US Fed poised to end bond-buying programme

2014-10-29 10:40

The US Federal Reserve is expected to halt the final $15bn in monthly bond purchases under a programme that once pumped $85bn a month into the financial system.

Federal Reserve to take away the punch bowl

2014-10-26 17:25

Unless it springs a major surprise, the US Federal Reserve will call time this week on its programme of government bond purchases.

China best place to invest, say US execs

2014-10-21 09:07

China has the strongest foreign investment opportunities with Britain second and Germany third, according to a survey of US corporate executives.

IMF warns Ebola, Ukraine pose economic risks

2014-10-03 13:00

The conflicts in Ukraine, the Middle East crisis and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa pose serious risks to global economy, says IMF chief Christine Lagarde.

Global economy: Eurozone growth slumps

2014-09-23 13:00

Eurozone business growth has dipped to a 2014 low as firms cut prices again, while factory activity in China picked up only slightly.

Switzerland tops global economic ranking

2014-09-03 09:05

The United States and Japan were pipped at the post by Switzerland in the World Economic Forum's ranking of the 10 most competitive economies last year.

East Ukraine's Soviet-style economy shrinks

2014-07-28 11:27

Fierce fighting and rebel requisitioning have stopped work at many of the coal mines in and around the strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Russian economy stagnates

2014-07-10 07:58

Russia's economy is stagnating as capital worth $75bn has left the country so far this year following sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine.

Global economy: US rebound on cards

2014-06-30 07:29

The US can consign its battered start to the year to history this week with June vehicle sales and jobs data expected to show a strong end to the second quarter.

Global markets: Asia shares up, Bangkok down

2014-05-20 11:08

Asian markets have mostly risen following gains on Wall Street, but Thailand's main index slipped after the army declared martial law.

Swiss say no to world's highest minimum wage

2014-05-19 09:26

Swiss voters have rejected proposals to introduce the world's highest minimum wage and spend $3.5bn buying new Gripen fighter jets from Saab. .

UN: South Sudan oil state battles a concern

2014-04-17 12:37

United Nations peacekeepers are "gravely concerned" about heavy fighting in South Sudan's key oil state of Unity, after rebels seized the town of Bentiu.

China could harm world economy growth - poll

2014-04-16 19:34

The world economy can expect steady growth at best, but any rapid slowdown in China could upset the still-unsteady progress, according to a Reuters poll.

China's tech potential

2014-04-15 07:47

Xi Jinping’s reforms could unlock huge opportunities for tech firms like Weibo.

US companies find other rewards for CEOs

2014-04-04 11:42

Major US companies are cutting back on glamorous luxuries follow pressure from shareholders, who have criticised over-the-top perks.

China's war on smog hinges on Hebei

2014-03-31 12:36

China's war on pollution is only a few weeks old but the battle lines are already being drawn between Beijing and Hebei, the province with high pollution.

Why standards rock

2014-03-20 07:20

Standards can help SA overcome trade constraints, says Geoffrey Chapman.

Asian factory activity stutters, led by China

2014-03-03 13:44

Manufacturing activity among Asia's major export economies stumbled in February, led by China where data suggested growth in the factory sector is stalling.

German business morale hits high

2014-01-28 10:22

German business morale has climbed to its highest level since July 2011, suggesting Europe's largest economy is on track for a strong start to 2014.

World Bank sees uptick in global economy

2014-01-15 07:41

The global economy is slowly picking up steam, led by advanced economies appearing to turn the corner and good performance by China, says the World Bank.

Expats' patriotism fades

2013-08-30 07:00

Non-resident Indians' investment gains are being wiped out by the rupee's plunge.

Shares gain as signs point to world growth

2013-08-23 08:37

Global equity markets have advanced and bond prices have fallen after business surveys from around the world reflected a global economy in expansion.

Risky crisis derivatives return

2013-08-21 07:53

Collateralised debt obligations, the complex financial instruments that cratered disastrously in the financial crisis, are back.

US to press China on cyber theft

2013-07-01 10:51

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says he will keep up pressure on China over cyber security, especially the theft of intellectual property and trade secrets.

Experts cautious over equities rally

2013-05-12 10:25

Optimism is blowing through stock markets around the world, lifting many of them to record high levels but some analysts wonder if some of it is just hot air.


Brazil faces struggle to restore good times

2014-10-27 11:44

President Dilma Rousseff has narrowly won re-election but will need to restore order to public finances in her second term to get Brazil's stalled economy back.

Global economy: US business activity slips

2014-10-23 17:14

Eurozone businesses have performed much better than forecasters expected this month but US manufacturing activity sputtered to its slowest since July.

Bleak picture facing global finance officials

2014-10-09 19:59

World finance officials are seeking solutions for a weak and uneven global economy, which is under threat from Europe and Latin America to China and Japan.

Paradise comes at a price

2014-09-25 07:08

Let's hope the Beijing sneeze does not result in global flu, says Leopold Scholtz.

Global economy searches for growth in Europe

2014-09-08 09:06

The eurozone's struggle to avoid another recession will take centre stage in the coming week, in the absence of major US data.

Europe fears deflation

2014-08-24 13:15

The eurozone's growing fears of deflation will be stirred again when preliminary consumer price data for August is issued.

Up to US to drive global economy - China

2014-07-10 10:15

China's finance minister says that the country is not planning any new stimulus measures and it is up to the United States to drive the global economy.

Lagarde hints at world growth forecast cut

2014-07-06 18:30

Global economic activity should strengthen this year and accelerate in 2015, although momentum could be weaker than expected, says IMF chief Christine Lagarde.

Argentina threatens to default on debt

2014-06-19 10:03

Buenos Aires remains locked in a legal fight with creditors who refused to participate in restructurings after Argentina defaulted on $100bn in bonds in 2002.

Crisis pushes Thailand to brink of recession

2014-05-20 10:57

Bangkok has all but withdrawn from the international stage, with the country led by a caretaker prime minister unable to take foreign policy decisions.

Eurozone unemployment holds steady

2014-05-02 13:43

Unemployment in the eurozone has held steady for the fourth consecutive month, according to Eurostat data.

US economy emerges from winter freeze

2014-04-17 09:06

The US economy is showing clear signs of emerging from the brutal winter with consumer spending picking up broadly, according to the Federal Reserve.

Australia approves second Sydney airport

2014-04-15 10:03

The Australian government has given the go-ahead to a second international airport for Sydney, ending decades of indecision.

Will Abenomics work?

2014-04-01 07:44

The market is rallying, but it's an open question whether Shinzo Abe can reform Japan.

Why China plays it safe

2014-03-27 07:21

China remains inscrutable as the US and Russia fight for dominance, says Leopold Scholtz.

Emerging debt star wanes

2014-03-11 07:20

Shove over, emerging markets - high-yield debt has taken your place.

Gold miners may profit from emerging markets

2014-02-10 07:54

European stocks from travel firms to SA-focused gold miners may reap benefits from an emerging market sell-off that has otherwise roiled equities across the globe.

Execs more upbeat, but challenges remain

2014-01-22 05:30

Business leaders gathering for the World Economic Forum are feeling better about their firms and the global economy, but they still have a long list of worries.

World Bank: $52bn pledged to help poorest

2013-12-18 07:52

Rich and emerging-market nations have agreed to commit a record $52bn over three years to a World Bank fund to aid the world's poorest countries, the bank says.

China oil executive probed for graft - report

2013-08-26 09:04

Chinese authorities are investigating a top official of the country's largest oil and gas producer for corruption, according to state media.

Crashing markets spell trouble for India

2013-08-23 07:41

The collapse of the rupee is derailing India's hopes of raising over $6bn from the sale of stakes in state-run firms, jeopardising a blueprint to ease its economic woes.

CDs and the savings mindset

2013-07-24 10:55

There's a reason investment certificates of deposit are still considered one of the best low-risk investments around the world.

Tackling junk food will boost world economy

2013-06-05 09:04

The UN's food agency said obesity and poor nutrition weigh heavily on the global economy and told governments that investing in food health would bring big economic as well as social returns.

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