In the markets: What to watch this week

2016-03-21 08:00

As many expected, the latest MPC meeting resulted in an increase in SA’s repo rate. We take a look at what happened in the global markets and what to look out for this week.

What does the rate hike mean for the housing market?

2016-02-01 13:30

So far, SA’s residential property market remains healthy and will weather the rate hike. But the state of the economy could affect buyer sentiment and confidence.

R19/$ in 2016 looking more realistic - Nomura

2016-01-12 12:49

The forecast by Nomura emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto of the rand hitting R19/$ by the end of 2016 is fast becoming a reality, he says.

Rates cycle doesn’t mean raising every time - Sarb

2015-10-19 09:15

Sarb's interest rate tightening cycle doesn’t mean borrowing costs will be increased at every meeting of the MPC, says Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago.

Sarb increases repo rate by 25 basis points - what it means

2015-07-23 15:27

The Sarb has hiked the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6% per annum, effective from 24 July 2015, its governor Lesetja Kganyago has announced.

Extra Eskom tariff hike worries Kganyago

2015-05-21 15:52

SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago has expressed concern over Eskom's extra tariff hike request to a total 25.3% increase for the 2015/16 financial year.

Don't get your hopes up on oil price drop

2015-01-26 10:58

The finance minister will probably use the low oil price as one reason to foist some R15bn of additional taxes on us on next month’s budget day, says Edward West.

Placing bets on interest rate moves

2014-07-17 13:02

With experts split on whether the Reserve Bank will hike the repo rate, a binary option offers punters the chance to make a quick buck - if they get it right.

Why Sarb kept interest rate unchanged

2014-05-22 18:09

The SA Reserve Bank's decision to keep the repo rate unchanged shows it is wide awake at the steering wheel and in touch with the real world, says an expert.

No surprise in rates decision

2013-01-24 17:54

The South African Reserve Bank will likely hold steady for some time after keeping its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 5.0%, economists say.


Financial tips for the rising interest rate cycle

2016-02-02 10:30

The increase in interest rates will have a negative impact on consumers paying off their debts. Ester Ochse, FNB financial advisory channel head, shares some tips to help you get through these rough times.

Central Banks consider rate changes in the week ahead

2016-01-25 07:00

Central banks will be making monetary policy decisions this week. Giacomo Bonavera, head of foreign exchange trading at Capilis Asset Managers, shares more on what to expect.

Rand's uncontrolled drop to cause further rate hikes - analysts

2016-01-11 11:53

The rand may again test the R17.50 level per dollar, while its uncontrolled depreciation may cause Sarb to raise rates by 50 basis points, say analysts.

Sarb keeps repo rate unchanged at 6%

2015-09-23 15:29

The repo rate will remain unchanged at 6%, says SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago.

D-Day for SA interest rate hike decision

2015-07-23 07:40

Economists haven’t been so divided in a year on South African interest rates and there isn’t much consensus among traders either.

Major banks leave interest rates unchanged

2015-03-26 17:34

Major SA banks have indicated that they will leave their interest rates unchanged following the SA Reserve Bank's announcement that the repo rate will stay at 5.75%.

Higher rates not so good for savings

2014-07-18 15:57

For investors, this is a small step towards positive real interests rates, but coupled with tax we are still some way off achieving a positive after tax real interest rate.

Banks react to interest rate decision

2014-05-22 18:50

Some SA banks have already responded to the SA Reserve Bank's decision to keep the interest rate unchanged.

Busa endorses rates decision

2013-07-19 13:28

The South African Reserve Bank's decision to leave the repo rate unchanged was the correct one, Business Unity South Africa says.

Marcus worries about rand

2013-01-24 17:01

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus has expressed concern about the rand level and its volatility when she announced that the repo rate will be kept at 5.0%.

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