Marcus vows to support weak economy

2014-07-25 12:19

The SA Reserve Bank will continue supporting the economy through difficult times by focusing on price and financial stability, says governor Gill Marcus.

Banks hike lending rates

2014-07-17 19:32

Banks have hiked their prime lending rates after the SA Reserve Bank's MPC increased the repo rate by 25 basis points.

Sarb hikes repo rate

2014-07-17 15:26

South African Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus has announced a repo rate hike in the wake of rising inflation and weak economic growth.

Rand flat ahead of rates decision

2014-07-17 10:14

The rand has largely been flat against the dollar ahead of a decision by the SA Reserve Bank on interest rates later in the session.

Celebrating freedom with new R5 coin

2014-07-02 10:28

The Reserve Bank has launched a new R5 coin to celebrate 20 years of democracy and answers a Fin24 user's query why pre-2004 R5 coins are still in circulation.

Gill Marcus forgoes salary hike

2014-06-25 20:07

South African Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus, who is a prominent opponent of excessive executive pay, has taken a salary cut in real terms.

Sarb warns of intense challenges

2014-06-25 13:24

The SA Reserve Bank is still facing intense challenges and will be mindful of the impact of its policy decisions on economic growth, it says.

Sarb business indicator unchanged

2014-06-24 11:23

The SA Reserve Bank's monthly leading business cycle indicator was unchanged on a month-on-month basis in April.

Inflation boosts case for rate hike

2014-06-18 13:15

Data shows consumer inflation has accelerated more than expected, backing the case for an increase in interest rates this year.

Get ready for rate hikes

2014-06-10 08:59

Advice on how to tackle debt and keep your head above water in an upward rate cycle.

SA's net reserves fall slightly

2014-06-06 10:23

South Africa's net gold and foreign exchange reserves were slightly lower in May than in April, show data from the SA Reserve Bank.

Banks remain profitable, says Sarb

2014-05-28 15:11

South African banks remained profitable and were adequately capitalised at 15.6% by the end of last year, according to the SA Reserve Bank.

Interest rate: Debt warning for consumers

2014-05-23 05:00

Consumers should use the unchanged 5.5% repo rate to reduce their debt because the economy is weak, economists warn.

Why Sarb kept interest rate unchanged

2014-05-22 18:09

The SA Reserve Bank's decision to keep the repo rate unchanged shows it is wide awake at the steering wheel and in touch with the real world, says an expert.

Marcus keeps repo rates on hold

2014-05-22 15:19

Interest rates will remain unchanged at 5.5%, giving South Africa's cash-strapped and highly-indebted consumers a welcome reprieve.

Mboweni: Mantashe was ambushed

2014-05-22 11:20

Former SA Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni has turned to social media to stop what he calls "uninformed conversations" about his future.

Interest rates: What to expect

2014-05-21 05:00

Consumers should avoid taking on new debt, because SA Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus says the country is in an interest rate hiking cycle, warns an expert.

Marcus: Rand volatility to continue

2014-04-08 20:24

The SA Reserve Bank expects volatility in the rand to continue although it does not believe intervening in the market would be effective, says governor Gill Marcus.

Mixed reaction to rates announcement

2014-03-27 19:58

The unchanged repo rate is good news for aspirant home buyers, but should also be of concern to households, analysts say.

No change in interest rates, says Marcus

2014-03-27 15:22

The SA Reserve Bank is keeping its key lending rate on hold at 5.5%, says governor Gill Marcus after she announced a surprise increase in January.

Inflation to peak by June

2014-03-26 16:59

Inflation in SA is expected to break through the target ceiling of the SA Reserve Bank and reach a year-on-year peak in June, says a global credit insurer.

Sarb rethinks interest rate hikes

2014-03-14 08:26

Heightened uncertainty and volatility in global markets makes the SA Reserve Bank's forecasts more uncertain, says Sarb governor Gill Marcus.

Rate hikes will be 'path to damnation'

2014-02-17 13:14

There is no justification for the South African Reserve Bank to raise interest rates even further, says Brian Kantor of Investec.

Marcus: Steep rate hikes exaggerated

2014-02-03 18:55

Yields on short-dated bonds have fallen to session lows after reserve bank governor Gill Marcus dampened hopes of steep rate hikes.

Rate hike likely to up rental prices

2014-01-30 15:09

The repo rate hike will probably increase the price of residential rentals and could affect the consumer price index, FNB's home loans department says.


Rand holds onto post rate-hike gains

2014-07-21 09:39

The rand has held steady against the dollar, starting the week with a firmer tone after the Sarb raised interest rates and global risk aversion abated.

Rate hike disappointing for the housing market

2014-07-17 16:07

Insofar as housing is concerned, holding off on a rate hike for a little longer would have been preferred, say experts.

Placing bets on interest rate moves

2014-07-17 13:02

With experts split on whether the Reserve Bank will hike the repo rate, a binary option offers punters the chance to make a quick buck - if they get it right.

SA's rate hike clock at midnight - economist

2014-07-12 05:00

The Reserve Bank will raise the interest rate by 50 basis points at next week's monetary policy committee meeting, predicts an emerging markets economist.

Credit growth quickens to 8%

2014-06-30 08:38

Growth in credit demand from the private sector has quickened to 8.34% in May, data from the South African Reserve Bank shows.

China slowdown could affect SA trade

2014-06-25 18:51

A further slowdown in China’s economy could impact commodity prices, which would adversely affect SA’s terms of trade, says Sarb governor Gill Marcus.

Sarb warns on inflation

2014-06-25 09:15

The Reserve Bank says inflation is "uncomfortably high" and could rise further amid a marked deteriotation in the domestic economic growth outlook.

Rand strengthens to 10-day highs

2014-06-19 19:35

The rand has extended gains to a 10-day high against the dollar, buoyed by better-than-expected domestic economic data.

Strike stole SA's economic growth

2014-06-18 12:57

The economy would have grown 1.6% instead of contracting 0.6% in the first quarter of 2014 had it not been for the platinum sector strike, says the Reserve Bank.

How to prepare for rate hikes

2014-06-09 10:49

Interest rates are sure to go up. An expert gives tips on how to get ready for the inevitable, and offers advice to the indebted.

Marcus soothes recession fears

2014-06-04 09:24

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus says she does not see the economy going into recession, despite a GDP contraction of 0.6% in the first quarter.

Strike pushing SA towards recession

2014-05-28 05:00

The protracted strike in the platinum sector led to the steepest decline in first quarter output since 1967, taking the economy a step closer towards a recession.

Banks react to interest rate decision

2014-05-22 18:50

Some SA banks have already responded to the SA Reserve Bank's decision to keep the interest rate unchanged.

Rates decision not unanimous, says Marcus

2014-05-22 16:55

South African Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus says the decision to keep the key lending rates on hold at 5.5% was split.

Rates announcement - as it happened

2014-05-22 14:55

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus has announced no change in the repo rate, but warned that SA is in cycle of raising interest rates.

Rand steady before rates announcement

2014-05-22 09:52

The rand has been steady as the market awaits the SA Reserve Bank's policy statement, when it is expected to keep rates unchanged while flagging inflation.

Interest rate hike looms

2014-05-15 17:51

Economists give their take on what is likely to happen to the interest rate at the next meeting of the SA Reserve Bank's Monetary Policy Committee.

Rates: Consumers must watch out

2014-03-27 21:10

Consumers should plan ahead to meet all their financial needs because interest rate hikes will make them vulnerable, economists have warned.

Marcus warns of future rate hikes

2014-03-27 17:16

There will be interest rate increases in future and increments may not always be of the same magnitude, says SA Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus.

Interest rate announcement as it happened

2014-03-27 15:01

Follow this thread for a live update of the Reserve Bank's interest rate announcement by governor Gill Marcus.

Interest rate hike could curb inflation

2014-03-25 19:46

An increase of between 25 and 50 basis points at the March MPC meeting will curb inflation expectations, says an economist.

Spending down as consumers tighten belts

2014-03-12 12:13

Spending contracted 3.6% in the fourth quarter of 2013 as households curbed consumption and fixed capital spending growth dropped, says the Reserve Bank.

Mminele stays on as Sarb deputy governor

2014-02-14 16:28

President Jacob Zuma has reappointed Daniel Mminele as a deputy governor of the South African Reserve Bank

Sars takes on SA billionaire

2014-01-31 22:34

Mark Krok's assets worth R298m, which includes a property in Clifton and shares in top firms like Vodacom and Bidvest, have been placed under curatorship.

Rate hike opens door for more - economists

2014-01-30 05:30

The reserve bank's surprise 50 basis-point interest rate increase is a sign that further hikes could follow, economists warn.

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