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Saturday, June 1, 2013

CHANGING STRATERGIES

The South African Economy has hit a speed bump. For  about six months our balance of payments have been in deficit A main contributor is that our main trading zone namely Europe is also in recession.There for all the resource products we supply prices have been softer than usual.
See rest of article below notes and alerts
28/6 ALERT
With the price of gold falling ,some investors are confused,about the safe haven aspect of the metal.Well,lets see whats happening now.First of all,many mines are on the ropes and are closing or coming very near to close as they are already working at a loss,due to high wages ,fuel and electricity costs.In the case of an increase in price these mines mostly are unable to take up where they left off as water drainage,unsafe working areas and dwindling gold ores will make it almost impossible to contemplate mining with out a sustained doubling of the gold price.Gold is a last resort source of money in a crises.Every one was relying on China to provide never ending demand for all types of products.This is now proving to be a false asset.Shares to a certain extent are also a store of wealth if chosen in a sector that that can be traded for other goods.As less is being mined it is likely to rise in price due to shortages in due course.

21/6 ALERT
SHALE GAS IS THE THE NEXT BIG THING THAT CAN DRIVE OUR ECONOMY.WE HAVE TRILLIONS OF RANDS WORTH IN THE KAROO REGIONS,WE MUST JUST GET ON WITH IT.MOZANBIQUE AND OTHER AFRICAN REGIONS ARE GOING TO BY PASS US AS WE ARE PLACING TOO MUCH EMPASIS ON RULES AND REGULATIONS AND ON DOWN LINE BENEFICATION! LETS FIRST GET STARTED THEN DECIDE ON LEGISLATION! 

6/6  ALERT PRESIDENT ZUMA has declared zero tolerance against wildcat strikes  as these harm the economy as there are legal means that can be followed if the workeASrs feel they must strike after negotiations have broken down with employees. Further he stated turf wars between different trade unions won't be tolerated again as this has led to loss of life in the past year.

NOTES.
NO 5. Definitely NOT worth a visit is http://bnlifestyle10.blogspot.com    
 so avoid at all costs!

NO4. Naomi has re-set and updated her resource page .See her Tech and Resource blog on 11June above.

No  3 Do read  Part A and Part B of  the real estate round up on the pages index above.

No 2 The newest updates above are always at the bottom of the above index.

N0 1  The two most popular pages above are the Autumn and Spring Share and Derivative Comments .In third place is My specialist Watchlist .In fourth place is the Real Estate pages and fifth place the 
Top 40 watchlist 

Article Continued:

The  USA economy is showing signs of picking up,meanwhile their stock exchange has run ahead of the real economic growth and is reaching all time highs.This state of affairs is also being fed by their reserve bank printing money with out fiscal backing,also known as quantitive easing.Europe is following a more conservative monetary policy so their Euro is weakening against the Dollar.Most of our resources are quoted and sold in USA Dollars.
To add to this mix there is a genuine fear  of third world politics interfering with profits.Our inarticulate top politicans unfortunately do not help matters by making wild statements with out much thought.
The South African Rand has stayed very strong till last week.It has suddenly lost 12% of its value,but shows signs of not going to fall much further and might stage a recovery later in the year.
Our Stocks and Shares all came off this week rather sharply.
Most are now oversold,but knowing how the market reacts its likely to retreat further.Probably it will pick up again from July onwards.Resources and shares with foreign content are now coming into vogue.