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More repo rate thoughts and the mini-budget (26/9)


The repo rate increases again (23/9)


CPI inflation is down, but the repo rate is likely to go up again (22/9)


Inflation, the exchange rate and the repo (21/9)


Stage-6 is back (20/9)


Focus on inflation (SA) and interest rates (U.S.) this week (19/9)


What will happen to the Covid grant? (16/9)


Big ideas for the economic reform agenda (15/9)


SA mining production data and a side-note on US inflation (14/9)


What influences this month’s repo rate decision? (13/9)


When will prices start to decrease? (12/9)


Business and consumer confidence mixed bag (9/9)


What happened in agriculture in the second quarter (8/9)


But what do the growth prospects look like? (7/9)


How are the UK, EU and Chinese economies doing, and what does it mean for SA? (6/9)


US data and SA indicators (5/9)


Good news from August indicators (2/9)


Food and its environmental impact (1/9)


Everyone wants reforms, but what are we willing to give up to get them? (31/8)


This week’s indicators (30/8)


Jerome Powell spoke, and what it means for the repo rate (29/8)


July’s CPI and PPI inflation rates were high (26/8)


#NationalShutdown or whatever (25/8)


The unemployment rate decreased in Q2! (24/8)


This week’s indicators will look bad (23/8)


Inflation and wages (22/8)


Consumers under pressure (19/8)


A prediction market for everything (18/8)


What game theory can tell us about the response to foot and mouth disease (17/8)


Rand will definitely maybe strengthen (16/8)


Production indicators (15/8)


Women economists that you should follow (12/8)


The wins and woes of international trade (11/8)


U.S. jobs and inflation numbers matter for us all (10/8)


Economic growth in SA – the demand-side indicators (9/8)


Economic growth in SA – the supply-side indicators (8/8)


There has been an uptick in investment (5/8)


A wealth tax to fund a BIG? (4/8)


PMI and Naamsa numbers (3/8)


The ANC policy (uncertainty) conference (2/8)


What happens at the Fed… (1/8)


The PPI and the inflation outlook (29/7)


The IMF’s economic growth forecasts (28/7)


The leading indicator of the business cycle (27/7)


Inflation expectations are up, but not too far from the target band (26/7)


The Big Mac index shows that the rand is significantly undervalued (25/7)


The repo rate is increased by 75 basis points (22/7)


Inflation is up and today’s repo rate decision is crucial (21/7)


A new measure of how the economy is doing (20/7)


How are the upside inflation risks weighed? (19/7)


Inflation and a repo rate decision (18/7)


The economics of flight tickets to Cape Town (15/7)


This week’s data shows production and consumption slowing in May (14/7)


How to save some money (13/7)


Why is the rand depreciating? (12/7)


Eskom and the public debt (11/7)


Recession or soft landing? (8/7)


Meanwhile in Zimbabwe (7/7)


What policy trade-offs do you prefer? (6/7)


When economists make predictions (5/7)


The cost of stage-6 loadshedding (4/7)


A round-up of this week’s indicators (1/7)


Consumers under pressure (30/6)


QES employment numbers (and a focus on construction) (29/6)


How consumers are doing (28/6)


The week in (economics) data (27/6)


Are there other ways to reduce inflation? (24/6)


What the inflation rate means for July’s repo rate decision (23/6)


This is not investment advice (22/6)


Policies in China that will affect the SA economy (21/6)


Comparing the causes of inflation (20/6)


This week’s indicator: US interest rates (17/6)


Youth day 2022 (16/6)


Economic growth surprises (8/6)


This week’s indicators are about growth (7/6)


What an economic experiment says about working from home (6/6)


Round-up of the week’s indicators (3/6)


The trade-offs of fuel price relief (2/6)


Can a wage subsidy be part of the tools in the fight against unemployment? (1/6)


QLFS data and the unemployment rate (31/5)


Should you worry about food shortages? (30/5)


Cost-push inflation (27/5)


When the U.S. sneezes (26/5)


The economy is doing OK? (25/5)


The cost of loadshedding (24/5)


Resilient investment? Apparently. (23/5)


What the MPC decided, and why (20/5)


Inflation steady at 5.9% and the repo rate decision today (19/5


Fuel prices, household debt, no-name brands (18/5)


Should we not just let inflation go a bit? (17/5)


Inflation and interest rates (16/5)


This week’s indicators (13/5)


Chinese lockdowns have consequences across the world (12/5)


Managers matter (11/5)


Prospects for the agriculture sector (10/5)


Are wage expectations fueling inflation (yet)? (9/5)


What will happen the Rand next (6/5)


What can we do to prevent stagflation? (5/5)


How is the economy doing? (4/5)


Buy organic, save lives (3/5)


Pink tax on women? (2/5)


Carbon tax on your long weekend plans (29/4)


Is there really nothing to celebrate on Freedom Day? (28/4)


Radical policy talk for Freedom Day (27/4)


Indicators round-up (26/4)


What we lost in the flood (25/4)


Investing in collectables (22/4)


Prices are increasing, but are there second-round effects? (21/4)


From loadshedding to energy security? (20/4)


War = (economic) uncertainty (19/4)


Should we be worried about a recession in the US? (18/4)


Playing chicken with food prices (14/4)


The state of the roads and the economy (13/4)


Indicators round-up (12/4)


Food commodity prices are at an all-time high (11/4)


Progress towards development goals (8/4)


The robots are coming (7/4)


Policy uncertainty increased in Q1 (6/4)


Yield curve indicator (5/4)


Indicators good news to start the week (4/4)


Indicators: Private sector credit extension and more (1/4)


The Household Affordability Index puts the macro numbers into perspective (31/3)


So, employment and unemployment increased (how does that work?) (30/3)


Record unemployment (29/3)


Indicators round-up (28/3)


SA’s fourth investment conference (25/3)


The repo rate decision (24/3)


Inflation scenarios (23/3)


Pollution is a negative externality (22/3)


The economics of public holidays (21/3)


Consumer indicators (18/3)


Spectrum auctions (17/3)


Tapping the brakes just so (16/3)


This week’s indicators (15/3)


Inequality and the tax base (14/3)


U.S. inflation and interest rates (11/3)


When infrastructure matters (10/3)


Economic growth numbers (9/3)


GDP numbers and interest rate expectations (8/3)


Let’s reduce the domestic uncertainties (7/3)


Economic warfare (4/3)


Should we forget about economic recovery? (3/3)


Job reservation is bad economics (2/3)


How is the SA economy doing? (1/3)


What war in Ukraine means for the SA economy (28/2)


A few last thoughts on the Budget (25/2)


A good day for the Minister of Finance (24/2)


What Budget Speech history can teach us (23/2)


How to listen to the Budget Speech, like an economist (22/2)


What reforms do we need? (21/2)


I will catch up with uploading the episodes from the missed two weeks here.


This week’s indicators (4/2)


How do you spend a windfall? (3/2)


The CPI basket changes (2/2)


Fuel prices are rising again (1/2)


End of January, how is the economy doing? (31/1)


The week’s indicators (27/1)


Do it for policy credibility (26/1)


The case for a BIG (26/1)


Should we extend the SARB’s mandate? (25/1)


Will the World Bank loan help South Africa? (24/1)


Mining production and retail sales data (21/1)


Inflation increased (and the repo rate will probably increase as well) (20/1)


Only 33% of SMEs are confident that they are going to grow this year (19/1)


More indicators to keep an eye on this week (18/1)


Interest rates will have to increase (17/1)


Policy uncertainty decreased in Q4 (14/1)


Manufacturing production and vehicle sales data (13/1)


The fiscal story of the fire at Parliament (12/1)


Clues about how the economy is doing (11/1)


How the US job market affects the SA economy (10/1)


How predictions are made (7/1)


When economists study corruption (6/1)


Interesting predictions for 2022 (5/1)


Inflation and interest rates in 2022 (4/1)


The start of 2022 (3/1/2022)


The IMF warns that urgent reforms are needed (10/12)


So by how much did the economy shrink? (9/12)


Recession in the third quarter (8/12)


The impact on growth (7/12)


This week’s indicators will show how the economy is doing (6/12)


The week’s other economic indicators (3/12)


Are there any solutions to the unemployment problem? (2/12)


The unemployment rate is scary and likely to get worse (1/12)


Unemployment data today (30/11)


The Omnicron variant and the economy (29/11)


Carrots and sticks? Vooma vouchers and NSFAS 75% proposal (26/11)


Business confidence remains low (25/11)


Why the rand is under pressure (24/11)


Food price inflation (23/11)


The economic news we missed last week (22/11)


The repo rate increases (19/11)


Inflation holding steady (18/11)


The foreign factors influencing tomorrows repo rate decision (17/11)


The repo decision – the domestic considerations (16/11)


This week’s repo rate decision (15/11)


Does the mini-budget represent one side in a war of ideas within government? (12/11)


The Minister holds the line (11/11)


Mini-budget, talking the talk (10/11)


Growth prospects matter for the Budget (9/11)


What can we expect in Thursday’s MTBPS? (8/11)


The MTBPS and public debt (4/11)


The MTBPS and grants (3/11)