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How to balance security with economic development

While governments seek to create and protect jobs for their citizens, as well as secure international borders, they are under constant pressure to produce econo... Read Story

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Concerns show over Chinese growth

Over the weekend, China’s second rate move in three months made clear how concerned leaders in Beijing are about sliding growth.

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Education plays huge role in bridging inequality gap

The growing national concern about economic inequality raises many questions. One has to do with demographic groups. Are some doing better than others? If so, e... Read Story

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State must use low fuel prices to its advantage
February 5 2015 at 04:48

Stable prices are better than low prices. While it is tempting to celebrate yesterday’s monumental petrol price decrease, this method of transferring the windfall of the oil price to the South African economy is like... Read Story
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Stand together in power crisis
February 4 2015 at 09:45

The government is working to secure South Africa’s future energy supply, writes Lynne Brown.

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Aiming to restrain strength of currency
February 4 2015 at 04:37

Two weeks after Switzerland stunned currency traders by abandoning the franc’s peg to the euro, it seems that the central bank is quietly getting back in the market.

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Greece’s hard work will be undone by major stimulus
February 4 2015 at 04:36

The chart alongside tells a clear story: After a major fiscal stimulus in election year 2009, Greece did tighten its fiscal stance dramatically for four years in a row from 2010 to 2013, with a gradually declining degree o... Read Story
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Gold outshines all other sectors on local bourse
February 4 2015 at 04:25

January was a volatile month on international markets and the JSE with shares in energy companies sliding as the oil price hit fresh new lows.

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Kremlin still sees devaluation as its best friend
February 3 2015 at 04:41

Russia’s central bank lowered its key interest rate from 17 percent to 15 percent on Friday in a move few had predicted, causing the rouble to dip.

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Is January a precursor to a year of instability?
February 3 2015 at 04:25

January was an unusual and exciting month for financial markets. Volatility returned to the equity markets.

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Transfer duty taxing for buyers as well as sellers
February 3 2015 at 04:23

Taxing a sale between a willing homeowner and buyer is controversial in most countries in which it is levied; no less so than in South Africa, where it is termed transfer duty.

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Odd era of low rates must end
February 2 2015 at 04:51

We are back to bizarrely low long-term interest rates, and that says something's very rum in the world economy.

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We could do with some help from South Korea
February 2 2015 at 04:28

It’s greatly to be hoped that relevant people in our bumbling government should take notice of South Korea’s moves to establish a “creative economy”.

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