OPINION: Enable women for transformation in business

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Women play a crucial role in society and the economy. CEO of the JCCI, Joan Warburton-McBride shares on the importance of eradicating the barriers limiting women in business.

INSIGHT: Longer term dangers in the market economy?

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Dramatic movements on global equities market have stirred up concern for the economic future. Professor of economics at the University of New South Wales, Australia, Richard Holden shares insight on the market economy. This article originally appeared in the Conversation.

NEWS: SA to adopt measures to preserve agriculture sector

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South Africa’s agriculture sector needs to be properly secured against the inconsistent weather patterns wreaking disaster on crops. The financial losses have damaging consequences for industry and consumers.

COVER: Is property still a safe haven?

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Many investors think property is as safe as houses. But the truth is this sector, like any other, is not immune to economic setbacks and market movements. Finweek contributor Liesl Peyper takes a look at what is in store for the South African property market over the coming months.

NEWS: China’s future currency fluctuations unsure

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China’s currency depreciation was the most significant one-day devaluation against the US dollar since the People’s Bank of China adopted exchange-rate reform on July 21, 2005. Rocky Tung unpacks the risks of the adjustments.

INSIGHT: SA’s economy is growing slower than its potential

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Government policy is limiting South Africa’s growth potential, writes Jakkie Cilliers from the University of Pretoria. Cilliers highlights three factors contributing to the deterioration of growth forecasts for the economy. This article originally appeared in The Conversation.

INSIGHT: How will rising interest rates affect equity returns?

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Returns on equities tend to be better when interest rates are falling. Even though interest rates are rising, equity investors should not make hasty decisions yet as the current interest phase is not at its worst.

VIDEO: Outlook for MTN and Vodacom

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The editor’s pick this week in Finweek Money Matters looks at the challenges and opportunities for mobile operators, MTN and Vodacom. Finweek Money Matters is a weekly programme aired every Friday 13:00 CAT on CNBC Africa (DSTV Channel 410). The programme focusses on trends, investment analysis and economic debates.

INSIGHT: The social context of debt

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It is common for South Africans to lend and borrow money from friends and family. Drawing from social capital from communities is not necessarily irresponsible debt management.

OPINION: Exchange controls dinosaur to be laid to rest

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The legacy policy of exchange controls should be abolished, says Andrew Hannington, CEO of Grant Thornton JHB. He argues that exchange controls are no longer beneficial.