AFRICA: Nigeria’s expanding economy


According to a report by the McKinsey Global Institute, the Nigerian economy has the potential to become one of the world’s leading economies by 2030. But we look at continuing challenges in Nigeria that might restrain development.

ECONOMY: In the age of low interest rates

Innovative Entrepreneurs

We have a generation of traders and investors who see any dip as a buying opportunity and policy makers who argues everything being equal. Steen Jakobsen from Saxo Bank talks candidly about what we know as the stock market bubble.

INVESTMENT: SA stock market ups and downs


Despite the weak economic performance in South Africa, the stock market has hit record highs. We take a closer look.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: The 7 habits of highly successful SME supply chains


It is important for entrepreneurs across the globe to take a good look at their supply chain for long term business stability. We look at seven keys to supply chain management that will guarantee success.

ECONOMY: Why SA is lagging behind the globe


The biggest risk to the economy at the moment would be a rapid rise in inflation due to a further sharp depreciation of the rand, forcing the SARB to hike rates. It won’t take too many rate increases to push us into recession. But every cloud has a silver lining, the economy is still growing. We take a look.

NEWS: Weak economy reason behind stable interest rates


The Reserve Bank Governor, Gill Marcus has announced that interest rates will remain unchanged. We look at the numerous risks and reasons behind this announcement.

INSIGHT: Why public holidays are bad for business


All the public holidays around this time in South Africa has some serious financial implications for businesses and in turn, the economy. The effect of one public holiday can cost the country around R1bn. We look at other ways in which public holidays are negatively affecting South African business.

INSIGHT: Nigeria’s dominance of the African continent

Dave Mohr

To measure overall economic activity, statisticians calculate gross domestic product (GDP). In Nigeria’s case, GDP calculations were done until recently using 1990 as the base year. The economy has changed substantially since then and only 33 sectors were covered in the calculation. The rebased GDP estimate now includes 46 sectors.

South Africa: The party is over


“The long and the short of it is that Government is panicking about the state of the consumer but they are also aware that it will be politically unpopular to raise interest rates ahead of the general elections,” writes Finweek Editor Marc Ashton.

BIG IDEA: Investing in Stellenbosch


Economists have been having a hard time since the global financial collapse in 2008. In this series we take a look at how out-of-the-box economic thinking can transform South Africa in 2014 and attempt to restore the humble economist to her former glory.