ARTICLES RELATING TO INTEREST RATES

ECB holds course in face of deflation

2014-04-03 15:01

The European Central Bank has kept interest rates steady despite a fall in inflation to its lowest in over four years.

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.

Rates announcment: Full speech

2014-03-27 16:04

Read the full speech of the rates announcement issued by SA Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus here.

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.

Can SA afford another interest rate hike?

2014-03-25 13:59

Economists are concerned that fragile economic growth is in danger of being killed by high interest rates before a global economic recovery can stimulate exports.

US inflation steady as Yellen takes lead

2014-03-18 21:17

US consumer inflation has remained stable in February, setting the stage for the next round of interest rate decisions under new Fed leadership.

Carney: Rate rise must tie in with growth

2014-02-16 13:00

The Bank of England will only start to increase interest rates when the economy is operating at closer to full capacity, governor Mark Carney says.

Behind the rate hike

2014-02-12 09:35

Jac Laubscher puts the shift in monetary policy in perspective.

ECB holds rates at record low

2014-02-06 16:07

The European Central Bank has left interest rates unchanged, holding off fresh policy action to combat the threat of deflation.

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.

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.

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.

Rates announcement as it happened

2014-01-29 14:55

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus has announced a surprise increase in interest rates.

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.

Rand rout may continue, economists warn

2014-01-26 21:30

Given current fundamentals it seems that the rand can easily depreciate further from its current five-year lows against the dollar, economists have warned.

Safe alternatives

2013-12-24 12:04

Edward Ingram looks at new ways to offer less risky mortgages.

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.

Absa on US tapering and SA rates

2013-09-20 09:47

Absa's Chris Gilmour says while Ben Bernanke’s announcement is good news in the short term, it has less desirable connotations for the longer term.

Rates seen on hold, despite inflation jump

2013-09-18 22:00

The increase in annual headline inflation in August is not enough to justify an interest rates hike as yet, economists say.

'No rate change till 2014'

2013-08-21 13:54

Current market moves won't affect the interest rate this year, says Peter Montalto.

Temporary relief as inflation slows

2013-07-24 12:36

Economists have expressed relief after data showed headline consumer inflation undershot market expectations in June, slowing to 5.5% year-on-year from 5.6% in May.

Malema: State must own Reserve Bank

2013-07-21 15:50

The SA Reserve Bank must be owned by the state in order to serve the interest of South Africans, says EFF leader Julius Malema.

Give pensioners a break

2013-07-19 12:54

A Fin24 user feels it is unfair that people who have saved all their lives and have no debt issues have to suffer because of the low interest rate.

No change in rates - Sarb

2013-07-18 15:33

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

 

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.

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.

Marcus won't hike rates - economists

2014-03-26 21:17

South African Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus is not likely to announce another interest rate increase, according to a poll of economists.

Food, petrol fuel inflation

2014-03-19 12:08

The consumer price index for all urban areas have jumped to 5.9% in February, with transport contribution 1.5% mainly on the 39c/l increase in the petrol price.

Expected petrol hike spells disaster

2014-02-20 13:13
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Another major petrol price hike expected in March will be disastrous for deeply indebted consumers, warns experts.

Behind the rate hike

2014-02-13 07:19

Is there a turning point in the state of monetary policy?

Behind the rate hike

2014-02-12 09:34

Jac Laubscher puts the shift in monetary policy in perspective.

More petrol, rate hikes on cards

2014-02-04 12:26

With the petrol price set to increase to the highest level ever in SA, economists are predicting what the rest of the year may hold for consumers.

Fitch predicts stability

2014-02-03 16:11

Fitch Ratings expects the performance of assets backing South African structured finance to remain stable despite last week's interest rate hike.

Rate hike fails to halt rand sell-off

2014-01-30 09:47

The rand will remain vulnerable as long as the capital flight from emerging markets continues, analysts said.

FNB hikes prime rate to 9%

2014-01-29 17:23

First National Bank was the first of the big four banks to announce that it is increasing its prime lending rate to 9.0% following a surprise rate hike by the Reserve Bank.

Surprise interest rate hike

2014-01-29 15:21
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The South African Reserve Bank has increased its key lending rate, governor Gill Marcus says.

Market bets on surprise rate hike

2014-01-29 12:47

Short-term interest rates have risen sharply as the market bet the Reserve Bank would be forced to raise SA's repo rate to keep up with emerging market peers.

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.

Safe alternatives

2013-12-24 12:35

Edward Ingram looks at other ways to offer safer mortgages.

Nigeria puts time to 5% inflation target

2013-11-27 10:28

Nigeria's central bank has set a time frame to meet its long-term inflation target of 5%, but worries about a possible surge in fiscal spending ahead of elections.

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.

Marcus worries about strikes

2013-09-19 16:34

The Reserve Bank has kept its repo rate at 5% and its forecasts for 2013 economic growth and inflation unchanged, but has warned about the impact of labour unrest.

FNB strategist warns of rates hike threat

2013-08-23 13:03

When interest rates finally do go up, South African consumers cannot say they have not seen the ample warning signs, says an economist.

Namibia leaves rates unchanged

2013-08-21 12:58

Namibia's central bank has kept its lending rate steady at 5.5%, saying it aims to support economic growth and that inflation will remain at acceptable levels.

Turkish central bank raises rates

2013-07-23 14:50

Turkey's central bank has raised interest rates, adding that it would, if necessary, take further steps to stop the lira from falling.

China frees up lending rates

2013-07-21 15:21

China's central bank has removed controls on bank lending rates in a move that signals the new leadership's determination to carry out market-oriented reforms.

Mixed reaction to Sarb decision

2013-07-18 17:42

Experts say the South African Reserve Bank will be walking on a tightrope for quite some time.

Sarb expected to keep rates on hold

2013-07-18 11:01

Economists expect the Reserve Bank to keep interest rates at four-decade lows well into 2014, as it balances inflation risks against sluggish growth.

 
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