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.

No relief for rand despite rates hike

2014-01-29 16:54

The under pressure rand has not had any relief by the announcement by the reserve bank that the repo rate is to increase by 50 basis points.

Take heed of the falling rand - experts

2014-01-29 05:30

Consumers must budget as the rand weakens because the cost of imported goods will increase, ultimately causing food and petrol hikes, economists warn.

Reserve Bank indicator down 0.2%

2014-01-21 10:25

The Reserve Bank's monthly leading business cycle indicator edged down 0.2% month-on-month in November, partly on a drop in residential building plans passed.

Sarb bank sentiment indicator rises

2013-12-18 11:10

The South African Reserve Bank's monthly leading business cycle indicator edged up 0.2% month-on-month in October.

South Africans spend less

2013-12-03 11:19

Spending in South Africa has increased at its slowest pace in four years as strikes, tighter lending from banks and slowing government spending hit households.

SA won't suffer sudden stop of US inflows - Sarb

2013-11-27 13:44

South Africa is not likely to experience an abrupt stop of inflows because of tapering from the US, the SA Reserve Bank says.

Rand steady on rates decision

2013-11-22 10:03

The rand held steady, supported by a slightly hawkish interest rate statement from the SA Reserve Bank and a slight improvement in electricity supply.

First interest rate hike predicted

2013-11-21 18:24

The SA Reserve Bank's decision to keep the interest rate unchanged yet again, leads to the question of when it is likely to introduce the first increase.

No change in rates, says Marcus

2013-11-21 15:19

The SA Reserve Bank is keeping the repo rate at 40-year lows of 5%, says governor Gill Marcus.

Sarb enhances bank note security

2013-11-06 10:18

The SA Reserve Bank has introduced new security features on the Mandela bank notes, it says.

Sarb warns on further downgrades

2013-10-29 11:19

The stuttering economy and strikes may lead to rating downgrades and the exclusion of SA's bond market from the Citibank global bond index, says the Reserve Bank.

Credit growth slows to 7.55%

2013-10-29 09:47

Growth in credit demand from the private sector slowed to 7.55% in September, from a revised 8.11% in August, SA Reserve Bank data shows.

Sarb's tough juggling act

2013-10-10 09:18

The SA Reserve Bank has had a difficult task in balancing the needs of a slowing economy with rising inflation, says its deputy governor Daniel Mminele.

SA net reserves up

2013-10-07 09:16

Net gold and foreign exchange reserves have lifted in September to $45.753bn from $45.588bn in August, data from the SA Reserve Bank shows.

Sarb sentiment indicator up in July

2013-09-25 10:12

The South African Reserve Bank says its monthly leading business cycle indicator rose by 0.2% in July from June.

Keeping rates steady gets the thumbs up

2013-09-19 22:33

The decision by the SA Reserve Bank to keep the repo rate unchanged at 5% has been welcomed, despite hopes of a cut.

Rates announcement as it happened

2013-09-19 14:46

The SA Reserve Bank has kept its key lending rate stable at 5%.


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.

Surprise interest rate hike

2014-01-29 15:21

The South African Reserve Bank has increased its key lending rate, governor Gill Marcus says.

Three reasons why rates won't go up

2014-01-28 05:30

There are compelling reasons for the SA Reserve Bank not to hike interest rates this week, according to a report.

Sarb introduces new R2 coin

2013-12-18 16:39

The SA Reserve Bank has introduced a new R2 coin commemorating the centenary of the Union Buildings, which will also be available as part of a collector's set.

SA economic growth held back - Sarb

2013-12-04 07:36

The growth of the economy was held back by supply constraints and activity slowed in the third quarter of 2013, says the SA Reserve Bank.

Current account deficit shock

2013-12-03 10:53

SA's current account recorded its biggest deficit in five years in the third quarter as strong local demand for imports combined with a weak rand raised the import bill.

Inflation worry signals possible rate hike

2013-11-27 09:44

The Reserve Bank says it may need to take "appropriate action" if there is significant risk to the medium-term inflation outlook, a sign it may consider a rate hike.

Mixed reaction to interest rate

2013-11-21 20:05

The decision by SA Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus to keep the repo rate unchanged at 5% evoked mixed reaction, with some wanting a cut instead.

Marcus: Rates hike not appropriate

2013-11-21 18:06

The SA Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus says it is not the time to raise interest rates because of supply disruptions and low business and consumer confidence.

No rate hike expected - poll

2013-11-18 21:30

The South African Reserve Bank will probably keep interest rates steady and this is unlikely to change until late 2014, a Reuters survey shows.

Sarb to invest in Chinese bonds

2013-11-05 13:14

The SA Reserve Bank will, for the first time in its history, invest in the Chinese interbank bond market, Sarb deputy governor Daniel Mminele says.

Monitor non-bank lenders - Sarb

2013-10-29 10:43

The SA Reserve Bank says non-banking financial intermediaries must be observed closely to reflect the liquidity and credit risk they pose to the financial system.

Rand weakens slightly, eyes data

2013-10-29 09:36

The rand has weakened against the dollar but stayed within a range as investors waited for local data and looked towards the US Federal Reserve's rate decision.

Marcus: SA must increase reserves

2013-10-09 10:18

South Africa needs to improve its accumulation of foreign reserves which are currently far below those of its peers, reserve bank governor Gill Marcus says.

Sarb launches Ponzi awareness campaign

2013-09-26 15:17

The Reserve Bank has embarked on a national campaign to raise awareness of illegal deposit-taking schemes, cautioning consumers to choose investments with care.

Door now open to rate hikes - economist

2013-09-20 10:19

The Reserve Bank will most likely start a policy rate normalisation cycle in May 2014 but an earlier rate increase is possible, predicts Peter Attard Montalto.

Rates stay on hold at 5%

2013-09-19 15:40

The SA Reserve Bank has left its key lending rate at current four-decade lows, says governor Gill Marcus.

SA's households remain vulnerable

2013-09-10 13:55

The household sector is far from healthy and the knock-on effect of a new interest rate hike cycle could hit hard, says an expert.

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