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  • The rand pulls back under R12/$ thanks to a stronger euro and weaker dollar
  • Over the last couple of weeks, the rand has been on a rollercoaster ride. After the release of buoyant US jobs data, the local currency felt the effects of money moving out of emerging market currencies into the greenback. But after the US Federal Reserve (Fed) indicated that an interest rate hike could be further down the road than market participants thought, the dollar has lost some of i... ››› more
  • [24 March 2015]
  • A weaker dollar helps boost the rand, but will it continue?
  • The rand has been on a wild ride over the past couple of weeks. After the US released a positive jobs report on 6 March, the rand hit the skids. But last week, the rand showed some signs of strengthening. By Friday, it had managed to rally as the dollar weakened. So what's going on with the rand? And what lies in store for the local currency? Let's take a closer look… Interest rat... ››› more
  • [23 March 2015]
  • The rand feels the backlash of Eskom's credit downgrade
  • After gaining after the release of the US Federal Reserve's policy statement on Wednesday evening, the rand came under renewed pressure last night. The latest source of worry for the local currency was news that ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded Eskom's credit rating status. This caused the rand to dip sharply. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand tumble... ››› more
  • [20 March 2015]
  • Forex trading for beginners: An introduction to pips
  • Forex trading involves the trading of currencies. The currency market is the largest financial market in the world. It trades 24 hours a day, five days a week. And it's the most liquid market you can trade. If you want to start trading forex, you need to get to grips with the basics. When it comes to making and losing money in the forex market, it all comes down to pips. So what are pi... ››› more
  • [19 March 2015]
  • The rand rallies after the Fed's statement about interest rates
  • Last night, the rand managed to strengthen back under R12.00/$. This came following the release of the Federal Reserve's policy statement. Over the past few months, speculation has been growing as to when the US central bank will start hiking interest rates. This has seen investors turning to the dollar, causing it to strengthen strongly. But this morning, the rand has given up some of last ... ››› more
  • [19 March 2015]
  • The rand's rut continues, trading through R12.50/$ on Friday
  • Since the release of the US's jobs data on 6 March, the rand has trended weaker against the ever stronger dollar. Last week, the rand hit fresh 13-year lows almost on a daily basis. And on Friday, the rand traded through R12.50 to the dollar. So why is the rand trending weaker? Let's take a closer look… The rand hits fresh 13-year lows On Friday, the rand slid again “to a new... ››› more
  • [16 March 2015]
  • The rand continues its battle against the US dollar, why is it so weak?
  • Last Friday, the US released very positive jobs data that sent the rand into a tail spin. A week down the line and the local currency is still struggling. So what's going on with the rand? And why is it struggling so much? Let's take a closer look… The rand’s rout started at the end of last week US jobs data led to increased speculation that the Federal Reserve is going to hike ... ››› more
  • [13 March 2015]
  • The rand clawed back some of its losses, but stocks suffered
  • After falling heavily in morning trading, the rand managed to strengthen slightly yesterday. The local currency is feeling the effects of investors dumping riskier assets in favour of the dollar. Stocks on the JSE also had a bad day. They fell to their worst level in a month as investors sold off shares. The Top 40 Index fell 0.7%, the All Share Index fell 0.6%. Let's take a closer look at w... ››› more
  • [12 March 2015]
  • The rand hits R12.31/$ as pressure mounts on emerging market currencies
  • Yesterday, the rand hit another 13-year low. The local currency is under sustained pressure as investors turn their backs on emerging market currencies. Emerging market currencies are feeling the strain as investors back the dollar amidst rumours of an impending interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is down 7% against the dol... ››› more
  • [11 March 2015]
  • The rand plummets through R12/$ as the US reveals bumper jobs data
  • On Friday, the rand weakened to levels not seen for 13-years. The rand, along with other emerging market currencies, suffered after the release of US non-farm payrolls data, which was better than expected. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand hit levels not seen since 2002 On Friday, the rand plunged almost 2% to trade at R12.0650, reports Fin24. This is its lowes... ››› more
  • [09 March 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 battles against a strong dollar, with no respite in sight
  • The rand has continued its struggle against the US dollar. This week, the local currency has been under sustained pressure as worries continue over the state of the South African economy. This after credit ratings agency Fitch warned that it was going to downgrade SA's credit rating. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand hit R11.85 to the greenback Yesterday, the ... ››› more
  • [05 March 2015]

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