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  1. A magnet for world's investors

    Posted Jun 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Peta Tomlinson As in so many countries, South Africa's property market has been an unpredictable roller coaster of late. Although the country itself managed to avoid recession, ... to be 'two quietish years' for property in South Africa. It says residential prices have been static in nominal terms during the past year (second quarter of last year to the first quarter ...

  2. Bargains galore for investors

    Posted Oct 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Peta Tomlinson Property investment in South Africa is not for the faint-hearted. As with so many other countries, the housing market of Africa's biggest economy could not escape the vortex of the global economic downturn. But it's the roller coaster around it that shows just what a hair-raising ride investors have been on. From 2000 to 2007, South Africa ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    World economies on autopilot

    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 12:00am by RICHARD HARRIS

    ... Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke's failure to announce a big new stimulus to the economy. Yet the Fed will never enact serious economic stimulus measures two months ahead of a presidential election. In the Fed's case, policy paralysis is working in its favour, as doing nothing is almost certainly the right thing- it is keeping meddling politicians away from a US economy ...

  4. Home buyers warned to be careful as flat prices surge past 1997 peak

    Posted May 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Amy Nip Property prices have reached a historic high while real GDP leaped 7.2 per cent in the first quarter over a year earlier and 2.8 per cent from the previous quarter, new government figures show. Overall flat prices soared by nine per cent between D ...

  5. New rules 'will hurt global economy'

    Posted Mar 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com The proposed new global banking and insurance regulations set up in response to the financial crisis will hurt the world economy and should be adjusted, former British trade minister and veteran banker Mervyn Davies warns. 'The world economy is facing a number of challenges. The new banking regulation Basel III and insurance regulation Solvency II ...

  6. The Growth Map

    Posted Jan 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... 'BRIC' to describe the world's four fastest-growing countries and predicted that they would overtake the six largest Western economies within 40 years. BRIC- Brazil, Russia, India and China- has become part of the English language; their success over the past decade has surpassed his most ambitious forecasts. (In 2010, South Africa was added, changing the acronym to BRICS.) ...

  7. Mainland 'at risk of boom-bust economy'

    Posted Mar 09th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in sectors of the mainland economy that are suffering from overinvestment, a senior government minister has warned. Ma Kai, head of the State Development and Reform Commission, said failure to rein ... will slow down. The economy will again witness a boom and a bust,' he said yesterday. Investments in steel, electricity and cement plants shot up 96.6 per cent, 92.6 per cent and 120 per cent ...

  8. In aid of trade

    Posted Jul 19th 2011, 12:00am by Paul Letters

    ... is enjoying a broadening array of produce, including South African wines and Ugandan coffee. China gains an injection of fuel and caffeine, Africa gains the infrastructure needed to facilitate trade. ... Paul Letters China's foreign aid strategy in Africa stands accused of favouring resource-laden nations, downplaying issues of 'good governance' and prioritising ...

  9. Wen promises to halt price rises

    Posted Nov 13th 2007, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li Premier Wen Jiabao has pledged to increase food production as part of government efforts to bring down prices that have worsened the hardship of many low-income families this year. During visits to underprivileged families in Beijing yesterday, ...

  10. Beijing urged to join forces at G20 for debt rules

    Posted Aug 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the so-called BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa- hold large quantity of US treasury bonds. The mainland experts said that given the developing nations had much at stake, ... not the economy, have been the culprits of an economic crisis.' Lu said there also should be some standards for the international rating agencies. 'They have monstrous influence over the markets ...




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