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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.

    After increasing from -10 in the fourth quarter of 2016 to -5 in the first quarter of 2017, the FNB/BER Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) fell back to -9 in the second quarter. A reading of -9 indicates that consumer confidence remained relatively low given that it has averaged +4 since 1994. However, it remained above […]

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    Sizwe Nxedlana Chief Economist at First National Bank. Prior to that he was a Senior Economist in FNB’s Wealth segment where he was involved in macroeconomic and investment research and is a member of the investment and asset allocation committees. Before joining FNB Wealth he was an economist at FNB Commercial. He began his career at the Bureau for Economic Research in Stellenbosch followed by a stint at Kagiso Trust Investments. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Commerce degree in economics from the University of KwaZulu Natal.

    The South African economy has a long history of the tertiary sector (consumption side) being a resilient pillar of growth, but this long, unbroken run was shattered with the release of the GDP figures for the first quarter of the year. The numbers showed that the sector contracted by a full 2% quarter on quarter. […]

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    Sizwe Nxedlana Chief Economist at First National Bank. Prior to that he was a Senior Economist in FNB’s Wealth segment where he was involved in macroeconomic and investment research and is a member of the investment and asset allocation committees. Before joining FNB Wealth he was an economist at FNB Commercial. He began his career at the Bureau for Economic Research in Stellenbosch followed by a stint at Kagiso Trust Investments. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Commerce degree in economics from the University of KwaZulu Natal.

    POLITICAL and macroeconomic uncertainty have taken centre stage following President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle and the firing of the minister of finance and his deputy on March 30. The subsequent downgrades by S&P Global Ratings and Fitch have further increased concerns about South Africa’s economic outlook. Although the downgrades came sooner than expected, policy uncertainty […]

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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.

    South Africa’s inflation trajectory continues to moderate with March CPI printing at 6.1% y/y, down from 6.3% in February. The month-on-month increase was 0.6% (from 1.1% in the prior month). The biggest contributor to the headline inflation number was again food and non-alcoholic beverages (1.5ppts), although this eased from 1.7ppts in February, and was largely […]

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    Sizwe Nxedlana Chief Economist at First National Bank. Prior to that he was a Senior Economist in FNB’s Wealth segment where he was involved in macroeconomic and investment research and is a member of the investment and asset allocation committees. Before joining FNB Wealth he was an economist at FNB Commercial. He began his career at the Bureau for Economic Research in Stellenbosch followed by a stint at Kagiso Trust Investments. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Commerce degree in economics from the University of KwaZulu Natal.

    THE prospect of a recession is rearing its head. The last time South Africa entered a recession (the only time as a democratic state) was in the first quarter of 2009, as the global financial crisis wreaked havoc on developed and emerging markets. A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. […]

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