• Source: Bloomberg
    4 Jan 2016
    Trades in Chinese stocks are suspended after a 7% rout triggers the circuit breaker.
    China halts stock trades
  • Source: Moneyweb
    11 Jan 2016
    Rand collapses to record R17.92 against the dollar after turmoil in China causes an emerging market sell-off.
    Rand buffeting continues
  • Source: BDlive
    15 Jan 2016
    Global beer brewing giant AB InBev lists on the JSE at R1 938 a share.
    JSE welcomes AB InBev
  • Source: AFP
    20 Jan 2016
    Brent crude slides to below $28 a barrel – hitting a new 12-year low.
    Oil dirt cheap
  • Source: National Treasury
    28 Jan 2016
    The SA Reserve Bank raises the repo rate by 50bps to 6.75% p.a.
    Repo rate hiked by 50bps
  • Source: AFP
    29 Jan 2016
    In a surprise move, the Bank of Japan cuts its short-term bank deposit rate to negative, similar to Switzerland in 2015.
    Japan turns to negative rates
  • Source: Moodys.com
    24 Feb 2016
    Moody’s, following in the footsteps of S&P and Fitch, also downgrades Brazil’s government bonds to junk status.
    Last blow for Brazil
  • Source: Financial Times
    26 Feb 2016
    News leaks that Barclays will exit its African business.
    Barclays Africa for sale
  • Source: BDlive.com
    7 Mar 2016
    News that Old Mutual may unbundle its businesses and restructure significantly boosts the JSE.
    Old Mutual to unbundle
  • Source: AFP
    8 Mar 2016
    China reports the largest decline in exports since May 2009.
    Chinese exports plummet
  • Source: Reuters
    22 Mar 2016
    European stocks fall shortly after two suicide bombings kill several at Brussels airport.
    Bombings shock Belgium
  • Source: Bloomberg News
    28 Apr 2016
    US jobless claim figures show unemployment is near a 4-decade low.
    US labour market strong
  • Source: Statistics SA
    18 May 2016
    Annual CPI to end April clocks in at 6.2%. Vegetable prices have risen a staggering 24.4% y/y.
    SA inflation steady
  • Source: Bloomberg News
    31 May 2016
    Prices are 0.1% lower in May than a year earlier.
    European inflation remains negative
  • Source: Statistics SA
    8 Jun 2016
    GDP contracts an annualised 1.2% in the first quarter of 2016.
    SA GDP shrinks
  • Source: Financial Times and The Economist
    14 Jun 2016
    Germany’s highest court decides an ECB scheme to buy troubled states’ bonds in secondary markets is constitutional. 30-Year German bond rates fall to their lowest level on record.
    ECB may buy troubled bonds
  • Source: BBC
    23 Jun 2016
    British voters’ surprise decision (52% majority) to leave the European Union creates havoc in international markets. Cameron resigns as prime minister.
    Britain votes to leave
  • Source: fin24
    21 July 2016
    The SA Reserve Bank revises its growth forecast for 2016 down to 0%.
    SA growth halts
  • Source: Bloomberg News
    26 July 2016
    Fitch downgrades SA’s local-currency debt rating to bring it in line with its foreign-currency rating – one notch above junk.
    SA rand debt downgraded
  • Source: CNBC
    4 Aug 2016
    The Bank of England cuts interest rates and restarts bond purchases to mitigate the impact of Brexit.
    BoE relaunches easier money
  • Source:CNBC
    15 Aug 2016
    All three major US indices - the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq – reach a fresh high on the same day.
    US stocks edge even higher
  • Source: fin24
    31 Aug 2016
    Futuregrowth suspends further loans to Eskom, Transnet, Sanral, Landbank, IDC and DBSA after concern over the new government structure to oversee all state-owned enterprises (SOEs).
    Futuregrowth halts SOE loans
  • Source: Reuters
    31 Aug 2016
    Nigeria's GDP shrinks by 2.06% in Q2, officially marking a recession. The non-oil sector fell due to a weaker currency while lower oil prices are dragging down the oil sector.
    Nigeria in recession
  • Source: fin24
    11 Oct 2016
    Anheuser-Busch InBev completes the merger with SABMiller. AB InBev has been dissolved.
    Good bye, SA Breweries
  • Source: BusinessTech
    26 Oct 2016
    National Treasury revises its 2016 growth forecast for SA down to 0.5%.
    Treasury revises SA growth
  • Source: Bloomberg News
    27 Oct 2016
    The UK’s 0.5% growth rate in the three months after the vote to exit the EU is faster than forecast.
    UK economy steady
  • Source: Fin24
    31 Oct 2016
    The NPA drops charges against minister Pravin Gordhan, Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay.
    Reprieve for Gordhan
  • Source: WSJ
    9 Nov 2016
    Global markets reel as Donald Trump wins the US presidential elections.
    Trump triumphant
  • Source: Statistics SA
    22 Nov 2016
    SA unemployment rises to 27.1% in Q3 2016. This means 5.9m South Africans are currently without work — the highest number since 2003.
    SA jobs shrink even more
  • Source: Bloomberg News
    23 Nov 2016
    Investors sell almost $5bn of bonds in Asia's local-currency debt markets in the week following Trump's victory.
    Asian bonds tremble post Trump
  • Source: iol
    2 Dec 2016
    Standard & Poor's downgrades South Africa's local debt by one notch to BBB, still two notches above junk.
    S&P downgrades rand debt
  • Source: European Union’s statistics office
    2 Dec 2016
    Eurozone unemployment unexpectedly declined in October to the lowest level in more than seven years.
    Eurozone employment strong
  • Source: Daily Maverick
    4 Dec 2016
    Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is voted out of power in a referendum on constitutional reform, resulting in Renzi announcing his retirement.
    Italian prime minister quits
  • Source: Statistics SA
    6 Dec 2016
    SA ekes out GDP growth of only 0.2% in Q3 2016, with mining, finance, real estate, business services and general government services being the main contributors.
    SA running on little steam
  • Source: AFP
    9 Dec 2016
    The European Central Bank (ECB) announces that it will extend stimulus beyond March 2017 but plans to slow the pace of bond purchases in April.
    More stimulus for Europe
  • Source: AFP
    9 Dec 2016
    The Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq all reach fresh records after the ECB’s announcement.
    Further records for US markets
  • Statistics SA
    12 Dec 2016
    A total of 93 000 jobs are created in Q3 2016. These were mainly in the community and social services, and in institutions such as technikons.
    More jobs for SA
  • Source: AFP
    14 Dec 2016
    The US raises the federal funds rate for only the second time in a decade.
    US hikes fed rate
  • Source: AFP
    21 Dec 2016
    Europe's main stocks retreat on worries over Italy's troubled bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena.
    Italian bank in trouble
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