South African Reserve Bank

South Africa’s Fourth Central Bank Rate Cut since January

May 21, 2020

The South African Reserve Bank repo rate was lowered 50 basis points to 3.75% following a 3-2 vote, with dissents favoring only a 25-basis point reduction. Today’s easing brings to 275 bps the total rate reduction since mid-January. In a released statement, the Monetary Policy Committee anticipates two cuts of 25 basis points each in […] More

100-Basis Point Cut in South Africa’s Central Bank Policy Rate

April 14, 2020

Officials at the South African Reserve Bank unanimously authorized the second full percentage point reduction of their key interest rate in the past four weeks. The rate, which had crested at 6.75% after 175 basis points of tightening in 2018, was lowered to 4.25%. The latest 100-basis point reduction was twice as much as analysts […] More

Easter Break Over but Covid-19 Pandemic Continues to Dominate Financial Market News

April 14, 2020

Having made the three biggest mistakes in handling the pandemic, the United States has now taken the global lead in both number of cases (30.3% of the worldwide total) and deaths (23,644 or 19.6% of the total). The mistakes were 1) being late to socially distance people, 2) deficient testing to identify asymptomatic carriers of […] More

South African Reserve Bank Repo Rate Sliced 25 BPS to 6.25%

January 16, 2020

Policymakers at the South African Reserve Bank voted unanimously to cut the central bank’s repo rate by a further 25 basis points to 6.25%. This follows an initial 25-bp cut last July that reversed a 25-bp hike in November 2018. In a released statement, bank officials announced downward revisions to the growth path, which overall […] More

Financial Markets Comparatively Steady after Signing of Phase I U.S.-China Trade Deal

January 16, 2020

The dollar rose 0.1% overnight against the yen but slipped by 0.3% versus sterling and the Australian dollar, 0.2% relative to the Chinese Renminbi and Swiss franc, and 0.1% versus the euro and loonie. Share prices in the Pacific Rim advanced 0.7% in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, 0.8% in South Korea, 0.1% in Japan, […] More

Eight More Central Bank Meetings, a U.S. Current Account Report, and Downgraded Global Growth

September 19, 2019

Dollar movement overnight was mixed, with gains against the Australian dollar, kiwi, sterling, and yuan but losses relative to the yen, Swiss franc, euro, loonie and peso. The 10-year U.S. Treasury and Japanese JGB yields fell three basis points. Their German and British counterparts are respective a basis point higher and a basis point lower. […] More

South African Repo Rate cut 25 Basis Points to 6.5%

July 18, 2019

The South African Reserve Bank by unanimous vote has implemented its first interest rate cut in 16 months, a 25-basis point cut of the repo rate to 6.5%. A released statement observes moderating inflation expectations, signaled policy easing by advanced economy central banks, weaker-than-anticipated global economic activity, and “escalating trade and geo-political tensions.” Officials expected […] More

A Quartet of Central Bank Rate Cuts and Netflix Stock Takes a Large Hit

July 18, 2019

Central bank rates were cut today in South Korea, Indonesia, South Africa, and Ukraine. The likelihood that the Fed will ease at the end of this month played a role in each of these actions. All of the reductions were 25-basis point moves. The share price of Netflix has tumbled 10.75% in response to an […] More

South African Reserve Bank Repo Rate Left Unchanged as Expected at 6.75%

March 28, 2019

Despite a 6+% decline since the prior policy review in January, South Africa’s Monetary Policy Committee decided unanimously to keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.75% after its second scheduled review of 2019. The rate had been raised by 25 basis points at the final 2018 policy meeting four months ago but kept steady after […] More

Central Bank Rates in Turkey, Indonesia and South Africa Left Unchanged

January 17, 2019

The weaker global inflationary outlook has reduced lessened the risk of imported inflation and capital outflows that might caused by tighter monetary policy in the United States and other industrialized economies. The last central bank interest rate changes in Turkey, Indonesia, and South Africa had been upward, but officials at all of them held policy […] More

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