ARTICLES RELATING TO INTEREST RATES

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.

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.

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.

Prepare your budget for rate hike

2014-05-16 11:21

Consumers battling to climb out of debt will need to prepare themselves for more challenges as a possible interest rate increase looms.

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 09:34

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

EU turns up heat on three more banks

2014-05-20 14:19

The European Commission has pressed ahead with a probe into three global banks which refused to join other lenders in a settlement last year.

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.

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

2014-02-12 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.

 
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