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Economy

Government might get tougher on market abuse and other bad behaviour

TOUGH TIMES: Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has launched a committee to look into the effects of steel import tariffs on downstream customers. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Firm steps must be taken to end cartels and other practices that raise prices for consumers, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel says

Economy

Rate hikes might be nearly over, but don’t expect a cut any time soon

HARD PLACE: Reserve Bank deputy governor Daniel Mminele says its rate-setting committee is aware of the effect of rate hikes on economic growth, but it will act if inflation and its outlook remain elevated. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Reserve Bank deputy governor Daniel Mminele says the bar to cutting rates is high — and downward pressure on inflation could reverse quickly

Economy

Rise in company liquidations in August on a year-on-year basis

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Liquidations data are an important indicator of the scope of unpaid debt in SA so the slight increase suggests that companies are still financially under pressure

Opinion & Analysis

Evidence against nuclear raises doubt about process

Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

The absence of an updated integrated resource plan suggests Tina Joemat-Pettersson speaks with a forked tongue, writes Helen Zille

Economy

Premier David Makhura appeals for business support to create jobs

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Business has been invited by Gauteng premier David Makhura to back the provincial government’s township stock exchange plan to grow a more inclusive economy

Economy

Inflation outlook improves but no rate cuts just yet

Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

Reserve Bank signals an end to rate-hiking cycle and revises its growth forecast upwards, from zero to 0.4% for this year

The writer says even if the Treasury’s independence and SA’s investment-grade credit status are maintained and economic growth improves, a major historic challenge appears to have been provoked. Picture: SUPPLIED

SA suffers from too much patience with what is broken

In comparison with the many other countries, SA has a perplexing relationship with time, writes Peter Attard Montalto

Economy

De Beers CEO voices stability fears

The writer says even if the Treasury’s independence and SA’s investment-grade credit status are maintained and economic growth improves, a major historic challenge appears to have been provoked. Picture: SUPPLIED

South Africa is in deep danger of losing its investment-grade credit rating, warns De Beers Bruce Cleaver

Economy

Average inflation expectations for 2017 moderate, survey shows

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Average inflation expectations for 2017 declined to 6% in the third quarter of 2016 from 6.2% in the second quarter, a survey by the Bureau For Economic Research showed

Economy

Reserve Bank raises growth forecast as it keeps rates on hold

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Governor Lesetja Kganyago says inflation risks from the rand have eased, but food prices are still driving inflation, and the economic outlook remains constrained

Opinion

Four million poor youth could benefit from grant

Gavin Keeton asks what if, for now, the qualifying age for SA’s child grant is extended to 25?

Economy

Average inflation expectations for 2017 moderate, survey shows

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Average inflation expectations for 2017 declined to 6% in the third quarter of 2016 from 6.2% in the second quarter, a survey by the Bureau For Economic Research showed

Economy

Inflation falls within Bank’s target range in August

Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

But Stats SA’s figures show core inflation, which excludes food and fuel, remains high

Economy

Consumer inflation slows to just inside the Reserve Bank’s target band

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The headline rate was well within expectations, while food inflation remains high, at 11.3%, as the effects of a severe drought continue to be felt

Opinion

Helicopter money takes flight

CHOPPER DROPS: Former US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is among those who believes ‘helicopter money’ could help to revive flagging economies. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The unconventional fiscal policy pays consumers to shop and finances infrastructure spending to revive flagging economies

Economy

Divisions in politics are SA’s major weakness, says Moody’s

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The government must deliver on some of the reforms it promised if it wants to avoid a downgrade, says Moody’s new lead analyst for SA

Economy

Reserve Bank’s leading indicator dips in July

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

The data suggest a tough growth outlook will remain, after the local economy rebounded more than expected in the second quarter

Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Evidence against nuclear raises doubt about process

The absence of an updated integrated resource plan suggests Tina Joemat-Pettersson speaks with a forked tongue, writes Helen Zille

Economy

Manufacturers show more confidence in SA but remain apprehensive

Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Producers expect the level of investment in the sector, which dropped by the most in six years during the first half of the year, to recover over the next 12 months

Economy

Moody’s is leaning towards not downgrading SA

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The rating agency says there is a less than 50% chance of a downgrade to junk status for SA

Economy

WATCH: What SA must do to avert ratings downgrade

The writer says even if the Treasury’s independence and SA’s investment-grade credit status are maintained and economic growth improves, a major historic challenge appears to have been provoked. Picture: SUPPLIED

Business Day’s Editing Allowed panel assesses SA’s actions and prospects of averting a downgrade in its sovereign-credit rating

Opinion

No updated price in this CPI release

The writer says even if the Treasury’s independence and SA’s investment-grade credit status are maintained and economic growth improves, a major historic challenge appears to have been provoked. Picture: SUPPLIED

Changes in the cost of living of all segments of the population — rich and poor, rural and urban — are important to track

Standard Bank

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