This week is expected to see the end of the Federal Reserve’s daring asset purchase programme.
South Africa and the US are expected to announce their latest employment statistics while China's manufacturing update will be closely watched.
Investor interest is likely to centre on PMI reports in China and Europe. Both sets of reports may be disappointing. Here is your guide.
The Monetary Policy Committee's says it was mindful of the anaemic state of the economy when deciding to leave rates unchanged.
A second wave of reforms is needed to sustain the success of India, Brazil and SA.
Unemployment in Zimbabwe is on the rise as businesses close or downsize. In Harare alone, 711 companies shut down in 24 months.
The ANC has called on South Africans to help grow the economy after ratings agency Fitch changed its outlook on SA's credit rating to negative.
Economists insist that, despite troubling figures, a recession is unlikely.
SA's economic slowdown is "domestically driven", says Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus, adding that the country holds the solutions to the problems.
As policymakers announce rate decisions across Africa, SA's Reserve Bank will release its June Monetary Policy Review.
As South Africans get ready to vote this week, the European Central Bank and Bank of England will announce their latest policy decisions.
The ANC is pushing to change the material conditions in which the majority of South Africans live
Spazas are a major component of the informal economy, but big retailers' push into townships to target rising consumer spending is setting them back.
The rest of Africa is growing, and perhaps the ruling party should invest more in leadership and change rather than individuals' interests.
Its answer to the national deficit and social spending appears to be all rands and no sense.
Public anger is rising over ludicrous parastatal management salaries, but analysts say the headlines are diverting attention from a failing economy.
The start of talks between representatives of the union, Amplats, Implats and Lonmin and the weaker rand have futher undermined investor confidence.
South African Reserve Bank and US Federal Reserve policy meetings is foreseen to dominate the week, although neither is expected to change rates.
Financial crises come round every seven years or so – if history is a guide, the next crisis should come along some time soon.