Scandals, elections, budgets, 2016 had it all. Here's what made news in business and economics.
Blockchain can’t solve every problem in the finance industry.
For a discipline that is supposedly rational, finance has had its fair share of irrational crazes. For example, the dotcom bubble and the collateralized debt obligation craze that led to the global financial…
South African President Jacob Zuma just escaped a bid by some of his senior colleagues in the governing ANC to remove him.
The South African economy stands to benefit if the country's president steps aside because he has had a destructive economic impact.
Superannuation’s influence on the Australian financial sector mostly balances out.
Business Briefing: what super is doing to banking and finance.
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New research modelled how an increase in the superannuation guarantee would affect the finance sector and the results show it all balances out.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is part of a faction which embraces patronage politics.
It is common to reduce the politics of the ANC to a battle between personalities. A closer look suggest that this is a fight between two factions, both of them products of trends in the economy.
The South African economy just narrowly escaped a credit rating downgrade but it is not in the clear yet.
South Africa is breathing a sigh of relief after escaping a credit rating downgrade. But there are still serious concerns around structure of the country's economy and finances.
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Skyscrapers are the new cathedrals – but are we worshipping a false idol?
Banking inquiries in their current form serve as political theatre, rather than as a genuine form of accountability.
Members of House Standing Committee on Economics should be asking the directors of Australia's Big Four banks (not the CEOs) different questions, if they really want the right answers.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO Ian Narev attends the parliamentary inquiry into the banking system.
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Business Briefing: fixing culture in banking and finance.
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"Banking culture" has drawn a lot of scrutiny this year, after several high-profile scandals. But Professor Paul Kofman says there isn't much evidence for how to intervene if there's a problem.
Donald Trump may be a populist, but his policies are set to be particularly popular with the banking industry.
Donald Trump doesn't represent as much uncertainty for markets as you might think.
Koeberg power station, in Cape Town, is the only nuclear power station on the African continent. South Africa is considering a proposal to build more such power stations.
The argument put forward by Eskom that it can handle South Africa's controversial nuclear build programme is fundamentally flawed.
Culture and family can play an important role in whether you can pay off your mortgage, new research shows.
People from South East Asian countries are less likely to default on their mortgages because of a culture of financial assistance from families, new research shows.
Young people see their financial future as their responsibility, but they need to be comfortable talking about it, new research shows.
Young people actually take responsibility for their own financial decisions but they fail to learn from their parents about how to handle money, new research shows.
The RBA noted the forecast large increases in supply in some inner-city apartment markets as a concerning risk.
There are still a number of factors pointing to the risk in Australia's housing market that the Reserve Bank hasn't noted in its latest risk analysis.
Younger farmers are more willing to take up the opportunities presented by outside investment, a new study shows.
Young farmers are more open to outside investment and ownership of the family farm, than older farmers, new research shows.
With a bit of government backing, alternative finance can give us control over our money and help kickstart the 'real economy'.
A Woking-Cupertino tie-up seems implausible at first glance, but there is plenty up for grabs which could suit both companies.
Projects to adapt to climate change have come a long way since the 1960s when piles of cars were used to fight beach erosion.
To pay for the increasing costs of climate change Australia should have green bonds that finance projects that help us adapt. However research shows there are barriers to financing these bonds.
The industrial revolution wasn't all about the spinning jenny and steam power. Money talked, and it needs to again if power and prosperity are to flow to the UK regions.