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What the SARB’s MPC decision means for your portfolio

The SA Reserve Bank (SARB)’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) kept the repo rate unchanged at 6,75% at yesterday’s meeting, against the market consensus of a cut.  What does this mean for your portfolio? (more…)

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SARB expected to remain in rate-cutting cycle

Weak economic growth, heightened political uncertainty and a potential fiscal fallout will make for a very cautious South African Reserve Bank (SARB) monetary policy decision on Thursday. (more…)

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Inflation eases to 4.6%, raising hopes for a rate cut

By Mamello Matikinca, FNB Senior Economist. Headline inflation eased to 4.6% y/y in July, in line with our expectations, from 5.1% in June. The moderation in headline inflation was due to lower fuel, electricity and food prices. (more…)

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‘Court decision on SARB must be welcomed’

The Court decision yesterday affirming the constitutional mandate of the SA Reserve Bank (SARB) to ensure price stability in the interests of balanced and sustained growth in the SA economy is welcome, says Prof Raymond Parsons, economist at the NWU School of Business and Governance. (more…)

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Moody’s on SA: Rate cut supports near-term growth recovery

On 20 July, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) lowered its policy rate to 6.75% from 7%. (more…)

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‘A surprise but welcome cut in interest rates’

‘The surprise but welcome decision by the MPC to reduce interest rates by 25 basis points, despite the fact that there remain potential risks to the inflation outlook, emphasizes the SARB’s concern about SA’s growth prospects,” says Professor Raymond Parsons, economist at the NWU School of Business and Governance. “This is confirmed by the MPC’s […]

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Fading inflation brings more relief to consumers, says FNB as it cuts rates

Following the South African Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decision earlier today to reduce its repo rate by 0.25%, FNB confirms that it will cut its prime lending rate from 10,5% to 10.25%. The new rate will be applied from Friday 21 July 2017 on all prime-linked rates. (more…)

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Is fixing your home loan interest rate ideal?

Following the South African Reserve Bank’s move to keep interest rates at the same level, coupled with the notion that the bank may have reached the peak of its hiking cycle; home owners will probably be reluctant to fix their home loan interest rates. (more…)

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