The Firstrand economic team expects a 25 basis point interest rate hike this week when the SARB (South African Reserve Bank) MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) meets to deliberate on interest rates.

The Property Sector Charter Council today (11 July, 2018) released the results of its latest study: The South African Property Sector Economy Contribution.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 16:17

Easter spend trends 2018

Last year’s consumer spend left a lot to be desired. The fluctuating rand, economy as well as the political landscape may have affected the bottom lines of many retailers and shopping centres alike.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 15:39

Ooba welcomes Reserve Bank interest rate cut

ooba, South Africa’s biggest bond originator, welcomes the interest rate cut of 0.25% announced by the South African Reserve Bank this afternoon.

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 19:10

Relief at Q4 2017 GDP figures

Better than expected GDP figures for 2017 released today brought sighs of relief all round after an unquestionably tough year economically for South Africa.

South Africa is unlikely to have growth above 1.5% in the next two years, the Reserve Bank said on Wednesday.

Outstanding credit balances in the South African household sector increased by 3,4% year-on-year (y/y) to R1 520,2 billion in the period January to August  2017.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 22:37

Repo rate remains unchanged at 6.75%

The repo rate will remain unchanged at 6.75% per annum, Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago said on Thursday.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 22:22

John Loos comments on the unchanged Repo Rate

SARB leaves Repo Rate unchanged after only 1 x 25 basis point cut in the current cutting cycle. Weak consumer confidence likely to remain, and shift to a more cautious consumer expected to continue says John Loos, Household and Property Sector Strategist.

After declining by 11 points in 2Q2017, the FNB/BER Building Confidence Index improved by 3 index points to 35 in 3Q2017.

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