Another Big Hike Raises South African Interest Rates Near Pre-COVID Levels

South Africa's central bank delivered another big interest rate hike on Thursday, taking its main lending rate back near pre-COVID levels as it battles to bring inflation back to target, Reuters reported. The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) raised its repurchase rate by 75 basis points (bps) to 6.25%. The rand pared gains against the U.S. dollar after the decision was announced, as some traders had positioned for a larger hike. The SARB has now raised rates for the sixth time in a row, adding a total of 275 bps to the repo rate since its latest tightening cycle began in November 2021. Analysts said they expected the SARB to raise rates by a smaller margin at its final monetary policy meeting of the year in November. Read more.