INSIGHT: Sundry problems plague Africa’s powerhouse

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's finance minister.

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy is facing multiple challenges due to the fall in oil price, writes Dianna Games, CEO of business advisory Africa@Work. Finance minister Ngozi okonjo-Iweala has to make ends meet with dwindling funds.

ECONOMY: Global growth- headwinds or tailwinds?

Global markets

Many economic analysts have argued that the plunge in oil prices reflects the slowing down of the global economy, and some believe that the decline in oil prices itself will have a negative impact on global growth. However Michael Hasenstab believes the recent plunge in oil prices could prove a tailwind, not only for economic growth in the United States, but also in Europe.

INSIGHT: South Africa could face food shortage

Farming

South Africa could face a food shortage in next decade as ageing farmers near retirement. Additionally to dealing with electricity shortages, arable land conditions, the loss of and limited skills in the industry calls for action.

BUDGET: Raft of taxes will hurt the economy

tax burden

There is concern that the announcement of the increase in taxes will hit the production sector the hardest. This will impact economic growth and future investment.

INSIGHT: A low oil price and a silver lining for South Africa

oil

The declining oil price spells out increased spending power for consumers and economic growth for South Africa and countries across the globe.

BUSINESS: Debt stress continues to increase

Hard work

Business Debt Index reveals a further decline in Q4 2014 but continues to remain in positive territory.

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.

SOUTH AFRICA: Kickstarting the economy is easier than you think

Adrian Saville

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

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.

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.