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  • An introduction to trading the forex market
  • If you're looking for a new trading opportunity, forex trading could be for you. From trading the ups and downs of the world's currencies, you can make substantial profits. But how does the forex market work? How can you make money from its moves? And how can you start trading? Read on to find out the answers to these questions and much more… The basics of the forex market   ... ››› more
  • [09 November 2015]
  • How to start trading currencies
  • If you've decided that you want to start trading forex, you'll need to find a way to trade currencies. You have a couple of options. It all comes down to what currencies you want to trade. Let's take a closer look… Trading forex with currency futures   You need to decide which currencies you want to trade.   If you want to trade the rand against a number of internat... ››› more
  • [06 November 2015]
  • Pressure mounts on the rand in the run up to the release of US jobs data
  • After flirting close to R14 to the dollar yesterday, the rand continues to feel the strain on emerging market currencies. Later today, the US Labour Department will release its non-farm payrolls. If data comes out better than expected, the rand could be under further strain as it increases the chance of a US interest rate hike next month. Let's take a closer look… The rand is fee... ››› more
  • [06 November 2015]
  • Forex 101: How currency pairs work
  • If you decide to trade forex, one of the first things you'll come across is that currencies come in pairs. You can't trade a currency in isolation, you always trade it with another currency. So how do currency pairs work? And what does a currency pair tell you? Read on to find out more… An introduction to currency pairs   The value of one currency is always relative to th... ››› more
  • [05 November 2015]
  • The rand takes a knock on the prospect of a US interest rate hike next month
  • This week, the rand has continued to weaken. A stronger dollar is putting hefty pressure on the local currency. Not helping matters was US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen's comments last night about the likelihood of an interest rate hike in the world's largest economy next month. So why is this such bad news for the rand? Let's take a closer look… The dollar’s strength ... ››› more
  • [05 November 2015]
  • Interested in forex trading? Here's what you need to know
  • Forex trading is about trading the world's foreign exchange market. The forex market is the largest and most liquid financial market in the world. Its liquidity and size means there are ample opportunities for traders to take advantage of. So how does forex trading work? Let's take a closer look… What is forex trading?   Forex trading involves trading currency pairs. You ... ››› more
  • [03 November 2015]
  • Poorer than expected US GDP data gives the rand some respite, for now…
  • Since the medium-term budget, the rand has been under immense pressure. With the US Federal Reserve indicating on Wednesday that an interest rate hike is on the cards in December, the rand faced renewed headwinds. But with data out of the US yesterday showing weaker than expected economic growth, the rand has clawed back some of its losses. Let's take a closer look… The rand bene... ››› more
  • [30 October 2015]
  • The rand feels the heat as the Fed signals it may hike US interest rates in December
  • The rand has certainly not had a good year, continuing to weaken against major currencies. One major bugbear for the local currency is the raising of rates in the US. Until yesterday, the US Federal Reserve hadn't given any strong signals that a hike was going to happen. But this all changed as the Fed indicated that a hike could happen when the Federal Open Market Committee meets again in Dece... ››› more
  • [29 October 2015]
  • How to really make money from trading forex
  • The forex market is the largest and most liquid financial market in the world. It operates 24 hours a day, five days a week, making it easily accessible to traders around the globe. The forex market also gives traders fantastic opportunities to make money, yet this is where so many forex traders fail. Their failure is likely down to three misconceptions. So what are these misconceptions? And... ››› more
  • [28 October 2015]
  • The rand faces pressure in the run up to the Fed's interest rate decision
  • The rand faces pressure in the run up to the Fed's interest rate decision
    After depreciating sharply following the medium-term budget, the rand has settled down somewhat. Whilst the rand reacted positively to the Chinese central bank reducing interest rates again, the main focus for the week is the outcome of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in the US. A rate hike in the US could be bad news for the rand. Let's take a closer look at what's going... ››› more
  • [26 October 2015]
  • The rand recoups some of its mini budget losses, but risks remain
  • Following the finance minister's medium-term budget address, the rand fell nearly 2%. Two days later and the currency is looking slightly stronger, but it's underperforming other emerging market currencies and could weaken again. Yesterday, the South African Reserve Bank said it may step in if the rand starts to put rising pressure on inflation. Let's take a closer look at what's going on... ››› more
  • [23 October 2015]
  • Why the mini budget sent the rand nearly 2% weaker
  • Yesterday, finance minister Nhlanhla Nene gave his medium-term budget address. From the time he began his speech to the end of it, the rand lost almost 2% against the dollar. So why did the currency react so badly? Let's take a closer look… The rand weakened sharply The rand weakened “from R13.27 against the dollar before the mini budget to R13.52 shortly” afterwards, repor... ››› more
  • [22 October 2015]
  • The rand could be heading for R12.95 to the dollar
  • This morning, the rand was trading stronger against the dollar and other major currencies. This is due to better than expected economic growth data out of China. Plus with the market betting on the Fed not raising hikes this year, this has also benefitted the rand. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is showing signs of strength This morning, the rand flirted wit... ››› more
  • [19 October 2015]


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