SOUTH AFRICA: Kickstarting the economy is easier than you think

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To ensure a local growth rate above the projected global average of 3.5%, Adrian Saville proposes proper integration with the rest of the continent and speedy roll-out of the infrastructure expenditure programme.

ECONOMY: China’s balancing act

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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.

INVESTMENT: A new season of volatility

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Financial markets have been subject to an abrupt increase in volatility in recent weeks with risky assets having been sold off sharply in the first half of October 2014. Paolo Senatore from Ashburton Investments talks about increased volatility in the SA economy.

NEWS: Joburg still Africa’s most popular city

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According to the 2014 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, Johannesburg is set to the most visited city in Africa for the second year running, followed by Cape Town. Finweek investigates.

INVESTMENT: Resilient Property Fund

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One of the attractive features of listed property as an income generating asset class is the consistent and stable above-inflation distribution growth generated by the sector. Paolo Senatore from Ashburton Investments talks about the growth in listed property in SA.

ECONOMY: Confidence in SA declines

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According to the 2014 PPS Professional Confidence Index, the overall confidence level in SA recorded by 3 500 graduate professionals has significantly decreased since the first quarter of the year. Finweek investigates.

MARKET SNIPPET: 3 November 2014

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The policy divergence between the Bank of Japan, European Central Bank and the United States Federal Reserve could have a positive impact on the local market, writes Mabyanine Phiri in today’s Market Snippet.

ECONOMY: SA businesses expect growth

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According to the 2014 Sage Business Index, South African businesses expect more growth from their own businesses than from the economy. Global confidence in business however paints another picture. Finweek looks into more results from the Index.

NEWS: SA’s first Professional Services Awards

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For the first time in South Africa, an award ceremony was held to honour professional services firms and their professionals. The South African Professional Services Awards (SAPSA) was held yesterday (30 October 2014) and Finweek has the list of winners right here.

INVESTMENT: South Africans are ready to start saving

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According to the latest research by Barclays Africa, Africans are more willing to save than ever before. The youth of Africa would rather invest their money to fund further education than to spend it on flashy consumer goods. Finweek investigates.