South Africa Central Bank Raises Rates to 5.5 Percent

South Africa’s central bank has raised interest rates, a day after a similar move by Turkey.

South Africa’s Reserve Bank surprised observers by boosting its main interest rate to 5.5% from 5%.

Bank governor, Gill Marcus said “the depreciation of the rand exchange rate” was the primary cause of the rate rise.

She added that the global financial crisis was in a “new phase” and was “creating new challenges for emerging market economies”.

The rand – South Africa’s currency – has been under pressure recently, but the bank had still been expected to leave rates on hold.

via BBC News – South Africa raises interest rates

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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