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  • What makes the forex market move?
  • If you want to trade forex, you need to understand the forces that move the market and make the value of currencies change. By knowing this, you'll be in a better position to trade profitably. Let's take a closer look… Supply and demand drives the forex market Like all financial markets, the main factor driving the forex market is supply and demand. When one currency is in more de... ››› more
  • [27 August 2015]
  • Putting a forex trade on? Make sure you know if there's any economic data due out first
  • Once you've conducted your analysis and pinpointed the forex trade you're going to put on, there's one more thing you should check. You need to see if there's any important economic data due out. Certain data can have a large impact on the forex market. And this could cause your trade to react in a very different way to what you expect. So what sort of economic events should you look out for... ››› more
  • [12 November 2014]
  • Poor economic data is starting to weigh on the rand
  • Since the Reserve Bank hiked interest rates, the rand has enjoyed some brief respite. But the local currency looks set for a rocky ride as more data could show what a sorry state the economy's in. Add to this crucial data due out in the US, and the rand could face more pressure. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is trading weaker this morning So far this morning, the... ››› more
  • [30 July 2014]
  • How is the rand going to cope in a week stocked-full of economic data?
  • Since the Reserve Bank hiked interest rates 0.25% nearly two weeks ago, the rand has found some support. But this week sees the release of a bout of domestic economic data. And there's the release of crucial data out of the US too. So how is the rand going to react? Let's take a closer look… The week is full of rand-moving data releases The rand started the week on the quiet side,... ››› more
  • [28 July 2014]
  • Ukraine's chaos: Why it's having such a big effect on emerging market economies like ours
  • Unrest in Thailand, Venezuela and Ukraine, as well as precarious governments in Turkey and Argentina have all conspired to give emerging markets a black eye over the last few months. This week the Ukrainian situation took the spotlight as protestors struggled to form some sort of government after the ouster of the former Prime Minister. Here's what's going on and how it's affecting our stock m... ››› more
  • [28 February 2014]
  • Inflation and interest rates: These figures will dominate the market this week
  • Last week, we had some surprisingly positive news about the South African economy. Unemployment came in at a mere 24.1%, retail sales grew by a massive 3.5% and the rand seems to be heading below R11/$. But is this really a sign that things are looking greener for our local economy? If you can detect a whiff of sarcasm in my first paragraph, your nose isn’t deceiving you. Though all the numbe... ››› more
  • [17 February 2014]
  • Why you need to keep a close eye on what's happening in the US to make money here in SA
  • I recently received a question on the InvestorsClub.co.za. It asked; "Why are so many South African traders worried about American markets and economic data?" Now this is an excellent question, and is essential for anyone planning on trading the financial markets for profits. In fact, understanding this could not only prevent your trade getting blindsided by a data released in the US, but... ››› more
  • [13 December 2013]
  • The rand hits 4 ½ year lows on signs of a strengthening US economy
  • Investors around the globe are watching the US and the important economic data coming out this week. With expectations high that the non-farm payrolls out tomorrow will be good, speculation is rife that the US Federal Reserve may start to taper its stimulus programme soon. This is putting severe strain on the rand. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… This morning, the rand “fell to ... ››› more
  • [05 December 2013]
  • Marcus' remarks send JSE down at week end - can this week's GDP announcement fix it?
  • The JSE ended last week on a down note even as the Dow hit a new all-time closing high. Statements from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) were partly responsible for this. Today, we look at why as well as analyse what we expect to when GDP figures are announced later this week… In the latest SARB announcement, Governor Gill Marcus highlighted the fact that SA’s inflation remains uncomfo... ››› more
  • [25 November 2013]
  • Retail sales grow less than forecast
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released retail sales data covering September. The figures showed that retail sales grew at a much lesser rate than the month before. And data showed it was much less than forecast. The rand weakened on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Retail sales in South Africa “grew at a sluggish 0.2% in September compared with the same month last year... ››› more
  • [13 November 2013]
  • To know what to expect from the stock market this week, look behind you…
  • There's an age old saying that goes: “To know where you're going, you need to know where you've been” and this week, investors should remember this. After all, news flow that came out of major economies like the US and China have a huge effect on the stock market. So let's have a look at what happened last week, starting with America… Speculation that the Federal Reserve will begin windin... ››› more
  • [11 November 2013]
  • Three reasons why you need to start trading smaller today!
  • For weeks the market has been heading steadily higher. And the start of last week was no different. In fact, our market reached an all-time high by the middle of the week. And if you've been sitting long in your trading positions, then you've likely been enjoying the ride. But three positive data figures out last week signal that now's the time for you to start trading smaller… Now's t... ››› more
  • [08 November 2013]
  • The JSE gets the week off to a great start, hitting new record highs
  • Yesterday, yet again, the JSE closed in record territory. Despite the local bourse only edging up slightly, it was enough to hit the record books once again. But, with such a string of record finishes under its belt, how much longer can this continue? Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE yesterday… The JSE crept up slightly higher yesterday, “booking another record finish,”... ››› more
  • [05 November 2013]
  • With the US market returning to normal, expect a slew of economic data this week
  • Last week, we saw a deluge of data out of the US. And it makes sense considering that during the shutdown, the processing and publication of economic data was deemed a non-essential service. And so incredibly influential stock market figures such as the Non-Farm Payroll number were kept under wraps. Luckily, there were no major surprises when the figures were released, and the stock market continu... ››› more
  • [28 October 2013]
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