Why another rate hike can be expected

2015-11-29 09:16

It is not a great environment for consumers going forward and another rate hike can be expected, according to economist Sanisha Packirisamy of MMI.

Producer inflation rises to 4.2%

2015-11-26 12:42

Prices at the factory gate have shot up in October, mostly because of higher costs for food, alcohol and tobacco products.

Further 'burst' of rand weakness likely

2015-11-24 21:05

When the US Fed actually hikes rates there is likely to be a further burst of rand weakness, says Overberg Asset Management in its weekly overview of the SA economic landscape.

Kevin Lings: Inflation risks drive rates higher, more of the same in 2016

2015-11-20 16:21

The Reserve Bank's repo rate hike will hurt consumers and possibly growth but the decision was based on the upside risk to inflation, says an economist.

Pain for consumers as SA hikes rates

2015-11-19 16:25

Jingle Bells are sounding more like alarm bells for over-indebted South Africans following the Reserve Bank's move to hike interest rates.

Economists split on rates call

2015-11-19 07:58

The SA Reserve Bank will probably raise interest rates in anticipation of a likely US interest rate lift-off in December, economists say.

Rand suffers as foreigners sell equities

2015-11-17 20:15

The selling by foreign investors of SA’s equities lifts the probability of further rand depreciation, says Overberg Asset Management in its weekly overview.

INFOGRAPHIC: High vehicle prices hurt SA

2015-11-16 16:37

Economic pressure is hurting the pockets of South African car owners and businesses. Fortunately, new vehicle price inflation is dropping...

Rand slumps on US unemployment data

2015-11-10 20:00

The latest slump in the rand is attributed to much stronger than expected US unemployment data, says Overberg Asset Management in its weekly overview of the SA economic landscape.

ECB set on keeping inflation target on track

2015-11-01 12:30

The European Central Bank is ready to do whatever it takes to keep its mid-term inflation target on course, says the head of the bank Mario Draghi.


Brian Kantor: SA monetary (inflation) policy – bad theory put into practice

2015-11-27 07:55

An economist questions Sarb's theory of using inflation targeting as the measure for rate hikes and says the rand is beyond the influence of short-term rates.

SA faces food price shock as rand adds to drought woes

2015-11-26 09:51

South Africa is sitting on a food price time bomb, as the effect of the worst drought in over two decades is being compounded by the rand’s 18% slide against the dollar.

'Super-hawkish' rate hike shows inflation fear - economist

2015-11-22 14:30

Inflation 'fear' is still top of mind with Sarb, which remains in a hiking cycle with a 25 and even 50 basis-point rate hike on the cards in January, says an economist.

ECB will do what it must: Draghi

2015-11-20 12:42

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has set the scene for further stimulus, saying the institution will do what’s necessary to reach its inflation goal.

SA hikes interest rates

2015-11-19 15:23

Further increases in lending rates are forecast for 2016, which will contribute to additional financial strain on consumers, warns an economist.

Inflation surprises on the downside

2015-11-18 10:57

The annual consumer price inflation increased in October, but not as much as expected, Statistics SA figures show.

What determines South Africans’ inflation expectations?

2015-11-17 08:37

Our perceptions about expected inflation have consequences. They influence how we (or trade unions) negotiate wages, our willingness to buy a house, and businesses’ decisions to invest.

Expect two rate hikes in 2016 - economists

2015-11-11 21:30

Interest rate hikes in excess of a further 50 basis points would be too damaging to an already-shaky growth outlook, according to economists at MMI Holdings.

Brian Kantor: SARB must ignore inflation expectations, can’t influence Rand

2015-11-04 16:21

Investec economist Brian Kantor looks at inflationary expectations in South Africa and argues why they should be ignored by monetary policy.

BoJ delays timing for 2% inflation goal

2015-10-30 09:00

The Bank of Japan has postponed its forecast for reaching its target, saying that the timing of hitting that goal depends on oil prices.

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