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    EM equities rated most attractive asset class - survey

    Global institutional investors regard emerging market (EM) equities as the most attractive of all major asset classes, a new...

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    Moody’s downgrades South Africa’s four main banks

    Moody’s, the rating agency, on Tuesday downgraded the credit ratings of South Africa’s four dominant banks as the country’s...

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  1. South Africa and Africa 2012

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  2. Lesotho 2013

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  1. August 19, 2014

    BHP Billiton’s spin-off is a turning point for mining industry

    BHP restructuring BHP Billiton’s asset spin-off is set to be seen as a turning point for the global mining industry: a...

  2. August 19, 2014

    Shoprite: still not on sale

    Owning Shoprite is a play on, first, a rebound in South Africa’s resource-driven economy and, second, the African consumer....

  3. August 19, 2014

    BHP Billiton: imperial overstretch

    “The decline of Rome was the natural and inevitable effect of immoderate greatness . . . the stupendous fabric yielded to...

  4. beyondbrics

    August 19, 2014

    Guest post: beyond the acronyms, EM reform is what really counts

    By Jonathan Fenby, Trusted Sources There’s nothing like an acronym or a catchy label when it comes to emerging markets. The...

  5. FT Alphaville

    August 19, 2014

    Taking the Billiton out of BHP (and UK shareholders) - Part II

    We have no idea if Andrew Mackenzie, the Scottish-born chief executive of BHP Billiton, is favour of independence. But UK...

  6. August 19, 2014

    BHP split calls time on mining boom years

    BHP Billiton is to break up one of the world’s largest collections of mining assets via a stock market spin-off, signalling...

  7. August 18, 2014

    Bankers and regulators insist Abil an isolated case

    Even since the extent of African Bank’s problems became clear, bankers and regulators have been quick to claim it is an...

  8. August 18, 2014

    Coronation’s humbling shows scale of Abil crisis

    As South Africa’s financial sector absorbed the news that African Bank Investments, the country’s biggest provider of...

  9. August 18, 2014

    Russia tensions push palladium to $900

    Palladium touched $900 a troy ounce on Monday for the first time since 2001, taking this year’s price gain to 25 per cent....

  10. August 17, 2014

    Sim Tshabalala, the ‘insider-outsider’ of Standard Bank

    When asked how his first year at the helm of Standard Bank, Africa’s largest, has been, Sim Tshabalala’s initial instinct is...

  11. FT Alphaville

    August 13, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Wednesday, - Biotech firm really didn’t enjoy its six days as a public company. - Time for another recession? -...

  12. August 12, 2014

    Marikana was a ‘collective failure’, says Cyril Ramaphosa

    South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said the police killing of 34 striking miners was a “collective failure” as...

  13. beyondbrics

    August 12, 2014

    EM export surge reveals split in fortunes

    Emerging market (EM) economies are rebounding from an export malaise that has marred their fortunes since early 2012 and...

  14. August 11, 2014

    Cyril Ramaphosa defends role in run-up to ‘Marikana massacre’

    Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday defended his role during the 2012 mining unrest that claimed 44 lives, as he appeared before an...

  15. August 11, 2014

    Growth slows in emerging economies

    Emerging market countries known for their young populations and rapid economic expansion are showing signs of slower growth,...

  16. August 10, 2014

    Tunisia and Pakistan join the sukuk rush

    Countries including Pakistan, Tunisia and South Africa are drawing up plans to issue government bonds that comply with...

  17. FT Alphaville

    August 8, 2014

    Abil nadir and kudos to Conatus

    Short sellers have to be patient, but lest we forget a round of applause please to David Stemerman of Conatus Capital for...

  18. August 7, 2014

    African Bank Investments crisis deepens

    The crisis engulfing African Bank Investments, South Africa’s biggest provider of unsecured loans, deepened on Thursday as...

  19. August 6, 2014

    Palladium weakens as bulls head for exit

    The top performing precious metal of 2014 is beginning to come under pressure. Since reaching its highest level in almost 14...

  20. August 6, 2014

    African Bank Investments shares plunge 60%

    African Bank Investments shone a spotlight on the rapid growth of unsecured lending in South Africa and the country’s...

  21. August 5, 2014

    Ghana tarnishes ‘Africa rising’ story

    The world has become used to the idea of Africa being on the march. In the past decade, after two decades of stagnation, the...

  22. August 5, 2014

    African corporates gain appetite for debt

    When Helios Towers Nigeria needed to raise funds earlier this year, it did not turn to a bank for a loan. Instead,...

  23. August 1, 2014

    The world calls time on western rules

    Two months ago the hands on the clock on the Congress building in Bolivia began to move anticlockwise. This was not a...

  24. July 31, 2014

    Strong pound dents profits at Scottish engineering group Weir

    Weir Group became the latest UK company to be hit by a strong pound as the FTSE 100 engineer reported a fall in first-half...

  25. July 31, 2014

    Key dates in 400-year history between US and Africa

    It is in recognition of the changing times that the White House has invited 50 African heads of state, alongside hundreds of...

  26. July 30, 2014

    Leveraged loans expand in southern Africa

    The leveraged loan industry is looking to tap into the growth potential of sub-Saharan Africa as it prepares the framework...

  27. July 28, 2014

    South African metalworkers to end strike after pay offer

    The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the country’s main manufacturing union, has agreed to end a four-week...

  28. July 25, 2014

    Lonmin seeks to reassure investors over financial health

    Lonmin is seeking to reassure investors following the strike that halted its South African platinum mines for five months,...

  29. July 24, 2014

    South Africa open to curbs on strike action

    South Africa has opened the door to a change in labour laws that would weaken the power of the unions to strike, just as the...

  30. July 23, 2014

    South Africa deal puts Alstom on right track

    Alstom has said its orders doubled in the first fiscal quarter thanks to a large South African rail contract, as it seeks to...

  31. beyondbrics

    July 23, 2014

    Guest post: the Brics Bank and Bretton Woods

    By Lucy O’Carroll of Aberdeen Asset Management The Bretton Woods conference aimed to reshape the international financial...

  32. beyondbrics

    July 22, 2014

    Guest post: the free ride to convergence is over; EMs must boost productivity

    By Mario Pezzini of the OECD The year 2010 was a turning point. What we didn’t know at the time – but what new data just...

  33. July 21, 2014

    Anglo American to shed platinum assets

    Anglo American is to sell a major part of its platinum mining operations in South Africa, following the end of a five-month...

  34. July 20, 2014

    A few Brics short of a firewall

    During last week’s meeting of the Brics nations in Fortaleza, Brazil, one item of unusual substance emerged from the...

  35. July 20, 2014

    South Africa warns of cracks in landmark Bali trade agreement

    South Africa has warned the concerns of developing countries are being sidelined under a global trade deal due for...

  36. July 18, 2014

    Meet the dean: Nick Binedell, Gibs, University of Pretoria

    Nick Binedell is a man who loves a good story and the dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs) at the...

  37. July 18, 2014

    Investing in wine? A mug’s game, says Rowan Gormley, Naked Wines

    Rowan Gormley, 51, launched Naked Wines, the crowdfunded online wine retailer, in December 2008. The company is based in...

  38. beyondbrics

    July 18, 2014

    MH17: investors ignore it at their peril, analysts warn

    If EM investors were looking for a trigger for volatility, this must surely fit the bill. The downing of flight MH17,...

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