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  • The rand trades dangerously close to R13 to the dollar
  • The rand has continued its slide against the US dollar. This comes as the US Federal Reserve is due to release its minutes from its latest monetary policy meeting from the end of last month tomorrow. The local currency is edging closer to R13 to the dollar. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand weakens in anticipation of release of the Fed’s minutes The rand h... ››› more
  • [18 August 2015]
  • The rand hits another new low against the pound
  • After a rollercoaster ride last week, the rand has kicked off the new week still hovering at multiyear lows against the dollar. The local unit is also trading at all-time lows against the pound. So what's going on? And what does this week have in store for the rand? Read on to find out… The rand struggles to hold its ground In early trade this morning, the rand managed to trade... ››› more
  • [17 August 2015]
  • The rand hits 14 year lows ahead of US jobs data release
  • Yesterday, the rand hit a 14-year low against the dollar and traded through R20 to the pound. The local currency is under severe pressure. So what's going on with the rand? And what does the future hold for the currency? Let's take a closer look… The rand falls sharply This morning, the rand is slightly stronger against the dollar after touching levels not seen since 2001 yeste... ››› more
  • [06 August 2015]
  • The rand continues to look shaky as pressure grows on emerging market currencies
  • The rand has managed to recoup some of last week's losses, but remains vulnerable to further weakening. This as traders wait for the release of US jobs data on Friday. The data could give further clues as to when the US Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in the world's largest economy. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is battling to hold its ground This... ››› more
  • [04 August 2015]
  • Forget the plummeting rand hurting your investments! Here's how to profit it…
  • Last week, as investors continue to dump emerging market assets in anticipation of US interest rate hikes, the rand hit a 14 year low of R12.77 to the dollar. The rand hasn't been this low since December 2001. Since the beginning of 2015 alone, the rand fell almost 10% against the dollar. My point is, our local currency is under pressure and this has a major impact on you. You see, e... ››› more
  • [03 August 2015]
  • How gold helped fund Marko's European holiday - even as the gold price dipped 8%
  • If you've been reading the news for the past month or so, you'd have seen the significant drop in the gold price. If you'd invested in gold at the beginning of 2015, you'd be 8% down now. In fact, gold has dropped almost 10% is the past month alone. Not to mention, the gold companies on the JSE have taken a huge knock due to the decreased gold prices. So, many gold-loving investors are curr... ››› more
  • [28 July 2015]
  • Why you should add the Canadian dollar to your watch list
  • When it comes to strong currencies, the US dollar is certainly leader of the pack at the moment. Recently the US dollar's strengthened against the pound, the yen, the Australian dollar, the euro, the New Zealand dollar and the Canadian dollar. And that doesn't include emerging market currencies, which the dollar has made even bigger gains against. So are there any currencies worth lookin... ››› more
  • [24 July 2015]
  • Could the petrol price be set to fall at the beginning of August?
  • The oil price has come down over the month so far. This is raising hopes that the petrol price will follow after hikes over the past few months. But the Automobile Association (AA) warns against motorists pinning hopes on the petrol price coming down as the rand continues to trade at weak levels against the dollar. Let's take a closer look at what could lie in store for the price of petrol a... ››› more
  • [21 July 2015]
  • After a sharp fall, this currency is getting ready to rally
  • This year, the dollar has been strong. But some currencies have managed to claw back some ground against the greenback. Yet two major currencies that have weakened against the dollar are the Japanese yen and the New Zealand dollar. Take the New Zealand dollar, it's seen a dramatic fall in value. But times could be changing for the currency. It could be preparing to rally… This cur... ››› more
  • [14 July 2015]
  • The rand continues weaker after Greece votes ‘no' in its bailout referendum
  • The rand is trading weaker this morning following yesterday's bailout referendum in Greece. This comes after the local unit lost ground on Friday thanks to the release of poor domestic economic data. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand ticks lower against the dollar The rand slid weaker this morning “as the Eurozone crisis deepened” following a rejection of ... ››› more
  • [06 July 2015]
  • The rand tumbles against the dollar as worries over the Greek crisis deepen
  • This morning, the rand fell 1% against the dollar as concerns grow over what's happening in Greece. With the Greek government opting to close banks and its stock exchange, and tomorrow's loan payment looking close to default, financial markets around the world are under pressure. The rand is feeling the rush from a move to ‘safer' assets. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… ... ››› more
  • [29 June 2015]
  • The rand shows signs of strength as the Fed puts an interest rate hike on hold again
  • The rand has been under immense pressure this year and June has been no different for the local currency. But following the release of a US Federal Reserve statement on Wednesday evening, the dollar gave up some of its gains as the central bank plans to keep rates unchanged for now. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… A weaker dollar helped the rand strengthen Yesterday, ... ››› more
  • [19 June 2015]
  • Forex trading uncovered: How to profit from the rand's fall against the dollar
  • On Friday, the rand hit 13-year lows against the dollar. This year, the local currency has been under immense pressure. If you think the rand's woes are going to continue, you could try to profit from the move. You can do this by forex trading. So how does this work? Read on to find out… Trading forex through the JSE If you want to trade forex, one option you have is to trade c... ››› more
  • [08 June 2015]
  • The rand trades close to R12.40/$ as investors worry about what tomorrow will bring
  • The rand has continued to ebb weaker this week. The local currency is now trading near three-month lows. The latest slip by the rand relates to the release of US non-farm payroll numbers along with an announcement by Fitch about SA's credit rating tomorrow. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand continues to slip weaker The rand continues to rack up losses “agains... ››› more
  • [04 June 2015]
  • The rand hits R12.27 to the dollar in the face of a data-heavy week
  • The rand has continued its slide against the dollar. This morning, the local unit has already lost close to 1% against the greenback. The rand is feeling the pressure as a number of data releases locally and internationally weigh. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Risks lie ahead for the rand The rand is still weakening against the greenback, reports Fin24. This as trad... ››› more
  • [01 June 2015]
  • 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]
  • 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 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]
  • 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]
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