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2017 economic outlook for Mozambique

2017-02-17
The economy of Mozambique continues to struggle both fiscally and macro-economically, following suspension of foreign financial aid in 2016 as it emerged that the government had not disclosed loans worth $1.4 billion to the public or the IMF.
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Open Exchange

2017-02-17
Commodities corner with commodities trader from RMB, Donovan Braam. Discussion on what's moving in the commodities market.
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Forex market update

2017-02-14
An update on the day's Forex market
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Oil rises after drop in US gasoline stocks

2017-02-09
The recent jump in US crude imports could reverse from March as major oil exporters start cutting production, that is according to Goldman Sachs.
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Local and global currencies

2017-02-09
A look at the local and global currencies with Kerri Fletcher, Foreign Exchange and Money Market Sales at RMB
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Kenya New legislation limits parastatals to state-owned banks

2017-02-08
The Public Investment Committee of the Kenyan government has announced sponsored banking amendment bill 2017 which seek to restrict all government ministries and parastatals from banking and commercial banks. Prince Moloto, Africa Banking Analyst at Rand Merchant Bank give his perspective on the Kenyan banking amendment bill.
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Local and global currencies

2017-02-03
A look at the local and global currencies with Gordon Kerr, Fixed Income Specialist at Rand Merchant Bank
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Inflation eases in African countries

2017-01-30
Tshepo Modiba is joined by Neville Mandimika, Africa Analyst at Rand Merchant Bank, Neville Mandimika, looks at what 2017 holds for the investor and also a closer look at the mild recovery in commodity prices, the easing of inflation in most countries and a short focus on Ghana and Zambia.
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Local and global currencies

2017-01-30
A look at the local and global currencies with John Cairns, Currency Strategist at Rand Merchant Bank
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The local currency strengthens

2017-01-26
John Cairns, Currency Strategist at Rand Merchant Bank analyses the strength in the local currency against other international currencies.
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Commodities corner

2017-01-26
Commodities corner with Commodities Specialist, Ebrahim Patel from RMB.
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Global and local currencies

2017-01-26
A look at the global and local currencies with Greg Kennelly, Currency and Rates Trader at Rand Merchant Bank
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East Africa currencies

2017-01-25
A look the East Africa currencies more especially the Kenyan shilling, with Jaron Meyerson, Africa Trader at Rand Merchant Bank
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Global and local currencies

2017-01-24
A look at the global and local currencies with Jan Sluis-Cremer, Foreign Exchange and Money Market Sales at RMB
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Global and local currencies

2017-01-19
A look at the global and local currencies, with Marc Viakovsky, Currency and Rates Trader at Rand Merchant Bank Int: Rand Merchant Bank : Marc Viakovsky : Currency and Rates Trader
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Outlook for US policy on East Africa in 2017

2017-01-18
America's involvement in Africa has been brought to question as Donald Trump is inaugurated on Friday over recent remarks on policy reforms. While foreign policy has predicted US-Africa relations will remain stable, the president-elect as indicated towards making changes to foreign aid and trade agreements. Lisa Brown, Country Risk Analyst at Rand Merchant Bank joins CNBC Africa on what this means for business in the region
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Will Trump presidency shift U.S-Africa policy?

2017-01-18
America's involvement in Africa has been brought to question as Donald Trump is inaugurated on Friday over recent remarks on policy reforms.
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Focus on forex market

2017-01-16
A look at the forex market activities with Andre Eerenstein from RMB.
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Focus on South Africa's currency market

2017-01-16
An insert on South Africa's economy and financial market, particularly the currency market and and the effect thereon by economic and social variables such as the US President elect Donald Trump's inauguration and presidency, the outcome of WEF Davos 2017 and the ANC's policy and elective conferences as well as the possible S&P downgrade of South Africa credit rating later this year. Mention: John Cairns : RMB : Currency Strategist Mention: ANC Mention: S&P Mention: SARB
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Gold plunges to 10-month low on fed rate hike

2016-12-15
Gold plunged to a ten month low and oil prices fell after the US Fed raised interest rates overnight, for the first time in year.
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Round-up of banking sector in East Africa

2016-12-14
A look at the banking sector in East Africa with Suresh Chaytoo, Sector Director for Banks and FDI's at Rand Merchant Bank
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Gold plunges to 10-month low on fed rate hike

2016-12-14
Gold plunged to a ten month low and oil prices fell after the US Fed raised interest rates overnight, for the first time in year. Ebrahim Patel, RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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SA economic week ahead

2016-12-12
A look at expected market news for the upcoming week.
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Focus on global currencies

2016-12-12
Discussion on how the currencies have been performing recently with RMB Currency Strategist, John Cairns.
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Zimbabwe halves 2016 growth forecast, budget deficit widens

2016-12-09
As mentioned earlier, Zimbabwe, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa halved his 2016 economic growth estimate to 0.6 per cent and said the budget deficit would widen to $1.18 billion - eight times his November 2015 forecast of $150 million.
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Local and global currencies

2016-12-08
A look at the local and global currencies with Jan Sluis-Cremer, Foreign Exchange and Money Market Sales at Rand Merchant Bank.
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East African markets round up

2016-12-07
As the festive season nears, markets in East Africa are unlikely to experience change in appetite. For Kenya, the shilling continues to tick weaker, but in an orderly fashion but will remain supported by increase in tourism revenue and a $1.5 billion precautionary facility from the IMF which the central bank is yet to tap. Across the borders in Uganda and Tanzania, both currencies are stable, but analysts say the Uganda shilling move has scared off potential investors. Roy Daniels, Head of Africa Trading desk at Rand Merchant Bank joins CNBC Africa for more.
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OPEC decision bring relief to oil traders

2016-12-07
It's a week since OPEC announced their intention to cut oil supply, a deal which brought relief to oil traders. Commodities Specialist from RMB Ettienne van Wyk, joins CNBC Africa for more on the outlook for oil as well as commodities.
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East African markets roundup

2016-12-07
As the festive season nears, markets in East Africa are unlikely to experience change in appetite.
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Ghana elections: Do they pose any major risk?

2016-12-06
In September, Moody's investor’s service affirmed Ghana's issuer and unsecured rating at B3 and changed the outlook to stable from negative. As the West African nation gears up for elections tomorrow.
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Ghana elections: Do they pose any major risk?

2016-12-06
In September, Moody's investor's service affirmed Ghana's issuer and unsecured rating at B3 and changed the outlook to stable from negative. As the West African nation gears up for elections tomorrow.
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Local and global currencies

2016-12-01
A look at the local and global currencies with Jacques Du Preez, Foreign Exchange and Money Market Sales at Rand Merchant Bank.
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The RMB BER Business Confidence Index fell

2016-11-30
The RMB BER Business Confidence Index fell to 38 points in the fourth quarter, from 42 points in the three months to September, weighed down by a weaker currency and high fuel prices.
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Zimbabwe launches bond notes

2016-11-30
Neville Mandimika Africa Analyst from RMB and JM Busha Head of JM Busha Investments discuss the introduction of Zimbabwean bond notes as the new payment for transactions.
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Embracing Africa - Beyond the Binaries | Ronak Gopaldas | TEDxCapeTown

2016-11-29
Ronak is currently the Head of Country Risk at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) in Johannesburg, where he manages a team of analysts who provide the firm with in-depth analysis of economic, political, security and operational dynamics across sub-Saharan Africa.
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SA business confidence down

2016-11-29
Business confidence is down, that's according to the latest index by RMB and the Bureau for Economic Research. More members of the business sector are dissatisfied with current trade condition than in the previous quarter.
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Selling S.A in an isolationist, uncertain world

2016-11-29
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 will take place in a completely different world to the one that occurred this year. It will occur in a world in which nationalism and populism have found a voice.
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Local and global currencies

2016-11-28
A look at the local local and global currencies with John Cairns, Currency Strategist at Rand Merchant Bank
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Nigeria to auction N117.2bn in short-dated Treasury bills

2016-11-28
Nigeria plans to sell 117.2 billion naira worth of short-dated treasury bills at an auction this Wednesday.
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Local and global currencies

2016-11-24
A look at the local and global currencies with Greg Kennelly, Currency and Rates Trader at Rand Merchant Bank
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Focus on East Africa's fiscal vulnerabilities

2016-11-23
The tightening global financial conditions are expected to negatively affect East African economies most of whom have embarked on heavy external borrowing to fund infrastructure projects in transport and energy sectors.
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Global slowdown to affect East African economies

2016-11-23
The tightening global financial conditions are expected to negatively affect East African economies, most of who have embarked on heavy external borrowing to fund infrastructure projects in transport and energy.
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Analysts react to Nigeria's MPC rates decision

2016-11-22
The status quo remains unchanged judging by figures from Nigeria's 2-day MPC meeting.
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Open Exchange

2016-11-21
The South Africa Reserve Bank kicks off its monetary policy meeting this week. 0:00 / 5:21
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SARB MPC meeting kicks off this week

2016-11-20
The South Africa Reserve Bank kicks off its monetary policy meeting this week. Thando Vokwana, Fixed Income Specialist at RMB joins CNBC Africa to preview what the SARB will likely do.
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Commodities corners

2016-11-17
Commodities outlook.
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Local and global currencies

2016-11-17
A look at the local and global currencies with Alan Chown, Head of Inflation Desk at Rand Merchant Bank
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Commodities market outlook

2016-11-16
Ebrahim Patel, Commodities Specialist, RMB joins CNBC Africa for an update of how commodity markets faired this week.
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Despite EA's positive outlook, investors remain wary

2016-11-16
Foreign investment into East Africa's capital markets has remained weaker than expected as investors' flight to safety persists.
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Futuregrowth sponsored slot

2016-11-15
A look at the bond market report with Thando Vokwana from RMB.
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Local and global currencies

2016-11-14
A look at the local and global currencies with John Cairns, Currency Strategist at RMB
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Continue - Trump victory impact on Africa

2016-11-10
A panel discussion on the impact of Donald Trump's victory on the African continent.
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Coking Coal Capacity Problem

2016-11-08
China's state officials attempt to cut coal production amid efforts to "normalize" prices. How sustainable is this coal price rally? Chris Kairinos, Rand Merchant Bank
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Local and global markets

2016-11-03
A look at the local and global currencies with Andre Eerenstein, Interest Rate Derivative Specialist at RMB
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Zimbabwe bond notes: Is this the return of a currency?

2016-11-03
This week Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe approved the introduction of bond notes as the new payment for transactions. But many fear this could be a return to a domestic currency abandoned in 2009 as hyperinflation crippled the economy.
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East Africa market review

2016-11-02
Kenya's treasury has made clear intentions to focus on the local market to curb offshore borrowing; this comes on the heels of renewed fears around the debt to GDP ratio which is currently under control but reaching levels of concern for World Bank.
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Will CBN's intervention in forex market protect the naira?

2016-11-02
The Central Bank of Nigeria's aggressive intervention in the foreign exchange market is in a bid to forestall steeper decline in the naira, but are analysts convinced?
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Rand strengthens against US dollar

2016-11-02
The market reacted this afternoon, the rand has gained 1.7% percent. The strengthening currency follows the latest developments in the state capture report court case.
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Sub-Saharan fixed income landscape

2016-11-02
A look at the Sub-Saharan fixed income landscape with Roy Daniels, Head of Africa Trading at Rand Merchant Bank.
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Local and global currencies

2016-10-27
A look at the local and global currencies with Jan Sluis-Cremer, Foreign Exchange & Money Market Sales at RMB
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Focus on commodities

2016-10-27
Commodities Corner with special emphasis on gold and oil.
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Commodities: Oil and gold focus

2016-10-27
CNBC Africa looks at what's moving in the commodities market and focus on gold and oil, where there has been quite a bit of volatility; joined by Donovan Braam, Commodities Trader at Rand Merchant Bank.
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Local and global currencies

2016-10-24
A look at the local and global currencies with Andre Eerenstein, Interest Rate Derivatives Specialist at Rand Merchant Bank
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Oil prices pull back as investors cash in on gains

2016-10-20
Brent crude oil dipped slightly in US trade last night as investors cashed in profits. This followed strong gains the previous day. Market sentiment towards the oil price, however, remains positive on expectations OPEC will cut production.
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CNBC Africa

2016-10-20
A look at commodity performance this week
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Local and global currencies

2016-10-20
A look at the local and global currencies with Alan Chown, Head of Inflation Desk at RMB
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China's rising role in Africa, amid global slowdown

2016-10-19
China's GDP has maintained a steady rate of 6.7 per cent for the third quarter in a row, despite earlier projections that it would slow down to 6.6 per cent towards the end of the year, and 6.5 per cent in 2017.
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Project Athena RMB takes practical steps to end gender inequality

2016-10-18
Liesl Bebb McKay from Rand Merchant Bank talks about their Project Athena, which aims to promote gender equality in the workplace.
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Local and global currencies

2016-10-17
A look at the local and global currencies with Jan Sluis-Cremer, Foreign Exchange and Money Market sales at RMB
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Commodity corner

2016-10-13
A look at commodity update.
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Local and global currencies

2016-10-13
A look at the local and global currencies with Gordon Kerr, Fixed Income Specialist at RMB
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Reviewing Tanzania's banking sector

2016-10-12
Tanzania is emerging as a leader in providing an enabling environment for financial inclusion, according to a 2016 economic outlook report by audit firm, Deloitte East Africa.
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Focus on Minister Gordhan issued with summons

2016-10-11
Panel discussion on the NPA issuing summons to Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan. Minister Grodhan has responded to the summons that he has received. He has questioned why the Hawks have issued him a summons just 15 days before he delivers his medium term budget.
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A look at the rand at the end of a 5-year bear trend

2016-10-10
Interview with John Cairns, a Currency Strategist at Rand Merchant Bank about the rand on the verge of bucking a five-year losing trend. Cairns analyses the trend behind this.
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Peso Rallies as Market Prices in a Clinton Victory

2016-10-10
John Cairns, strategist at Rand Merchant Bank, examines the Mexican Peso's rally as Donald Trump's fortunes shrink in the U.S. presidential election and explains why he sees the U.S. dollar as "past its best."
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Oil prices rise on U.S. inventory data

2016-10-06
Oil prices in U.S trade climbed more than 2 per cent overnight after the U.S. Energy Information Administration's latest data showed U.S. crude supplies fell by 3 million barrels.
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OPEC agrees to curb oil output in the first deal since 2008

2016-09-29
OPEC yesterday agreed to make modest oil output cuts in the first such deal since 2008. The group reached consensus to manage the market and propose to reduce output to a range of 32.5-33.0 million barrels per day.
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East African market roundup

2016-09-28
Relative stability in the East African markets continue to attract the yield seekers as well as a return for yield in emerging markets, most of sub-Saharan economies continue to issue attractive government paper.
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Chinese retail is mushrooming in cities across Africa

2016-09-23
Chinese retail is mushrooming in cities across the continent including Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi and this means increased competition in the retail space with China Malls shaking up the market.
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Oil prices gain slightly

2016-09-22
Oil prices showed some gains of around 1 per cent in yesterday's trading session. The prices went up after the Information Administration reported a 6.2 million-barrel drop in crude oil inventories.
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Looking at Rand Merchant Bank campaign with partnership with RowSA

2016-09-18
With the Paralympics in full swing, looking at a new campaign for Rand Merchant Bank in partnership with RowSA. A series of television commercials sets out to differentiate itself from its competitors through what is termed as 'collaborative thinking', and its showcased through the rowing analogy.
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Oil prices drop 3% as investors retreat from overnight gains

2016-09-15
Oil prices fell by 3 per cent in overnight trade after data released by the Energy Information Administration showed that crude oil supplies grew by six million barrels last week ended bringing the total supply to near record highs of 1.4 billion.
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Kenya's hosting of Tokyo conference bolsters EA's influence

2016-09-14
Following Kenya hosting the inaugural Tokyo Investment Conference on African soil, focus has been geared towards the significance of choosing Nairobi as the venue for the historic conference.
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Investment opportunities in Africa

2016-09-13
Investment opportunities in Africa
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Africa feature: RMB's sixth Where to Invest in Africa report

2016-09-12
Take a listen to our Africa Analyst, Celeste Fauconnier, talking about the release of RMB Global Markets' sixth edition of Where to Invest in Africa. For more information on the document, please email research@rmb.co.za.
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Oil prices waver on OPEC uncertainty

2016-09-09
Crude oil prices have risen 10.3 per cent in the past four sessions. But the price is yet to break out of the 40 to 50 U.S dollar range as uncertainty over whether the world's major oil producers will curb output when they meet later this month.
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Tanzania's economic growth affected by high debt margins

2016-09-07
Tanzania's economy grew by to 5.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2016 in comparison to 5.7 per cent the previous year.
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Where to Invest in Africa - Fine Business Radio interview

2016-09-06
Take a listen to our Africa Analyst, Neville Mandimika, talking to Lindsay Williams on Fine Business Radio about the release of RMB Global Markets' sixth edition of Where to Invest in Africa. For more information on the document.
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Gold hits two-month low, but projected to rebound

2016-09-01
Oil prices gained in early Asian trade on a weaker U.S. dollar after falling around 3 per cent earlier this week. Meanwhile, gold has fallen to a two-month low but according to reports, a rebound can be expected.
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Lending rates capping law to affect commercial bank profits

2016-08-31
Kenyan commercial banks collectively posted a 5.6 per cent rise in HY 2016 pre-tax profits to 801.8 million dollars, which was boosted by investment in government treasuries and high lending rates.
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Intrigues of Zambia's elections

2016-08-18
Edgar Lungu secured 50.35 per cent of votes in Zambia's elections to be re-elected as the President.
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Oil prices dip on prospect of record Saudi output

2016-08-18
Oil prices fell in earlier trading as the prospect of record Saudi output put some pressure on markets. Meanwhile, gold prices reduced some losses yesterday.
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Tracking East African market movements

2016-08-17
Kenya Bankers Association have asked the President to hold off signing the banking amendment bill and offered some counter measures to ease the lending rate.
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Zambia elections: What is at stake?

2016-08-11
Zambia is holding its presidential and parliamentary elections today, making the future of the country uncertain.
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Ethiopia's $13bn 2016/17 budget

2016-08-10
The government of Ethiopia is set to spend 13 billion dollars in the 2016/17 financial year in a bid to stimulate economic growth.
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Oil prices plunges on Wednesday

2016-07-28
Oil prices plunged on Wednesday as the Energy Information Administration surprised traders again, raising the possibility that the oil markets are not as close to "balance" as once thought. Ebrahim Patel, Commodities Specialist, RMB joins CNBC Africa
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Nigeria's stock market maintains bearish stance

2016-07-27
The 200 basis point hike of the monetary policy rate by the Central Bank of Nigeria continued to unnerve the fixed income markets as sentiments maintained a bearish stance.
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Naira falls to record low

2016-07-22
The naira fell to an all-time low, crossing the 300 naira mark to the dollar for the first time. A total of 7.1 million dollars in trades were made as low as 330.5 naira to the greenback in off-market trades on Thursday.
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SARB forecast zero growth for S.A economy in 2016

2016-07-21
The South African Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Committee forecast yesterday that South Africa will grow by zero percent in 2016. Is this the end of South Africa's interest rate hike or is it up to the Rand?
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Oil prices gain in yesterday's trade

2016-07-21
Oil prices gained by 1 per cent in yesterday's trade, slightly lifting the price from recent lows; Ettienne van Wyk, Commodities Specialist joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Nigeria's June inflation rises to 16.5%

2016-07-18
Nigeria's inflation figures for the month of June rose to 16.5 per cent from 15.6 per cent recorded in May, that's according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Ronak Gopaldas, Head of Country Risk at RMB joins CNBC Africa for more
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How to find high returns investments

2016-07-14
People tend to save more in an economic downturn owing to uncertainty about the future of the economy. But what investment secrets should investors know so as to get the best returns on investments?
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Oil prices drop in early trade Wednesday

2016-07-14
Oil prices fell more than 3 per cent in yesterday's trade, extending some of the losses seen following Brexit. Chris Kairinos, Commodities Trader, RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Gold rush continues as oil prices are under pressure?

2016-07-07
The Brexit aftermath has left Gold as a safe-haven asset but what is the outlook on oil? Donovan Braam, Commodities Trader, RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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East Africa market focus

2016-07-06
Uganda has applied for a new power exporting license to export surplus energy. Meanwhile, Kenya is set to attract foreign direct investments with a stable currency.
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Repositioning Africa's giants for growth

2016-06-29
These are tough times for Nigeria and South Africa. While Africa's largest economy, Nigeria is on the brink of a recession, South Africa narrowly escaped a ratings downgrade by Standard and Poor's.
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What Brexit means for West Africa

2016-06-24
The Brexit vote has unleashed a new wave of uncertainty and volatility across global markets.
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Implications on S.A's manufacturing sector following Brexit

2016-06-24
What are the implications on South Africa's manufacturing sector following the historic decision that Britons made to leave the EU. Philippa Rodseth, Executive Director of Manufacturing Circle joins CNBC Africa for more.
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What the EU referendum means for emerging markets

2016-06-23
The United Kingdom is voting on a historic referendum today on whether to remain in the European Union, a decision that will have global repercussions.
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A new era for the oil markets?

2016-06-23
Ebrahim Patel, Commodities Specialist, RMB joins CNBC Africa to talk about the commodities complex and how the commodities space might be impacted by the looming Brexit.
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S.A CPI, interest rates & impact of Brexit

2016-06-22
South Africa's Consumer price Inflation slowed more than expected in May. According to Stats SA, inflation rate dropped to 6.1 per cent from 6.2 per cent month on month.
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Explaining Brexit impact on East African markets

2016-06-22
Britain citizens go to the referendum tomorrow on whether to leave or remain in the European Union.
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Nigeria's investors trade cautiously

2016-06-13
Investors in the fixed income market continue to trade cautiously, favouring shorter term instruments.
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Oil hits eight-month highs on supply worries, Chinese demand

2016-06-09
One commodity that is staging a surprising comeback is Brent crude; oil prices rose for a third day to their highest in about eight months on in yesterday's trading session.
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EAC member states' budgets focus on infrastructure, energy sectors

2016-06-08
East African Community Member states are this afternoon announcing the respective 2016/17 budgets and so far there is a huge inclination towards financing infrastructure in agriculture, energy and transport sectors.
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Analysing S.A's Q2 business confidence index

2016-06-07
Joining CNBC Africa to take a look at RMB/BER Business Confidence Index for the second quarter of 2016 is Ettienne le Roux, Chief Economist at RMB.
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Will OPEC meeting move oil price?

2016-06-02
With an OPEC meeting expected to commence later today, analysts are closely watching the price to see if the price will continue to just hover around the 50 U.S dollar per barrel mark or if the outcomes of today's meeting will change that.
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Tracking East African market movements

2016-06-01
While the Kenyan shilling remained stable today, there is concern on how much longer we should continue to see an upward curve.
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Oil nears seven-month high – will it break $50?

2016-05-26
Oil prices rose towards 50 U.S dollars a barrel in late trade yesterday. These levels have not been reached in seven months. The question that now remains is: Is this trend set to continue?
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Ethiopia emerges as the next Central East African trade hub

2016-05-25
Ethiopia has received significant investor interest from regional and emerging markets with the country registering double digit growth and implementing sound policies.
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Bullish sentiments in Nigeria's fixed income market

2016-05-24
The fixed income market opened the week on a bullish note as market participants speculate a more dovish stance from the MPC meeting following worse than expected GDP figures.
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MPC decision, retail sales growth, inflation, unemployment & more

2016-05-19
South Africa's unemployment stands at a staggering 26 per cent and the Rand levels continues to fluctuate due to political reasons. Inflation is already above the targeted band of 3 and 6 per cent. Was the decision to leave rates the right one?
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Goldman Sachs upgrades commodity outlook

2016-05-19
Goldman Sachs has upgraded its outlook for commodities for the next three months because of disruptions to oil supply, while staying bearish on industrial metals and gold.
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E.A's financial sector sees robust growth

2016-05-11
The East African region has registered favourable economic growth in the past few years, facilitating the emergence and growth of robust financial sectors.
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Saudi's oil minister exits: Does this signal new era for oil markets?

2016-05-09
The Saudi Arabian minister has exited his position as the country's oil minister. Does this signal a new era for oil in the region and globally? For more Ebrahim Patel, Commodities Specialist, RMB joins CNBC Africa.
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Key macroeconomic challenges for Anglophone West Africa

2016-05-04
To review the key macroeconomic challenges faced by Anglophone West Africa's two biggest economies my guests are Oluwakemi Akinde, Chief Economic Officer at Meristem Securities and Ayalenesh Tafesse, Country Risk Analyst at RMB.
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Crude bulls running out of steam - Analysts

2016-04-28
Brent Crude highs on the back of strong investor sentiment and a weak dollar, although analysts warned this month's bull-run could soon run out of steam. Chris Kairinos, Commodity Trader, RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Competition Amendment Act cracks down on cartel conduct

2016-04-22
CNBC Africa is joined by Shawn van der Meulen, ?Partner at Webber Wentzel for more.
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Nigeria's bond market closed on a positive note

2016-04-22
Trading in the treasury bills market maintained a mixed pattern in yesterday's session while the bond market turned positive before the close of trading. Tosin Osunkoya, Head of Trading at Rand Merchant Bank, Nigeria joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Rand holds steady after March CPI data

2016-04-20
CPI inflation dropped back to 6.3 per cent y/y in March, from 7 per cent in February, as the petrol price fell 69c/litre on the month. However, an 88c/litre petrol price hike occurred in April and a 13c/litre hike in the petrol price.
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E.A tea exports to rise 6-fold as Iran sanctions are lifted

2016-04-20
Tea exports from East Africa are expected to rise by almost six times following lifting of sanctions against Iran by western countries early 2016.
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Will OPEC Doha meeting deliver oil deal?

2016-04-14
All eyes are firmly set on the OPEC meeting taking place this Sunday in Doha and of course at the top of the agenda is setting an oil production freeze.
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Tanzania proposes to increase 2016-17 budget spending

2016-04-13
The government of Tanzania has proposed a 31 per cent increase in its 2016-17 financial year budget, outlining infrastructure and industrial projects as the main beneficiaries in funding allocation.
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What is driving political tensions in Mozambique?

2016-04-08
Mozambique, once a rising star in Africa has now succumbed to political tensions and increasing violence.
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Oil near one month low as demand falls in U.S

2016-04-06
Oil traded near one-month lows yesterday after a decline in demands in the U.S, the world's largest oil consumer. The oil price also fell because of looming doubts on whether oil producers will agree an output freeze to improve the supply glut.
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Is Tanzania East Africa's next hot spot for investors?

2016-03-31
Investors are pondering the East African market which is struggling with liquidity concerns and cash flow. This has shifted the focus to Tanzania that seems to be gaining economic stability under the new president.
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Oil prices rebound: Here is why

2016-03-31
After staging a 50 per cent rally between February and March, oil prices have bounced around, moving up or down depending on the news cycle of the day. Chris Kairinos, Commodities Trader at RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Analysis of S.A's week of 'Guptacracy', Moody's and MPC

2016-03-17
When it rains it pours and the torrent has been felt this week more than ever before in South Africa. From the Hawks questionnaire, the political fracas with the Gupta family's alleged capture of the state to 25BPS rate hike by the SARB and Moody's.
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Trends shaping commodities trading

2016-03-17
U.S. oil prices closed in the last trading session; this extended previous gains after the Federal Reserve left its rates unchanged.
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Insight into Barclays' Africa exit plan

2016-03-16
The February announcement by Barclays Plc to exit Africa in the next three years surprised the market, but more than two weeks later, it's still unclear how the process will be carried out and its impact to the continent's financial sector.
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'The commodity rally is not sustainable' - Goldman Sachs

2016-03-10
Gold, iron ore and oil prices are seeing a rebound at the moment, and some analysts believe commodity prices have turned around. However Goldman Sachs has issued a warning on the current surge in commodities arguing that it is "not sustainable."
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Understanding East Africa's fiscal risks

2016-03-09
Macroeconomic variables have predisposed East African economies to fiscal risk, among them currency depreciations, contingent requirement on the banking systems as well as government policies.
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Evaluating Nigeria's risk status

2016-03-09
With the slowdown in Nigeria's economic growth in the last quarter of 2015 and the recent move by Moody's to review the country's Ba3 rating for downgrade, how will this impact investments into Nigeria?
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RMB\BER Q1 Business Confidence Index unchanged; business highly pessimistic

2016-03-09
The JSE's All Share Index was slightly down on news that the first quarter for 2016 RMB/BER business confidence index remained unchanged at 36.
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Nigeria's forex controls hurt S.A businesses

2016-03-09
South Africa's President, Jacob Zuma will begin a two-day visit to Nigeria today.
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Oil price joins risk-on, gold attracts flows

2016-03-02
Overall, the market still waits to see if oil could rally back to 35 US dollar level and investors still see gold as a safe haven. Joining CNBC Africa to look at the commodity sector is Chris Kairinos, a Trader at Rand Merchant Bank.
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Kenya outperforming other East African economies in 2016

2016-03-02
Kenya continues to portray a more positive macro-economic environment so far into 2016 amid tightening of global liquidity, compared to the rest of East Africa.
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What is the Singularity University (Talk Radio 702)

2016-03-01
Singularity University, a benefit corporation whose mission is to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity's greatest challenges, recently announced a new partnership with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, to launch the SingularityU South Africa GIC.
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Behind the rand's afternoon plunge

2016-02-26
The rand started Friday at 15.60 to the dollar; just before 5pm CAT it broke through 16 to the dollar.
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Saudi Arabia rejects oil cut, prices swoon

2016-02-26
Earlier this week Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali-Al-Naimi rejected an oil production cut to curb the current global oil supply glut. The news was a blow to the oil markets and sent the oil price to previous lows.
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Ugandan elections marred by chaos and fraud claims

2016-02-24
Out of 10.3 million voters who participated in the Ugandan presidential polls, 5.9 million people voted for Yoweri Museveni giving him a 60.6 per cent lead.
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Exploring options for Nigeria's central bank to halt currency slide

2016-02-19
Over the last week, the naira has lost 15 per cent of its value in the parallel market, sliding to N385 to the dollar on Friday. The sharp decline reflects a growing shortage of US dollars to fund imports and other needs in Africa's largest economy.
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SA's January CPI rises to 6.2% year on year

2016-02-17
The monthly and annual increase in inflation during January was slightly higher than expected at 6.2 per cent year on year. Food prices, in particular, rose fairly significantly during the month.
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East Africa aims to improve competiveness

2016-02-03
East Africa is making significant progress in economic integration, as it focuses on trade and transport to improve the region's competitiveness and progress.
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Rand strengthens after repo rate hike - Repeat (Business Day)

2016-01-29
Conversation with Andre Eerenstein about the rand's reaction after the SARB made an announcement to hike interest rates.
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Is South Africa's Reserve Bank meeting its inflation targeting mandate?

2016-01-28
Is the South Africa's Reserve Bank meeting its inflation targeting mandate?
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World Bank anticipates oil price to average $37/ barrel this year

2016-01-28
Earlier this week the World Bank lowered its 2016 price forecast for 80 per cent of the globe's major commodities, including oil.
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Examining the risks & outlook for Tanzania in 2016

2016-01-27
The Central Bank of Tanzania has projected that the country's economy will expand by 7 per cent this fiscal year and maintain a stable growth rate there-after on the back of a strengthening manufacturing sector.
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Addressing the plummeting rand

2016-01-25
CNBC Africa is joined by a group of experts for an in-depth discussion about the weak rand and the state of the South African economy.
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Investing in Africa is not a charity call - S.A Minister Patel

2016-01-21
Ebrahim Patel, South African Minister of Economic Development, speaking on behalf of team South Africa called on investors across the world to invest in South Africa and the African continent.
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How low can the oil price go?

2016-01-21
Brent crude is sitting well below 30 US dollars a barrel for the first time in more than ten years and expectations are that it could drop even lower. Donovan Braam, Commodities Trader, RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Kenya's 2016 foreign direct investment outlook

2016-01-20
In the last few years Kenya's foreign direct investment has been on a steady climb.
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Insight into the sovereign bond market

2016-01-19
It seems as if 2016 is South Africa's year of breaking records in markets.
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Brent plunge below $30 a barrel first time in 10 years

2016-01-13
Brent crude dipped below 30 US dollars a barrel Wednesday for the first time in more than 10 years, a day after the U.S. benchmark took a similar fall, meanwhile gold saw better says as it turned higher on Wednesday as the dollar weakened.
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Africa's best and worst currencies in 2015

2016-01-07
CNBC Africa is joined by Jan Sluis-Cremer, Foreign Exchange and Money Market Sales, RMB, to talk about Africa's best and worst currencies in 2015 and what this means for these economies in 2016.
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Oil prices at multi-year lows after Fed hike

2015-12-17
Oil prices are sitting at multi-year lows on the back of an interest rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve as well as higher crude oil stock-pile data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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Moodys to monitor implications of removal of finance minister

2015-12-11
Moody's, ratings agency says that it will closely monitor any potential policy implications of President Jacob Zuma's decision to remove Nhlanhla Nene as the country's finance minister.
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Crude oil holds to 7 -year lows

2015-12-10
Crude oil prices closed lower yesterday after extending their slide to near seven-year lows. Brent futures were down 39 cents to 39.72 US dollar per barrel. Ettienne van Wyk, Commodities Specialist at RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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SA November CPI edges up, rand retreats

2015-12-09
Headline consumer inflation rose 4.8 per cent year-on-year in November, compared with 4.7 per cent in October and largely in-line with expectations but we saw the Rand retreat a bit after the data came out.
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China-Africa summit, who benefits more?

2015-12-09
The just concluded Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) presented many opportunities for most African countries, including the East African region which benefited from a US$1.5 billion fund for the extension of the Standard Gauge Railway.
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OPEC meeting expectations

2015-12-02
The OPEC meeting is expected to take place this Friday and there are thoughts that Saudi Arabia could decide to start supporting oil prices and it's believed that OPEC will not lower their production cap.
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Ethiopia's growth outlook

2015-12-02
The International Monetary fund ranks Ethiopia as one of the fastest growing economies in the world with foreign investors seeking investment opportunities in country.
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Nigerian markets maintain bearish sentiments

2015-12-01
Trading in the treasury bills market was relatively quiet with a bearish bias across the mid-long dated maturities. Similarly the sentiment in the bond market was broadly bearish as profit taking persisted at week open.
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S.A's business confidence continues downward trend

2015-11-26
Following the fall of business confidence from 43 to 38 in the third quarter, the RMB/BER Business Confidence Index (BCI) showed another dip to 36 in the final quarter of 2015.
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Trends in the commodities space

2015-11-26
U.S. crude prices scraped out its previous gains yesterday, despite supportive geopolitical tensions in the previous session fading and focus returning to the global oil glut. Donovan Braam, Commodities Trader AT RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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SARB hikes repo rate by 25bps to 6.25%

2015-11-19
Ettienne Le Roux, Chief Economist at RMB joins CNBC Africa to analyse the repo rate increase by the South African Reserve Bank of 25bps.
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How S.A's rate hike impacts your home loan payments

2015-11-19
Joining CNBC Africa to discuss the impact of the South African rate hike on housing is John Loos, Household and Property Sector Strategist at FNB Home Loans.
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Understanding the rice trade in East African

2015-11-19
According to the Food Security and Nutrition Working Group, rice accounts for 9 per cent of cross border trade in Eastern Africa.
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Impact of forex policies on Nigeria's capital market

2015-11-16
Nine members of the World Trade Organisation raised concerns about the trade-related impact of Nigeria's foreign exchange policies last week.
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RMB Kruger Rands Custodial Certificate

2015-11-16
RMB has come up with a new scheme called a Kruger Rands Custodial Certificate, the certificate gives the investor direct ownership of a numbered Kruger Rand in a secured vault fully insured with all the liquidity of an exchanged traded instrument.
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Coming up on the show

2015-11-16
BMW, Old Mutual, RMB, Gateways Business Consultants, Know What You Don't Know: How Great Leaders Prevent Problems Before They Happen, Pam Golding Properties
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Movements in the commodities space

2015-11-04
A focus on the trends in the commodities space, Donovan Braam, a commodities trader at RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Kenyan banks respond to Imperial Bank's receivership

2015-11-04
The Central Bank of Kenya recently swung into action to put Imperial Bank under receivership following possible "malpractice" at the bank.
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Index trackers sell Nigerian bonds delisted from JP Morgan

2015-11-02
Index trackers are thought to have completed the sale of the government bonds in the JP Emerging Market Bond Index. Traders however said that the selloff was absorbed by local investors including banks and pension funds.
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Africa's commodity curse could be a boon

2015-10-29
According to Quartz, "the recent downturn in Africa's commodities markets might seem to signal dark times for the continent's emerging economies".
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Kenyan banks brace for tough times

2015-10-28
Kenyan banks could be set for a bumpy ride as high interest rates of 24 to 27 per cent are expected to slow down borrowing, reduce margins and increase the risk of default.
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Outlook on the Nigerian fixed income markets

2015-10-26
As the second phase of Nigeria's exclusion from the JP Morgan Government Bond Index draws nearer.
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A light at the end of the commodities tunnel?

2015-10-23
Resources held steady yesterday - could this be a positive sign for commodities players? Chris Kairinos, Commodities Trader at RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Too soon to say commodities are bouncing back?

2015-10-15
As oil and metal prices were seen to bounce back last week, is now the time to invest in commodities? Ebrahim Patel, Commodities Specialist at Rand Merchant Bank joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Trading blocs key to infrastructure development in East Africa

2015-10-14
New trends suggest trading blocs hold the greatest potential for infrastructure development in the east African region.
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Rand firms after weaker US retail sales (Business Day TV)

2015-10-14
Jan Sluis-Cremer from RMB discusses the rand's sharp slide yesterday after China's trade data disappointed the market and the effect and SABMiller takeover will have on the currency
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Ghana launches 15- year $1bn Eurobond

2015-10-08
Ghana's Finance Minister Seth Terkper has announced the launch of the country's 1 billion US dollars 15-year Eurobond.
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What's behind the big commodities bounce?

2015-10-08
A closer look at what is behind the big bounce in commodities. Ettienne van Wyk Commodities Specialist at RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Challenges faced by informal traders in East Africa

2015-10-07
A significant portion of cross-border trade within the East African region happens informally, with women being the dominant participants.
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Zambia's economic outlook

2015-10-02
CNBC Africa is joined by Ronak Gopaldas, Head of Country Risk at RMB, to look at what is causing the current economic stress and currency blowout in Zambia.
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Commodities pull back

2015-10-02
Commodities retreated as investors continued to question the depths of China's slowdown and the timing of an interest rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve. Donovan Braam, Commodities Trader at RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Investing in Africa (Classic FM)

2015-09-21
Conversation with Celeste Fauconnier, Africa Analyst at RMB and Co-Author of RMBs '5th Annual Where to invest' report, discussing the content. (Int:) Celeste Fauconnier, Africa Analyst and Co-Author: RMB/RMB '5th Annual Where to invest'
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RMB Where to Invest in Africa Report focus (SAFM)

2015-09-21
South Africa continues to hold it's own as the most attractive investment destination in Africa, despite a continued reduction of the score due to a slightly weaker business environment and a faltering growth outlook.
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End in sight for commodities crunch?

2015-09-18
As the commodities crunch continues, China's woes are being blamed for crude's spill to the mid-40 US dollars per barrel price level from around 60 Us dollars three months ago. Chris Kairinos, Commodities Trader at RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Nigeria enforces policy to consolidate revenue in single account

2015-09-14
Dealers expect rates to inch up this week as the government enforces its policy to consolidate revenue in a single account with the central bank.
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Behind East Africa's currency crisis

2015-09-09
RMB's Roy Daniels delves into what is behind the East African regions' currency selloff.
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SA's business confidence continues to decline

2015-09-09
After falling by six points in the second quarter, the RMB/BER Business Confidence Index (BCI) fell by a further five to 38 in the third quarter of 2015.
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Gold added to overnight losses

2015-09-03
Gold added to overnight losses, hurt by a stronger dollar and as investors await a key U.S jobs report to gauge the timing of a Federal Reserve rate hike. Meanwhile Rio Tinto predicted global iron ore demand will grow by 2 per cent a year by 2030.
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Trade wars brewing in East Africa

2015-09-02
Tanzania will lose its market in Rwanda and Uganda if small scale rice farmers continue to export a mixture of Asian and Tanzanian rice.
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End in sight for commodities bust?

2015-08-27
Oil prices have reached a near six-year low, copper futures are down 20 per cent year-to-date as panic has clutched the commodities market, based on fears of a sharp slowdown in China.
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A focus on west African economies

2015-08-24
According to Ghana's president, John Mahama, the country needs to grow by at least 8 per cent in order to create jobs. Meanwhile, the IMF expects Cote d'Ivoire's economy to expand by 7.9 per cent this year.
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Rand remains weaker after hitting

2015-08-24
RMB Currency Strategist John Cairns discusses the rand's slump beyond R14 to the US dollar and what this spells for the local econom
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Market correction or crisis?

2015-08-21
With the S&P falling below 2 000, Dow plunging 300 points, JSE dropping 1.47 per cent, Dax down 7.83 per cent since Monday as growth concerns weigh, are we seeing a market correction or crisis?
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S. Africa's consumer price index expected to rise

2015-08-19
South Africa's headline consumer inflation quickened as expected to 5 per cent Y/Y in July, compared with 4.7 per cent in June, this figure was up 0.3 per cent from June's 4.7 per cent .
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Kenyan banks record slowest growth in six years

2015-08-19
At the height of the earnings season in Kenya profits for banks in grew by 8.3 per cent the slowest rate in six years.
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How do offshore investors feel about CBN's policies?

2015-08-13
Reactions to the Central Bank of Nigeria's policy to restrict foreign exchange access to importers of 41 items have been mixed.
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Yuan effect spells trouble for commodities

2015-08-13
China's devaluation of the Yuan has caused a damaging effect to global markets over the past three days and the commodities space was not left untouched. Ebrahim Patel, Commodities Specialist at RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Rwanda 9th most attractive investment destination in Africa

2015-08-11
In its 2014/2015 report, South Africa-based Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) ranked Rwanda as the 9th most attractive investment destination in Africa.
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Selling pressure on Nigeria's treasury bills continues

2015-08-05
Selling pressure on treasury bills continued today while the Naira weakened to N230 to the US dollar on the parallel market.
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Development of renewable energy in EA

2015-07-30
Investors and key industry players are slowly shifting their attention to development of cleaner energy for the continent.
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Growing interest in renewable energy in E. Africa

2015-07-29
Investors and key industry players are slowly shifting their attention to development of cleaner energy for the continent.
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Reviewing the Ghanaian economy

2015-07-28
The government of Ghana recently revised its budget deficit target to 7.3 percent of GDP from 6.5 percent, while trimming the economic growth estimate to 3.5 percent.
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Nigeria's foreign debt up 10%

2015-07-27
Nigeria's debt management office says the country's foreign debt stood at 10.3 billion dollars in the first six months of the year, up 10 percent from the same period last year.
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SARB raises repo by 25 BPS

2015-07-23
Ettienne Le Roux, Chief Economist, RMB joins CNBC Africa to talk about the consumer price index and Monetary Policy Committee.
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Africa's Eurobonds rush hits hurdles

2015-07-22
There has been an increase in borrowing in sub-Saharan African countries.
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How to boost intra-Africa trade

2015-07-15
Multilateral developmental organisation and insurers are working to open up credit availability on the continent at a time where there is increased cross border intra-Africa trade.
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Greece: Fixed income market reaction

2015-07-14
For a look at Greece particularly the reaction of the fixed income markets, CNBC Africa is joined by Alexa Nicolau, fixed income specialist, RMB for more.
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Commodities plunge on fears of China cutback

2015-07-09
Prices for a raft of commodities sank to multi-year lows this week as falling stock markets in the world's largest consumer sap confidence. China's failure to stem the slide in its domestic equity markets has intensified fears about economic growth.
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East African currencies continue to struggle against hard currencies

2015-07-08
East African currencies continue to tumble against world majors in a seemingly helpless situation.
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BRICS nations agree to create $100bn forex pool

2015-07-08
The seventh annual BRICS summit is underway in Ufa Russia. On Tuesday delegates from the five member group of nations met in Moscow, where it was announced a 100 billion dollar pool of foreign-exchange reserves would be set up.
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CBN: Nigeria's economic fundamentals remain strong

2015-07-07
The Central Bank of Nigeria says the country's economic fundamentals remain strong even in the face of declining oil prices.
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The importance of China to Africa's growth

2015-06-24
China has been in recent years the most important trading partner for emerging markets in Africa, however this trend is facing a slowdown, how big a deal is this.
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Nigeria central bank aims to conserve foreign reserves

2015-06-24
The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday says it wants to curb access to the interbank currency market for the purchase of Eurobonds, foreign currency bonds and shares, as well as another 39 items.
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Tracking S.Africa's commodities market

2015-06-18
Ettienne van Wyk, commodities specialist at RMB joins CNBC Africa to look at the moves in the commodities market.
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Taming Kenya's inflation & currency

2015-06-17
East Africa has been subjected to a vicious episode of currency volatility on account of a strong dollar and poor trade balance resulting in an upward adjustment of key lending rates for Kenya and Uganda.
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Exploring the impact of US rate decision on Nigeria's markets

2015-06-15
Markets across the globe are bracing up for expected volatility in anticipation of the US Federal Reserve interest rate decision on Wednesday.
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Iron ore rally to be short lived: Goldman Sachs

2015-06-11
Iron ore prices rallied in April, according to Goldman Sachs, the rally that offered relief to the smaller producers will be short lived.
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Iron ore rally to be short lived: Goldman Sachs

2015-06-11
Iron ore prices rallied in April, according to Goldman Sachs, the rally that offered relief to the smaller producers will be short lived.
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Innovation & technology continues to drive E.Africa's banking sector

2015-06-10
Trade finance in the east African space has continued to thrive on the back of innovation, from the marriage between Telcos and banking to the introduction of supply chain financing.
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Insight into RMB's Business Confidence Index

2015-06-10
RMB chief economist, Ettienne Le Roux joins CNBC Africa to shed more insight on their just released Business Confidence Index and the rand volatility.
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OPEC to keep output unchanged at 5 June meeting

2015-06-02
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries or OPEC will meet this Friday this as the global oil market appears to be in good shape with prices firming up from the current levels.
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Power Breakfast Metro FMB

2015-05-28
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Tanzania's 2015 banking sector outlook

2015-05-27
Recently CNBC Africa reported of a Dar es Salaam Bank acquiring Oriental Bank in Kenya, today we put a spotlight on Tanzania's banking sector, to dissect this is Mkhululi Ncube from RMB.
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Impact of Nigerian MPC on liquidity

2015-05-25
Debates continue on the impact the CRR policy will have on system liquidity given the muted reaction seen in last's weeks trading sessions. Money market rates remained at the same level despite the CRR debit from the system.
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Commodities market rebounds on weak dollar

2015-05-14
The commodities market has rebounded due to the rising oil price and slightly weaker dollar - what's next for the sector?
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Ghana hikes policy rate

2015-05-13
The Bank of Ghana raised its main policy rate by 100 basis points to 22.0 percent to offset the risk of inflation.
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Naira, bills & bonds

2015-05-07
Interbank placement rates remained unchanged despite a reduction in system liquidity. T-bills market sentiment was mixed as traders anticipated higher stop rates at the primary market auction.
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The importance of establishing an integrated E.African trade bloc

2015-05-06
For a number of years now the East African nations have endeavoured to establish the East African Community economic bloc, and while not yet fully optimized, it remains vital.
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Africa punches above its weight

2015-05-04
In light of the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight yesterday, we will be having our own regional economic punch-out. CNBC Africas Wole Famurewa represents the West of the continent and in the east is, Bonney Tunya and Tumisho Grater South Africa.
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Commodities rush: dead cat bounce or coming bull run?

2015-04-30
This has been a big week for the resources sector which boost the JSE to record closes. Donovan Braam, commodities trader at RMB joins CNBC Africa for insight on the sector.
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Mobile money revolutionises East Africa's banking sector

2015-04-22
Most banks in the East African region recorded strong balance sheet growth, with bank loans growing at more than 20 per cent across the region, supported by strong domestic and regional macro-economic environment.
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Impact of terror threats on Kenyan economy

2015-04-15
The attack at a Kenyan university two weeks ago continues to cause jitters in the Kenyan economy.
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Nigeria's fx rates spike

2015-04-14
The market continues to react to the Central Banks withdrawal of 75 billion naira from commercial banks, to meet its cash reserve requirement. Interbank placement rates raced north and trading in the T-bills market remained sluggish.
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East African currencies struggle against the dollar

2015-04-01
The East African currencies have continued to take a beating from the greenback. The situation has not been helped by unstable trends in the region's commodity prices.
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S.Africa's MPC post mortem

2015-03-26
South Africa's Reserve Bank left interest rates unchanged at 5.75 percent. That's due to weakening inflation outlook and structural constraints. Ettienne le Roux, chief economist, RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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What is driving international banks' appetite for African assets?

2015-03-25
There has been marked increase in appetite for African assets by international banks.
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Pressure anticipated on naira ahead of the general elections

2015-03-23
The naira opens the week at 199 naira to the US dollar at the interbank market. Many analysts anticipate further pressure on the local currency ahead of the general elections. FX and fixed income space this week.
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Tanzania's 2015 banking sector outlook

2015-03-18
The Tanzanian banking system has remained competitive with financial indicators in East Africa's second largest economy improving, and consistent to the trends seen in the region.
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Tanzania plans to exclude aid from budgeting process

2015-03-11
Tanzania's government plans to exclude aid from budgeting process.
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Naira firms after oil company USD sales

2015-03-05
The naira firmed up to 197.80 to the dollar on Wednesday after oil major Shell sold an undisclosed amount of US dollars. However, liquidity remains constrained by an order driven quotation system where dealers can only make bids or offers.
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Exploring solar power as a viable energy source for S.Africa

2015-03-03
As the first power produced from Medupi power stations feeds into the grid, just over a thousand kilometres from there, another power station is also making its contribution. CNBC Africa's Christine Mhundwa reports
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Exploring the opportunities in Uganda's 2015 economic outlook

2015-02-25
Uganda is anticipated to grow by 6.6 per cent this year and will be analysing its budding oil industry.
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Nigeria's FX reserves hit 3-and-a-half-year low

2015-02-23
The naira's continuing slide has depleted Nigeria's Central Bank's gross reserves to a three and half year low of just 32.4 billion dollars.
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S.Africa's headline CPI slows 4.4 % in January

2015-02-18
S.Africa's January headline consumer inflation slowed to 4.4 percent. Ettienne Le Roux, chief economist, RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Tanzania's 2015 economic outlook

2015-02-11
East Africa's second largest economy has been on an upward trajectory in regards to its economic growth prospect.
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The optimism behind Kenya's economic outlook

2015-02-04
Inflation rate in Kenya averaged 11 per cent from 2005 until 2015, reaching an all-time high of 31.50 per cent in May of 2008 and a record low of 3.18 per cent in October of 2010. The inflation rate in Kenya was recorded at 5.53 per cent.
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Oil & gas sector outlook for East Africa in 2015

2015-01-28
Tumbling global fuel prices have been the subject of conversation all over the world, and while motorists in Nairobi are celebrating the reduced pump prices, the situation is worrisome for oil producing economies.
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Naira weakens in inter-bank & parallel markets

2015-01-26
Nigeria's naira weakened to 188.20 naira against the dollar in the inter-bank market, and to 202.50 naira against the dollar in the parallel market - just 3 weeks before general elections in Africa's largest economy.
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Achieving S.Africa's NDP goals in current economic climate

2015-01-22
CNBC Africa spoke to Ebrahim Patel, South Africa's Minister of Economic Development about whether South Africa could achieve its national development plan against the current global backdrop.
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Unpacking the impact of dropping oil price on the East Africa Community

2015-01-14
With the world keeping a close eye on the dropping oil price, the question we have here is whether this is good for the East Africa Community.
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Insight into the Kenyan economy

2014-12-10
Kenya's inflation continues to ease, the biggest helper being the oil price and the full effect of this is still yet to filter into the market. Maize prices are also following the global trend of lower prices.
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Unpacking E.Africa's economic outlook

2014-12-03
In the investor outlook for Africa, East Africa has been seen as the fastest growing region in Africa, expected to grow in excess of 6 per cent over the next 5 years.
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The Naira depreciates

2014-12-01
The Naira depreciated N1.60kobo at the Interbank segments last week to close at N178.70 against the dollar. Post the MPC meeting, various tenors received improved buying interest at close of trade.
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Looking ahead to the OPEC meeting

2014-11-26
Chris Kairinos joins CNBC to give his predictions on what will happen at the OPEC meeting taking place today.
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Unpacking S.Africa's GDP

2014-11-25
RMB's chief economist, Ettienne le Roux joins CNBC Africa to discuss the country's GDP figures and the RMB BER Business Confidence Index.
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S.Africa interest rates unchanged at 5.75%

2014-11-20
South Africa's Reserve Bank left interest rates unchanged at 5.75 percent, citing the lower trajectory of headline inflation.
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Nigerian FX market update

2014-11-17
The naira closed at 172.55 naira to the greenback at the inter-bank market on Friday. Tosin Osunkoya, head of trading at Rand Merchant Bank, joins CNBC Africa to review the forex and fixed income markets.
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Nigerian Markets update

2014-11-03
After AMCON's 867 billion naira bonds retirement on Friday, analysts say we can expect increased liquidity and a boost in demand for Nigerian local debt.
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Potential for GM foods in addressing Africa's food shortage

2014-10-22
The African Development Bank suggests that on the level of penetration of GM technologies in Africa. African farmers must accept agricultural innovations in order to compete favourably in a global context.
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War Horse brand partnership delivers

2014-10-11
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Insight into S.Africa's new reserve bank governor

2014-10-06
CNBC Africa is joined by a panel of experts who have some insight into the appointment of the new South African Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago.
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Nigeria's banking sector in focus

2014-09-29
The naira remained under pressure last week as demand for the dollar outstripped supply at the interbank market. Week-on-week, the naira shed 65 kobo to close at 163.95 US dollars.
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Where value can be found in the commodity markets

2014-09-25
Joining CNBC Africa to explain where value can be found in the commodity markets is Ebrahim Patel.
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Marcus to steps down as Reserve Bank chief

2014-09-19
No surprises from the South Africa's Reserve Bank today with regards to the interest rate decision - but Marcus did surprise with her decision to step down as chief.
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Spotting investment potential in Africa with RMB

2014-09-11
Rand Merchant Bank's fourth annual, Where to Invest in Africa 2014/15 report shows that not only did the continent's overall investment attractiveness deteriorate, but 22 countries received lower scores than the previous year.
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Angola strives for sustainable & inclusive growth

2014-09-10
According to the IMF, economic growth in Angola is likely slow to 3.9 per cent in 2014 from an estimated 6.8 per cent last year.
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Unpacking Nigeria's fixed income and FX markets

2014-09-08
Marginal dollar inflows from oil companies and offshore investors provided some relief for the naira which closed the week flat at 162 naira to.26 US dollars. Week-on-week, the naira gained 10 kobo at the Interbank.
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Uganda will not jump on sovereign bond bandwagon

2014-09-03
Uganda's central bank governor says the country will not be jumping onto Africa's sovereign bond bandwagon.
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Impact of small business incubation hub on business development

2014-08-29
A small business incubation hub to help develop the Diepsloot Township in north Johannesburg was visited by stakeholders today. The 370 million rand public private partnership project is still under construction.
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India to boost African nations

2014-08-27
India has amended its duty-free market access scheme for African nations to help boost trade between the two regions. India-Africa trade stands at over 70 billion US dollars and is aimed to reach the target of 100 billion US dollars by 2015.
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Update on global currencies

2014-08-25
Joining CNBC Africa to discuss how currencies are trading is John Cairns, currency strategist at RMB.
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Reviewing Nigeria's fixed income markets

2014-08-25
Interbank rates eased to an average of 10.5 per cent last Friday on the back of a surge in liquidity system linked to the disbursal of monthly government allocations.
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S.Africa consumer inflation slows to 6.3%

2014-08-20
South Africa's headline consumer inflation slowed to 6.3 percent year-on-year in July, below market expectations of 6.4 percent. Ettienne le Roux, Chief Economist at RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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The importance of a country's soft infrastructure

2014-08-20
Both hard and soft infrastructure is essential for the progress of a nation. Soft infrastructure is more about institutions that maintain standards of a culture such as health, law enforcement, emergency services and education.
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Insight into RMB's FirstRand Gold Bond

2014-08-19
RMB launched their FirstRand Gold Bond last week which has been denominated in Krugerrands. Ettienne van Wyk, Commodities Specialist at RMB joins CNBC Africa for more insight.
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Effects of geopolitical tensions and data on commodities

2014-08-14
Oil prices have pushed higher as investors shrugged off a surprise increase in US commercial crude-oil stockpiles. old held on to small overnight gains, as sluggish U.S. retail sales data and geopolitical tensions boosted the metal's safe-haven.
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Inspecting the slip in new investments for renewable energy

2014-08-13
Renewable energy continued to build up its share of the global electricity market. New investment in renewable energy excluding large hydro-electric projects slipped 14 per cent last year, but even this disguised one major positive development.
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Diversifying sources of investment aid in Africa

2014-07-23
African countries looking to borrow money on international private markets are increasingly turning to Eurobonds as the instrument of choice.
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S.Africa MPC raises repo rate by 25 basis points

2014-07-18
South Africa's Monetary Policy Committee raised interest rates by 25 basis points to 5.75 percent - balancing concerns about weak economic growth with rising inflation.
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Does S.Africa have competitive advantage in attracting investments into automotive sector?

2014-07-16
Africa is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world. There is further growth anticipated particularly in the transport of goods as intra-regional trade in Africa increased.
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Focus on Zambia & Mozambique economies

2014-07-15
Mozambique has benefited from the development of significant mineral resources and infrastructure investment. Inflationary pressures have abated, supported by a strengthening currency and improved monetary policy.
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UK pumps millions into Tanzanian economy

2014-07-11
Tanzania is a laggard in terms of implementing structural reforms in East Africa and is plagued by weak regulatory institutions, underdeveloped infrastructure and this has eroded its competitiveness. In an attempt to help address business concerns.
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Growth & sophistication of emerging markets

2014-07-09
Africa has gone through a remarkable decade of economic transformation, we often speak of sub Saharan Africa as emerging but in the past 5-7 years some economies have jumped up in sophistication and scale.
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Progress of Kenya's Eurobond

2014-06-23
As investors look back at the recent Eurobond issue in Kenya and how well it did, it's worth mentioning that the strong demand came from the US. In another region, there is talk of an Agri Euro Bond in Zambia.
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S.Africa's May headline consumer inflation accelerates

2014-06-19
South Africa's May headline consumer inflation accelerated more than expected to 6.6 percent year-on-year, this from 6.1 percent in April.
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Comparing Africa's issued Eurobonds

2014-06-18
There is still plenty of demand for Eurobonds, especially for the countries with sounder fiscal policy. The recent Kenyan Eurobond issue attracted eight billion dollars worth of bids. This is the largest ever African issue.
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Ivory Coast's economic revival

2014-06-11
According to analyst's Ivory Coast's prospects are quite good. The economic recovery, through major public works projects, produced an estimated growth of 8.8 per cent in 2013. For more on Ivory Coast's economic revival.
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Indian diaspora in Africa

2014-06-06
Families of Indian origin control some of Africa's largest companies and three of the continent's richest men are Indo-African. The younger generation, however, view themselves as African first and Indian second.
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Prospects of Zambia's economy

2014-06-02
According to most analysts' Zambia's economic prospects remain sound despite the weakening of the Kwacha. The Kwacha has continued to depreciate since the start of the year with the local unit falling to a record low.
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Ghana faces major economic challenges

2014-05-28
Ghana is currently facing major economic challenges after growing at 13.6%in 2011. Amongst other things the country also grapples with fiscal indiscipline as key problem.
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Reviewing fixed income & currency markets

2014-05-26
Yields in the Federal Government Bonds climbed marginally from 11.50% to 12.50% on the back of profit taking and tight liquidity. Tosin Osunkoya, Head of Trading Rand Merchant Bank joins CNBC Africa to review the fixed income and currency markets.
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S.African Reserve Bank keeps interest rates unchanged

2014-05-23
The South African Reserve Bank has kept interest rates unchanged at 5.5 percent, saying that even though the bank remained in a monetary tightening cycle it had to consider downside risks to economic growth.
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Minister appoints new Competition Commission head

2014-05-20
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel today announced the official appointment of Tembinkosi Bonakele as the new Commissioner of the Competition Commission for a five year term of office. Mr Bonakele joins CNBC Africa for more.
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Naira strengthens amid weak dollar demand

2014-05-05
The Naira closed at N160.74 to the US dollar which is down 0.28% this year. Tosin Osunkoya Head: Trading at Rand Merchant Bank joins CNBC Africa for a review of the FX and Fixed income markets.
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Will offshore investors return to the Ghanaian Economy?

2014-04-23
The Ghanaian economy is under pressure despite record cocoa prices which were up 20% last year and already 10% higher in Q1. The country's budget deficit is 10.3% of GDP and not showing signs of recovering.
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The role of African banks in local trade

2014-04-16
As African banks look to fill gap left in trade finance as Europe pulls back, investors are turning to African banks to finance trade transactions as tougher capital requirements force international banks to pull back their lending in Africa.
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Investors expect increase in Eurobond issuance

2014-04-02
Investors are expecting an increased issuance in Eurobond at the same time, Kenya has for the past three months been promising that by the end of the month they will come to the market while Zambia is testing the investor market for interest.
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Gabon's Economic Diversification Strategy

2014-03-12
The IMF in its regular review of Gabon's economy outlines the key to unlocking growth lies in the efficient implementation of managing downside risks.
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Business confidence edges lower

2014-03-11
The Business Confidence Index fell by two points to 41 in the first quarter of 2014, a move that more than offset the one point increase in the previous quarter, joining CNBC Africa for more is Ettienne le Roux, chief economist at RMB.
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CBN offers $800 billion at forex auctions

2014-03-10
The Central Bank of Nigeria offered a total of $800 billion at two forex auctions last week. Tosin Osunkoya, Head of Trading at Rand Merchant Bank Nigeria joins CNBC Africa for a review of the fixed income and currency markets.
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East Africa launches single tourist visa

2014-02-27
The East African region is a buzz with news such the EAC launching a single tourist visa just recently and on the ease of doing business, Angola is seen as a challenge.
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S.Africa CPI accelerates to 5.8% in January

2014-02-20
South Africa's January headline consumer inflation accelerated to 5.8 percent year-on-year slightly above consensus of 5.7% year on year. Ettienne le Roux, Chief Economist at RMB joins CNBC Africa for more.
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East Africa's approach to the effects of the global market head winds

2014-02-19
As the markets wrap their head around the global head winds taking place, most central bank governors had had to intervene to protect their local currency.
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Mozambique political & security factors to watch in 2014

2014-02-12
Mozambique's national elections are scheduled for October 15th of this year, with public disagreements by FRELIMO members about Guebuza's successor as FRELIMO presidential candidate.
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Access to agriculture markets & finance key to Africa's potential

2014-02-05
The African Continent has more than 50% of the world's uncultivated arable land and has the potential to benefit from the development of the food processing industry.
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Naira weakens by 1.1%

2014-02-03
The naira weakened by 1.1% to close at N162.72 to the US dollar last week, meanwhile the Federal Government bond market opened the week with a weak sentiment as profit-taking dominated the market.
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Impact of global events on emerging markets

2014-01-29
Global events are having an effect on emerging economies, especially those with large current account deficits, high external borrowings relative to reserves, and weak public finances.
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Pace of economic diversification in Angola

2013-12-11
Economic diversification holds great potential to increase Africa’s resilience and contribute to achieving and sustaining long term economic growth and development in the continent.
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Analysis of East African markets

2013-12-04
Tanzania surprised analyst's with a 400 basis points hike although there are no signs of inflation in the region and Uganda also cut their interest rates as well by 50 basis points to 11.5 percent.
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Sub Saharan Africa bond rush continues to spread

2013-09-04
The trend to tap capital markets has mostly been confined to the west and south of the continent but now East Africa is catching up.
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FDI into Africa seen growing as investor confidence improves

2013-08-21
The growing confidence in Africa is reflected in FDI flows and an impressive growth story for more than a decade.
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South Africa Business Confidence Down In Q2

2013-06-04
South African business confidence declined by four points in the second quarter of this year.
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SA Business Confidence Index

2013-04-03
The RMB Business confidence index increased to 52 in the first quarter of this year implying that slightly more than half of the respondents in the survey rated prevailing business conditions as satisfactory.
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