BRIC, MINT or CIVET: What’s the best investment?

From Reuters   * Assets in BRIC investment funds down sharply from 2010 * Economic growth may not convert into stock market gains * Goldman’s BRIC fund down 20 percent in past three years * Acronyms are economic, not investment concepts – inventor * MINT countries offer young, growing populations – O’Neill By Carolyn Cohn … Read more

New property baron Tito Mboweni: Intends turning Fourways into Manhattan of Africa, surpassing Sandton City

Former SA Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni has taken well to business. This morning he ushered in the JSE’s newest listing, Accelerate Property Fund, whose R6bn portfolio is dominated by the Fourways Mall, an enormous development north of Sandton. In this engaging and wide ranging interview, Accelerate chairman Mboweni moves from Nelson Mandela’s turnaround from … Read more

The big news about China that everyone’s missing

    Last month, China held a leadership conference that attracted a great deal of press attention. Most of it, however, focused on China’s announcement that it planned to start easing up on its infamous one-child policy. According to Investec’s Michael Power, by focusing on this, the media missed the real story, which was China’s … Read more

The good, the bad, and the ugly of Chinese investment in SA

The dynamics underlying China’s economy are shifting. As export markets in the European Union and the United States stagnate, China’s reliance on exports is becoming more of a drag than a driver, and Chinese leaders are recognizing the need to refocus on domestic consumption. All of this, of course, spells opportunity for other countries, and … Read more

As emerging markets sink, developed economies rise

The biggest economic story of the 2000s was undoubtedly the rise of emerging markets. As China and India shook off decades of stagnation, they became the engines that drove the world economy, joined by other fast-growing emerging nations like Turkey, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico. As these economies achieved scorching rates of economic growth, investment capital … Read more

SA’s ultimate “lock up and go” – bids start at R100m

The seriously rich love penthouses. One Russian billionaire loves them so much he recently set a world record when forking out over R3bn for a penthouse in Monaco. Price-wise that makes South Africa’s best offerings appear positively puny. Stephen Pellerade works and lives in the rarified atmosphere of the super wealthy, building and selling properties … Read more

Cheep protein for the poor? The communists just don’t get it, do they?

I’m still rather confused about the impact of the new poultry tariffs. One of the guests we interviewed on CNBC Africa’s Power Lunch told us that the recently imposed duties will  double chicken prices at fast food stores. If that’s true, why no consumer outcry? Yfm’s CEO Kanthan Pillay has taken a different approach. He … Read more