The Economics Minute

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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)