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  • The “Future of Silicon” Powering 5G
  • Silicon is one of the most useful elements to mankind. It's also one of the most abundant elements on Earth… But did you know Silicon became the preferred material for the growing semiconductor industry? Before the 1950s, transistorised circuits were manufactured by placing separate transistors on a circuit board. But by the end of the '50s, semi-conductor companies like Texas I... ››› more
  • [05 October 2020]
  • Does blockchain hold the answer to the internet's biggest challenge?
  • In the growing world of online, data privacy is of the utmost importance. Even more so if you're a company that stores people personal data. In this day and age, if you fail to protect personal data, you will suffer major backlash. Just take the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal - where Cambridge Analytica harvested the personal data of millions of people's Facebook profiles... ››› more
  • [29 July 2019]
  • The Reserve Bank keeps interest rates unchanged, but perhaps not for much longer
  • Yesterday, following its monetary policy committee meeting, the Reserve Bank announced it was keeping interest rates unchanged. But with inflation climbing again, South Africa's central bank may have to consider hiking rates to keep it in check. Let's take a closer look at what happened… Interest rates stand steady at 5.75% The governor of the Reserve Bank, Lesetja Kganyago, annou... ››› more
  • [22 May 2015]
  • The Reserve Bank keeps interest rates unchanged at 5.75%
  • This afternoon, the South African Reserve Bank revealed its decision on interest rates following its first monetary policy committee meeting of the year. As expected, the central bank kept interest rates unchanged. Let's take a closer look at the announcement… The bank’s decision was in line with expectations The governor of the Reserve Bank, Lesetja Kganyago, said that the mone... ››› more
  • [29 January 2015]
  • How to organize your finances in four easy steps
  • We're told that we should learn how to properly manage our finances. Staying organized is a crucial ingredient to achieving financial freedom. Becoming and staying organized is much easier today than it used to be, because now we have many online tools and mobile tools that help us achieve our financial goals. Here are four easy ways to organize and stay on top of your finances.   1. Set ... ››› more
  • [06 October 2014]
  • Lesetja Kganyago will replace Gill Marcus as Reserve Bank governor on 9 November
  • Since Gill Marcus' surprise announcement last month that she wouldn't be returning for a second term as governor of the Reserve Bank, there's been much speculation over who would take on the key role. Many believed that President Jacob Zuma would select one of Ms Marcus' current deputy governors. Yet others said he might out for a candidate external to the Reserve Bank pool. This morning bro... ››› more
  • [06 October 2014]
  • Who is going to take over the reins from Gill Marcus as Reserve Bank governor?
  • Along with yesterday's interest rate decision came the announcement that few were expecting. Gill Marcus tendered her resignation as governor of South Africa's Reserve Bank. She'll finish up in her post at the beginning of November after serving a five-year term. The market didn't take the news well. The rand plunged to fresh seven-month lows. Let's take a look at the likely candidates…... ››› more
  • [19 September 2014]
  • Could a rival virtual currency be preparing to knock Bitcoin off its top spot?
  • The growing popularity of Bitcoin has certainly brought the use of virtual currencies into the public realm. Even the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, said that Bitcoin “may hold long-term promise”. Acceptance of using Bitcoin for payments is still in its infancy, but it's growing in spite of some governments trying to block its use. But could a better virtual currency ... ››› more
  • [06 February 2014]
  • Why the price of silver could double soon
  • The current silver price is $22 per ounce. This is a truly astonishing number for a few reasons. To begin, let's take a quick look at the history books. In 1980 an ounce of silver reached a high of $49.95. So despite all the money printing and financial chaos in the world in the past 33 years, silver has gone backwards. This is truly shocking. But when put into context it becomes even more ridicul... ››› more
  • [17 October 2013]
  • JPMorgan fined $920 million
  • Today, it became public that US bank, JPMorgan & Chase, will pay about $920 million in fines. The fines will be payable to four different regulators over derivative trading losses last year. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The biggest bank in the US, JP Morgan will pay “four regulators $920 million,” reports the BBC. The fines relate to a “$6.2 billion loss incurred as a res... ››› more
  • [19 September 2013]
  • Over 70,000 workers in the retail motor sector start strike action
  • With the good news that the majority of workers in the car maker industry are heading back to work today, another strike hits the sector. Petrol attendants and other workers in the retail side of the motor industry downed tools today. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Yesterday, it emerged that “petrol attendants and car repair workers” will begin strike action today, reports iA... ››› more
  • [09 September 2013]
  • Why you shouldn't listen to the tabloids when it comes to China
  • The media is wrong about China. You see, the media constantly reminds us that China is in the midst of a dangerous banking crisis. If they had their way, this would make you afraid for your portfolio and worry that it is suddenly going to go bust... Taking the rest of the world with it and sinking your investments. It's likely this is a load of twaddle. Here's why.   Is this... ››› more
  • [09 September 2013]
  • The spotlight is on JPMorgan as the US investigates corruption in China
  • It emerged over the weekend that JPMorgan are part of an investigation by the US into corruption in China. Let's have a closer look at what's going on… The spotlight is on JPMorgan for its “hiring practices in China,” reports Fin24. And rival banks will be “scrambling to review their records” to make sure they’re not next in line for investigation. In China, “ties to political a... ››› more
  • [19 August 2013]
  • G20 backs plan to stamp down on tax avoidance and evasion by global players
  • There's been a lot of publicity surrounding the tax affairs of certain multinationals, like Google and Starbucks. These firms manage to pay a minimal amount of tax despite raking in billions in profits. The G20 have backed plans released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to stop companies moving profits about to stop paying tax. Read on to find out more about thi... ››› more
  • [22 July 2013]


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