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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: The 2018/19 budget demonstrated government’s commitment to fiscal consolidation. The extent of fiscal slippage over recent years required that difficult decisions be made. January inflation printed at 4.4% y/y, slightly ahead of our 4.3% forecast, but nevertheless below the 4.5% consensus. SSA: Zambia headline inflation remained at the bottom end of the 6-8% […]

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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.

    Weekly update on fruit and vegetable markets Fruit and vegetable prices had a good start in this week’s trade, closing earlier on Thursday 22, 2018 moderate to sharply higher across all the commodities under review. Onions and potatoes were however the exception and trended sideways under pressure due to the improved mid-week supplies. With the […]

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    Investment Analyst – FNB Wealth Passionate about investments, Chantal helped launch the FNB Securities in-house research platform and plays an important role within the content generation team at FNB Wealth. She works closely with the FNB Economics and Strategy teams in generating original ideas and communicating these thoughts to clients in a straightforward way. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Mathematics and Economics) and a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree (Investment Management) from the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Chantal is awaiting her CFA Charter and is pursuing a Masters degree in Finance, also from UJ.

    Mr Gigaba started his address by referring to the budget as “tough but hopeful” and reading through the detail we are in agreement. Prior to the budget we noted that the focus would likely be mostly on the revenue side, but it is the expenditure side that really surprised the market. Government increased its revenue […]

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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.

    Key takeaways VAT rate raised by 1 percentage point to 15%. R36bn in tax increases and R26.4bn expenditure cuts in 18/19. R12.4bn allocated for fee-free higher education in 18/19. Should be enough to delay a Moody’s downgrade, but action on structural reform needed before mid-year reviews to stave off a downgrade completely. Bottom line Today’s […]

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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.

    January inflation printed at 4.4% y/y, slightly ahead of our 4.3% forecast, but nevertheless below the 4.5% consensus. The main driver behind the fall was a drop in the fuel price, and the consequent easing of transport inflation to 4.4% y/y, from 6.4% in December. Core inflation, which excludes food and energy, moderated to 4.1% […]

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