Dave Steward: Statistical bikinis – Who ‘really’ holds Africa’s crown? SA sliding

2016-05-28 07:00

Dave Steward says there’s a need to be sceptical about statistics, as they are more important for what’s concealed than what’s revealed.

Better ways to measure improvement than GDP

2016-05-24 16:15

Gross domestic product is the widely-used indicator for the general prosperity of society. While useful, it has its limits, and some adjustments to the measure need to be tabled.

BRICS GDP: Lessons from China – SA needs to reduce commodity dependence

2016-05-22 17:15

SA, like China, should implement significant policy changes to make its economy (and exchange rate) less dependent on commodity prices, says a statistical economist.

SA growth likely worst in sub-Sahara Africa - report

2016-04-27 14:22

South Africa's GDP growth this year is likely to be the worst performer in sub-Sahara Africa, according to a panel of experts.

Brian Kantor: Rand hits pre-9/12 levels – Own goals scuppered R13/$

2016-04-20 21:15

Investec economist Brian Kantor thinks there is still much scope for improved local fundamentals to add further strength to both the currency and the economy.

Kantor: A revolutionary economic lifesaver – eliminate corporate tax

2016-03-31 07:59

Eliminating corporate income tax and replacing it with a mixture of additional payroll and wealth taxes would boost employment and the GDP growth rate, says an economist.

Van Vuuren: Business cycle downtrend ongoing 27 months. Bear market to follow?

2016-03-25 17:24

A researcher asks if we are headed for a local JSE bear market, with recent data showing the business growth downward cycle has been ongoing for 27 months.

Cosatu on GDP: Big business not invested in SA's future

2016-03-02 15:31

The latest GDP numbers show that big business has "no developmental consciousness and are not invested in the future of SA, claims Cosatu.

Further deterioration of GDP growth likely - economist

2016-03-02 06:00

It appears that year-on-year gross domestic product growth in South Africa will likely still deteriorate further in the next quarter or two at least, warns an economist.

SA economy grew 0.6% in fourth quarter

2016-03-01 11:42

South Africa’s economy grew by 0.6% in the fourth quarter, following a 0.7% growth in the previous quarter, according to Statistics SA.


How S&P is making its assessment of SA's credit rating

2016-05-27 09:36

Standard & Poor’s will announce its decision on South Africa’s credit rating on 3 June. Nazmeera Moola and Peter Kent, co-heads of fixed income at Investec, unpack the criteria the rating agency will be using to assess SA.

Revised growth shows need for higher taxes or cost cuts

2016-05-23 21:30

Real gross domestic product growth has been revised to 0.4% from 0.6% quarter-on-quarter for the 4th quarter of 2015, says Statistics SA.

German economy grows at fastest in two years

2016-05-13 08:59

Germany’s economy has grown at its fastest pace in two years as spending domestically helped offset weakness in global trade.

The state of SA's savings

2016-04-26 14:23

The latest quarterly update of the Investec GIBS savings Index reveals a drop in the net figure for 2015, from the first half of last year - but there are some positives.

What the future holds for China

2016-04-01 06:00

What did China’s policymakers do to get the world’s second-largest economy into a mess? What are they doing to save their currency? We look at the consequences for the world at large.

Predicting the probability of a downgrade

2016-03-30 09:39

The future can never be certain, but we look at a theory that can help calculate the probability of future events occurring - in this case SA's ratings downgrade.

SA told to fight hard for nuclear deal affordability

2016-03-17 20:17

Negotiating a nuclear deal that doesn’t hit South Africa’s fiscus where it hurts will be key to a successful procurement deal, says a former UK politician.

GDP shows SA's challenges now home-grown - analyst

2016-03-02 13:00

South Africa's challenges are now, more than ever, home-grown, says an industry analyst in reaction to the latest gross domestic product data.

Is the worst behind PPC?

2016-03-01 15:30

Cement producer PPC's share price that has dropped to near 13-year lows in January. Bheki Sibiya, who resigned as chairman in January after seven years at the help, discusses the company's future as well as his own plans following his resignation.

In the markets: What to watch this week

2016-02-29 07:00

Last week, the Bank of Japan’s governor had some explaining to do at the G20 meeting in Shanghai, while SA was mostly focused on the Budget Speech. What can we look forward to this week?

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