September Economic Update:

  • The JSE All Share Index was relatively flat in September and only gained 0.2%.
  • The best performing sector was the financial sector which saw a gain of 3.5%. Resources and Industrials were the loses for the month down 0.5% and 0.9% respectively.
  • The South African Reserve Bank opted to keep interest rates unchanged.
  • Most of the international indices were positive for the month. The Nikkei 225 showed the biggest gain of 5.8% followed by the Euro Stoxx 50 which was up 4.3%.
  • The ECB (European Central Bank) cut its interest rates to negative 0.5% and hinted that they will start buying debt from November.
  • The US Federal Reserve cut interest rates by a quarter of a percentage for the second time this year.
  • In mid-September some oil refineries in Saudi Arabia were attacked by drones and missiles which had a negative impact on the oil price.
  • The US House of Representatives announced that they will begin the process of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
  • Despite ongoing trade wars, Brexit and Middle East tensions, the outlook for¬†global¬†growth is looking positive.