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Prieur du Plessis

Prieur du Plessis

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010


With 25 years' experience in investment research and portfolio management, Dr Prieur du Plessis is one of the most experienced and well-known investment professionals in South Africa. More than 1 000 of his articles on investment-related topics have been published in various regular newspaper, journal and Internet columns. He also published a book, Financial Basics: Investment, in 2002.

  • Global PMI Scorecard: A Turn For the Better Led by the U.S. and China

    Published 09 January 2012 | viewed 0 times

    The acceleration in global economic activity since the lows in October gained traction in December. The JP Morgan Global Composite Index improved to 53.0 from…

  • European Interbank Spreads Easier, But Have a Way To Go

    Published 09 January 2012 | viewed 0 times

    In order to gauge whether credit conditions in Europe are improving or worsening, I posted an article on the European TED spread a few days…

  • Stock Market: Improved Consumer Confidence Spells Better Tidings

    Published 30 December 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index surged to 64.5 in December from 55.2 in November. This has for the moment removed a serious headwind for…

  • Are We Seeing a Dividend Bubble?

    Published 27 December 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Given the plethora of market uncertainties, investors have over the past few months started placing an increasing emphasis on dividend yield. In particular, multi-national companies…

  • SP500: Santa Betters 200-day Moving Average

    Published 27 December 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Santa Clause delivered some good news to investors on the last trading day before Christmas, with the S&P 500 Index taking out a spread triple…

  • U.S. Economy: Time is Running Out for Q3!

    Published 21 November 2011 | viewed 0 times

    My GDP-weighted ISM PMI Employment (manufacturing and non-manufacturing combined) in October bounced to 53.3 after contracting for the first time in 17 months in September…

  • Anxiety Recedes as Long-Term Investors Show Their Hands

    Published 19 October 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Financial market volatility has receded significantly over the past two weeks. The CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) dropped from 45.5 at the end of…

  • Consider the Components of Equity Returns

    Published 18 October 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The raison d'être of investment or wealth management is to maintain, or hopefully improve, one's standard of living, i.e. to earn a real return on…

  • Chinese Stocks - Offering Value?

    Published 17 October 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The Chinese stock market has taken a real hammering since its peak in mid-2009. The chronic underperformance of the Shanghai Composite Index is clearly illustrated…

  • Put Gold Miners on Radar Screen

    Published 17 October 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Ever since I started my investment career as a mining analyst in 1984, I have taken a keen interest in gold stocks. The behavior of…

  • More Than Meets The Eye: Rebound in U.S. Employment In The Offing?

    Published 10 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Stock prices tumbled while the yield on the U.S. 10-year note fell to its lowest level in a month as the U.S. Bureau of Labor…

  • Inflation: U.S. Consumer Price Index to Drop in June

    Published 17 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The US consumer price index rose significantly to 3.44% in May from a year ago and 0.2% from its April level. The increase was bang…

  • Chinese Stocks - When To Buy?

    Published 26 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Since a high of 3,056 in mid-April, the Shanghai Composite Index has shed 10.3% to close at 2,741 this morning. I have shied away from…

  • How Severe Will a US Economic Slowdown Be?

    Published 20 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The world is headed for an economic slowdown, according to the Economic Cycle Research Institute's (ECRI) Long Leading Index of global industrial growth. Lakshman Achuthan,…

  • ECRI WLI: Growth Has Stalled Further Last Week

    Published 18 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The smoothed annualized growth rate of the ECRI Weekly Leading Index (WLI) fell from a downwardly revised 6.6% to 6.4% for the week ending May…

  • Be Ready for Rebound in Platinum - BUY!

    Published 17 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The platinum price took a heavy beating when the Great Tohoku Earthquake struck Japan on March 11 and seemed to recover afterwards before retreating recently.…

  • US Inflation at Peak, Gold to Lose Momentum?

    Published 16 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The US consumer price index rose significantly to 3.1% in April from April 2010 and by 0.4% from its March level. The increase was significantly…

  • ECRI Index: Signaling Slowdown, No Recession Yet

    Published 12 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The closely-watched smoothed growth rate of the ECRI Weekly Leading Index (WLI) for the week ended 29 April came in at 6.7% or 0.8% lower…

  • Stock Market - Liquidity and Long-Term Technical Indicators Still Bullish

    Published 30 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    "The end game for this bullish phase [on stock markets] needs to be considered well before the event. While the timing is largely guesswork at…

  • US Stock Market Returns - What is in Store?

    Published 28 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Stock market movements since the start of the credit crisis have been characterised by relatively high volatility as uncertainty became paramount. And as new pieces…