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  1. beyondbrics

    September 26, 2014

    Commodity prices and the perils of generalisation

    Financial market traders kicking their heels for much of this year over the (to them) maddening lack of volatility have at...

  2. September 15, 2014

    Gemfields turns to Sri Lanka for sapphires

    Gemfields, the Aim-quoted precious stone miner, has extended its reach to Sri Lanka by buying a majority stake in 16...

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  1. beyondbrics

    September 15, 2014

    Kenya at risk from higher interest rates, lower tea and tourism revenues

    Kenya’s big twin deficits will become a heavier burden when higher US interest rates push up borrowing costs, Renaissance...

  2. beyondbrics

    September 10, 2014

    Africa rising: for whom, and for how long?

    Africa is, or has been, rising: on that most people seem agreed. The question is: which parts, and for how long? The...

  3. FT Alphaville

    August 26, 2014

    Bob's back

    8am on Wednesday sees a resumption of trading in Atlas Mara Co-Nvest, the cash shell that Bob Diamond floated in London last...

  4. August 10, 2014

    Guinea shuts borders in bid to halt Ebola

    CONAKRY, Aug 9 – Guinea closed its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia on Saturday in a bid to halt the spread of an Ebola...

  5. 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...

  6. August 2, 2014

    Ghana seeks IMF help after currency falls 40%

    Ghana, the country that epitomised the ‘Africa rising’ narrative of strong economic growth and improved governance, is to...

  7. July 31, 2014

    Facebook app to offer free internet in Zambia

    Facebook has created an app to offer free basic internet services to users in emerging markets as part of its push to...

  8. beyondbrics

    June 9, 2014

    Zambia's lesson for Ghana: call the IMF

    When Zambia last week approached the International Monetary Fund for financial help, another cash-strapped African country...

  9. June 6, 2014

    Zambia asks IMF for help after currency slides

    Zambia, Africa’s second-largest copper producer, has requested help from the International Monetary Fund after a slump in...

  10. beyondbrics

    May 23, 2014

    A new frontier: Africa's "explosive" homebrew market

    In the 1980s Yvonne Chaka Chaka released a hit single called Umqombothi, the Xhosa word for homebrew beer. The song...

  11. May 20, 2014

    African bonds lose honeymoon feeling

    Few statistics better show the rise of Africa over the last decade than the sharp increase in the number of countries in the...

  12. beyondbrics

    May 15, 2014

    IFC issues first Rwandan local currency bond

    Investor appetite for African local currency bonds issued by foreign institutions shows little sign of abating. On...

  13. beyondbrics

    May 15, 2014

    The surge in Africa direct investment

    The multi-billion dollar wave of foreign direct investment into Africa is well known among investors. Less known is another...

  14. Material World

    May 11, 2014

    Part lll: Sub-Saharan Africa

    Dismissed for decades by the industry, it has only been in the past 18 months that sub-Saharan Africa has really started...

  15. May 1, 2014

    Reasons to be wary of African debt expansion

    Young bond markets grow up so fast. With a flurry of issuance expected and few maturing debts, Africa is likely to be one of...

  16. April 16, 2014

    Bond investors parse the frontier story

    Many of the world’s poorest countries have notched up a debut dollar bond issue in recent years, taking advantage of strong...

  17. April 8, 2014

    Copper output surge adds to price pressure

    A surge in mine production could send copper prices down to $6,000 a tonne later this year – a level last seen in the...

  18. April 7, 2014

    Zambia makes bond market return

    Zambia has raised $1bn through an international bond sale in Africa’s first sovereign debt issuance of the year. The yield...

  19. March 25, 2014

    Zambia to tap bond markets in first 2014 Africa issue

    Zambia plans to become the first African government to tap global capital markets in 2014, providing an important test of...

  20. 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...

  21. March 21, 2014

    Zambia drops exchange regulations to halt currency decline

    Zambia, one of Africa’s biggest copper producers, on Friday scrapped foreign exchange regulations in a dramatic move to...

  22. 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...

  23. beyondbrics

    March 19, 2014

    Copper's decline sends Zambian kwacha into tailspin

    The Zambian kwacha has been one of the weakest currencies against the US dollar this year, losing more than 8 per cent of...

  24. March 16, 2014

    Africa hits a bump on the road to prosperity

    Data Lab: sub-Sahara African growth faces bumps in the road South of the Sahara, economies have flourished over the past...

  25. beyondbrics

    March 12, 2014

    China slowdown clouds sub-Saharan Africa outlook

    In a world of shrinking liquidity, sub-Sahara African governments are finding little room to manoeuvre in stimulating their...

  26. March 9, 2014

    Quality helps students go the distance

    Far away from the debate about whether online learning can ever match the classroom experience is a group of people for whom...

  27. February 24, 2014

    Frontier market havens come under threat as frailties appear

    Frontier markets are poised at the extremities of market capitalism, a position that often equates to life on the edge for...

  28. February 21, 2014

    Esther Freud on Zambia’s campaign against male violence

    It is the start of Zambia’s 16-day annual national campaign against gender-based violence, and in Lusaka there is a march...

  29. February 19, 2014

    Cement group Lafarge upbeat on global demand

    Lafarge said that demand in the emerging markets would pick up sharply this year and make progress in Europe, as the cement...

  30. February 14, 2014

    Time to move in on emerging market opportunities

    Things are not looking good for emerging markets, with investors taking fright at populist governments seeking re-election,...

  31. beyondbrics

    February 6, 2014

    Grindrod rail deal: right direction for Africa

    Mining may get a bad press in Africa, but there’s no denying the potential – and it’s importance. Nearly one quarter of the...

  32. January 31, 2014

    Vedanta hurt by fall in Zambian copper production

    Vedanta Resources has posted a 3 per cent decline in revenue for the last three months of 2013 as the company’s non-Indian...

  33. January 6, 2014

    Surging Dr Copper leaves traders confused

    A crucial material in wiring and electronics, copper has long been seen as a barometer of the health of the global economy....

  34. December 11, 2013

    FT/City Ingenuity Awards runners-up

    Highly commended: Bicycle Empowerment Network The Bicycle Empowerment Network is an expanding chain of sale and repair shops...

  35. beyondbrics

    December 6, 2013

    Gabon's $1.5bn eurobond: telling the right story

    Gabon joined the year’s rostrum of sovereign African eurobond issuers on Thursday with a 10 year “soft bullet” issue of...

  36. beyondbrics

    November 28, 2013

    Morocco and eurobonds: just can’t get enough

    Last week it was a Moroccan bank issuing international bonds, and now it’s the government that has global investors in its...

  37. November 18, 2013

    Pricing shift in $2bn-a-year cobalt market sets post-Libor trend

    When politicians fret about price benchmarks, they are unlikely to be thinking about cobalt. But the niche market for the...

  38. November 15, 2013

    Vedanta pins hopes on lifting of Indian mining ban

    Vedanta held out hopes of a quick resumption of iron ore mining in India and played down concerns over its standing in...

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