Exclusive Poll: ZA Economists are Split on Interest Rate Prospects

For our second poll of top economists, ZA Confidential asked whether the Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank will hike interest rates next week. And opinion was divided. Eight are predicting a rise, while seven expect no change. We did offer our respondents the chance to say it is too close to call, but no one opted for this third choice.

Here are the results:

Yes

Peter Attard Montalto of Nomura

Russell Lamberti of ETM

Dawie Roodt of the Efficient Group

John Loos from FNB

Theo Vorster from Galileo Capital

Ettienne Le Roux from RMB

Goolam Ballim of Stamdard Bank

Mike Schussler from economists.co.za

No

Annabel Bishop of Investec

Professor Eltie Links

Sake Economist of the Year Ulrich Joubert

Professor Raymond Parsons of NW University

Ian Cruickshanks of the SAIRR

Johannes Jordaan of EMS

Azar Jammine from Econometrix

Conclusion:
It will be a very close call. Savers would welcome a rise in interest rates, but for many millions of South Africans it would make tough times even tougher.

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