News flash News Flash - Election Fever

News Flash – Election Fever

At the time of writing, it still remains to be seen as to who will win the United States election. In the midst of the process, the temperature of the nation has become feverish with protests ranging from the electoral system itself to the validity of mail votes and late counting. Meanwhile, the incumbent president has…

News flash News Flash – How economists got the world wrong and the dirty world of politics and business

News Flash – Interference

In last week’s News Flash entitled ‘‘Money doesn’t grow on trees’’, we highlighted that the most substantial and enduring impact of Covid-19 will be the dramatically increased level of debt on almost all global government balance sheets. As a logical sequel, this week’s quote relates to the extraordinary level of money-printing by central banks. On the…

News flash News Flash – Rising Inequality – not only confined to South Africa

News Flash – Rising Inequality

South Africa has one of the highest measures of income and wealth inequality in the world. But we are not alone. The benefits of economic growth in many major developed economies are increasingly not being shared evenly. Governments can play a key role in making economic growth more inclusive through various actions: Rethinking policy goals…

News flash News Flash – The New Normal

News Flash – The New Normal

While 2020 has been a year unlike any other and we certainly hope that we are through the worst of it – the infection rates, the lockdowns, the economic impact, the fear and the uncertainty – perhaps we need to realise that this is potentially the new normal and not just an isolated bump in the road.…

News flash News Flash - Winners and Losers

News Flash – Winners and Losers

This week’s theme focuses on success and regress over the past week within corporate and country specific contexts. Ironically, we feature the Tesla share price as a loser, although we continue to support the profound innovation and global disruption emanating from the company itself. Conversely, traditional homegrown South African grocer Shoprite, delivered a most impressive…

News flash News Flash - Doing more with less

News Flash – Doing more with less

This week’s global news focuses on a somewhat positive aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic – the acceleration in adapting and developing technologies that can minimise the impact on the environment: France is allocating a significant portion of newly available funds to green technology; Amazon is making progress in overcoming legislative hurdles to enable it to…