Economy

How Trump’s political drama could hurt the economy

President Trump speaks at a rally on June 21 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. – Scott Olson/Getty Images Uncertainty. That’s got to be how you would describe the feeling coming out of Washington these days. There is plenty of policy uncertainty: health care legislation, tax reform, the debt ceiling. There is also political uncertainty: congressional investigations, special prosecutors, lawsuits, even calls for impeachment. ... Read More »

This is what the Queen’s Speech means for the economy

The Queen’s Speech concentrated largely on Brexit PA The business and financial communities are supposed to like strong government, so they know where they stand and can plan for it. But in the past couple of weeks, and especially now after the Queen’s Speech, they have been swinging round to the view that weak government might be rather good news. ... Read More »

National Treasury still has a chance to save the economy

As SA grapples with three bruising downgrades to its sovereign credit rating, an economy in recession and increasing political uncertainty, National Treasury can play its role in lifting the country from the economic malaise. This is the view of Nedbank’s senior economist Nicky Weimar, who said to avoid further damage in terms of further downgrades by S&P Global Ratings, Fitch ... Read More »

12 Rules for the New Economy

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at a holiday event. Instead of one of my usual (but awesome) presentations, I wrote some thoughts on a piece of paper and shared what I thought these businesses needed to know to align themselves for 2015. Here’s what I shared. I hope these rules (guidelines) help you. 1. Word ... Read More »

5 Faces of the Gig Economy: New Study Reveals All (Infographic)

The gig economy is growing at a pace faster than some might have imagined. And driving it forward are freelancers who are redefining the modern workspace. Not all of these people are gravitating to freelancing for the same reasons. A new infographic created by LinkedIn ProFinder and Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) reveals there are five different types of freelancers in the gig economy ... Read More »

With GST, airlines might face taxation turbulence

While the GST is set to be in place from 1 July, lack of clarity on certain areas pertaining to airlines business have raised concerns of higher operational costs. Photo: PTI Mumbai: Airlines seem to be preparing for turbulence with the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) regime as certain segments of aviation business, including movement of spare ... Read More »

Shivraj Singh Chouhan on indefinite fast, but Madhya Pradesh farmers continue stir

A file photo of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint Bhopal: Facing an agrarian unrest in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday launched an indefinite fast here with an appeal for peace and met farmer leaders, but failed to reach a compromise, while the opposition Congress dismissed it as mere “drama”. No major ... Read More »

5 Faces of the Gig Economy: New Study Reveals All (Infographic)

The gig economy is growing at a pace faster than some might have imagined. And driving it forward are freelancers who are redefining the modern workspace. Not all of these people are gravitating to freelancing for the same reasons. A new infographic created by LinkedIn ProFinder and Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) reveals there are five different types of freelancers in the gig economy ... Read More »

20 Surprising Stats About the Gig Economy

More than a fourth of the U.S. is now officially part of the freelance gig economy, a recent report indicates. In the future, more and more people of all ages and ethnicity will declare their independence from the 9-to-5 daily corporate grind for the freedom, autonomy and self-determination that the freelance, gig economy lifestyle brings. So says a new report ... Read More »

All that ‘animal spirits’ talk for the economy seems like a long time ago now

May’s disappointing job growth delivered another blow to hopes that the U.S. economy is on the cusp of breaking out. Job creation fell well short of economist expectations, with just 138,000 new positions created against estimates for 185,000. The unemployment rate declined to a 16-year low of 4.3 percent, but that was because of a drop in the labor force ... Read More »