ARTICLES RELATING TO INTEREST RATES

Russian central bank cuts rates

2015-01-30 19:30

Russia's central bank has unexpectedly cut its main interest rate as fears of recession mount in the country following the fall in global oil prices.

Fed upbeat on US economy, keeps rates steady

2015-01-29 08:34

The Federal Reserve says the US economy is expanding "at a solid pace" with strong job gains, signalling it still plans to raise interest rates this year.

Interest rate cut likely postponed - economist

2015-01-26 21:00

Despite the low oil price, the SA Reserve Bank will most likely not cut the interest rate at its upcoming MPC meeting, according to an economist.

Interest rates likely unchanged - expert

2015-01-19 19:34

The key question is whether new Sarb governor Lesetja Kganyago can maintain his stance that SA is in a rate hiking cycle, says an economist.

IMF urges SA to keep inflation in check

2014-12-11 08:42

Falling oil prices and cuts in stubborn government deficits are giving the Reserve Bank room to be accommodative, but it must remain vigilant on inflation, says the IMF.

Interest rates might stick at 3% - BoE

2014-11-26 13:45

The Bank of England's chief economist Andrew Haldane says official interest rates in Britain, after they start to rise, may end up sticking at 3%.

China prepared to cut rates again - sources

2014-11-23 15:24

China's leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, sources say.

Sarb: Rates must go up at some point

2014-11-20 20:58

South African Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago has indicated that future interest rate increases will depend on domestic and international factors.

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Sarb should give stern warning - economist

2014-11-20 12:26

Merely a stern warning by the Reserve Bank that it is ready to hike interest rates if events and data warrant action should suffice for now, says an economist.

Not enough alarm bells for rate hike - economist

2014-11-19 16:23

The MPC will be one member down at this meeting and any tied vote, with six members, would require the governor’s deciding vote.

Interest likely to stay low - CEO

2014-11-18 14:35

British Land chief executive Chris Grigg does not expect the UK to raise interest rates any time soon, after the company posted strong first-half results.

Rand gains against the dollar

2014-11-12 18:26

The rand has firmed against a weaker dollar and bonds edged up as investors bet a slump in oil prices could lead to benign inflation and steady interest rates.

UK caps interest on payday loans

2014-11-11 16:15

Interest charged on loans offered by payday lenders will be capped, to cut the cost of short-term loans, criticised for causing misery among borrowers.

Use time wisely before next rate hike - expert

2014-11-09 18:00

A two percentage point interest rate increase could mean many homeowners would have to sell or face foreclosure, warns an expert.

Brazil shocks with post poll rate hike

2014-10-30 13:15

Brazil's central bank has raised interest rates, surprising investors with a move that signals President Dilma Rousseff could make more market-friendly policy changes.

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.

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.

 

Steady rates ‘wrong choice’ for heavily indebted

2015-01-29 16:29

For over-indebted consumers, as well as for business and commerce, the MPC's decision not to lower interest rates was the wrong choice, says an expert.

Brace for rate hikes in 2015 - debt expert

2015-01-28 12:02

Inflation rates are likely to quickly increase as 2015 progresses, forcing Sarb to start another rate hiking cycle, warns a debt expert.

BoE's Forbes hints rates may rise sooner

2015-01-26 15:30

British interest rates may rise sooner than many people expect if inflation rebounds strongly from its current decline, says a Bank of England rate setter.

Interest rate cut could be looming

2015-01-19 14:38

South African interest-rate derivatives are starting to predict a Sarb interest-rate cut as the slump in oil drives inflation to the lowest in a year.

Spotlight on ECB as inflation dips

2014-12-01 12:50

The ECB's monthly rate meeting will focus minds on the debate over quantitative easing in the eurozone as a series of data releases sheds light on European woes.

India under pressure to cut rates

2014-11-25 16:35

India's economic growth probably slowed to around 5% in the three months to September, putting pressure on the central bank to cut interest rates, sources say.

China rate cut knocks legs from under yuan

2014-11-23 12:45

China's surprise interest rate cut is another step toward softening the exchange rate, setting the yuan on course to end the year lower.

Homebuyers welcome rate decision - ooba

2014-11-20 20:01

The decision by the SA Reserve Bank to leave the repo rate unchanged at 5.75% will be welcomed by home buyers, says bond originator ooba.

No change in interest rates

2014-11-20 15:25

New SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago has announced that the repo rate will remain on hold at 5.75%, citing concern over inflation and a sluggish economy.

CPI in line with market expectation

2014-11-19 18:29

The headline Consumer Price Index rate at 5.9% in October makes it the second consecutive month it is below the reserve bank's target limit, economists say.

No move in rates expected

2014-11-19 07:00

The Monetary Policy Committee of the SA Reserve Bank will most likely keep the interest rate the same at its next meeting, indicates a barometer.

Two sides to compound interest

2014-11-15 10:49

Compound interest can work for or against consumers, explains an expert.

UK rates likely to stay at record lows

2014-11-12 11:29

Governor Mark Carney is expected to announce interest rates will stay low until the middle of 2015 when he gives the Bank of England’s latest economic forecast.

UK watchdog to cap interest on payday loans

2014-11-11 12:05

From January the interest charged on loans by payday lenders in Britain will be capped at 0.8% a day to cut the cost of short-term loans.

Home owners battle to pay bonds

2014-10-30 20:17

South Africans are finding it more difficult to keep up with their mortgage payments as the cost of living and interest rates climb, says one of the big four banks.

First BoE hike still seen in Q1 - poll

2014-10-29 20:00

A rise in British interest rates in the first quarter of 2015 is now much less certain, according to a Reuters poll.

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.

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.

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