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Robert's picture

The Times gets it wrong on the economy

The level of understanding of the economy in the general media sometimes leaves me astounded. Coverage of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data in the The Times is a case in point.

Robert's picture

Strong rand is bad news but a great story. So why are the financial media ignoring it?

“Rand steady as dollar nosedives.” “Rand softer on global caution.” “Rand firmer on risk appetite.”

Robert's picture

I had a cat. You had a dog. Now everybody has a financial crisis.

I posted this piece on my personal blog, Low Opinions (http://robertbrand.wordpress.com/).
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In an excellent Vanity Fair piece (http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/04/iceland200904), Michael Lewis comes up with the best - and funniest - description I have yet seen of the business of investment banking (he used it with reference to Iceland’s spectacular collapse, but I think it applies to banking in general):

Guy Berger's picture

Budding budget analysts

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MR DELIVERY: dividing the pizza pie for students

Tips for tender young economics journalists. That's what was on the menu at a lunch today when Reg Rumney passed on advice to ten JMS students studying on scholarships from the SA Reserve Bank and Reuters.

Rumney is a veteran of reporting the budget, and is now he is bringing his expertise to education and training in his new capacity as director of the new Centre for Economics Journalism in Africa, at Rhodes journalism.

His pointers were:

* you have to find a new angle - what's different about this budget;

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