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Repo rate unchanged at 6.75%

The repurchase rate remains unchanged at 6.75% per year, says Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago...

2 days ago

Even a hard Brexit is better than uncertainty

With the March 29 deadline looming, the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union still shows no clear outcome...

By David Zahn 3 days ago

Theresa May Brexit deal hammered in parliament, but be wary of prospects of a new 'consensus' approach

Another day, another record. The 230 majority against the motion to approve Theresa May's withdrawal agreement on the UK's exit from the EU smashes pretty much any parliamentary record one cares to discover...

By Simon Usherwood 3 days ago

Brand SA views World Bank 2018 report as call to action

Brand South Africa says it has noted the areas of concern expressed in the World Bank's Global Economic Prospects report, which indicates that South Africa's real GDP growth will expand by 1.3% in 2019...

15 Jan 2019

The euro at 20: An enduring success but a fundamental failure

New Year's Day 1999 saw the largest monetary changeover in history. On that date, just 20 years ago, 12 members of the European Union formally adopted a brand-spanking-new currency, the euro...

By Barry Eichengreen 11 Jan 2019

Saving for the golden years - African style

While Africa's youthful population and growing middle class are generally a big plus when it comes to investment potential, but what happens when this cohort gets old? Will the continent's pension market be able to cope?

10 Jan 2019

Another rollercoaster ride for the rand in 2019

Trumpenomics, Pravin Gordhan's axing as finance minister and Cyril Ramaphosa's appointment as ANC president contributed to the R2.04 price swing in the South African currency in 2017...

By Bianca Botes 9 Jan 2019

SA improves on 2018 Index of Economic Freedom

The Heritage Foundation has ranked South African 77th out of 100 world countries in terms of economic freedom, and 4th in the African region. The country's over-all economic freedom score improved by 0.7 in 2017...

8 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Social credit scores three ways: The good, the bad and the ugly

Social credit scores are set to be one of the trending terms for 2019. However, not all credit scores are created equal (or with equally good intentions)...

By Bronwyn Williams 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Purpose first, profit later

South African business headlines were dominated by corporate disgrace in 2018...

By Ernest North 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Policy uncertainty and its impact on healthcare investment

Policy certainty is necessary for sustainable investment in a sector. Currently, there is considerable policy uncertainty in the health sector in SA, mainly due to three parallel policy processes...

By Paula Armstrong 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Has the global economy peaked?

The world economy continues to expand, but there are signs that growth has peaked as the US, European and Asian economies slow...

By Keith Wade 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Banking and finance law - big changes on the cards

The Financial Sector Laws Amendment Bill of 2018 will most likely be promulgated during the course of next year, alongside sweeping amendments to the Banks Act, 1990. Together, these will provide some of the biggest amendments to South Africa's banking and financial industry sectors in recent years...

By Bridgett Majola and Rui Lopes 7 Jan 2019

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