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Finance Trends 2020

Ethiopia’s economic growth hovered between 8%-11% for over 10 years but its sovereign credit rating has not been upgraded Shutterstock
African countries aren't borrowing too much: they're paying too much for debt

There is renewed concern about the sustainability of rising debt levels in many African countries. Much of this debt is being incurred through foreign currency denominated Eurobonds issued on international financial markets...

By Misheck Mutize 1 day ago

Uniting the finance and business community to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030
Uniting the finance and business community to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

SAICA, in collaboration with One Young World (OYW) and Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW), launched Finance and Business (FinBiz) 2030 in Johannesburg, South Africa on 6 February 2020 at Investec...

By Kulani Chauke, Issued by SAICA 14 Feb 2020

Pieter Bensch, executive vice president, Africa & Middle East: Sage
#Sona20 hits the pain points, but follow-through is vital

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a sober assessment of the challenges the nation faces along with realistic proposals about how these problems may be addressed...

By Pieter Bensch 14 Feb 2020

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South Africa in for another up-and-down year

It's fair to say this year got off to an eventful start, with the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) unexpectedly cutting the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.25%, while lowering 2020 economic growth projections down from 1.4% to 1.2%...

13 Feb 2020

#StartupStory: Franc believes investing is for everyone
#StartupStory: Franc believes investing is for everyone

If you think that investing is only for the rich, you're absolutely wrong...

By Evan-Lee Courie 10 Feb 2020

Directors not liable to shareholders for decrease in share value
Directors not liable to shareholders for decrease in share value

In a recent hearing before the Gauteng High Court, Hlumisa Investment Holdings RF Ltd v Kirkinis 2019, the minority shareholders of a holding company attempted to use provisions of the Companies Act, No. 71 of 2008 (the Act) to claim damages from the directors of the company for the reduction in value of their shares...

By Janine Will 10 Feb 2020

Learn how to invest in early-stage startups
Learn how to invest in early-stage startups

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) has launched an early-stage startup investment online course in February 2020...

5 Feb 2020

A session at Davos highlighted the consequences of capitalism. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images
Can capitalism solve capitalism's problems?

Capitalism is in trouble - at least judging by recent polls...

By Elizabeth Schmidt 3 Feb 2020

This is just the beginning of the story. PA/Gareth Fuller
Brexit: here's what happens next

Anyone imagining that the UK's withdrawal from the European Union today (31 January) might mean things will go quiet on the Brexit front, they are likely to be disappointed...

By Simon Usherwood 31 Jan 2020

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Fear spreads easily. That's what gives the Wuhan coronavirus economic impact

One way to count the cost of the Wuhan coronavirus is by how many people catch it, and then how many die. Another is the direct financial costs of public health measures to treat those infected and contain its spread...

By Ilan Noy 30 Jan 2020

$50m Standard Bank funding to boost CCBA Ethiopia expansion
$50m Standard Bank funding to boost CCBA Ethiopia expansion

Standard Bank has arranged and structured $50m in financing facilities for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa to support its expansion strategy in Ethiopia over the next five years...

29 Jan 2020

Activist Greta Thunberg was among attendees who want the world’s leaders to prioritise fighting climate change.
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How CEOs, experts and philosophers see the world's biggest risks differently

We live in a world threatened by numerous existential risks that no country or organisation can resolve alone, such as climate change, extreme weather and the coronavirus...

By Christopher Michaelson 28 Jan 2020

China in lockdown. EPA
Coronavirus does not look like a 'black swan' event - here are some reasons to be cautiously optimistic

The alarm is sounding again. The Asia financial markets were reasonably calm about the new coronavirus until the news of the lockdown of the whole city of Wuhan in China on 23 January...

By Zheng Wang 27 Jan 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre) with a host of African leaders at the UK Africa Investment Summit in London. EPA-EFE/Hollie Adams
UK-Africa trade and investment: who benefits?

There has been much about a major Africa investment summit being hosted by the UK. Attended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and an array of royals, a great deal of hopeful win-win-win rhetoric abounded linked to forging new partnerships for a post-Brexit future...

By Ian Scoones 24 Jan 2020

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SDGs create investment opportunities in Africa

There is a $197bn opportunity for private-sector investors in five high-growth markets in Africa to help achieve the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals...

24 Jan 2020

Isaah Mhlanga is chief economist of Alexander Forbes
Fiscal credibility, economic reform and investment drive - the pillars to revive SA's economy

With a marginally supportive global outlook, we would have expected South Africa's economic growth to pick up. However, domestic constraints remain...

By Isaah Mhlanga 23 Jan 2020

Impact of free trade area in Africa will be huge
Impact of free trade area in Africa will be huge

Member States of the African Union (AU) have a combined population of over 1.2 billion people and gross domestic product of more than $3.4 trillion - yet the continent accounts for less than 3% of world trade...

By Andrew Skipper 21 Jan 2020

Automated for the people. WhiteMocca
Financial trading bots have fascinating similarities to people - we need to learn from them

In 2019, the world fretted that algorithms now know us better than we know ourselves. No concept captures this better than surveillance capitalism...

By Christian Borch 20 Jan 2020

Global investment trends of the next decade - and their impact on the property industry
Global investment trends of the next decade - and their impact on the property industry

The last 10 years have been somewhat of a rollercoaster; an era of disruption shaped by the fallout of the global financial crisis, strident technological advances influencing the way in which we live and work, numerous significant power and social shifts and influential emergent trends...

By Yael Geffen 20 Jan 2020

Civil society groups are flagging the risk of ‘greenwashing’ by companies. Shutterstock
The devil is in the detail when it comes to responsible investing

With the recent flood of pledges by investors to "turn up the heat" on climate action, one might think that the investment industry was in the midst of a profound shift. If only that were the case...

By Cecile Feront & Stephanie Bertels 17 Jan 2020

Kenya is one of Africa's success stories. Image source: Getty/Gallo
Balancing the risks and opportunities on the African continent

It would be remiss to paint the African continent with one brush as many countries are at varying stages of their own macro and political cycles...

By Danesh Ranchhod 16 Jan 2020

Zak Sivalingum; FNB regional director: Gauteng East
One Africa: Businesses need to drive the AfCFTA

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is the subject of much excitement and debate at the moment. All but one of the 55 countries making up the continent have signed the agreement...

By Zak Sivalingum 15 Jan 2020

Up she goes. archigraf
US is more relaxed about oil spike than Europe - which helps explain differences over Iran

Oil prices shot up following the US assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, rising more than $5 per barrel to more than $71 (£54) on January 6, its highest level since the Saudi oil refinery attack last September...

By Mueid Al Raee 15 Jan 2020

Compare Forex Brokers releases the 2020 Best Forex Broker list
Compare Forex Brokers releases the 2020 Best Forex Broker list

The global forex comparison website compareforexbrokers.com each year reviews forex brokers in South Africa and other key currency trading hotspots like Singapore, Australia and the UK...

Issued by Compare Forex Brokers 14 Jan 2020

Jason Liddle, head of institutional, Sanlam Investments
Investors, mistakes and Deep Blue thinking in 2020

During the "off season" I was able to catch up on some reading. I have long been a follower of Garry Kasparov (erstwhile chess world champion and Russian grandmaster) and have always found his views and insights within and outside of the chess fraternity unambiguous and enlightening...

By Jason Liddle 14 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: South Africa - challenges and opportunities in the year ahead
#BizTrends2020: South Africa - challenges and opportunities in the year ahead

South Africa is experiencing a period of prolonged political and economic uncertainty, but the country's commitment to improving the local investment environment, combined with signs of future economic improvement, have resulted in increases in M&A value...

By Morne van der Merwe and Wildu du Plessis 8 Jan 2020

5 pillars for better economic prospects in SA
5 pillars for better economic prospects in SA

The combination of economic and political developments over the past 12 months in SA has generated particular interest in the outlook for the economy in 2020...

By Prof Raymond Parsons 31 Dec 2019

2020 investments - here's what to expect
2020 investments - here's what to expect

Looking abroad, massive events have been dominating the global investment landscape for the last few years. These events are going to substantially change the way investors approach investment...

By Daniel Kibel 31 Dec 2019

Is the "Santa Rally" real?
Is the "Santa Rally" real?

Investors found their festive spirits dampened at the end of 2018. With concerns over the health of the global economy looming large, global stocks fell 13.7% in the final quarter of the year, according to the MSCI World Index...

By David Brett 23 Dec 2019

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