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  • The rand kicks off the week knocking at 11.30/$
  • The rand's rout continues. After a horrendous time of it last week, it's not looking much better for the local currency. The dollar continues to strengthen pulling the rand down. So what is causing the dollar to continue its rally, hurting the rand along with it? Let's take a closer look… The rand continues to feel the pressure of a strong dollar Yesterday, the rand hit a “fr... ››› more
  • [30 September 2014]
  • The rand ends the week at 11.23/$ as the greenback takes a boost stronger
  • The rand ended an abysmal week trading near an eight month low. The local currency is falling victim to the strength of the dollar. New data out of the US on Friday took the greenback stronger yet again. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand tumbles to an eight-month low The rand took another pounding on Friday after enduring a week of “heavy selling pressure,”... ››› more
  • [29 September 2014]
  • Come next Wednesday, diesel prices will drop, but the petrol price is up and down
  • Earlier today, the Department of Energy announced the changes to the petrol and diesel prices. After a dramatic drop in the petrol price at the start of this month, things aren't looking just so good for October. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… What’s in store for the petrol price? The Department of Energy says the petrol price will change depending on the grade nex... ››› more
  • [26 September 2014]
  • What's happening in the markets this week
  • To find out what will be happening in the markets this week... Read below Bloody short week Last week was just 4 days long, due to a public holiday on Wednesday. Heritage Day commonly called Braai Day, may have served as inspiration for a blood red week for the market. We had the largest weekly fall of the year as weaker economic figures out of most of the world’s major economies as well... ››› more
  • [26 September 2014]
  • The rand falls through 11.20/$ as a weak euro and worries weigh on the local currency
  • This week has proved to be a difficult one for the rand. Each day, it's traded weaker against the dollar. So what's going on with the local currency? Let's take a closer look… The rand hits levels not seen since January The rand has weakened to “lows last seen nearly eight months ago,” reports Fin24. The dollar’s strength is putting incredible pressure on the local currency,... ››› more
  • [25 September 2014]
  • Producer inflation continues to slow with a greater than expected fall in August
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released the producer inflation data for August. The data showed that producer inflation fell more than economists forecast. This follows a decline in the figure from June to July. Let's take a closer look at what led to the fall… Producer inflation dropped to 7.2% in August Producer inflation, measured by the producer price index (PPI), “slowed more than... ››› more
  • [25 September 2014]
  • Eskom announces the departure of two of its executives citing personal reasons
  • Eskom has continued to dominate the headlines this year. If it's not issues with electricity supplies, it's changes at the top or financial difficulties that are having a dire impact on the power supplier. Yesterday, Eskom announced that two of its top executives plan to leave the parastatal. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Eskom hasn’t revealed any details of the ... ››› more
  • [25 September 2014]
  • South Africa enters a multibillion rand deal with Russia to secure nuclear power
  • Yesterday, the government announced that it had signed a deal with Russia's state power provider. The deal with Rosatom secures the building of up to eight nuclear reactors. As Eskom struggles to meet the demands of power consumption, the government is looking at alternatives to providing the country with sufficient electricity over the long-term. Let's take a closer look at what's going on... ››› more
  • [23 September 2014]
  • What's happening in the markets this week
  • To find out what will be happening in the markets this week... Read below Marcus moving on   There is a saying “ You never hear the bullet that kills you”, that I believe is appropriate for the events of last week. We had expected a number of potentially market shifting events to occur, including the Scottish independence vote, a US Fed meeting, the largest IPO in US history and a SARB... ››› more
  • [22 September 2014]
  • The rand continues to languish at seven-month lows with no hints of it strengthening
  • The rand spiralled to seven-month lows last week as the market came to terms with the announcement that Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus was stepping down from her post. With a quiet week on the cards and a public holiday on Wednesday, analysts don't expect much of the rand for the week. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is still reeling from Gill Marcus’ annou... ››› more
  • [22 September 2014]
  • Who is going to take over the reins from Gill Marcus as Reserve Bank governor?
  • Along with yesterday's interest rate decision came the announcement that few were expecting. Gill Marcus tendered her resignation as governor of South Africa's Reserve Bank. She'll finish up in her post at the beginning of November after serving a five-year term. The market didn't take the news well. The rand plunged to fresh seven-month lows. Let's take a look at the likely candidates…... ››› more
  • [19 September 2014]
  • The pound and the FTSE rally as Scotland votes ‘No' to independence
  • Since a poll released last weekend showed that the ‘Yes' vote was marginally ahead of the ‘No' vote in the run up to the Scottish referendum, the pound and UK-listed stocks have been under pressure. Yesterday, Scotland went to polls, and this morning it emerged that Scotland voted ‘No' to independence. The market's relief saw the pound rally and the FTSE rise this morning. Let's tak... ››› more
  • [19 September 2014]

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