Currency first hit the scene thousands of years ago. An anthropologist explains the early origins and uses of money – and how archaeological finds fill in our picture of the past.
While the current speculation in crypto-currency and assets should make us pause, this is not a speculative driven bubble like tulips, or gold mining stocks.
The South African Reserve Bank has come under spotlight due to the critical role it must play in enabling the country to navigate rough waters. Governor Lesetja Kganyago shares his views.
Oxfam’s efforts to find solutions to the world's inequalities are welcome but its wrongful use of “human economy” and repackaging it as a concept from high up might do more harm than good.
The high cost of imports and borrowing, as well as market volatility mean manufacturers aren't in for an easy ride.
Money is pouring into exchange traded funds, but making a bitcoin one isn't necessarily a good idea.
The UK's new £1 coin is touted as being the most-secure in the world. Its dodecagonal shape harks back to an old threepenny forebear.
Public co-operation is not proof of trust in government. The Indian people did not trust elected politicians to represent them against top-down policymaking that caused enormous difficulties.
The cryptocurrency is now starting to challenge gold as the investment of choice.
Where our money comes from is deeply political and the politics involved is often highly complex.
Only by privileging an English-speaking, Western position can we say that 'post-truth' emerged in 2016.
The 'Africa Rising' narrative was disturbed in 2016 by a combination of factors. But the continent is still on firm economic development footing.
Despite worries about a new Asian Financial Crisis, much has changed since the last one in 1997. Even if a crisis were to materialise, it would look quite different from that of two decades ago.
Business Briefing: Former chief World Bank economist on inequality and doing away with big money
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A former chief economist to the World Bank and economic adviser to the Indian government says doing away with big currency notes is a noble idea but an ineffective tool.
India is engulfed in chaos after Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the wrong policy at the wrong time.
The Indian government recently demonetised 86% of its country’s cash – and kicked off a logistical nightmare.
The Chinese government should focus less on promoting the yuan internationally and more on domestic financial reform.
An enormous 8% drop in the pound was recently rectified in a matter of minutes but the 'flash crash' wasn't merely an algorithm issue.
The drop in sterling following Brexit has been as strong as when Germany invaded France in 1940.
A weak pound might be good for exports but it is bad news for the investment that the economy is based on.