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  • 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
  • [07 December 2016]
  • 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 time is nearing to invest in European stocks
  • With global markets all over the place in the past few weeks, it puts many investors off taking advantage of opportunities that volatility brings. For the savvy investor, Europe is showing great prospects to invest in. Read on to find out more… The performance of European stocks Since the financial crisis struck, the performance of European stocks has been lack lustre in compariso... ››› more
  • [16 September 2015]
  • When Greece says NO to the Big Three, you say NO to the Big Five!
  • History is being written as you speak! We had a very nerve wracking weekend, with the chaos going on in Europe. The people of Greece voted in a referendum to determine whether they want to accept the current bailout offer (Yes -ναι - NAI) and implement austerity measures, or to say NO (οχι - Oxi). Well the referendum showed 61.31% of the Greeks saying NO to austerity. And 38.69% of ... ››› more
  • [08 July 2015]
  • Markets slide after Greece votes ‘no' to a bailout
  • Yesterday, the people of Greece voted in a referendum to determine whether or not the country should accept the current bailout offer. The resounding ‘no' by the Greek people led the country's finance minister to step down from his position. Markets are opening down on the news. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Greece’s finance minister steps down following the ‘... ››› more
  • [06 July 2015]
  • Markets are under pressure as Greece shuts banks and its stock market as default looms
  • Financial markets are feeling the pressure today as the Greek government announced its decision to close banks and instil capital controls until next Monday. The Greek government has taken this move as the country will vote in a referendum on 5 July. Greece is on the verge of defaulting on a loan to the International Monetary Fund tomorrow. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… ... ››› more
  • [29 June 2015]
  • The rand slips weaker as the market waits for the release of US jobs data
  • After a rough week, the rand has traded slightly weaker this morning. Woes over the state of the South African economy and the possibility of a ratings downgrade have put the local currency under pressure this week. And with the US releasing its non-farm payroll data later today, market participants are waiting to see what this key economic indicator reveals. It could have a bearing on the ... ››› more
  • [06 March 2015]
  • The rand holds its ground, but load shedding is putting pressure on the currency
  • The rand is managing to hold onto gains made this week, but continued load shedding has the potential to send the currency weaker. Investors are also looking to events unfolding in the Eurozone and the impact they could have on the global economy. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand could come under pressure if there are indications of a global slowdown The rand ... ››› more
  • [05 February 2015]
  • Eskom announces yet another day of load shedding, putting the rand under strain
  • For the second day in a row, Eskom announced that it will implement stage one load shedding as the power supply is under severe pressure. The announcement by the power utility is putting the rand under pressure after its brief rally at the end of last week. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Eskom begins load shedding again Earlier today, Eskom said that it will begin st... ››› more
  • [27 January 2015]
  • 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]
  • As speculation grows over an impending interest rate cut, the rand feels the pressure
  • Yesterday, the rand managed to hold its ground and recoup some earlier losses. But the local currency isn't out of the woods. Speculation is growing about whether the South African Reserve Bank will cut interest rates when it meets for the first time this year next week. This is putting pressure on the rand. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… An interest rate cut could... ››› more
  • [21 January 2015]
  • The gold price hits near five-month highs as concerns grow over global economic growth
  • The gold price has been climbing higher and today touched levels not seen for nearly five-months. This is thanks in part to the decision by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to cut its global economic growth forecasts for this year and next. Also helping take the yellow metal higher are concerns over the state of the European economy. Speculation is growing over whether the European Cent... ››› more
  • [20 January 2015]
  • The rand weakens slightly as the start of a busy week kicks off
  • After gaining some ground on Friday, the rand weakened slightly against the dollar this morning. But today starts off a week full of local and international data releases. These could have a large bearing on the local currency. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand comes under pressure After benefitting at the end of last week from the Swiss’ decision to scrap it... ››› more
  • [19 January 2015]
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