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  • Finally, the rand finds a stable footing thanks to the South African Reserve Bank
  • The past few weeks have been harrowing for the rand. It's been taking a severe beating from the dollar in the past two weeks. Worst of all, rumours about the arrest of Pravin Gordhan has certainly not been helping matters at all. But, finally, it seems to have found a moment of stability. How long this will last, I don't know. But let's take a closer look... The rand is battered by t... ››› more
  • [20 May 2016]
  • As I predicted the rand hit yet another low against the dollar - Here's what you must do
  • Yesterday I warned investors that the rand will lose strength against the dollar because of the rumours that the Hawks want to arrest Pravin Gordhan for his involvement in the establishment of the SARS rogue unit while he was the tax agency's commissioner. As I expected, that's exactly what happened. But now, where to from here? Is it time for South African investors to be really worried? And wha... ››› more
  • [17 May 2016]
  • The rand drifts weaker as the dollar firms
  • There's no disputing that the rand is under severe pressure. The currency is feeling the strain yet again as the dollar continues on its path stronger. The dollar is gaining on the prospect of an interest rate hike next month. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand continues its slide against the dollar   The latest data out of the US gives more reason for the... ››› more
  • [26 November 2015]
  • The future looks bleak for the rand
  • The rand has yet again struggled to hold under R14 to the dollar. The currency is under pressure as the market expects the US Federal Reserve to hike interest rates next month. After the South African Reserve Bank raised interest rates last week, the local currency experienced a sharp rally, but most of these gains have disappeared. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The ra... ››› more
  • [25 November 2015]
  • The rand trades back through R14/$ giving back last week's gains
  • The rand staged a bit of a rally last week, but it's given back its gains. Emerging market currencies, including the rand, are under pressure once again as the market focuses on whether the US will hike interest rates or not next month. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand’s gains are cut short   The new week brought an end to the rand’s “five day winn... ››› more
  • [23 November 2015]
  • The rand waits for the next telling bit of economic data out of the US…
  • After weakening to a new low against the dollar yesterday, this morning the rand picked up slightly. But the local currency is waiting for the release of inflation data from the US later today. This could give further clues as to whether the US Federal Reserve will hike rates next month. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Traders are focusing on what’s going to happen wi... ››› more
  • [17 November 2015]
  • After hitting new lows, the rand shows some resilience
  • This week hasn't been good for the South African rand. The currency is struggling against a weak dollar as speculation grows that the US Federal Reserve will finally hike rates next month. Yesterday, the rand slid to its weakest level ever against the dollar. Yet in spite of the rand showing some signs of strength today, it doesn't look good for the currency. Let's take a closer look at what... ››› more
  • [13 November 2015]
  • Poorer than expected US GDP data gives the rand some respite, for now…
  • Since the medium-term budget, the rand has been under immense pressure. With the US Federal Reserve indicating on Wednesday that an interest rate hike is on the cards in December, the rand faced renewed headwinds. But with data out of the US yesterday showing weaker than expected economic growth, the rand has clawed back some of its losses. Let's take a closer look… The rand bene... ››› more
  • [30 October 2015]
  • The rand feels the heat as the Fed signals it may hike US interest rates in December
  • The rand has certainly not had a good year, continuing to weaken against major currencies. One major bugbear for the local currency is the raising of rates in the US. Until yesterday, the US Federal Reserve hadn't given any strong signals that a hike was going to happen. But this all changed as the Fed indicated that a hike could happen when the Federal Open Market Committee meets again in Dece... ››› more
  • [29 October 2015]
  • The rand faces pressure in the run up to the Fed's interest rate decision
  • After depreciating sharply following the medium-term budget, the rand has settled down somewhat. Whilst the rand reacted positively to the Chinese central bank reducing interest rates again, the main focus for the week is the outcome of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in the US. A rate hike in the US could be bad news for the rand. Let's take a closer look at what's going... ››› more
  • [26 October 2015]
  • The rand could be heading for R12.95 to the dollar
  • This morning, the rand was trading stronger against the dollar and other major currencies. This is due to better than expected economic growth data out of China. Plus with the market betting on the Fed not raising hikes this year, this has also benefitted the rand. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is showing signs of strength This morning, the rand flirted wit... ››› more
  • [19 October 2015]
  • The rand has R13 to the dollar in its sights
  • Yesterday, the rand came incredibly close to trading under R13 to the dollar. But data out of the US put an end to the currency's rally. So could the rand break through the key level today? Let's take a closer look… Better US consumer inflation data ended the rand’s rally This morning, the rand “ended a recent rally after stronger than expected US inflation data lifted the dol... ››› more
  • [16 October 2015]
  • A weaker dollar is music to the rand's ears
  • The dollar has taken a turn weaker as there is a growing belief that the US Federal Reserve won't raise interest rates this year. This has been good news for emerging market currencies, including the rand, and stocks. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is rallying stronger Yesterday, the rand gained the most “in almost a week” after feeling the pressure on T... ››› more
  • [15 October 2015]
  • The rand loses ground as China reports a sharp fall in imports
  • The rand had staged a bit of a comeback over the past week or so as analysts expect the US to only hike interest rates next year. But it was all change for the local currency this morning as it took a knock after the release of import and export data from China. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Chinese imports slide over 20% This morning, the rand was under pressure as... ››› more
  • [13 October 2015]
  • The release of the Fed's minutes is good news for the rand
  • The rand is hovering close to its best levels in a few weeks as the dollar trades weaker. This latest improvement in the rand and decline in the dollar is thanks to the release of the minutes from the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand hit a near three week high This morning, the rand managed to trade as strong as R1... ››› more
  • [09 October 2015]
  • The rand hits its best level in two weeks on the back of a weaker dollar
  • Today, the rand clawed back over 1% to trade to its best levels in two weeks. The currency is gaining on the back of a weaker greenback. The dollar is under pressure as traders bet against interest rates rising this year in the US. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… A weaker dollar is good news for the rand The rand rallied against the dollar today thanks to dollar weakn... ››› more
  • [07 October 2015]
  • The rand plummets to a new low against the dollar
  • Just as the rand managed to claw back some of last week's losses against the dollar yesterday, today it lost its grip. The South African currency has plunged to new record lows against the greenback as worries intensify over the state of the Chinese economy. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Traders are shunning the risky rand The rand hit R14.13 to the dollar in earlie... ››› more
  • [29 September 2015]
  • After a brief relief rally, the rand suffers as traders seek safety
  • Last Thursday, the US Federal Reserve announced it was keeping interest rates on hold again. The rand and other emerging market currencies responded well to the news as the dollar weakened. But after hitting a three week high, the rand is once again on the back foot as speculation grows again about when the Fed will in fact raise rates. Let's take a closer look… The rand couldn’... ››› more
  • [21 September 2015]
  • The rand could be in recovery mode by the end of the year
  • The rand has continued its volatile path, but has found some stability well below R14 to the dollar after trading through the key level earlier in the week. So what's going on with the rand? And what could the future hold for the currency? Let's take a closer look… The rand’s had a roller coaster week This morning, the rand weakened slightly before the release “of a slew of Ch... ››› more
  • [11 September 2015]
  • The rand bows to economic pressures in the build up to the release of US jobs numbers
  • The rand hit the skids again yesterday. The release of business confidence data along with the purchasing managers index (PMI) showed the SA economy is struggling to grow. And later today, the US will release its non-farm payrolls. This is adding further pressure to the rand. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is feeling the heat Yesterday, the rand traded th... ››› more
  • [04 September 2015]
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