Zaakirah Ismail ( Email )
Fixed Income Strategist
Zaakirah holds a BEconSci (Hons) and MCom in Economics Science from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently a fixed income strategist in the fixed income and forex research team at Standard Bank. Prior to this, Zaakirah was a consumer economist in the macroeconomic research team at the bank. She has held a number of positions in industry, both in the public sector and private sector. These include being a consultant at Investec Private Bank and a researcher at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa. She has also lectured Economics including- Mathematical Economics, Financial Derivatives, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics- at both the University of the Witwatersrand and Rhodes University respectively. She has successfully published articles in various accredited journal articles in the fields of labour and energy economics.
Latest available research
The SA Daily – Real rates, based on SARB's forecasts
The SARB was a little less hawkish yesterday than at the previous MPC meeting. The bank’s inflation forecasts (4.9% for 2018, and 5.4% for 2019) are somewhat higher than ours
The SA Daily – SA 5yr breakeven vs US 5yr breakevenby Zaakirah Ismail Thu Jan 18 08:54:30 SAST 2018
South Africa’s 5-year breakeven inflation rate has been declining steadily since May 2016, remaining below the upper band of the SARB’s target range of 3-6% since March 2017, and staying
The SA Daily – Don't infer rand or bond weakness on Fed hikesby Zaakirah Ismail Wed Jan 17 08:42:56 SAST 2018
The Fed’s hiking cycle has seen UST 10-yr yields increase, resulting in curve-flattening; and, US real interest rates too have been rising. However, the EMBI spread has been narrowing due
The SA Daily – Rand supported by record high SA terms of trade but, ultimately, this may fadeby Zaakirah Ismail Tue Jan 16 08:11:13 SAST 2018
We see the rand at 12.50 by year-end and 12.70 in 2019. Our rand forecasts are constructive, supported by benign global economic expectations, including reasonably strong economic growth and capital
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