Matt Quigley writes the weekly economic preview for the Mail & Guardian. His blog on the South African economy can be found at www.thoughtleader.co.za/mattquigley
Scots head to the polls this week to determine the future of the UK, making investors jittery and impacting markets, which loathe uncertainty.
The rand may come under pressure, the US job market is expected to continue stabilising and London’s property boom appears to be fizzling.
Central banks in Europe, the UK, Japan, Egypt and Kenya are among those expected to announce policy decisions in the week ahead.
From SA and the US’s growth figures to China’s big bank earnings, here is your guide to this week's economic highlights.
South Africa, Nigeria and the UK are expected to release consumer inflation figures and the US will give an update on housing data this week.
Retail figures from South Africa and the US are some of the headline announcements expected this week.
The US will host most African leaders at a three-day summit focusing on trade, investment, security and governance issues.
Over the coming days, South Africa will release unemployment, money supply, credit extension and trade figures.
The IMF will update its global economic outlook this week, while investors look at a rates decision in Nigeria and inflation numbers in South Africa.
Investors and economists will be eager to hear if the South African Reserve Bank will keep the repo rate on hold at 5.5% on Thursday.