG Global Flexible FF A 1.60 - 2.88 2.62 4.90 5.29 -
PSG Global Equity FF A 2.16 - 4.25 2.85 6.09 5.23 5.80
PSG Asset Management ($)
Fund 6 Month move 1 Year move 2 Year move 3 Year move 4 Year move 5 Year move
PSG Global Flexible USD A 5.08 - 5.02 - 0.45 6.59 2.22 1.32
PSG Global Equity USD 5.73 - 5.97 - 0.10 7.89 2.16 0.91
PSG Direct Portfolios
Fund 6 Month move 1 Year move 2 Year move 3 Year move 4 Year move 5 Year move
PSG Direct Flexible Income 3.79 7.20 7.50 7.60 7.49 7.23
PSG Direct Low Equity 0.84 0.07 4.18 5.14 5.18 5.78
PSG Direct Managed - 1.60 - 5.50 1.35 3.71 3.51 4.94
PSG Direct Aggressive - 1.79 - 5.90 0.97 4.02 3.60 -
PSG Direct Global Managed 1.37 - 3.32 2.15 4.42 4.81 -
PSG Direct Global Aggressive 1.73 - 4.17 2.31 5.18 4.78 -
  1. The PSG Wealth Solutions are exclusively available through registered PSG planners and/or advisers
  2. The above information reflects the latest available data at time of distribution, as such product performance data reflects T-2 numbers
  3. Performance reported during the first week of each month may be impacted by distributions. Distributions are fully accounted for by the second week of each month
  4. The PSG Best Ideas Portfolios were renamed to the PSG Direct Portfolios in February 2018

Equity portfolio matrix

PSG Wealth House View Portfolios
Portfolio 6 Month move 1 Year move 2 Year move 3 Year move 4 Year move 5 Year move
PSG Wealth SA Equity Portfolio 2.51 - 4.04 3.10 3.11 - -
PSG Wealth SA Property Equity Portfolio - 0.56 - 10.03 - 6.19 - 3.90 - -
PSG Wealth SA Dividend Income Equity Portfolio 1.52 - 4.17 5.31 5.23 - -
PSG Wealth Offshore Equity Portfolio (USD) 16.47 14.86 13.26 14.76 - -
PSG Wealth Managed Volatility Equity Portfolio - 0.55 - 10.08 - 2.86 - - -
  1. The PSG Wealth equity portfolios are exclusively available through registered PSG planners and/or advisers
  2. PSG Wealth equity portfolio performance are shown gross of management fees, but net of brokerage and other trading costs
  3. PSG Wealth SA and Offshore Equity Portfolio Inception date: 30 August 2015
  4. PSG Wealth SA Listed Property Portfolio Inception date: 1 December 2015
  5. PSG Wealth Dividend Income Equity Portfolio Inception date: 29 April 2016
  6. PSG Wealth Managed Volatility Equity Portfolio Inception date: 28 July 2016
  7. PSG Wealth Funds are exclusively available through registered PSG planners and/or advisers


Recent Investment Ideas

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Highlights

  • We recommend an overweight positioning for CAT US; click here to read the full report on our secure site.
  • The company has increased dividends for the past 25 consecutive years (including the GFC of 2008) and it trades at a dividend yield of 2.8%.
  • Dividend growth is targeted to range in the high-single digits in each of the next four years, while management has indicated it will continue to do share buybacks as it is still creating value at this stage.


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Highlights

  • We recommend a neutral positioning for GRT SJ; click here to read the full report on our secure site.
  • Although the current distribution yield of 8.84% is enticing (well ahead of its long-term average and is guided to grow by 4.50% in the current year), locally, property fundamentals are deteriorating.
  • We feel that weak property fundamentals are fairly reflected in the valuation and would recommend a neutral position relative to the benchmark.


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Highlights

  • We recommend an overweight positioning for MMI SJ; click here to read the full report on our secure site.
  • Strong growth was seen in Momentum Life, which constitutes a third of the total earnings, due to management tightening expenses, improving productivity and enhancing the product offering.
  • The improved earnings are likely to support higher dividend payments, which are likely to underpin the share price.


Corporate actions

Date Company Share code Expectation
10 July 2019 African Media Entertainment Limited AME Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 African and Overseas Enter[rises Limited 6% Cumulative Participating Preference Shares AOVP Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Ecsponent Limited Class A Preference Share ECSP1 Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Ecsponent Limited Class A Preference Share ECSP10 Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Ecsponent Limited Class C Preference Share ECSP12 Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Ecsponent Limited Class A Preference Share ECSP13 Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Ecsponent Limited Class C Preference Share ECSP15 Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Ecsponent Limited Class C Preference Share ECSP18 Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Ecsponent Limited Class C Preference Share ECSP21 Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Ecsponent Limited Class C Preference Share ECSP24 Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Ecsponent Limited Class C Preference Share ECSP3 Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Ecsponent Limited Class A Preference Share ECSP4 Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Ecsponent Limited Class C Preference Share ECSP6 Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Ecsponent Limited Class A Preference Share ECSP7 Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Ecsponent Limited Class C Preference Share ECSP9 Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Insimbi Industrial Holdings Limited ISB Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Rex Trueform Clothing Company Limited 6% Cumulative Preference Shares RTOP Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Safari Investments RSA Limited SAR Cash Dividend
10 July 2019 Sirius Real Estate Limited SRE DVOP
Option 1 - (Cash Dividend) Gross - ZAR0.29384Less 20% DWT - ZAR0.058768Net - ZAR0.235072
Option 2 (Shares)Ratio - 1 new share for every 40.58584 shares held
Default - Option 1 (Cash Dividend)
12 July 2019 Wilderness Holdings Limited Unlisted Cash Dividend
  1. The information above is to the best of our knowledge correct at the time of distribution but due to the nature thereof cannot be guaranteed.
  2. This document only contains general information and not the opinion of the distributor.

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