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May lost the vote by a historic margin. PA
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 1 day ago

Dr Petrus de Kock
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...

3 days ago

Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago
Repo rate unchanged at 6.75%

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

32 minutes ago

Fireworks illuminate the sky around a huge euro sculpture. Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
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

Gerald Gondo, executive, business development - Africa, RisCura
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

Bianca Botes, corporate treasury manager at Peregrine Treasury Solutions
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
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
#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

Ernest North, co-founder at Naked
#BizTrends2019: Purpose first, profit later

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

By Ernest North 7 Jan 2019

Dr Paula Armstrong, senior economist at Econex
#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

Keith Wade, chief economist and strategist at Schroders
#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
#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

M&As wobble amid trade tensions and political instability, but values still high
M&As wobble amid trade tensions and political instability, but values still high

The number of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) struck globally in 2018 fell for the first time since 2010 to 19,232, after steadily rising for close to a decade...

4 Jan 2019

7 money-saving tips for 2019
7 money-saving tips for 2019

The New Year represents the perfect opportunity to whip your finances back into shape, beginning by implementing these seven simple money-saving tips from Citadel Advisory Partner Daryl Coker...

2 Jan 2019

Elections and economic growth
Elections and economic growth

With East Africa set to grow by 6.3%, Western and Central Africa by 2.5%, Franc Zone at 4.6% and South Africa by 1.2%, most countries on the continent are looking at a positive economic forecast, except for those facing elections...

31 Dec 2018

What does the USA's new Africa policy mean for the continent?
What does the USA's new Africa policy mean for the continent?

The United States recently outlined its Africa strategy by reiterating its commitment to strong partnerships with key countries in Africa, specifically naming Kenya as a target for future US aid and investment...

28 Dec 2018

AP Photo/David Goldman
Do climate policies 'kill jobs'? An economist on why they don't cause massive unemployment

Climate change will hammer the US economy unless there's swift action to rein in greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, according to the latest National Climate Assessment report...

By Garth Heutel 28 Dec 2018

Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste was an excessively dominant, forceful and feared boss. Shutterstock
Book on Steinhoff's demise shows danger of 'big men' business leaders

The collapse of Steinhoff International, the multi-billion dollar global business group, has been rightly described as the biggest corporate scandal in South African history...

By Mills Soko 27 Dec 2018

Politcal uncertainty - the only Achilles heel in SA's renewables marketability
Politcal uncertainty - the only Achilles heel in SA's renewables marketability

Although most G20 countries, including several emerging countries, have enhanced their conditions for investments in low-carbon energy in the past year, more has to be undertaken in order to meet the Paris climate targets...

24 Dec 2018

The Bitcoin bubble is perhaps the most extreme speculative bubble since the late 19th century.
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How low will Bitcoin now go? The history of price bubbles provides some clues

Nearly 170 years before the invention of Bitcoin, the journalist Charles Mackay noted the way whole communities could "fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit"...

By Lee Smales 24 Dec 2018

Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni
Treasury holds colloquium in efforts to boost economy

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has today convened a colloquium looking at interventions to grow the South African economy...

21 Dec 2018

What makes a good investment manager?
What makes a good investment manager?

American financial strategist Michael Mauboussin argues that all investing sits on the spectrum between pure skill (no luck) and pure luck (no skill). What is not factored in, however, is intention...

21 Dec 2018

Angolan President João Lourenço
Angola reforms its oil & gas industry

Angola's economy is set for recovery in 2019, largely due to a series of regulatory reforms in the oil and gas sector opening the country to new investment...

21 Dec 2018

Bradley Wattrus
3 financing options for small businesses

Entrepreneurs need capital to get a business off the ground, or to fund expansion, improve cash flow, or buy inventory to meet consumer demand...

By Bradley Wattus 20 Dec 2018

Is Africa hurtling towards a fiscal abyss?
Is Africa hurtling towards a fiscal abyss?

Between the 1980s and early 2000s, several developing countries (many of them in Africa) accumulated large amounts of debt...

By Njuguna Ndung'u & Witness Simbanegavi 19 Dec 2018

Zimbabweans stock up in SA to beat inflation at home
Zimbabweans stock up in SA to beat inflation at home

As Christmas approaches, Zimbabweans in South Africa are preparing to send groceries to families battling inflation at home...

By Bernard Chiguvare 18 Dec 2018

#BestofBiz 2018: Finance
#BestofBiz 2018: Finance

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Finance & Insurance site over the past year below.

18 Dec 2018

SA may need to batten down its economic hatches in anticipation of a 'hard' Brexit
SA may need to batten down its economic hatches in anticipation of a 'hard' Brexit

South Africa may need a contingency plan to protect its economy if a 'hard' Brexit becomes a reality in March 2019.

By Raymond Parsons 14 Dec 2018

Theresa May dodges the bullet... This time
Theresa May dodges the bullet... This time

Theresa May has clung on to power in the United Kingdom, having won a leadership challenge within her own party...

13 Dec 2018

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