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  • The rand holds its ground, but load shedding is putting pressure on the currency
  • The rand is managing to hold onto gains made this week, but continued load shedding has the potential to send the currency weaker. Investors are also looking to events unfolding in the Eurozone and the impact they could have on the global economy. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand could come under pressure if there are indications of a global slowdown The rand ... ››› more
  • [05 February 2015]
  • The rand strengthens as the oil price creeps higher
  • Yesterday, the rand jumped stronger against the dollar as the oil price continued to rise. Traders around the globe are looking to riskier assets again as there are hints the worst of the oil price slump is over, for now. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand strengthened over 1% yesterday This morning, the rand has held onto its gains from yesterday after hitting ... ››› more
  • [04 February 2015]
  • The rand could show signs of strength over the coming two months
  • The rand was slightly firmer against the dollar this morning, but it looks set to battle to hold onto any gains as the week progresses. With global markets concerned about struggling growth prospects, it spells a tough time ahead for the local currency. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand ignored the bad news out of China The rand has “scope to lose some ground... ››› more
  • [02 February 2015]
  • The rand holds firm after the Reserve Bank keeps interest rates unchanged
  • Yesterday afternoon, the South African Reserve Bank announced that, as expected, it was keeping interest rates unchanged. Since then, the rand has managed to hold its ground. But attention is turning to local data due out this afternoon. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… If consumer inflation continues to ease, the Reserve Bank could slash interest rates The rand manage... ››› more
  • [30 January 2015]
  • The rand succumbs to dollar strength in the build up to the decision on interest rates
  • Since rallying strongly at the end of last week, the rand has been slowly trending weaker. The rand has now slipped to its weakest level in a week as the dollar strengthens. This as the Reserve Bank's monetary policy committee announces its decision on interest rates later this afternoon. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The dollar takes a boost from the Fed’s statem... ››› more
  • [29 January 2015]
  • The rand battles as Eskom struggles to keep South Africa's lights on
  • The rand continues its fight this week to keep hold of some of its gains from last week. As the week progresses, Eskom is continuing with load shedding. This is having a detrimental effect on the rand as worries grow over the knock-on effect of power cuts on economic growth. With decisions over interest rates due out in the US tonight and tomorrow in SA, the rand has these announcements in i... ››› more
  • [28 January 2015]
  • Eskom announces yet another day of load shedding, putting the rand under strain
  • For the second day in a row, Eskom announced that it will implement stage one load shedding as the power supply is under severe pressure. The announcement by the power utility is putting the rand under pressure after its brief rally at the end of last week. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Eskom begins load shedding again Earlier today, Eskom said that it will begin st... ››› more
  • [27 January 2015]
  • The rand holds at 11.42/$ as this week's interest rate decision looms
  • Since the announcement by the European Central Bank (ECB) last week of its massive stimulus programme, the rand has strengthened slightly. This week, the rand's focus will be closer to home as the Reserve Bank holds its first monetary policy committee meeting of the year. The money's on the bank keeping interest rates unchanged. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The ECB’... ››› more
  • [26 January 2015]
  • The rand benefits from Europe's new stimulus programme, but has it run too much?
  • This week, around the globe, investors were waiting for yesterday's announcement from the European Central Bank (ECB). The new stimulus programme exceeded expectations. The rand rallied on the news, but there are concerns the local currency's signs of strength are going to be short-lived. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand rallied strongly on the back of the ECB’... ››› more
  • [23 January 2015]
  • If Europe goes ahead with quantitative easing, it could be good news for the rand
  • The rand is holding its ground as markets around the world wait to hear the outcome of the European Central Bank's meeting. Analysts expect the bank to announce a massive quantitative easing programme. But the news will only come out later today. So if the European Central Bank launches a new stimulus programme, what effect will it have on the rand? Let's take a closer look… The r... ››› more
  • [22 January 2015]
  • As speculation grows over an impending interest rate cut, the rand feels the pressure
  • Yesterday, the rand managed to hold its ground and recoup some earlier losses. But the local currency isn't out of the woods. Speculation is growing about whether the South African Reserve Bank will cut interest rates when it meets for the first time this year next week. This is putting pressure on the rand. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… An interest rate cut could... ››› more
  • [21 January 2015]
  • The rand weakens slightly as the start of a busy week kicks off
  • After gaining some ground on Friday, the rand weakened slightly against the dollar this morning. But today starts off a week full of local and international data releases. These could have a large bearing on the local currency. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand comes under pressure After benefitting at the end of last week from the Swiss’ decision to scrap it... ››› more
  • [19 January 2015]
  • The rand takes a surprising step stronger as the Swiss uncap the franc against the euro
  • Yesterday, the forex market got a surprise when the Swiss decided to uncap its franc against the euro. The decision led to a surge in volatility on the markets. The move helped take the rand stronger. This followed a dip in the local currency following Eskom's announcement that daily load shedding would be likely over the coming months. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Th... ››› more
  • [16 January 2015]
  • The rand recoups most of the year's losses as US wage growth disappoints
  • Today, the rand is trading near its strongest level so far for 2015. The local currency has been under pressure as global investors shunned emerging market assets. Friday's non-farm payroll data did better than analysts expected. But concerns relate to the slow growth of average wages. This news fuelled speculation that the US Federal Reserve (Fed) won't hike rates until at least the middle ... ››› more
  • [12 January 2015]
  • The rand holds its ground, but remains vulnerable to further weakness
  • This morning, the rand showed signs of slight strength against the dollar. With the greenback continuing its charge stronger, it's put pressure on South Africa's local currency. Later on today, the US releases its much awaited non-farm payroll data. This is indicative of the health of the US economy. With the chance of the US hiking rates this year, impressive data could put the rand under more... ››› more
  • [09 January 2015]
  • The rand kicks off 2015 on the back foot
  • The rand has started the New Year off weaker. The local currency is under strain as investors turn their backs on emerging market assets. So what's going on with the rand? And what lies ahead? Let's take a closer look… The dollar’s strength is hitting the rand The rand dipped to “a two-and-a-half week low against the dollar” this morning, says Fin24. This as investors specul... ››› more
  • [05 January 2015]
  • Two factors that could affect the gold price in 2015
  • For a third year running, the gold price is coming to the end of another disappointing year. So what's going to happen to the yellow metal next year? Is it going to recover? There are two main factors that could determine the price of gold in the New Year. Let's take a look at what these are… Factor #1: The role of the dollar on the gold price One overbearing factor on the gol... ››› more
  • [23 December 2014]
  • The rand holds its ground, but the odds are stacking up against it
  • Lately, the rand has been on a roller coaster ride. Last week, the local currency weakened to touch six-year lows. As the markets get quieter as many traders take the festive period off, the rand is more vulnerable to weakness. One positive on the rand's side is after the rouble's plunge last week, the Russian currency is on a steadier footings. This has helped emerging market currencies. ... ››› more
  • [22 December 2014]
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