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  • 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]
  • The rand has R13 to the dollar in its sights
  • Yesterday, the rand came incredibly close to trading under R13 to the dollar. But data out of the US put an end to the currency's rally. So could the rand break through the key level today? Let's take a closer look… Better US consumer inflation data ended the rand’s rally This morning, the rand “ended a recent rally after stronger than expected US inflation data lifted the dol... ››› more
  • [16 October 2015]
  • How you can trade Forex anywhere in the world!
  • Watch the short video clip below, so you can see how you can trade Forex anywhere in the world. (If you don’t have time to watch the video, read the transcript below.) Behind me is the London Eye which is a very big Ferris wheel,  135 metres to be exact. I’m currently here in Southwark at MoneyWeek headquarters in London. And my trading account, is sitting in Johannesburg, in S... ››› more
  • [15 October 2015]
  • Discover seven ways to make money from forex trading
  • The forex market is the largest and most liquid financial market. It offers savvy traders bountiful opportunities to profit from moves in the world's currencies. The secret is knowing what indicators to use to identify winning forex trades. Read on to find out what these are… The best forex indicators to use The forex market tends to follow strong trends. These trends make technic... ››› more
  • [15 October 2015]
  • A weaker dollar is music to the rand's ears
  • The dollar has taken a turn weaker as there is a growing belief that the US Federal Reserve won't raise interest rates this year. This has been good news for emerging market currencies, including the rand, and stocks. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is rallying stronger Yesterday, the rand gained the most “in almost a week” after feeling the pressure on T... ››› more
  • [15 October 2015]
  • The rand loses ground as China reports a sharp fall in imports
  • The rand had staged a bit of a comeback over the past week or so as analysts expect the US to only hike interest rates next year. But it was all change for the local currency this morning as it took a knock after the release of import and export data from China. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Chinese imports slide over 20% This morning, the rand was under pressure as... ››› more
  • [13 October 2015]
  • The release of the Fed's minutes is good news for the rand
  • The rand is hovering close to its best levels in a few weeks as the dollar trades weaker. This latest improvement in the rand and decline in the dollar is thanks to the release of the minutes from the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand hit a near three week high This morning, the rand managed to trade as strong as R1... ››› more
  • [09 October 2015]
  • What's going on with the dollar?
  • The US Federal Reserve hasn't raised interest rates since June 2006. That's nine and a half years ago. Last month, chairwoman of the Fed, Janet Yellen, announced the Federal Open Market Committee's decision to delay a rate hike once again due to worries about the global economic recovery. So what does a weaker dollar mean? Let's take a closer look… The dollar fell as US jobs data ... ››› more
  • [07 October 2015]
  • The rand hits its best level in two weeks on the back of a weaker dollar
  • Today, the rand clawed back over 1% to trade to its best levels in two weeks. The currency is gaining on the back of a weaker greenback. The dollar is under pressure as traders bet against interest rates rising this year in the US. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… A weaker dollar is good news for the rand The rand rallied against the dollar today thanks to dollar weakn... ››› more
  • [07 October 2015]
  • The rand plummets to a new low against the dollar
  • Just as the rand managed to claw back some of last week's losses against the dollar yesterday, today it lost its grip. The South African currency has plunged to new record lows against the greenback as worries intensify over the state of the Chinese economy. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Traders are shunning the risky rand The rand hit R14.13 to the dollar in earlie... ››› more
  • [29 September 2015]
  • The rand's volatility is likely to continue ahead of a strew of economic data releases
  • Last week, the rand hit new lows against the dollar and the euro. The local currency has started this week off slightly stronger, but with a mass of economic data releases due out, volatility is sure to remain. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Speculation over US interest rates will continue to dominate As the rand clawed back some of its losses against the dollar, the... ››› more
  • [28 September 2015]
  • Why it could be the perfect time to buy the Australian dollar
  • Over the past year, the Australian dollar shed 25% against the US dollar. But just lately, the Australian dollar has started to recover some of those losses. It's started an uptrend against the greenback. So if it worth buying? Let's take a closer look… The case for buying the Australian dollar The ideal set up for a long trading opportunity is: The asset it cheap; ... ››› more
  • [22 September 2015]
  • After a brief relief rally, the rand suffers as traders seek safety
  • Last Thursday, the US Federal Reserve announced it was keeping interest rates on hold again. The rand and other emerging market currencies responded well to the news as the dollar weakened. But after hitting a three week high, the rand is once again on the back foot as speculation grows again about when the Fed will in fact raise rates. Let's take a closer look… The rand couldn’... ››› more
  • [21 September 2015]

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