Tag - inflation

Why your bills are rising faster than inflation

Whenever Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) releases the consumer price index (inflation) figure, I always wonder whose basket of goods they are using, because I can assure you that my living costs are increasing well above the 5.2% CPI recorded for the year to December 2015. So I decided to spend some time unpacking the official CPI basket to...

The impact of lower inflation on investment returns

Dave Mohr, Chief Investment Strategist at Old Mutual Wealth, explains that investors with portfolios that include performance benchmarks that target inflation-linked growth should not be overly concerned about the possibility that their returns will be reduced significantly if SA inflation follows the downward trend most analysts anticipate in the...

Time for the SARB to go on hold?

By Nazmeera Moola, economist and strategist, Investec Asset Management Consumers should be able to sleep somewhat easier in the next few months, as we have most likely seen the last interest rate hikes for 2014. This is partially due to the weak economic outlook. We expect the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to keep rates on hold this Thursday...

Surprising inflation numbers should see rates unchanged

By John Loos, FNB Household and Consumer Sector Strategist While food and petrol prices have been a key inflation focus in recent times, they now appear to be subsiding risks, while the residential rental market surprises on the downside too. March Consumer Price (CPI) inflation came virtually unchanged from the February rate at 5.9% year-on-year...