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How the African middle class can benefit from global economic activities

Welcome to your monthly dose of Volition Coop’s Market Intelligence Report – your favourite financial compass, making sense of the global financial puzzle and spotlighting interesting investment opportunities as we go. Always remember, our goal is to inform, not to instruct. Please consult with your financial advisor before making any investment decisions.

In the last edition, we dissected the IMF’s World Economic Outlook. This time, we’re taking a closer look at the big players – the US and China. But why should you care? Well, that’s because their actions significantly impact you, the African middle-class investor.

What’s Brewing in the USA?

Here’s the scoop: the US economy is showing impressive signs of recovery, expected to grow by a whopping 6.4% this year. This resurgence is fuelled by fiscal stimulus packages and an impressive vaccination program. However, all isn’t rainbows and unicorns. Inflation is lurking in the shadows, reaching its highest level since 2008, and if the US government hits its debt ceiling, it could put a damper on consumer confidence.

Is China’s Dragon Tired?

Moving to the Far East, China’s usually bustling economy is showing signs of a slowdown. Manufacturing is facing a dip and the ongoing trade war with the US isn’t helping either. Despite these hurdles, China is taking strides towards boosting domestic consumption which could offset these challenges.

World Economy at a Glance

Elsewhere, the Eurozone is pacing slowly, with Germany entering a technical recession. Emerging markets like Brazil, India, and Russia are a mixed bag of fortunes. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’re here to help you navigate these ebbs and flows.

So, What Does This Mean for African Investors?

Well, these global shifts present both risks and rewards for us African retail investors.

A booming US economy could increase investment opportunities in Africa, especially in sectors like infrastructure and renewable energy. On the downside, US inflation and possible interest rate hikes could discourage foreign investment, shaking our local stock markets.

Meanwhile, a slower China could drive down commodity prices, impacting African economies dependent on raw material exports.

Fear not! The solution lies in diversifying our portfolios and investing in sectors resilient to these global shifts, such as healthcare and consumer goods. Let’s continue to stay vigilant, adjust our sails according to the economic winds, and reap the benefits.

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Till next time,

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