Inflation moves outside target band in September

2016-10-19 10:56

Consumer inflation has accelerated to above the upper end of the Reserve Bank’s target band, climbing less than expected and reinforcing the decision to keep rates on hold.

ECB must weigh impact of low rates on bank profits

2016-10-04 14:00

The European Central Bank must consider the impact of negative interest rates on the profitability of the region’s banking system, says a governing council member.

Credit rating downgrade very likely - economist

2016-09-30 16:32

A quick glance at the factors that influence a country’s credit rating suggests that South Africa could indeed be in store for a sub-investment grade rating, says an economist.

Sarb rate decision timeous boost for home owners

2016-09-23 06:00

The decision by the SA Reserve Bank to keep the repo rate unchanged sends a positive message to home buyers and the residential property market in general.

FNB urges consumers to repay debt amid rate relief

2016-09-22 18:26

The period of stable interest rates offers indebted consumers an ideal opportunity to reduce their lending, says FNB CEO Jacques Celliers.

Brian Kantor: The SA Reserve Bank – Help or hinder?

2016-09-22 10:51

Sarb's interest rate movements have been unhelpful and interest rate hikes may have reduced measured GDP growth by 2% without much reducing inflation, says an economist.

Sarb rates call: The devil will be in the detail

2016-09-20 20:14

There are likely to be no interest rate cuts by the SA Reserve Bank until the end of 2018, explains an emerging markets economist.

Nigeria finance minister eyes interest rates cut

2016-09-19 13:33

Nigeria's finance minister wants the central bank to lower interest rates so that the government can borrow domestically to boost an economy dogged by a recession.

Rand outperforms global currencies ahead of rates move

2016-09-19 09:11

The rand has continued its rally, outperforming other currencies a few days before the Reserve Bank announces its latest interest rate decision.

Economist fears 5 years of doom for SA

2016-08-25 21:30

South Africa’s economy is in a “in a bad place” and this trend is likely to continue over the next five years, according to FNB chief economist Sizwe Nxedlana.


UK inflation surges as rate-cut decision looms closer

2016-10-18 14:15

UK inflation has accelerated to the fastest pace in almost two years, part of an upward trend that’s set to continue as the weaker pound pushes up import costs.

US break-even rate jumps as Mester pushes for Fed hike

2016-10-04 09:30

A Treasury market gauge of inflation expectations have climbed to a four-month high as Federal Reserve Bank President says the economy is ready for a rate hike.

Brian Kantor: Hope of an economic revival is in the spring air

2016-09-27 17:00

Sarb suggested last week that the days of tightening may be over. An economist builds on this with a short analysis of the current economic landscape.

Consumers remain indebted, despite steady repo rate - expert

2016-09-22 21:15

Although the South African Reserve Bank kept the repo rate unchanged at 7%, consumers are feeling the crunch due to high food inflation and over-indebtedness.

Rates unchanged as Sarb lifts growth forecast - as it happened

2016-09-22 14:48

SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago says the repo rate will remain unchanged, however the bank expects 0.4% growth for 2016 compared to zero previously.

Rate hike unlikely after consumer inflation slows

2016-09-21 20:04

CPI has dipped below the top end of the target in August to its lowest in nine months, suggesting the monetary policy committee will keep interest rates unchanged.

Sarb likely to pause rate hike cycle

2016-09-19 19:53

There is a 70% probability of a hold in interest rate hikes, according to Nedbank’s Corporate and Investment Banking unit.

Politics, currencies bedevil African central banks’ task

2016-09-19 13:27

Africa’s major economies are taking diverging approaches to monetary policy as they struggle to cope with volatile currencies, slumping growth and political meddling.

BoE sees chance of another cut this year

2016-09-15 14:00

Bank of England policy makers have indicated there’s still a chance of another rate cut this year as they assess the potential longer-term fallout from the Brexit vote.

Sarb's next rates move: Up or down?

2016-08-14 20:30

The SA Reserve Bank is attempting to keep a tight rein on market expectations, according to emerging market economist Peter Attard Montalto of Nomura.

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