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  • The rand kicks off the week on a firmer foot
  • The rand has started the week slightly stronger against the dollar. The local currency appears to still be glowing from the Reserve Bank's decision to hike interest rates last week. This is in the wake of geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the rand and what could lie ahead this week… The rand is benefitting from an in... ››› more
  • [21 July 2014]
  • Bitcoin is gaining traction in SA: Over 30,000 sellers now accept the digital currency
  • Yesterday, South African online payment provider PayFast announced that it's now accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment. Buyers using PayFast can now select Bitcoin as a form of payment. The company's move demonstrates the growing popularity of using the digital currency as means of payment. Let's take a closer look… PayFast and BitX bring Bitcoin to SA PayFast has enabled “Bitcoin a... ››› more
  • [18 July 2014]
  • Bitcoin is getting ready to soar as it prepares to go mainstream
  • Bitcoin has had its fair share of controversy since its conception. But Bitcoin is a revolutionary new technology. This means Bitcoin is probably set to follow the path of other revolutionary technologies. And if it follows the paths of these other revolutionary technologies, it's preparing for take-off. Let's take a closer look at the evidence… Bitcoin is preparing for rapid growth Have a l... ››› more
  • [09 July 2014]
  • Forex trading basics: What you need to know to get started
  • If you're looking for a way to generate substantial profits over the short-term, forex (or foreign exchange) trading is one way to do it. By trading the world's currencies, you can nip in and out the market, hopefully making tidy gains along the way. But how does it all work? Let's take a look… How the forex market works Unlike the stock markets of the world, which operate ‘normal... ››› more
  • [09 July 2014]
  • Here's what you need to know about the world's most famous digital currency: Bitcoin
  • Over the last year, the popularity of Bitcoin has soared. In spite of a number of scandals, the digital currency is becoming increasingly more popular. And a growing number of retailers across the globe are accepting it as a form of payment. So what exactly is Bitcoin? How does it work? How can you buy Bitcoin? And is Bitcoin going to survive? Read on to find out the answers to ... ››› more
  • [30 June 2014]
  • A weaker dollar helps the rand gain
  • Yesterday, it emerged that economic growth in the US fell sharply for the first quarter. This resulted in the dollar losing ground, which has benefitted the rand. Also buoying the rand was the end of the lengthy platinum sector strike. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the rand… US GDP fell nearly 3% from January to March Data released yesterday in the US showed that “the wo... ››› more
  • [26 June 2014]
  • How you can buy Bitcoins
  • Since the fall of Bitcoin's largest exchange, Mt Gox, the news surrounding the digital currency is sparse. And as Bitcoin shows how it's strong enough to survive a variety of disasters, more investors want their slice of the action. So how can you buy Bitcoins? Let's take a closer look… Food for thought before buying Bitcoins At the moment, it isn’t as easy to buy Bitcoins as it is shares ... ››› more
  • [25 June 2014]
  • An end to the platinum sector strike firms up the rand
  • Yesterday afternoon, news emerged that the five-month long strike in the platinum sector was over. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the top three platinum producers finally agreed a new three-year deal. The rand strengthened on the news. And this morning the rand continues to hold its gains. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand rallied 1% on ne... ››› more
  • [24 June 2014]
  • The rand is under renewed pressure as the situation in Iraq deteriorates
  • This week, the rand strengthened to its highest level in nearly two weeks. A barrage of domestic data helped the local currency out. But yesterday the situation changed as the crisis in Iraq escalated. This dented the rand and global appetite for risk. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is battling to hold onto gains The rand was holding its ground this morning, reports BD... ››› more
  • [20 June 2014]
  • I have good news and bad news about the South African rand!
  • Let's start off with the bad news about the rand. As you know when the rand weakens it means that you need even more rands to buy just one dollar. This isn't good for you as a South African consumer because it means that things like petrol and food prices will keep going up. And guess what, I'm expecting the rand to weaken even more from here! In fact, I expect the rand's next stop t... ››› more
  • [18 June 2014]
  • Five reasons why Bitcoin could become the most favoured currency
  • Over the centuries there have been different forms of currencies used across the world. These currencies include gold and fiat currencies like the dollar, the pound and the rand. Then Bitcoin came along. Many view Bitcoin as an alternative investment, whilst others see it as a currency of the future. Let's take a closer look at why Bitcoin could be shaping up to become just that… Reason #1: T... ››› more
  • [13 June 2014]
  • Why your rands will become worthless... And what you can do about it!
  • Every time the rand loses value, you pay more. More for petrol... More for food... More for electricity... And more for just about everything! The rand was one of the world's worst performing currencies last year. It lost over 22.46% of its value! The thing is, it's only going to get worse from here. Let me explain why and how you can protect yourself... Why we’re staring R16/... ››› more
  • [06 June 2014]
  • The rand comes under pressure as worries over Ukraine grow
  • After trading in a tighter range over the past week, the rand has weakened this morning. The local currency is under renewed pressure as concern grow over instability in Ukraine. As investors dump emerging market currencies, the rand is suffering. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the rand… Negative investor sentiment is pushing the rand weaker This morning, the rand continue... ››› more
  • [28 May 2014]
  • Four reasons why you should trade forex over shares
  • The forex market is the largest financial market in the world. But this isn't the only reason why you should trade forex. Forex trading has many advantages over trading shares. So what are these advantages? Let's take a closer look at four of them… Trade forex reason #1: The forex market is always open From Monday to Friday, the forex market is open 24 hours a day. This is different from ... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • If you're worried about currencies devaluing - buy gold
  • Gold is a great way of protecting you against any currency devaluation or governments' printing presses being hard at work. Gold is a ‘real' asset. And that's why gold is the only commodity that can provide you this protection. Why can't you buy other commodities instead? Let's take a closer look at why gold is the commodity to own… Gold is the traditional currency Gold is a ‘real’ ass... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • One of the most important reasons why you should own gold
  • The dollar is the world's reserve currency. But there are fundamental shifts taking place that could see this coming to an end. So why is that? What currency would take over from the dollar? And what can you do to prepare for this? Let's take a closer look… What happened to gold in 2013? In the recently published gold outlook report from Thomson Reuters, one thing stands out. Gold reserves a... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • The rand took a boost from the Reserve Bank's interest rates decision yesterday
  • The rand rallied after Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus announced that the monetary policy committee (MPC) decided to keep interest rates unchanged. Some analysts thought the rand would weaken if rates didn't rise, but the opposite was true. Let's take a closer look at what led to the rand's rally… The rand looks set to end the week higher The rand was trading “slightly weaker against ... ››› more
  • [23 May 2014]
  • How to trade currency with spread trading
  • If you want to trade currency, you can either do it through currency futures or you can do it through spread trading. If you opt for spread trading to trade currency, how does it work? It's quite simple to understand. And you can easily control how much risk you take on too. Let's take a closer look how it works… How spread trading currencies works When you place a trade with a spread tra... ››› more
  • [16 May 2014]
  • Uncovered: Forex trading basics
  • Forex trading is trading currencies or trading foreign exchange. You might even see it abbreviated to FX. Many people see the forex market as a very high risk one. But this is usually down to beginners leveraging up their trades too much rather than the market being a volatile one. So what forex trading basics do you need to know? Let's take a closer look… How a currency pair work One of the... ››› more
  • [09 May 2014]
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