Randal Quarles, the president's first nominee to the Federal Reserve's board of governors, has argued the bank should use rules to make decisions. But could such a shift prove disastrous in a crisis?
All over the world people who have been harmed by the conventional money systems are devising alternative currencies, challenging the centralised monetary policy approach.
The prevailing mandate of the South African Reserve Bank is informed by sound economics and the need to protect the institution from the whims of politicians.
A financial system that is sure to collapse if the central bank cares about people’s well-being goes against democratic principle.
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.
Home owners and first time buyers are right to be confused, so how should you play expected changes to a low rates environment?
The system is rigged for a small minority to profit, but are we brave enough to deploy the solutions that would work?
The central bank's governor is locked into a white-hot political spat, but what can he actually do in the next two and a half years?
Just like apes, humans fear the unknown, and that's why there's so much uncertainty this week as markets brace for an interest-rate decision by the Federal Reserve.
Attacks on the South African Reserve Bank and events in India that led to the exit of the governor of the country's central bank are a warning that banks aren't immune from political meddling.
Is the South African Reserve Bank safe from the wave of state capture sweeping through a number of the country's institutions?
The 2008 financial crisis exposed major gaps in central banks' operations. New features like quantitative easing have since emerged.
It's not as easy as increasing quantitative easing when it comes to what central banks can do to address the current global uncertainty.
One of the worst hit countries during the financial crisis has regained economic strength inside a gilded cage -- to the extent that it can now step outside, melt it down and re-sell the gold.
Forecasts are crucial for all economic and business activity. But looking into the future involves uncertainty and risk. Forecasts may be inaccurate, which creates a serious dilemma for policy makers
Like any commodity, the value of the rand is determined by the market forces of supply and demand. Its weakening is also affected by a myriad of structural problems facing the South African economy.
South Africa's transition into democracy involved compromises that left white privilege intact and black poverty undiminished. Here are a dozen of Mandela's economic deals that need to be undone.
Inflation-targeting central bankers need to focus on stabilising inflation and not be sidetracked into correcting all other macroeconomic and financial problems.
Whenever speculation grew louder that the Federal Reserve would lift its target interest rate this year, stocks took a dive. Here's why.
The more important question is when the federal government will get in the game and help support the economy.