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Eskom: Are brighter days ahead?

By Raine Adams on 01 Feb 2024

Reading time: 16 mins

What does 2024 have in store for loadshedding? Raine Adams investigates whether there is any light at the end of the dark tunnel.

Insights categories - Markets and economy

The prospects for global growth

By Sandy McGregor on 19 Jul 2023

Reading time: 18 mins

The post-pandemic bounce back of the global economy is losing momentum, and many fear that developed economies may slip into recession.

Insights categories - Offshore investing

Regime change and the rise of the stockpicker

By Alec Cutler on 11 Apr 2023

Viewing time: 4 mins

Alec Cutler chats to Bloomberg’s Merryn Somerset Webb about the impact of central bank and government intervention, the future of inflation and why being a...

Insights categories - Local investing

Was 2022 a secular turning point and if so, what does it mean for the years ahead?

By Duncan Artus on 26 Jan 2023

Viewing time: 12 Mins

In his first investment update of 2023, Duncan Artus discusses the current investment context and how it differs from the past, shares a review of 2022 and...

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Economic update: A post-pandemic new normal

By Sandy McGregor on 20 Jan 2023

Reading time: 4 mins

2022 saw a massive appreciation of the US dollar against all other currencies and the highest inflation since the early 1980s. These trends, which so dominat...

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The price of money, the shortage of energy, and the monster of inflation

By Thalia Petousis on 27 Oct 2022

Reading time: 10 mins

Thalia Petousis discusses its impact on financial markets, global trade financing and the energy sector, as well as how central banks are now waging a war...

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Whither inflation?

By Sandy McGregor on 28 Jul 2022

Reading time: 21 mins

In the past 12 months , global inflation has surged. Sandy McGregor discusses the increasingly turbulent response of the financial markets.

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On the commodity boom and other South African fables (and foibles)

By Thalia Petousis on 28 Jul 2022

Reading time: 8 mins

Just as the economic destruction from the COVID-19 pandemic rose to crisis levels, strong commodity export prices swept in to alleviate South Africa’s fiscal...

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Podcast: Can optimism rise from the inflationary ashes?

By Thalia Petousis on 25 Jul 2022

Listening time: 43 min

In conversation with portfolio manager, Thalia Petousis, Sandy McGregor reflects on the very real geopolitical and economic challenges currently affecting th...

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The transition into the post-pandemic world

By Sandy McGregor on 27 Jan 2022

Reading time: 19 mins

It is remarkable the extent to which the future is hidden from us. We all conduct our lives largely in terms of our experiences in the recent past, assuming...

Insights categories - Local investing

It’s the price you pay that matters

By Rory Kutisker-Jacobson on 21 Oct 2021

Viewing time: 4 mins

As investors we shouldn’t pretend we operate in a vacuum that is nicely insulated from the prevailing macroeconomic and political trends. However, it is...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Economic recovery accompanied by a surge in inflation

By Sandy McGregor on 15 Oct 2021

Reading time: 4 mins

With increasing vaccinations economic activity is returning to pre-pandemic levels and, while there may be further waves of infection, governments are learni...

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Global recovery underway

By Sandy McGregor on 30 Apr 2021

Reading time: 2 mins

The world is recovering from the pandemic and 2021 should see strong global economic growth. The epicentre of the recovery is now the United States, where th...

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2021 Budget speech update

By Carrie Norden on 25 Feb 2021

Reading time: 7 mins

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivered the Budget speech on Wednesday, 24 February. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Budget was more...

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2021 Budget signals hope for SA taxpayers

By Carla Rossouw and Sandy McGregor on 24 Feb 2021

Reading time: 3 mins

Minimal tax measures aim to bring relief to taxpayers and bolster economy.

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The state of the economy

By Sandy McGregor and Vuyo Nogantshi on 10 Feb 2021

Viewing time: 62 mins

In a recent Q&A-style webinar hosted by Allan Gray’s Vuyo Nogantshi, Allan Gray’s Sandy McGregor and the Reserve Bank’s Rashad Cassim and David Fowkes examin...

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Orbis: The power of perspective

By Povilas Dapkevicius on 09 Nov 2020

Reading time: 1 min

It is easy to get caught up in the noise of short-term events like politics. What we have learned over the past 30 years is that a long-term view often revea...

Insights categories - Personal investing

Are you sitting on savings you could be investing?

By Nomi Bodlani on 30 Oct 2020

Reading time: 5 mins

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people's finances in very different ways. While it has highlighted the need for emergency savings as a buffer against toug...

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The dangers of printing money

By Sandy McGregor on 16 Oct 2020

Reading time: 14 mins

Modern Monetary Theory, or MMT as it is often called, is a new term for an old idea. Its proponents argue that a state which issues fiat money does not have ...

Insights categories - Offshore investing

Orbis: Our job is to be uncomfortable

By Brett Moshal on 03 Aug 2020

Viewing time: 8 mins 26 seconds

Our job at Allan Gray and Orbis is to be uncomfortable and to sweat our clients’ capital. Ultimately what we focus on is the risk of capital loss - and that...

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Q&A with Allan Gray and Orbis: Investing beyond COVID-19

By Tamryn Lamb on 26 May 2020

Reading time: 1 min

While financial market volatility as a result of COVID-19 is expected to continue over the short term, the investment teams at Allan Gray and Orbis are focus...

Insights categories - Local investing

Investing during lockdown and beyond

By Duncan Artus on 25 May 2020

Reading time: 4 mins

Sometimes in investing, the best thing to do is nothing. In a presentation to advisers and clients via Zoom webinar, Duncan Artus examined the levels and...

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The world after the COVID-19 pandemic

By Sandy McGregor on 23 Apr 2020

Reading time: 11 mins

We are witnessing a global economic collapse without precedent in modern times. As investors we must think about what the world will look like when the...

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COVID-19: We remain open for you during the lockdown

By Tamryn Lamb on 25 Mar 2020

Viewing time: 1 min

As we enter into lockdown, Tamryn Lamb, head of retail distribution, reassures investors that we are open during this most unsettling time. She also provides...

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COVID-19: Evaluating market risk versus opportunity

By Duncan Artus on 25 Mar 2020

Viewing time: 1 min

We have managed our portfolios through a range of different crises since 1974. Over the last 20 years, the dotcom collapse in 2001/02, the global financial...

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Making sense of current market conditions

By on 12 Mar 2020

Reading time: 6 mins

The current market volatility is understandably causing investors much stress. Allan Gray and Orbis examine the impact of coronavirus and offer clients some...

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How could a ratings downgrade affect investors?

By Sehrish Khan on 13 Feb 2020

Reading time: 8 mins

Inundated with reports of failing state-owned enterprises and spiralling government debt, investors are understandably concerned ahead of South Africa’s 2020...

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Inflation

By Sandy McGregor on 29 Jan 2020

Reading time: 15 mins

Inflation is a phenomenon of great importance to investors. It is subject to intense scrutiny but is not well understood. Sandy McGregor offers his perspecti...

Insights categories - Local investing

Should you invest in bonds?

By Londa Nxumalo on 29 Jan 2020

Reading time: 7 mins

The recent performance of South African bonds – which have outperformed cash and equities over three and five years – has prompted investors to ask whether...

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An age of anxiety

By Sandy McGregor on 22 Oct 2019

Reading time: 3 mins

We are living in an age of anxiety. After decades in which the norm has been optimism, everywhere market participants are extremely nervous about evolving an...

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Is it time for equity investors to party like it’s 2002?

By Duncan Artus on 30 Jul 2019

Reading time: 4 mins

Not quite, says Duncan Artus.

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South African investors need to fall out of love with equities

By Kevin Lings on 30 Jul 2019

Reading time: 6 mins

South Africa’s equity market capitalisation equates to more than 200% of the country’s GDP, the highest proportion in the world and a level that is simply no...

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Trade wars

By Sandy McGregor on 29 Jul 2019

Reading time: 18 mins

In recent months, we have observed increasing uncertainty and concern among our clients about what impact rising international tensions, particularly the tra...

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Global business conditions deteriorate

By Sandy McGregor on 12 Jul 2019

Reading time: 2 mins

Negative news about the global economy persists. Purchasing manager indices continue to signal a widespread deterioration in business conditions. Even in the...

Insights categories - Local investing

Valuations matter

By Andrew Lapping on 11 Jun 2019

Reading time: 12 mins

Uncertainty abounds at present. Equity returns for the past few years have been underwhelming, political upheaval locally and internationally is causing wave...

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Finding value in frontier African markets

By Nick Ndiritu on 29 Apr 2019

Reading time: 12 mins

Across corporate boardrooms in South Africa, a number of management teams and institutional investors are grappling with a vexing question: Is investing in...

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Global slowdown continues to take its toll

By Sandy McGregor on 26 Apr 2019

Reading time: 2 mins

The synchronous global slowdown, which commenced in the last quarter of 2018, continues to take its toll. While Europe is not in recession, it has returned t...

Insights categories - Personal investing

How you can influence your investment outcomes

By Lettie Mzwinila on 16 Apr 2019

Reading time: 6 mins

After an undeniably tough 2018, the local market staged a turnaround during the first quarter. But the atmosphere in the country is blowing hot and cold: As...

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South Africa's fiscal dilemma

By Sandy McGregor on 25 Jan 2019

Reading time: 11 mins

Faced with sky-high debt, a stagnant economy and disappointing tax collections, South Africa is on an unsustainable fiscal path. Difficult choices have to be...

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Global growth accelerates but emerging markets under pressure

By Sandy McGregor on 05 Oct 2018

Reading time: 3 mins

Following a slower first quarter, the rate of global economic growth accelerated during the Northern Hemisphere summer, with Europe being the only notable...

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How to thrive in choppy markets

By Andrew Lapping on 23 Aug 2018

Reading time: 4 mins

This year has been characterised by increased volatility and concern about the global risks – from trade disputes to inflation. After a strong start to the...

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Increasing policy uncertainty

By Sandy McGregor on 20 Jul 2018

Reading time: 3 mins

With few exceptions, notably India, most countries experienced slower economic growth in the first quarter of 2018. Anecdotal evidence suggests that that the...

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SA needs to unlock its 'demographic dividend' by getting the private sector to invest

By Kevin Lings on 18 Jul 2018

Reading time: 5 mins

South Africa needs to stop looking to government spending as the catalyst for economic growth and should instead foster a more conducive environment for...

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Approaching a tipping point?

By Sandy McGregor on 30 Jun 2018

Reading time: 11 mins

After a strong start to the year, global investors have been spooked by a diverse combination of developments, including a slowdown in global economic...

Insights categories - Investment insights

The value of bitcoin

By Jacques Plaut on 24 Oct 2017

Reading time: 10 mins

The total market value of all bitcoins is US$80bn, which is more than the value of Richemont and triple the value of Anglo American. It is the topic on which...

Insights categories - Offshore investing

Global jitters: Avoid safe havens, opportunity in overlooked sectors

By Dan Brocklebank on 15 Sep 2017

Reading time: 5 mins

The uncertain global political and economic backdrop created by unexpected recent shocks has spooked investors. However fear, particularly when spurred by...

Insights categories - Local investing

Equity Fund update: Volatility presents opportunity

By Ruan Stander on 25 Jul 2016

Reading time: 3 mins

The economic outlook deteriorated during the second quarter, exacerbated by the British referendum. Although the market’s perception of near-term headwinds m...

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Gold: A history of its price

By Sandy McGregor on 30 Jun 2016

Reading time: 11 mins

Inventories play a significant role in the pricing of commodities: when they are low prices tend to rise, while excessive inventories depress prices. However...

Insights categories - Local investing

Annual report from the outgoing Chief Investment Officer

By Ian Liddle on 01 Mar 2016

Reading time: 5 mins

Adapted from the Chief Investment Officer’s comments, which will appear in the Allan Gray Unit Trust Annual Report, 2015. These are Ian Liddle’s final Annual...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

China's Malthusian challenge

By Sandy McGregor on 31 Mar 2011

Reading time: 9 mins

Two years since the global financial crisis and commodity prices are back at the record levels of June 2008. This growth has been about five years quicker th...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

Deflation

By Sandy McGregor on 30 Sep 2010

Reading time: 8 mins

It seems the world may divide into two distinct camps: the mature economies gripped by deflation and stagnation, and the emerging markets, which continue to...

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The triumph of the markets

By Sandy McGregor on 31 Dec 2009

Reading time: 8 mins

It is the nature of markets to reward success and eliminate what is unsustainable. During the past year we have seen a dramatic manifestation of this process...

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