ARTICLES RELATING TO INTEREST RATES

European shares rebound on Fed minutes

2014-10-09 09:54

European shares have bounced back on expectations that the US Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low for a longer period.

UK home owners wary of rate hikes

2014-10-02 13:22

Almost a fifth of British mortgage holders say they would "really struggle" with any increase in interest rates.

Pros and cons of fixing bond rate

2014-10-01 10:50

Even a small shift in the interest rate can end up costing home owners a lot of money, warns an expert.

Nigeria holds rates at 12%

2014-09-19 16:51

Nigeria's central bank held interest rates at 12% on Friday, where they have stayed for nearly three years, despite inflation concerns.

Sarb worries over ailing economy

2014-09-18 19:17

The domestic growth outlook remains weak amid rising unemployment, warned the SA Reserve Bank.

Sarb governor Marcus stepping down

2014-09-18 15:55

South African Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus says she will stand down in November when her term ends.

Economists split on interest rates

2014-09-18 07:00

After the release of surprise inflation data, experts vary on what they predict the SA Reserve Bank will decide on the interest rates.

Rand under pressure ahead of CPI, rates news

2014-09-15 09:33

The rand has extended recent losses to a fresh seven month low against the dollar and is expected to remain under pressure ahead of inflation data.

Better the devil you know in SA - economist

2014-09-09 07:00

The trading theme in SA remains largely one of “better the devil you know”, where most risks are known and can be analysed, says an economist.

Conditions for revolution

2014-09-08 10:40

Economic developments are creating crisis conditions with little good news on the horizon, says Edward West.

ECB poised to leave rates unchanged

2014-09-04 11:45

The European Central Bank is expected to leave interest rates on hold as it considers deploying new instruments to spur economic growth in the eurozone.

Kenya inflation jumps, raises rate hike issues

2014-09-01 13:45

Rising food prices have helped push up Kenya's inflation rate in August to its highest level since June 2012, says the statistics office.

Italian, Spanish debt may shrug off Fed rate hike

2014-08-21 15:15

Any speculation about the timing of a Federal Reserve rate hike could raise fears of a fall in demand for bonds in the euro zone periphery.

BoE likely to keep a guess on rates

2014-08-13 10:47

Bank of England governor Mark Carney is likely to give little away when pressed on how soon the central bank will raise the interest rates.

The magic of compound interest

2014-08-11 17:56

The concept of compound interest is at the core of all finance and takes place when the interest on a sum of money attracts interest itself, explains an expert.

Central banks may part ways on rates

2014-08-03 16:34

After the Federal Reserve maintained its path towards raising US interest rates next year, other major central banks will jostle for space on a crowded stage this week.

What is the prime interest rate?

2014-08-01 13:36

A Fin24 user wants to know more about what the prime interest rate is and how it is determined.

Interest rate hike impacts rental payments

2014-07-31 05:00

Tenants should be screened more thoroughly than ever if investors want to reduce risk, warns a credit bureau.

Sarb hikes repo rate

2014-07-17 15:26
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South African Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus has announced a repo rate hike in the wake of rising inflation and weak economic growth.

Prepare for possible prime rate of 10% - expert

2014-06-30 14:17

Expectations are that in total, interest rates could be hiked by a further 100 basis points over the medium term, says an expert.

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.

Keeping the balance

2014-06-04 06:09

Edward Ingram explains how an alternative to interest rates should be used to keep the economy in check.

Producer inflation skyrockets

2014-05-29 12:12

Prices at the factory gate have accelerated more than expected to 8.8% year-on-year in April, from 8.2% in March, says Statistics South Africa.

Interest rate a boon for property market

2014-05-22 19:21

The steady repo rate is good news for the property market, but consumers should also use this decision as an opportunity to get out of debt, says an expert.

 

ECB keeps rein on low interest rates

2014-10-02 16:10

The European Central Bank holds interest rates at historic lows in a bid to spur economic growth and bank lending.

SA housing market gathers momentum

2014-10-01 15:07

The decision by the SA Reserve Bank to keep the repo rate unchanged was welcome news as the housing market continues its upward trend, say experts.

Marcus hailed as remarkable leader

2014-09-22 14:36

Outgoing Sarb governor Gill Marcus has increased the bank's credibility, making it one of the most respected central banks in emerging markets, says an economist.

Goodbye Gill Marcus

2014-09-18 23:20

Who is touted to succeed SA Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus?

DG Kganyago touted as Marcus successor

2014-09-18 18:01

Citi Research economist Gina Schoeman says Deputy Governor Lesetja Kganyago is well respected by markets and inclined to give due respect to growth prospects.

Sarb keeps rates steady

2014-09-18 15:21

SA Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus says the repo rate will remain at 5.75%, citing the anaemic state of the domestic economy.

Difficult to call Sarb's next rate move

2014-09-16 11:42

The Reserve Bank faces an unsually difficult interest rate decision at its monetary policy meeting, experts tell Fin24.

Rate hike won't help current account deficit

2014-09-10 06:00

Raising interest rates will not bring about a reduction in the size of South Africa's deficit, according to Investec.

Conditions for revolution

2014-09-08 11:08

Recent economic developments are creating crisis conditions for people, says Edward West.

UK rate hike puts consumer stocks in firing line

2014-09-05 16:30

With the Bank of England preparing for an interest rate hike, investors are concerned with the explosion of cheap credit, driving consumer-focused stocks higher.

ECB rates decision will impact JSE

2014-09-04 10:28

An indication of an increase in rates by the ECB could mean emerging economies’ equity markets like the JSE are likely to perform well, says an expert.

Further rise in prime interest rate predicted

2014-09-01 10:40

As a result of expected interest rate hikes, FNB expects a slower average house price growth rate in 2015 compared to 2014.

Bank of Israel cuts rates to historic low

2014-08-25 19:46

Fears that weeks of fighting with Hamas will harm an Israeli economy led the Bank of Israel to reduce interest rates for a second month in a row.

Rand steady on interest rate expectations

2014-08-19 18:03

The rand has gleaned support from expectations that interest rates are going to continue higher, keeping the currency holding steady against a stronger dollar.

Investors should 'keep calm and carry on'

2014-08-12 18:05

"Keep calm and carry on" is the message for investors from a leading investment analyst as the day when UK and US interest rates are raised draws ever nearer.

US job growth cools, unemployment rate up

2014-08-03 20:19

US job growth has slowed and the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose, pointing to slack in the labour market that could give the Fed room to keep interest rates low.

Disregard of interest rate impact deplored

2014-08-01 14:41

A Fin24 user protests what he sees as disregard of the broader impact of increased interest rates on those who cannot yet say "bring it on" with a smile.

Debate on interest rate hikes heats up

2014-07-31 10:02

Fin24 users seem to be in two camps regarding the view that the prime interest rate could peak at 11% sometime in 2015.

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.

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.

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.

Keeping the balance

2014-06-04 10:57

Edward Ingram explains how an alternative to rates could keep the economy in check.

UK's 'bad' bank warns about interest rate

2014-06-03 15:15

The boss of Britain's "bad bank" has warned that rising interest rates could push thousands of its customers into arrears.

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.

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.

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