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  • The rand recoups some of yesterday's heavy losses
  • Yesterday, the rand fell to hit a five-week low. This was thanks to a stronger dollar and the release of a report about capital flows to emerging markets. Today, the rand awaits the release of local trade data and a slew of announcements next week. Let's take a closer look… A report about reduced capital flows hit the rand hard Yesterday, the rand came under intense pressure af... ››› more
  • [29 May 2015]
  • If you're not already, here's why you should trade forex
  • If you enjoy trading or are seriously considering it, have you thought about trading forex instead of shares? There are a number of reasons why you should think about trading forex. Read on to find out what these reasons are… Six benefits of trading forex There are numerous advantages of trading forex over other financial markets… Benefit #1: The link between the forex market... ››› more
  • [27 May 2015]
  • The rand slides as poor domestic data take its toll
  • Yesterday, the rand shed more than 1% after the release of two critical economic indicators. Domestic economic growth figures disappointed. And unemployment figures showed a stark rise. Not helping the local unit was a stronger dollar, which benefited from a positive durable goods report. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand slips well past R12 to the dollar Th... ››› more
  • [27 May 2015]
  • The rand falters as the US again hints to an interest rate hike later in the year
  • The rand has come under some pressure this morning following comments by the chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve at the end of last week. On Friday, Ms Yellen hinted that interest rates could be on their way in 2015. This put the rand under pressure again. Investors are also waiting for the release of South African economic growth data, due out tomorrow. Let's take a closer look at what'... ››› more
  • [25 May 2015]
  • The rand responds positively to the Reserve Bank's announcement
  • Yesterday, the governor of the South African Reserve Bank announced that the monetary policy committee decided not to hike interest rates. But the central bank revealed that it was likely to be just a matter of time before rates would have to rise to keep inflation under control. The rand responded well to the news. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand benefits fr... ››› more
  • [22 May 2015]
  • How you can trade international currencies in South Africa
  • If you're interested in trading international currencies, the good news is it's never been easier. And you don't need to use your offshore allowance. You have a couple of options. It all depends on what currencies you want to trade. Let's take a closer look at how you can get started… What is currency trading? Currency trading involves trading the foreign exchange market. This is ... ››› more
  • [22 May 2015]
  • Five banks are to pay $5.8 billion in fines over market rigging
  • Five of the world's largest banks are facing fines amounting to almost $6 billion. This follows investigations into currency rigging. Four of the banks' fines relate to forex market rigging. The other bank's fine relates to the rigging of benchmark interest rates. Let's take a closer look at what happened… For five years, currency traders manipulated the forex market Five of the w... ››› more
  • [21 May 2015]
  • The rand is under pressure as strong housing data boosts the greenback
  • The rand is continuing its journey weaker against the dollar. Over the past few trading days, the local currency is feeling the effects of the dollar picking up momentum. Yesterday, strong housing data out of the US provided the dollar with further impetus. The rand is hovering close to R12/$ again. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand continues to weaken F... ››› more
  • [20 May 2015]
  • Forex uncovered: The ins and outs of trading international currencies
  • Currencies are known by a number of different terms: Foreign exchange, forex or FX. Trading currencies involves speculating on exchange rates. So how does the forex market work? And how can you trade this international market? Read on to find out… Why trade forex? Forex is popular to trade because it’s such a big, liquid market. Around $4 trillion trades on the forex market e... ››› more
  • [18 May 2015]
  • A weaker dollar equals some welcomed respite for the rand
  • The rand is trading at its best level for around two-weeks as the dollar comes under pressure. The greenback is under strain following the release of retail sales data in the US yesterday. This has helped the rand out as investors look elsewhere for higher yields. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The US economy is struggling to up growth The dollar has dipped to “... ››› more
  • [14 May 2015]
  • The dollar index: How to weigh up the dollar
  • Over the past nine months, the US dollar has been in a sustained upwards trend. It's beaten the 5% rise of the FTSE 100. It's beaten the 6% rise of US stocks. And it's even beaten the 20% in the German DAX. And the dollar has performed better than other international currencies. You can see this from the performance of the dollar index. So what is the US dollar index? Why is it rising... ››› more
  • [04 May 2015]
  • How to start forex trading in three steps
  • If you want to start forex trading, where do you start? You need to know how forex trading works, how best to select trades and how to get a trading account up and running. Read on to find out more… Step one: How forex trading works Forex trading involves trading different currency pairs. You can either opt to trade the rand against different major currencies or opt to trade inter... ››› more
  • [24 April 2015]
  • The worst might not be over for the rand, it could hit R12.50/$
  • The rand has taken another knock, sending it around 1% weaker against the dollar. This was thanks to a positive data release out of the US. And it could get worse for the local currency in the months ahead. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand hit its lowest level since March Late yesterday afternoon, the rand traded to its “lowest in six weeks,” reports Fi... ››› more
  • [23 April 2015]
  • If you want to trade forex, you need to know how much it's going to cost you…
  • If you want to start forex trading, you'll have to pay to put on trades. So how much will it cost? It depends on whether you opt to trade currency futures or spread trade currencies. Let's take a closer look… The different types of forex trading account available With forex trading, you have two options when it comes to trading accounts: If you want to trade the rand ... ››› more
  • [22 April 2015]


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