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Private Wealth in a Developing Country: A South African Perspective on Piketty

Anna Orthofer
The point of departure of Thomas Piketty’s influential Capital in the Twenty-First Century was the dramatic growth of private wealth-income ratios in the advanced economies between 1970 and 2010. Using official balance sheet data for South Africa—the first country to publish such data in the...
Dec 2015
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Art investment as a portfolio diversification strategy in South Africa

Ferdi Botha, Brett Scott and Jen Snowball
Art has been suggested as a good way to diversify investment portfolios during times of financial uncertainty. The argument is that art exhibits different risk and return characteristics to conventional investments in other asset classes. The new Citadel Art Price index offered the opportunity to...
Aug 2015
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What we talk about when we talk about saving: Concepts and measures of household saving and their application to South Africa

Anna Orthofer
South African household savings rates have been declining steadily over the last five decades, from about ten percent of national income to nil or negative levels today. Due to the importance of savings on both the household - and aggregate level, the government has introduced several initiatives...
Jul 2015
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