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  • 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]
  • A strong dollar puts pressure on the oil price
  • After staging a bit of a recovery this year, the oil price has dipped back below $60 a barrel again. On Friday, the US released its non-farm payrolls data. The figures came in much better than forecast and this spurred the dollar stronger, denting oil's gains. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The oil price has ebbed lower over the past week This morning, “Brent crude... ››› more
  • [09 March 2015]
  • The rand plummets through R12/$ 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]
  • The rand weakens under selling pressure as worries grow over a ratings downgrade
  • Yesterday, the rand hit a low not seen for over two-weeks as credit ratings agency Fitch said that South Africa could see its investment rating downgraded. This put heavy pressure on the local currency. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand slid through R11.80/$ Yesterday afternoon, the rand fell to R11.8175 to the dollar, reports Fin24. This followed Fitch’s war... ››› more
  • [04 March 2015]
  • The rand continues to digest the budget before the release of trade data later today
  • The rand had been quite volatile in the run up to the finance minister's budget speech on Wednesday. But since Nhlanhla Nene revealed his first annual budget, the rand has found some strength. It hasn't managed to hold onto all the gains it made, but it has settled at a stronger level than earlier in the week. Now traders are waiting for the release of trade data this afternoon. Let's tak... ››› more
  • [27 February 2015]
  • The rand weakens ahead of a jam-packed week of economic data releases
  • This morning, the rand has succumbed to pressure as a week of data releases and the Budget looms. This week sees the release of GDP data, trade data and producer inflation. And the market is waiting to see what the finance minister reveals in this year's Budget on Wednesday. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand softens against the greenback The rand is weaker agai... ››› more
  • [23 February 2015]
  • The rand holds its ground, but pressures remain as the Greek debt crisis continues
  • After plunging on Wednesday, the rand has managed to hold onto yesterday's minor gains. But the local currency remains under pressure as investors shy away from riskier assets as a bid to find a resolution to Greece's debt crisis continues. Yet developments in Ukraine are adding some confidence back into the market. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… A ceasefire in Ukraine ... ››› more
  • [13 February 2015]
  • The rand plummets to levels not seen for over a decade
  • Yesterday, the rand fell hard. Earlier in the day, the rand was grappling to hold as pressures weighed on emerging market currencies over the situation in Greece and its bailout plans. As the day progressed, the local currency came under more pressure as Eskom announced further load shedding and investors worry about the President's State of the Nation's speech later today. This pushed t... ››› more
  • [12 February 2015]
  • The rand falls under pressure as traders turn to safer assets
  • The rand has continued its trend weaker against the dollar. The local currency is succumbing to pressure as traders look to safer assets as worries grow over what's happening in Greece. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand suffers as uncertainty surrounds what’s happening in Greece The rand “extended its losses in a risk-off environment,” reports BDLive. Thi... ››› more
  • [11 February 2015]
  • The rand buckles under pressure as the dollar gains in strength
  • After holding onto some of the gains it made last week, the rand has weakened against the dollar. Speculation is once again growing that the US Federal Reserve (Fed) will hike interest rates sooner rather than later. And there are also worries about the state of the Chinese economy following the release of disappointing data. These two factors are both playing against the rand. Let's take... ››› more
  • [09 February 2015]
  • The rand rallies against the dollar, but worries over power supplies still grate
  • Yesterday, the rand gained significantly against the dollar, but is under pressure this morning. The market is waiting for the release of US non-farm payrolls later today. This is a big indicator of the current state of the US economy. Locally, continuing load shedding is putting pressure on the currency as investors worry about the economic impact. Let's take a closer look… The ... ››› more
  • [06 February 2015]
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