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A quarterly overview of the movement of capital market yields, prices and returns and of bond market yield spreads. Returns on bonds are shown in comparison with equity and cash returns. Recent bond trading statistics are provided along with a breakdown of the issuers and ownership of South African bonds.
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04 August 2017
Emerging market currencies and asset classes have been under pressure since late 2013 after the US announced that it will taper and eventually end its policy of quantitative easing.
10 May 2017
Over the past five years, nominal returns on most South African major asset classes ranged between 4.4% (for small cap shares) and 14.1% (for Real Estate Investment Trusts).
06 February 2017
Bond market returns over the past five years averaged 7.4%.
01 November 2016
SA real bond returns have mostly been lower than SA equity returns measured over 10-year rolling periods.
12 August 2016
Over the five-year period that ended July 2016, South African equities outperformed bonds by 6.4 percentage points.
08 February 2016
Ratings agencies have been downgrading SA’s sovereign risk rating which has negatively affected SA bonds.
03 November 2015
SA bond yields in real terms (i.e.
20 July 2015
Ratings agencies have been downgrading SA's sovereign risk rating which has negatively affected SA bonds.
22 April 2015
Bond yields have generally drifted lower between mid-2014 and the first quarter of 2015, with the ALBI return spiking at 21% in January this year.
19 January 2015
In early 2014, the local bond market experienced another bout of weakness with investors getting uneasy with the higher levels of government borrowing and debt relative to economic growth.