OPINION: Why do we bother to listen to central banks?

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Major central banks claim to be independent, but they are all ultimately under the control of politicians, writes Saxo chief economist Steen Jakobsen.

MANAGEMENT: 4 workplace habits when the going gets tough

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Dale Carnegie Training® gives you 4 key Time Management habits to apply that will ensure you make the most of your time, especially when the going gets tough.

INVESTMENT: Ashburton’s major investment themes for 2015

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The dawn of a new year brings with it many traditions and so too in the investment world, when strategists, economists and fund managers alike look forward to what might or might not happen in the year ahead.

MARKETS: Market and policy dislocations could peak in Q1 of 2015

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Saxo Bank published its quarterly outlook for the global markets and its key trading ideas for 2015. Here’s what it expects from FX, equities and commodities in 2015.

INSIGHT: Conflict diamonds in SA

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The Kimberly Process Certification Scheme controls rough diamond production and trade. The chain of warranties that comes with every diamond under the scheme helps prevent blood diamond trade, but does that mean South Africa is blood diamond free? Warren Dick investigates in the 2015 edition of Finweek.

2015: Manufacturing outlook

Coenraad Bezuidenhout

Manufacturing plays an important part in the South African economy. Coenraad Bezuidenhout of The Manufacturing Circle discusses competition from other African economies and other challenges SA manufacturing might face in 2015.

2015: Technology outlook

Frank Rizzo

Big data, cyber security and gamification will be all the hype in 2015, says KPMG’s Frank Rizzo.

NEWS: The lowdown on Lonmin

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Operating a platinum mine following the longest strike in South African history and in the current economic environment is not for the faint-hearted. Just ask Lonmin CEO Ben Magara.

2015: Property outlook

John Loos

Property economist John Loos anticipates 6% to 7% house price growth in 2015 and a strong residential building sector.