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  1. April 13, 2014

    Beware the market’s tendency to kill its darlings

    The myth of the “fragile five” has shattered. Just a few months ago investors were abuzz about the risks posed to Brazil,...

  2. beyondbrics

    April 11, 2014

    The weekender - April 11

    The week in emerging markets, including our most read, five things we have learned and some long reads for the weekend. Plus...

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  1. South Africa and Africa 2012

    Telecoms companies, retailers and breweries have been blazing the investment trail...
  2. Lesotho 2013

    The ripple effects of sluggish South African growth have concentrated minds on the nee...
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  1. April 11, 2014

    How Nigeria rewrote its growth story

    ‘Nigeria overtook South Africa on Sunday to become Africa’s largest economy after the government nearly doubled estimates...

  2. April 10, 2014

    Twelve days in southern Africa

    Day One/Two South Africa Johannesburg to Mafikeng We have been waiting all day for the president. Now the hour is drawing...

  3. April 8, 2014

    Investors in corrupt ‘new Africa’ repeat old errors

    Either memories are short or our ethical compass is faulty. Or do we simply no longer give a damn? When Barclays refused to...

  4. The World

    April 8, 2014

    Smart reads April 8, 2014

    From the FT: As India’s election gets underway, Amy Kazmin explains why the Congress party is gearing up for a big defeat....

  5. beyondbrics

    April 8, 2014

    Ukraine adds to fears over South Africa food inflation

    South Africans have endured a torrid few months. Drought, floods, a presidential expenses scandal, rolling blackouts and a...

  6. April 7, 2014

    Nigeria and South Africa intensify rivalry after GDP figures

    Nigeria’s new statistical position as Africa’s leading economy looks set to intensify rivalry with South Africa, which has...

  7. April 7, 2014

    ‘Ghost town’ fears haunt South Africa’s mining heartland

    The hairdresser’s chairs sit empty as the staff member explains how four of her colleagues were laid off because of a...

  8. April 7, 2014

    Ample stocks mute platinum strike effect

    Ample stocks are keeping the price of platinum in check even as industrial action in South Africa, the world’s biggest...

  9. April 7, 2014

    Nigeria doubles GDP and exposes failures of government

    To savvy investors it has long been obvious that the Nigerian economy was bigger than officially recorded. But very few, if...

  10. FT Alphaville

    April 7, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Both a lender and a borrower be, China property edition: David looks at the wider...

  11. beyondbrics

    April 7, 2014

    Nigeria's GDP recalculation: the hidden costs

    Nigeria has overtaken South Africa to become Africa’s largest economy after the government released updated figures that...

  12. April 6, 2014

    Nigeria almost doubles GDP in recalculation

    Nigeria overtook South Africa on Sunday to become Africa’s largest economy and 26th largest in the world after the...

  13. April 2, 2014

    Private equity buoyed by deals in less developed African markets

    New research for the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association suggests that the best performing deals in...

  14. beyondbrics

    April 1, 2014

    South Africa palladium ETFs launch on a high note

    Two new exchange traded funds giving investors access to South Africa’s palladium market have hit the ground running....

  15. April 1, 2014

    South African mining: Stuck in the past

    Mcingelwa Maqotyna still remembers the humiliation that came with applying for the job: being forced to strip naked in a...

  16. beyondbrics

    April 1, 2014

    Guest Post: East African Community - an investor magnet

    By Sarah Gelinas, Eaton Vance With five countries, 145m people and an annual GDP of US$110bn, the East African Community...

  17. March 31, 2014

    Norilsk in precious metal talks with China and Japan

    Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest palladium producer, is in talks to sell “very substantial” quantities of the metal to...

  18. beyondbrics

    March 30, 2014

    The week ahead March 31 - April 6

    A great deal of economic data is released this week, including closely-watched China PMI numbers for the month of March,...

  19. March 28, 2014

    Cape Town: World Design Capital 2014

    Alayne Reesberg is quite clear that design isn’t just about the pretty. “It’s much more about the gritty,” says the chief of...

  20. March 28, 2014

    Amplats will ‘not be held to ransom’ by platinum miners’ strike

    Anglo American Platinum, the world’s top producer of the precious metal, said on Friday it would buy platinum on the open...

  21. beyondbrics

    March 28, 2014

    Consumers, Nigeria are focus for Africa PE funds

    South Africa, the African continent’s largest economy, had better take note. West Africa, an area that includes Nigeria, has...

  22. March 27, 2014

    Discovering the southern African bush on SkyAfrica’s aerial safari

    Flying safari “Look carefully below you for warthog holes, termite hills and patches of soft ground. But don’t forget to fly...

  23. March 27, 2014

    India seeks to shed ‘fragile five’ tag as economy improves

    By some measures India’s supposedly fragile economy has rarely looked in better shape, as the politicians prepare for next...

  24. beyondbrics

    March 27, 2014

    South Africa holds rates as economy stutters

    South Africa kept interest rates unchanged on Thursday as Africa’s largest economy continues to grapple with the policy...

  25. March 26, 2014

    Growth in Africa’s GDP adds to its attraction for luxury brands

    Africa is hardly synonymous with wealth and luxury, but the African Development Bank says this may be about to change. A...

  26. March 25, 2014

    South Africa strike costs platinum producers $1bn

    The world’s top three platinum producers warned on Tuesday that a more than eight-week wage strike in South Africa has cost...

  27. March 24, 2014

    South African health minister: strong alliances needed to end TB

    It is a challenging time to be the health minister for South Africa, and to chair the Stop TB Partnership. Nearly 9m people...

  28. March 24, 2014

    Mining companies must step up fight against TB

    Seven years ago, the picture of tuberculosis infection among workers at Anglo American’s coal mines was relatively grim: the...

  29. March 23, 2014

    EM held back by weak global recovery

    Data Lab: ‘Fragile five’ and the changing trade picture It was not supposed to happen this way. Swooning emerging market...

  30. beyondbrics

    March 23, 2014

    The week ahead, March 24-28

    It’s international conference season with meetings on Asian investment, Asean economies, African oil refining, small states...

  31. March 21, 2014

    For sale: five upmarket homes surrounded by wildlife

    Casa Laguna, Mayakoba, Mexico, $3m Where Part of the Rosewood Mayakoba resort on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, eight miles from...

  32. March 21, 2014

    Anglo American overhauls pay policy after investor rebellion

    Anglo American has overhauled its pay policies after an investor rebellion sparked partly by a share award to its new chief...

  33. March 20, 2014

    Strike ends at Amplats’ processing plants

    Anglo American Platinum said it had reached a deal to end a more than six-week wage strike at its processing plants in South...

  34. beyondbrics

    March 20, 2014

    Africa's upstart mining countries taking bites out of big boys

    South Africa and Nigeria are global mineral and oil suppliers, respectively, that have built up their specialist industries...

  35. March 20, 2014

    ANC defends Jacob Zuma after scathing report reveals misconduct

    South Africa’s governing African National Congress stood by its leader, Jacob Zuma, a day after an ombudsman ruled he had...

  36. March 19, 2014

    Brave should return to EM government bonds

    It has been a long time since investors needed to pay serious attention to the UK Budget. But on Wednesday, George Osborne,...

  37. March 19, 2014

    South Africa inflation edges higher

    Good news for the US as the current account deficit of the world’s largest economy shrank to its lowest level in 14 years,...

  38. March 19, 2014

    Damning report finds Zuma spent tax millions on private estate

    South African President Jacob Zuma unduly benefited from a lavish, multimillion dollar upgrade to his private homestead and...

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