South Africa Central Bank Has Little Policy Space to Boost Growth

South Africa Central Bank Has Little Policy Space to Boost Growth

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South Africa has limited space for counter-cyclical monetary policy to support economic expansion because inflation risks have increased, central bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago said. The balance of risks for growth in consumer prices is “on the upside,” with the rand weakening against the dollar, a higher oil price, and a chance that power prices will increase, he said in an interview Friday in New York with Bloomberg TV. The Monetary Policy…

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Ghana Central Bank Governor Sees Room for Further Rate Cut

Ghana Central Bank Governor Sees Room for Further Rate Cut

ACCRA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Bank of Ghana Governor Ernest Addison said there is scope for a further cut in the country’s main interest rate should the economy keep improving.  “If the fundamentals of the economy are seen to be improving, then there is room for a rate cut, even though inflation has stayed at around 12 percent,” he said in an interview Tuesday in the capital, Accra. The central bank of West Africa’s biggest economy…

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Tanzania Leader Appoints Tax Specialist Central Bank Chief

Tanzania Leader Appoints Tax Specialist Central Bank Chief

DAR ES SALAAM (Capital Markets in Africa) – Tanzanian President John Magufuli named Florens Luoga, a tax-law expert, as the new head of the central bank as the East African nation’s leader seeks to overhaul the country’s natural-resources industry. In July, Magufuli appointed Luoga as chairman of the Tanzania Revenue Authority board. He’s been a deputy vice chancellor at the University of Dar es Salaam since 2014, according to the academic institution’s website. “We had a…

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United Kingdom Manufacturing Sums Up Interest-Rate Dilemma for the BOE

United Kingdom Manufacturing Sums Up Interest-Rate Dilemma for the BOE

LONDON (Capital Markets in Africa) – For a picture book example of the dilemma facing Bank of England policy makers, look no further than the U.K. manufacturing industry. On the downside for the economy, demand and confidence at factories is declining and investment is weakening, according to a survey from the Confederation of British Industry. But, in a sign of a potential squeeze that could intensify price pressures, the percentage of firms operating below capacity is the…

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For Stocks Pumped by Draghi’s Stimulus, The Only Way May Be Down

For Stocks Pumped by Draghi’s Stimulus, The Only Way May Be Down

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Ahead of this week’s European Central Bank meeting, investors mostly see the region’s equities weathering President Mario Draghi’s tapering signals. But in the short term, there are signals aplenty that the shares may be ripe for a pullback, particularly if the euro resumes its rally. Strategists on average now expect the Euro Stoxx 50 to decline by year-end. Here are five charts that indicate overheating in the stock market. Euro-area stocks are no longer…

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BOE’s November Rate Hike Isn’t Set in Stone After Crunch Week

BOE’s November Rate Hike Isn’t Set in Stone After Crunch Week

LONDON (Capital Markets in Africa) – After a crucial week for the Bank of England, a November interest-rate increase no longer looks like a sure thing. Inflation may have hit 3 percent, but for some policymakers at the central bank, the domestic price pressures that justify raising now aren’t there. That view was backed up by data Wednesday that showed wage growth slowing. Dave Ramsden, the Monetary Policy Committee’s newest member, had said a day earlier that…

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South Africa September Inflation Uptick Limits Room for Rate Cuts

South Africa September Inflation Uptick Limits Room for Rate Cuts

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South African inflation quickened for a second consecutive month in September, reducing room for the nation’s central bank to ease policy. The inflation rate rose to 5.1 percent from 4.8 percent the previous month, Pretoria-based Statistics South Africa said in a report on its website on Wednesday. The median of 24 economist’s estimates in a Bloomberg survey was 5 percent. Prices rose 0.5 percent in the month, the highest monthly rate since March….

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