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  • South Africa – Some positives from the budget - Updated Wed February 26, 2014

    We give our initial reaction to the budget – there are some positives for local markets • The Treasury targets faster fiscal consolidation for the current year and the medium term • Delivery risk will be linked both to the external environment a...

  • SARB raises repo rate 50bps to 5.5% - Updated Wed January 29, 2014

    Event • The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has raised its repo rate by 50bps to 5.5% for the first time since the 2008-09 global economic crisis. Although there was a modest downward adjustment of growth forecasts for 2014 and 2015, revised SAR...

  • Namibia – Positive outlook - Updated Tue July 16, 2013

    • Growth should remain strong in 2013, boosted by high government spending and low interest rates • An expansionary fiscal policy will continue to contribute to a widening fiscal deficit, estimated at 6.4% in 2013 • Deterioration in South African ...

  • Africa – Local markets outlook - Updated Tue July 16, 2013

    • Local fundamentals are likely to prevail now that some element of an early tapering of QE is priced in • We remain Overweight FX and duration on Nigeria on supportive fundamentals and valuations • We also maintain an Overweight duration stance o...

  • South Africa – Vulnerable on many counts - Updated Tue July 16, 2013

    • Weaker momentum in the domestic economy and a still-sluggish external environment suggest softer growth. We cut our 2013 GDP growth forecast to 2.2%, from 2.7% previously • Given a substantial negative output gap, South African interest rates are...

  • Africa overview – Brighter prospects ahead - Updated Tue July 16, 2013

    • Growth momentum in Sub-Saharan Africa remains largely positive, despite uncertainty related to Fed tapering expectations and slowing trend growth in China • African economies will not be impacted uniformly by a reduction in QE. More liquid marke...

  • Africa Focus - A wealth of diversity - Updated Wed July 10, 2013

    • Prospects in the Sub-Saharan African region remain largely positive, despite uncertainty related to market expectations of Fed tapering, and a slowdown in China’s growth trend to more sustainable levels. • South Africa is more susceptible to glob...

  • South Africa – Why we still like rates and not the rand - Updated Thu May 23, 2013

    • We expect the Reserve Bank to keep rates on hold today; we see a 30-40% chance of a cut • A 50bps cut would not change our market view: Overweight ZAR rates, Underweight ZAR FX • We stay Underweight on FX as risks from the mining sector and the...

  • South Africa – The growth outlook - Updated Tue March 26, 2013

    • Barring any new supply-side shocks, 2013 growth should improve on the 2.5% recorded in 2012 • Higher public-sector investment and accommodative monetary policy should support growth • A more competitive ZAR is key to South Africa’s recovery pro...

  • South Africa – Deficit surprise - Updated Thu February 28, 2013

    South Africa surprises negatively with a deficit estimate of 5.2% of GDP in FY13 • While weak revenue is a key driver, expenditure restraint is nonetheless evident • Further rating action is possible if growth does not improve • We maintain a nea...

  • South Africa – An MTBPS preview - Updated Wed October 24, 2012

    • South Africa is set to announce lower growth forecasts in Thursday’s MTBPS • However, expectations of near-term deficit deterioration appear overdone • The Treasury is under pressure to respond to rating-agency concerns ...

  • South Africa – SARB cuts rates by 50bps - Updated Thu July 19, 2012

    SARB surprises markets with a 50bps rate cut, taking the repo rate to 5% • While downside risks predominate near-term, future imbalances are still a concern • Further rate easing is unlikely, unless global conditions deteriorate meaningfully...

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