Another town, another train …

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I will be spending the ten-day period from February 9 to 18 travelling through Europe (Dublin, London, Geneva and Ljubljana). My itinerary is going to be rather tight, but there will always be a few gaps to meet with readers. […]






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SA inflation down by more than expected

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By Kevin Lings

In December 2008, headline CPI inflation fell sharply to 9.5%y/y from 11.8%y/y in November. This was better than market expectations for a fall to 10.0%. CPIX inflation also fell sharply, dropping by 0.9%m/m in December, with the annual rate falling to 10.3%y/y, from 12.1%y/y in November. This was also […]

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Video-o-rama: Global economy – banked into submission

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While financial markets remained mired in uncertainty, the who’s who of global economics descended on Davos in Switzerland for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. This week’s harvest of video clips therefore includes a number of interviews set against the backdrop of the snow-covered Alps. Some of the more interesting ones are shared in this post. […]






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Forbes Interview: Jeremy Grantham – the bear buys stocks

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This post features a must-see video interview (including transcript) conducted by Steve Forbes with Jeremy Grantham. […]






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Albert Edwards: Back in the bear camp

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“Technicals say it is time to bail out. Cut exposure and prepare for rout. US depression looking likely. China’s 2009 implosion could get ugly,” said Albert Edwards in his latest research report. Click through to the post for the complete article. […]






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Interest rate prospects: sharing the burden

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By Cees Bruggemans

So why would the SARB only want to cut rates by 0.5% every MPC meeting this year, prime potentially falling to 12% by yearend compared to 15% today?

Why not a little adventuresome experimentation, cutting by 1% every meeting, as potentially already discounted by financial markets or otherwise […]

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