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  • As pressures mount against the rand, buy the dollar
  • The rand has continued its battle to strengthen below R12/$. The local currency is struggling as the dollar continues to hold onto its recent gains and worries over non-stop load shedding grow. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Good news for the rand comes from China From its close on Friday night, the rand is marginally stronger this morning, says Fin24. Helping buoy ... ››› more
  • [20 April 2015]
  • The rand continues its fall as the mighty dollar soars
  • After finishing last week on the back foot, the rand is facing strong pressures from the ever strengthening dollar. By late afternoon, the local currency had weakened more than 1% from Friday's close. So why is the dollar so strong at the moment? And what else is putting pressure on the rand? Let's take a closer look… The rand fell over 1% Yesterday, the rand tumbled “to a tw... ››› more
  • [14 April 2015]
  • The rand falls back through R12/$ as the greenback strengthens
  • After displaying some strength at the beginning of last week, the rand ended the week down against the dollar. The local currency is struggling as the greenback remains the currency of choice as speculation grows about when the US central bank will hike interest rates. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand traded to a new low for April On Friday, the rand hit a ses... ››› more
  • [13 April 2015]
  • How to trade international currencies without using your offshore allowance
  • If you're looking for an easy way to trade the world's currencies, spread trading is a great option to consider. You don't have to bother about applying for your offshore allowance. And you can open a trading account with as little as R500. So how does spread trading forex work? Read on to find out… How spread trading forex works Spread trading forex means you try to profit fro... ››› more
  • [09 April 2015]
  • The rand is weakening again after receiving a boost off poor US jobs data
  • On Friday, the Labour Department in the US released its non-farm payroll data. The data disappointed, which hit the dollar. The rand initially benefitted from the weaker dollar, but as the dollar regains its footing, the rand is already losing ground. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The dollar dipped on the back of a poor jobs report The US jobs report is a key indica... ››› more
  • [07 April 2015]
  • Forex trading basics: Understanding the all-important bid-offer spread
  • Just like when you trade stocks, when you trade forex the prices for buying and selling are different. You buy at one price and you sell at another price. So what does this mean for you when you're trading forex? And what impact does it have on your trading? Read on to find out… How the bid-offer spread works with forex trading When you trade currency pairs, the quote consists ... ››› more
  • [07 April 2015]
  • Forex basics: Understanding currency quotes
  • One fundamental aspect of forex trading are currency (or forex) quotes. Forex quotes tell you the currencies that are in a pair and their value relative to one another. You need to understand how they work so you can put forex trades on. So how do currency quotes actually work? Read on to find out… The difference between the base currency and the quote currency When you loo... ››› more
  • [03 April 2015]
  • Forex trading uncovered: How to profit from the world's largest financial market
  • The forex (or foreign exchange) market is the largest financial market in the world. Instead of having to research a number of specific shares as you do with trading shares, with forex trading you need to understand how the forex market works. This involves familiarising yourself with the world's major currencies and learning some simple trading strategies. Then you're ready to start forex... ››› more
  • [02 April 2015]
  • The rand rallies back under R12/$ after the release of poor US jobs data
  • The rand has certainly been on a roller coaster ride over the past few weeks. And yesterday wasn't any different. But thanks to disappointing jobs data released in the US yesterday afternoon, the rand rallied strongly, climbing back under R12/$. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand gained 1.4% against the dollar The rand managed to claw back to R11.9615 to the dol... ››› more
  • [02 April 2015]
  • Six reasons why you should give forex trading a go
  • If you want to trade the biggest financial market in the world, forex trading is for you. This multi-trillion dollar market hardly ever sleeps. It opens first thing on a Monday morning and trades right through until late on a Friday night. So why should you consider forex trading over other forms of trading? Let's take a look… Reason #1: Forex trading fits in with your life As ... ››› more
  • [01 April 2015]
  • The rand rebounds, but with pressures still weighing, where to now for the currency?
  • The rand has managed to claw back some of its losses as the dollar weakened slightly. And it looks like the local currency may be benefiting from yesterday's trade account data. But the rand's future is looking grim. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… A weaker dollar helped the rand regain some ground After closing in New York last night at R12.1325, the rand has cli... ››› more
  • [01 April 2015]
  • The rand continues its path weaker against the dollar
  • After losing ground on Friday, yesterday the rand continued to ebb weaker against the US dollar. The rand is feeling the effects of a strengthening greenback. Speculation over when the US Federal Reserve will hike rates is fuelling the dollar's might. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The dollar keeps pressure on the rand After starting the day off on a weaker footing, ... ››› more
  • [31 March 2015]
  • Renewed dollar strength puts the rand on the back foot once again
  • The rand has crept back over R12 to the dollar. On Friday, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) hinted at the future for interest rates in the world's largest economy. This saw investors piling back into the dollar. This has dragged the rand weaker. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand weakens further against the dollar This morning, the rand continued to ebb against t... ››› more
  • [30 March 2015]
  • The rand holds as the weekend approaches after losing ground yesterday
  • Today the rand is trading around its closing levels from last night. Following the release of the interest rate decision by the Reserve Bank governor yesterday, the rand weakened. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand holds at last night’s close After remaining steady overnight, the rand is likely to “track moves in the greenback” today, reports Fin24. This f... ››› more
  • [27 March 2015]
  • The rand rallies stronger along with other emerging market currencies
  • The rand has continued to strengthen after enduring two weeks of extreme volatility. The local currency has managed to claw back well below R11.80/$. Helping the rand and other emerging market currencies has been a weaker dollar. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Uncertainty over interest rate hikes in the US take the rand stronger Yesterday, the rand gained from an “... ››› more
  • [25 March 2015]


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