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'Global Nomads' are Proliferating and Working from Anywhere

Date: 7 July 2016

In the past two weeks, I have met two people who introduced themselves as global nomads. By “nomads”, they mean someone who moves from place to place with no fixed address, other than their email address. They consult wherever they go, and are enabled through technology to live and work from anywhere.

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Why the Scarcity of Mature Leaders?

Date: 7 July 2016

There is a pressing need for intelligent leaders who are able to deal effectively with today’s challenges and demands – and those of the future. However, intelligence alone is not sufficient. It is simply a “blunt” tool that enables leaders to get things done. Too often leaders are intelligence giants but maturity dwarfs. This has far-reaching, detrimental consequences.

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Gig Workers' Risky Business

Date: 6 July 2016

To secure work in the gig economy, workers often have to contribute not just their time and labour but also their capital. This means workers are not only shouldering the risks associated with insecure employment but also the risks associated with investing capital into businesses that they have little control over.

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Don't Panic! Buy...Maybe

Date: 6 July 2016

Financial markets around the world are responding to current political uncertainty in both Australia and the UK by sending stocks, bonds and currencies on a rollercoaster ride.  The far-reaching implications of Brexit caused the S&P/ASX 200 volatility index (A-VIX) to spike to the highest level since the start of 2016. Similarly, the A-VIX jumped 5% in the opening minutes of trading on Monday after it became clear the federal election would remain unresolved.

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Can South Africa Avoid 'Junk Debt' Status?

Date: 6 July 2016

In early June, the international debt-rating agency Standard & Poor’s granted a stay of execution by not downgrading the South African government’s IOU certificate to a “junk debt” status.  This preserved the country’s credit worthiness as investment grade. South Africa should therefore be able to keep on sourcing external finance at a relatively affordable cost.

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Life in the Slow (Trading) Lane

Date: 6 July 2016

It sounds like a scene from “Jurassic World”: fast, agile predators pursue their slower, less nimble prey, as the latter flee for safer pastures. Yet this ecology framework turns out to be an apt analogy for today’s financial markets, in which ultra-fast traders vie for profits against less speedy counterparts.

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South Africa Needs the UK Market

Date: 30 June 2016

The UK has voted to leave the European Union (EU). South Africa has historical and very close trade ties with the UK. Most of these relations were inherited by the EU when South Africa signed a free-trade agreement with the bloc that came into effect in 2000. That agreement made both the UK and the EU jointly important trading partners.

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We Will Buy Your Planes, but We Won't Enjoy It

Date: 29 June 2016

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – the Islamic Republic’s ultimate authority – reluctantly blessed the nuclear agreement between Iran and the West that was signed in June 2015 and went into effect in January. Since then, he has gone out of his way to emphasize that his endorsement didn’t mean he wanted to normalize economic ties with the U.S.

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Africa would have Preferred 'Remain'

Date: 28 June 2016

The fallout from the UK referendum that ended in victory for those wanting the country to exit from the European Union (EU) is still reverberating around the world. However, what does it mean for Africa?

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