The Fairtree Monthly Market Insights provide our clients with a brief summary of the diverse and affluent range of solutions we offer.  "Insights" outlines performance attribution characteristics, accompanied by monthly analysed risk-return metrics’ on their portfolios.

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In this month's edition of the Market Overview, the "Chart of the month" indicates the economic health of the manufacturing and services sectors respectively. A PMI reading of more than 50 represents an expansion of the sector relative to the previous month and vice versa for a print below 50. 

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Author: Hannes van den Berg
There was certainly no shortage of memorable moments for global markets in 2015 with the likes of the Greece saga, huge declines in commodity markets, China's currency devaluation, the European Central Bank disappointment and, of course, the first Federal Reserve rate hike since 2006, all playing their part. So far, the markets have had a terrible start to 2016 with our outlook of another year of “low asset returns” suddenly seeming rather optimistic… In South Africa, we had our own amount of excitement/trauma in 2015, with the disaster of having had three finance ministers within a matter of a week and a resultant estimated R220 billion loss across South African equities and bonds rounding out the year.

I approached the month of December 2015 with the intention of “navigating the ship (our funds) into the harbour”, away from the risk of rough seas and then to ease towards sunny relaxing days at the beach, quiet evenings on the stoep with braaivleis and good wine, spending lots of time with family and friends and looking forward to the Proteas thumping the Barmy Army back to the UK…

Some of this indeed took place, some unfortunately did not… a lot more happened, however, than what most people could have imagined, that caught everybody off guard: instead of talking about Hasim Amla and his team or the next Springbok rugby coach over the perfect steak with red wine, much of the discussion during the past holidays was all about South Africa, the country, the rand and its future and where to go from here. Read more

On 6 & 7 February this year, the Fairtree Simonsberg Contour mountain bike stage race took place - and what a memorable event it was!  The ‘Contour’ has been created to continue the development of, and expose, the incredible network of singletrack trails on the Simonsberg mountain. 

We want to thank everyone who participated in the race and also a huge thank you to the Oakpics photography team who did a phenominal job of capturing the riders and surroundings.  Photos of the event can be viewed here.  For a wider selection and the option to buy some images, please visit the Oakpics website.
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