Tag Archives: David Pollard

19Sep/17

Germany: economy propels Merkel towards 4th term

German investor sentiment has improved by more than expected in September in readings that bode well for Chancellor Angela Merkel as she seeks a fourth term in Sunday’s national election. As David Pollard reports, an opposition campaign to highlight inequality appears to be gaining little traction with voters. Continue reading

05Sep/17

Companies must tell workers of email checks – ECHR

Companies must tell employees in advance if their work email accounts are being monitored, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday in a landmark privacy case. David Pollard reports. Continue reading

15May/17

China’s new ‘Silk Road’: big plan, big challenges?

Chinese President Xi Jinping urges backing for his new Silk Road Initiative while addressing world leaders at a summit in Beijing, stressing the importance of rejecting protectionism in seeking global economic growth. As David Pollard reports, China has pledged $124 billion to make the plan a reality. Continue reading

30Apr/17

Week ahead: all change for France, but not for Fed?

It could be ‘all change’ for France’s political leadership as Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen face off in the second round of a presidential election. But, as David Pollard reports, ‘no change’ is expected as the Federal Reserve meets for its latest policy decision.It could be ‘all change’ on the political front as Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen face off in the second round of France’s presidential election. But, as David Pollard reports, ‘no change’ is expected as the Federal Reserve meets for its latest policy decision. Continue reading

18Apr/17

UK’s May shocks markets, nation with election date

Sterling surges against the dollar but UK shares slip to a two per cent loss after British Prime Minister Theresa May calls a snap general election to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations. David Pollard reports. Continue reading

14Mar/17

Brexit batters pound, Fed nerves hit stocks

Sterling has slipped to an eight week low against the dollar, as some investors turned nervous over a second Scottish independence referendum and the triggering of Brexit negotiations. But, as David Pollard reports, the Fed – and an expected U.S. rate rise – remained the main focus, with worries over elections in France and the Netherlands appearing to recede. Continue reading

08Jan/17

The rise of the greenback: unstoppable?

The U.S. dollar has been at 14-year peaks on an abundance of upbeat global economic data and signs of quickening inflation, and a new Reuters polls shows most analysts expect the rally to continue through 2017. David Pollard reports on the winners and the losers of the greenback’s surge. Continue reading

18Apr/16
spaza convienience shop

‘Spaza’ shop owners fight to survive

“Spaza” shops – small, informal stores – are the lifeblood of South Africa’s townships, but many owners are finding it harder to stay afloat as the country struggles with a slowing growth rate. David Pollard reports. Continue reading

07Jan/16

Oil: how low can it go?

Oil slides below $33 a barrel to levels not seen in more than a decade, as a tumble in Chinese equities rattles investors already concerned by near-record production and massive stockpiles of unwanted crude. David Pollard reports. Continue reading

02Dec/15

Zuckerberg philanthropy – ‘like’ it or not?

Mark Zuckerberg’s promise to give 99 percent of his and his wife’s Facebook shares to a new charity makes him one of a growing number of billionaire philanthropists. As David Pollard reports, his actions could make his business more popular but not everyone welcomes the trend. Continue reading