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    Jason is the senior industry analyst at FNB. Prior to joining FNB, Jason worked in the Global Markets Research team at Rand Merchant Bank. In his six years with the FirstRand group, he has advised both internal and external clients on how macroeconomic factors will impact developments within the various sectors of the economy. Before joining Rand Merchant Bank, Jason was the Head of Natural Resources research at Accenture, a global management consultancy. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand.

    October headline inflation decelerated, slightly more than we had anticipated, to 4.8% y/y from September’s 5.1% print. Core inflation also softened to 4.5% y/y. Food and non-alcoholic beverage inflation fell from 5.5% in September to 5.3% in October, driven lower by a -3% contraction in bread and cereal prices. Encouragingly, meat prices are showing signs […]

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    Jarred is currently an Economist at FNB. He is responsible for providing expertise, advice and support in economic practice formulation and associated best practice improvement tactics through research and analysis of economic conditions that affect industry and/or business. He is also responsible for making recommendations for strategic decisions based on findings from economic policy and financial market analysis. Before joining FNB, Jarred was a Financial Services Sector Analyst at Genesis Analytics. Here he worked on array of projects with focus ranging from investment banking, macroeconomic analysis, digital strategy formulation, alternative delivery channel risk assessments, housing finance strategy and payment opportunity analyses. The demographic of his work extended to include the whole African continent for which he provided valuable insights to several financial services clients.

    Highlights SA: September retail sales registered a very robust 5.4% y/y expansion, with all categories apart from hardware growing in the month. In sharp contrast to the fortunes of the retail sector, wholesale trade sales contracted –10.1% y/y in September. SSA: Namibia headline inflation decelerated to 5.2% y/y in October from 5.6% the month before. […]

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    Jason is the senior industry analyst at FNB. Prior to joining FNB, Jason worked in the Global Markets Research team at Rand Merchant Bank. In his six years with the FirstRand group, he has advised both internal and external clients on how macroeconomic factors will impact developments within the various sectors of the economy. Before joining Rand Merchant Bank, Jason was the Head of Natural Resources research at Accenture, a global management consultancy. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand.

    September retail sales registered a very robust 5.4% y/y expansion, with all categories apart from hardware growing in the month. The September print, the last for the third quarter, saw the quarter-on-quarter change come in at 1.4%. General dealers, which expanded by 3.4% y/y was the second biggest contributor (1.5pps) after “other retailers”, which have […]

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    Paul is currently the Agricultural Economist for FNB and holds a B.Inst. Agrariae Honours in Agricultural Economics from University of Pretoria, and a Bsc Honours Agricultural Economics from University of the Free State.

    Livestock prices mostly sideways approaching mid-month Internationally, the latest United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) report showed a downward revision to its US beef and pork production while the broiler figure was adjusted slightly upwards. The US 2017 beef production estimate came in down by 0.6% month-on-month (m/m) […]

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    John acquired the degree Master in Economics at the University of Stellenbosch before starting his career as an economist in the National Treasury. He was part of the team that implemented the country’s first Medium Term Expenditure Framework in the early days of Minister Trevor Manuel’s tenure as Finance Minister. Thereafter, he became the Southern African Macroeconomist for Globalinsight, a major United States based economic consultancy with a global presence. He entered banking with BOE Group, shortly before moving to Absa Group in 2000 where he was the senior macroeconomist co-ordinating the Group’s macroeconomic forecasting process. In 2004, he was named Reuters Economist of the Year. In 2006, he joined First national Bank to pursue a slightly different focus as the bank’s Property Economist. He’s a social endurance sport junkie, having brought up the rear of the field in events such as the Comrades Ultra-Marathon, the Ironman Ultra-Triathlon, and more recently the 2,330 km Freedom Challenge Mountain Bike Race Across South Africa. His sporting allegiances lie with the Blue Bulls.

    Our 3rd quarter 2017 City of Cape Town Sub-Regional House Price Indices still show some of the most expensive regions to be strong. But as home affordability deteriorates, we have seen noticeable house price growth slowing in the high priced sub-regions, while simultaneously witnessing some price growth accelerations in more affordable suburban regions. Overall, though, […]

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