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South Africa has been mostly spared the torrid conditions experienced elsewhere across the globe during the past year, a result of the credit contagion spread by souring US subprime mortgages. The local fixed-income market, however, has been far from quiet.

A series of surprise events has seen interest rates shoot up and down in recent months. From the end of May, hawkish remarks by the central bank governor, combined with a rethink in the way inflation is calculated - and an ensuing war of

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