South African Reserve Bank

Dollar Ending Week on an Up-Note But Euro Steady

March 26, 2021

The dollar overnight appreciated another 0.35% on a trade weighted basis, but strength wasn’t even this time. The dollar rose 0.6% against the yen and 1.0% relative to the Turkish lira. The key EUR/USD relationship is unchanged, and the greenback has slipped 0.4% versus the New Zealand and Australian dollars, 0.3% vis-a-vis the Canadian dollar […] More

Slew of U.S. Executive Orders and Central Bank Policy Reviews

January 21, 2021

President Biden’s inaugural address yesterday called for national unity to face down the many severe challenges now juxtaposed. 17 executive orders followed to reverse several polices of the Trump era. Contrary to warnings, inauguration day was free of domestic violence. U.S. stocks experienced their greatest advance on a presidential inauguration day since 1985, when Reagan […] More

South African Reserve Bank

November 19, 2020

Although the South African Reserve Bank’s repo rate was left unchanged at 3.5%, the vote not to ease of 3-2 was razor-thin. Each dissenter preferred a 25-basis point cut to add to earlier easing moves this year of 25 basis points in January, 100 bps each in March and April, 50 bps in May and […] More

Mixed Signals this Friday

September 18, 2020

China’s Shanghai Composite equity index jumped 2.1%, but share prices fell 1.4% in New Zealand and 0.3% in Australia and India. Japan’s Nikkei rose only 0.2%, and Spanish stocks have so far dropped 1.2% on the day. The dollar climbed to another record high against the Turkish lira and shows a year-to-date advance of more […] More

By 3-2 Vote, South African Central Bank Officials Cut Repo Rate by 25 Basis Points

July 23, 2020

The fifth cut of the South African Reserve Bank repo rate this year brings the total drop of 2020 to 300 basis points. A released statement expects one more 25-bp reduction to be made around the final quarter of the year.  The projected contraction of real GDP was revised a touch higher to 7.3%. “economic […] More

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

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