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Published: 06 March 2018

Growth surprised positively in the final quarter of 2017

GDP increased by 3.1% in the fourth quarter of 2017 in quarter-on-quarter seasonally-adjusted terms and printed significantly higher than the consensus forecast for a 1.8% rise.

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Published: 02 March 2018

Monthly economic and market snapshot - February 2018

Global equity markets tumbled 7.5% by the second week of February 2018 on concerns that higher-than-expected inflation would lead to a more rapid tightening of interest rates by the US.

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Published: 22 February 2018

2018 National budget review: Tackling the fiscal wounds

In an immediate reaction to the budget announcement, the rand appreciated by 0.8%, while SA government bond yields (R186) rallied by 9 basis points.

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Published: 21 February 2018

Further ease in headline inflation

A favourable inflation trajectory leaves room for modest monetary policy easing in upcoming months.

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Published: 19 February 2018

2018 National budget preview: Testing government’s fiscal mettle

Firmer growth expectations, higher revenue collection and deeper expenditure cuts should support faster fiscal deficit reduction in the medium term.

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Published: 19 February 2018

2018 State of the nation address

Challenges acknowledged, but hopes raised for an economic overhaul.

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Published: 01 February 2018

Economic and market snapshot for January 2018

Global equity markets had a stellar start to the year. The MSCI All World Index gained 5.6% by the end of January 2018, supported by a robust performance in developed and emerging markets.

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Published: 18 January 2018

Interest rates maintained at 6.75%

The South African Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Committee views the potential for additional sovereign rating downgrades and volatility in international oil prices as the main risks to setting monetary policy.

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Published: 16 January 2018

Economic outlook for 2018

The stage looks set for a continued, broad-based expansion in the world economy in 2018.

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Published: 16 January 2018

Financial market outlook for 2018

Fundamentals and valuations should continue to support the outperformance of global equities over bonds in 2018.

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