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Is the Reserve Bank Father Christmas?

Banks - 2 July 2020

Financial plumbing is one the Ingham Analytics core competencies and this latest note on the South African Reserve Bank, entitled “Is the Reserve Bank Father Christmas?” will be of interest in that regard, and the implications for customers of commercial banks, investors in JSE listed banks – and citizens who want to stable monetary backdrop with which to go about their business. South Africa isn’t Zimbabwe – yet. In the context of COVID-19 has the local central bank got the capability to be another Federal Reserve? Can Governor Kganyago do a Chairman Powell? What is the size of the balance sheet? How far can a central bank mandate extend? Are their potential risks to my bank deposit or my JSE shares?

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