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Oil price hikes offer Africa a silver lining

August 1, 2007

Climbing oil prices may be a headache for the West, but could provide Africa with much needed development revenue.

Subprime mortgage woes

August 1, 2007

As major players face rating downgrades, observers wonder if the problems in the credit market will cascade into the equity markets.

par excellence

July 2, 2007

It is high time France was given some credit for operating an economy that is more open than most to foreign companies.

The miscalculation of posturing over currency misalignment

July 2, 2007

The US and IMF’s targeting of China’s currency has as much to do with playing to the political gallery as it does with economics.

China and Africa’s mutual back scratching

June 4, 2007

A 10-fold increase in bilateral trade means China is set to eclipse Europe and the US as the main foreign actor in Africa.

America’s attack-dog foreign policy thrown to the wolves

June 4, 2007

Much work is required for the US to regain a position of moral authority required to take on new challenges around the world.

Cash alternative society can only work if the market says ‘yes’

May 7, 2007

Projections for a prepaid-card economy see 360 million cards issued in Europe by 2010. But this lucrative business still carries risks.

Bank consortium joins forces to share the spoils of M&A market

May 7, 2007

The three-way bid by RBS, Fortis and Santander for ABN AMRO is the prototype for a new model of mergers and acquisitions deal.

An end to old certainties

April 2, 2007

Globalisation is throwing up new consumer potential in the emerging world and shattering old theories of economic management. Banks failing to track this fast-moving target will be consigned to history.

Don’t tar all vultures with the same brush

March 5, 2007

The current Zambian case not withstanding, most distressed debt traders form a valuable part of the financial system.

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