March 2019

Consumer Confidence

The Consumer confidence index rolled-back 7.3 points in March according to the Conference Board. The index now stands at 124.1. Despite the decline, the index remains at elevated levels with a positive trend line. On the other-hand, the labor market continues to show impressive gains and workers remain confident about their future.  On a year [...]

Employment by Industry

In February 2019 there were 150.606 million (M), an increase of 0.21% month on month, (m/m). Figure 1 shows manufacturing and construction employment on the same chart from 2005 to present. Both manufacturing and construction employment are showing growth, construction is growing at a faster rate on a percentage basis. The SA manufacturing sector employed [...]

January 2019

Currency Report

The dollar Broad Index posted a reading of 103.0419 for December, up 1.1% month on month. On a twelve moving average, year on year, (y/y) comparison, the Broad Index was up 6.4%. Table 1 lists the values of the U.S. dollar measured in the currency of the 17 steel trading nations that we follow as [...]

December 2018

Currency Report

The dollar Broad Index posted a reading of 99.78 for December, up 0.6% month on month h. On a twelve moving average, (12MMA) year on year, (y/y) comparison, the dollar was down 3.2% against the Broad Index. Table 1 lists the values of the U.S. dollar measured in the currency of the 17 steel trading [...]

September 2018

Currency Report

The dollar Broad Index posted a reading of 100.92 for September, up 1.7% month on month. On a twelve moving average, (12MMA) year on year, (y/y) comparison, the dollar was down 1.6% against the Broad Index. Figure 1 shows the track of the Broad Index from 2000 to present. Year on year, the U.S. Dollar [...]

July 2018