Wikus Furstenberg: ‘Junk’ already priced into markets – But what next?

2016-05-31 07:17

Portfolio manager Wikus Furstenberg believes a downgrade to junk status is inevitable and presents some interesting views on what happens next.

PPC plunges on downgrade warning

2016-05-23 12:27

A warning of a probable credit rating downgrade has sent cement maker PPC's share price plunging to its biggest drop on record.

Zuma factor stymies Gordhan’s bid to rescue SA economy

2016-05-17 07:37

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s efforts to restore investor confidence in SA and ward off a junk credit rating are being frustrated by the very man who appointed him.

Chris Hart opens up on junk status, IMF bailout and press freedom

2016-05-13 07:35

"Twitter victim" Chris Hart airs his views on the current economic and political climate and what he perceives as censorship on freedom of speech in South Africa.

SA downgrade won't be train smash - economist

2016-04-24 12:56

More downgrades of SA by ratings agencies will certainly not be a train smash, according to the head of fixed interest at Prudential Asset Management.

Junk downgrade: A self-fulfilling prophecy?

2016-04-21 06:47

If rating agencies are to plunge SA into junk economic status, they should at least provide clear reasons for doing so, argues a group of academics.

Junk call: SA will know in June

2016-04-10 18:14

South Africa will know in June whether it has survived a downgrade to junk status when ratings agency Standard & Poor's makes its judgment on the state of the economy.

SA at five minutes to midnight on poor policy choices

2016-03-22 13:48

A tense period lies ahead for SA as a decade of poor policy formulation and the resulting severe inefficiencies catches up with the country, says an analyst.

Team Pravin Gordhan just got stronger

2016-03-17 07:53

We are seeing a coordinated fight back by team Pravin Gordhan against the tenderpreneurs, says Nomura's emerging market economist Peter Attard Montalto.

Chris Hart: Nothing can prevent SA's slide to junk

2016-03-16 10:41

South Africa needs to be an extremely favourable investment destination if it wants to rescue the economy and prevent a downgrade to junk status, says Chris Hart.

No downgrade from Moody's - here's one analyst's reason why

Analyst Justice Malala believes the Constitutional Court judgment on non-security upgrades to Nkandla influenced Moody's rating decision earlier this year.

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Playing ‘cat and mouse’ with ratings agencies

2016-05-18 07:36

Those who defend the Zuptas are stuck in an intricate web of dependency and a world of material make-believe, says Solly Moeng.

Why Gordhan looks set to live on a short leash

2016-05-16 11:29

The finance minister has been reminded of just how strong the vested interests are that could act against him if he strays too far off course, says Daniel Silke.

Kevin Lings: Moody’s positive surprise – all ‘junk’ eyes turn to S&P, Fitch in June

2016-05-09 17:18

Stanlib’s chief economist Kevin Lings gives a positive assessment of Moody’s credit rating - but South Africa isn’t out of shark-infested waters just yet.

How SA could avoid junk status

2016-04-22 21:30

There are ways SA could avoid a ratings downgrade to junk status and turn the tide on the decline, says Lesiba Mothata, chief economist at Investment Solutions.

Andrew Canter: $1.25bn Eurobond shows SA is already being treated like a “junk” borrower

2016-04-12 06:40

What to watch out for in future, and how would bond market vigilantes react if either Jacob Zuma or Pravin Gordhan were to leave the stage? Andrew Canter discusses.

What SA can do to avoid junk status

2016-03-29 21:15

Without sufficient structural reforms to benefit longer-term growth, SA faces the prospect of junk status by year-end, warn economists at Momentum.

Political turmoil roils rand and rate bets

2016-03-17 10:14

Political turmoil is worsening in South Africa, undermining investor confidence in the country and hitting everything from the rand to interest rate bets.

SA sees biggest fight-back yet against state capture

2016-03-17 06:21

The Gupta bomb Mcebisi Jonas has dropped is damaging stuff – all while rating agency Moody’s is on its much-anticipated ‘downgrade-watch’ tour of SA, says Daniel Silke.

Govt not working together to avoid junk status - DA

2016-03-15 12:40

President Jacob Zuma’s government is so divided that it seems incapable of taking the hard decisions necessary to avoid a downgrade to junk status, says the DA.

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