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  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • The oil price comes under renewed pressure as OPEC reiterates it won't cut production
  • In June last year, the oil price started its descent. By January, the oil price had lost over 50% of its value. Since the middle of January, the price has picked up. But yet again it's been under pressure. And today, oil fell close to $55 a barrel. So what's going on with the price of oil? Let's take a closer look… Comments made by Saudi Arabia’s oil minister sends the oil p... ››› more
  • [23 March 2015]
  • A weaker dollar helps boost the rand, but will it continue?
  • The rand has been on a wild ride over the past couple of weeks. After the US released a positive jobs report on 6 March, the rand hit the skids. But last week, the rand showed some signs of strengthening. By Friday, it had managed to rally as the dollar weakened. So what's going on with the rand? And what lies in store for the local currency? Let's take a closer look… Interest rat... ››› more
  • [23 March 2015]
  • The rand feels the backlash of Eskom's credit downgrade
  • After gaining after the release of the US Federal Reserve's policy statement on Wednesday evening, the rand came under renewed pressure last night. The latest source of worry for the local currency was news that ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded Eskom's credit rating status. This caused the rand to dip sharply. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand tumble... ››› more
  • [20 March 2015]
  • The JSE rallies as Assore soars nearly 30%
  • Following the release of the US Federal Reserve's statement last night, the dollar's recent rally came to an end. This gave commodities a boost during the course of the day. Resource and mining stocks were the best performers, with Assore adding nearly a third to its share price. Let's take a closer look at what went on… Assore climbed 29.58% Mining firm Assore [JSE:ASR] rose a st... ››› more
  • [19 March 2015]
  • The rand rallies after the Fed's statement about interest rates
  • Last night, the rand managed to strengthen back under R12.00/$. 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]
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