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    1. Fast FT

      August 24, 2016

      South African inflation falls to year low

      The rand has been rocked by reports of a potential police investigation of the country’s finance minister this week,...

    2. Fast FT

      July 21, 2016

      South Africa keeps rates on hold

      South Africa’s central bank decided to keep interest rates unchanged at 7 per cent on Thursday, as it seeks to strike a...

    1. July 19, 2016

      Rand awaits central bank rate decision

      Forex action at the end of last week provided another example of how phlegmatic traders can benefit from market excess....

    2. June 13, 2016

      South Africa: relief all round

      At last, some good news for South Africa. Actually, two pieces of cheer and a further sliver of bad news. On the...

    3. Fast FT

      May 19, 2016

      Rand stumbles as South Africa holds interest rates

      South Africa’s central bank has kept its key interest rates on hold at 7 per cent and sounded a cautious tone about...

    4. Fast FT

      May 4, 2016

      Barclays to offload African stake

      Barclays has announced plans to sell part stake in its African subsidiary through a placing with institutional...

    5. March 17, 2016

      South Africa raises rates and dampens growth outlook amid turmoil

      South Africa’s central bank on Thursday raised interest rates for the second time this year and lowered its growth...

    6. Fast FT

      March 17, 2016

      Rand climbs further after South Africa raises key interest rate

      The South African Reserve Bank has raised its benchmark rate 0.25 percentage points to 7 per cent – a supportive move...

    7. Fast FT

      March 17, 2016

      South African rates: in the shade of political soap opera

      High drama in South African politics is grabbing all the attention at the moment, but it’s also the South African...

    8. March 16, 2016

      Action could come from central banks in Norway and South Africa

      For such a very busy week of central bank meetings there has so far been little meaningful action. Thursday sees...

    9. February 4, 2016

      South Africa’s central bank: out on its own

      When you are caught between a rock (a stuttering economy) and a hard place (rising prices), it is hard to know which...

    10. Fast FT

      January 28, 2016

      South Africa raises key interest rate to 6.75%

      In a widely expected move, the South African central bank raised its key interest rate on Thursday, a move aimed at...

    11. Fast FT

      January 22, 2016

      A wild week of two halves for EM FX

      It’s been a week of two halves for emerging market currencies, which spent a few days being thoroughly battered, before...

    12. Fast FT

      January 8, 2016

      RBS: South Africa's under-fire rand needs support

      It’s been a rough week for emerging market currencies, but none more so than the rand. It flounced to a fresh record...

    13. Fast FT

      December 14, 2015

      AB InBev confirms South African listing plans

      Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed that it plans to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in mid-January as part of...

    14. December 10, 2015

      You're fired: Analysts react to South African finmin shock

      How does the market not like the defenestration of South Africa’s finance minister? Let us count the ways. It really...

    15. November 19, 2015

      South Africa raises rates amid inflation fears

      South Africa’s central bank raised interest rates on Thursday, in a pre-emptive move to counter inflationary flows and...

    16. August 26, 2015

      South Africa’s central bank chief rules out defence of rand

      South Africa’s central bank governor has given warning about emerging market turbulence if volatility over the Chinese...

    17. July 23, 2015

      South Africa raises interest rates to curb inflationary pressures

      South Africa raised interest rates for the first time in a year on Thursday, despite the continued economic woes...

    18. June 22, 2015

      South Africa in the grip of stagflation

      Stagflation is not only an ugly word but one that tends to be overused. It is increasingly appropriate for South...

    19. beyondbrics

      June 4, 2015

      How South Africa can fill its public service gap

      As the World Economic Forum holds its Africa meeting in Cape Town, South Africa’s public finances remain under...

    20. October 6, 2014

      South African Reserve Bank names deputy as new governor

      Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, on Monday appointed Lesetja Kganyago as governor of the central bank, at a time...

    21. September 18, 2014

      Gill Marcus to step down as South Africa’s central bank chief

      Gill Marcus, South Africa’s respected central bank governor, surprised markets on Thursday by announcing she would be...

    22. August 10, 2014

      S African rescue plan will split Abil into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ banks

      South Africa’s central bank has put crisis-hit African Bank Investments, the country’s biggest lender of unsecured...

    23. June 22, 2014

      South Africa: exports, please

      When the South African Reserve Bank raised rates in January – its first increase in over half a decade, to fend off a...

    24. beyondbrics

      May 22, 2014

      South Africa keeps interest rates on hold

      There were no shocks or surprises from Pretoria today. Rather, South Africa’s Monetary Policy Committee agreed with the...

    25. March 25, 2014

      Rand benefits from calmer emerging market waters

      The South African Reserve Bank on Thursday will deliver its latest monetary policy decision. Analysts’ consensus is for...

    26. beyondbrics

      January 29, 2014

      South Africa hikes rates but rand weakens

      South Africa’s hike in its policy rate on Wednesday failed to impress traders who sold off the rand within 15 minutes...

    27. beyondbrics

      January 24, 2014

      Rand at 11: how long before S Africa raises rates?

      Ah, the heady days of the rand at 10 to the dollar. Back only in June last year, that was the big psychological market...

    28. November 5, 2013

      South Africa to invest in China bonds

      South Africa’s central bank on Tuesday said a portion of the country’s reserves would be invested in Chinese bonds for...

    29. beyondbrics

      September 19, 2013

      Post-Fed EM chartbook

      The Fed’s announcement that tapering can wait has given emerging market currencies and equities a big boost. Here are a...

    30. August 25, 2013

      South Africa stops short of rand intervention as EM crisis builds

      While India, Brazil and Indonesia commit billions of dollars to attempts to prop up their fast depreciating currencies,...

    31. beyondbrics

      June 16, 2013

      Week ahead: June 17 - 21

      Look out for: IEA gas report, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro receives audience with Pope Francis in Rome, and the...

    32. FT Alphaville

      June 6, 2013


      The Aussie dollar is looking more like the South Pacific peso at the moment, but Australia is not alone in fending off...

    33. beyondbrics

      May 28, 2013

      South Africa: manufacturing slump dents GDP growth

      South Africa’s economic gloom darkened on Tuesday, with government figures showing that GDP growth slowed in the first...

    34. beyondbrics

      May 15, 2013

      S Africa consumers reluctant to take brake off spending

      South Africa’s consumers are reluctant to take the brake off spending even though inflation is at a four-decade low,...

    35. beyondbrics

      March 19, 2013

      S Africa: weakening rand adds to list of economic woes

      As South Africa’s Monetary Policy Committee has been meeting this week it will have been grappling with some familiar...

    36. beyondbrics

      March 17, 2013

      Week ahead, March 18 – 22

      A look at the week ahead from beyondbrics, featuring: central bank meetings in South Africa and India; Nigeria...

    37. beyondbrics

      March 12, 2013

      Brics bank to focus on infrastructure

      By John Thornhill Much attention at the forthcoming Brics summit in Durban on March 26 will focus on the progress the...

    38. beyondbrics

      March 12, 2013

      South Africa: rand slumps on deficit

      South Africa’s central bank delivered a nasty shock on Tuesday morning: the country’s trade and current accounts were...

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