INVESTMENT: The long-term effects of low oil prices

oil and currency markets

What is the cure for low oil prices and what will low prices mean for long-term investors? Colin Morton, vice president and portfolio manager, Franklin UK Equity Team, shares his thoughts.

COVER STORY: The year that was

The 18 December 2014 edition of Finweek available for download now and on shelves from 11 December 2014.

2014 was a political and economic roller coaster. In this week’s cover story, journalist Liesl Peyper gives a round-up of all 2014’s top stories.

OPINION: SA in desperate need of education reform

Kid learning

South Africa needs to improve its quality of education in order to gain international competitiveness and create more jobs, argues Mustak Ally.

COVER STORY: Where is SA going?

Cover 11Dec14

In this edition of Finweek, journalist Patrick Cairns takes a critical look at the state of the South African economic and business landscapes. Read an excerpt from our cover story here.

OPINION: What the Dutch can teach SA about RDR

Maarten Boddeus Yellowtail

“Lessons from the Dutch show that South Africa should prepare for a robust debate on the role of financial advice,” writes Maarten Boddeüs concerning the impending Retail Distribution Review.

OPINION: Vulnerability hampers global competitiveness

Lynette Ntuli

The continued vulnerability of women and children in South Africa is an obstacle to our global competitiveness, argues Lynette Ntuli in this thought-provoking opinion piece.

STEP RIGHT UP: This week in Finweek

4Dec2014 Cover

A water crisis, a chat with Naspers CEO, stuck in a lift with Terence Goodlace, whisky and chai are only a few of the delights you can expect in Finweek this week. Find out more here.

OPINION: CEO vacancies create a new wave of Turnaround Kings

Mosima Selekisho, Director of Talent Africa's Executive Search division and head of Research Department

Finding executive leadership who are willing to take on the risk of an ailing company is not always easy, but these so-called Turnaround Kings are willing to risk great and public failure in exchange for great rewards.

OPINION: Bigger asset managers less flexible

SME 3

While investors might be tempted to entrust their assets to bigger asset managers, Alex Funk argues that these firms can’t offer the same agility as smaller managers.

ECONOMY: China’s balancing act

Debt

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s tightrope walk between public reform and political clout will have serious implications for the growth of the Chinese economy. Ashburton’s Craig Farley unpacks what this will mean for China and foreign investors.