• For the first time in 14 years, the Euro could be weaker than the US Dollar
  • What you're about to read will shock you… 1999 - The Euro came into existence in January which was the goal of the European Union and its predecessors since the 1960s. Initially there was a negative reaction as the Euro fell below parity (1:1) with the US Dollar for the first time. After, the dust settled and the EU was finding its feet with regulations, treaties and legislations, the E... ››› more
  • [22 September 2017]
  • The rand holds at 11.42/$ as this week's interest rate decision looms
  • Since the announcement by the European Central Bank (ECB) last week of its massive stimulus programme, the rand has strengthened slightly. This week, the rand's focus will be closer to home as the Reserve Bank holds its first monetary policy committee meeting of the year. The money's on the bank keeping interest rates unchanged. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The ECB’... ››› more
  • [26 January 2015]
  • The rand benefits from Europe's new stimulus programme, but has it run too much?
  • This week, around the globe, investors were waiting for yesterday's announcement from the European Central Bank (ECB). The new stimulus programme exceeded expectations. The rand rallied on the news, but there are concerns the local currency's signs of strength are going to be short-lived. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand rallied strongly on the back of the ECB’... ››› more
  • [23 January 2015]
  • If Europe goes ahead with quantitative easing, it could be good news for the rand
  • The rand is holding its ground as markets around the world wait to hear the outcome of the European Central Bank's meeting. Analysts expect the bank to announce a massive quantitative easing programme. But the news will only come out later today. So if the European Central Bank launches a new stimulus programme, what effect will it have on the rand? Let's take a closer look… The r... ››› more
  • [22 January 2015]
  • ECB Chief, Mario Draghi has just created two great trading opportunities for you
  • Last week, the European Central Bank Chief, Mario Draghi took measures to jumpstart the European economy. He announced that the European Central Bank (ECB) would actually charge banks to deposit money with it. And it's reduced its lending rate to a new record low of just 0.15%. His reasoning for all this? He wants to get the banks to lend more money and encourage people in Europe to spend m... ››› more
  • [06 June 2014]
  • Three reasons why you need to start trading smaller today!
  • For weeks the market has been heading steadily higher. And the start of last week was no different. In fact, our market reached an all-time high by the middle of the week. And if you've been sitting long in your trading positions, then you've likely been enjoying the ride. But three positive data figures out last week signal that now's the time for you to start trading smaller… Now's t... ››› more
  • [08 November 2013]
  • The rand wallows at a 2 month low
  • November isn't turning out to be a good month for the rand so far. Today, the local currency breached a two month low against the dollar. There are a few key issues putting pressure on the rand. There are industrial disputes affecting the platinum sector. And with the European Central Bank (ECB) due to meet on Thursday, there are worries that the bank will cut interest rates. Let's take a closer l... ››› more
  • [05 November 2013]

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