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  • The weak rand and drought are bad news for food prices
  • The rand has continued weaker this year. While this in itself has inflationary consequences, it could get worse for consumers. This as the drought affecting much of the country means food prices are set to rise and importing food will be more expensive because of the weak currency. Let's take a closer look… Food imports mean rising food prices   Grain SA has warned that food... ››› more
  • [12 November 2015]
  • The end of the South African rand is nigh!
  • What a bitter-sweet situation we're in. Jobs are being created in the United States of America and the economy is growing at a good pace. While back in South Africa we have the rand devaluing at record levels which is making it more and more expensive to travel and buy goods. You can understand why it's a win/lose situation. But it doesn't have to be. Let me take it a step further. ... ››› more
  • [11 November 2015]
  • The rand continues to weaken hitting new record lows
  • Since the US Labour Department released its jobs data on Friday, the rand has been weakening rapidly against major currencies. The rand is now trading in unchartered territories as it trades at levels unseen before. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand is still reeling following good US jobs data   The rand kicked off the week still digesting news of “soli... ››› more
  • [10 November 2015]
  • The benefit of investing in ETFs and unit trusts regularly
  • One of the advantages of investing in exchange traded funds (ETFs) and unit trusts is you can opt to invest monthly instead of via a lump sum as you would if you invested in shares. So why is this an advantage? Let's take a closer look… The advantage is rand cost averaging   By regularly investing on a monthly basis into ETFs or unit trusts, you benefit from rand cost averag... ››› more
  • [09 November 2015]
  • Pressure mounts on the rand in the run up to the release of US jobs data
  • After flirting close to R14 to the dollar yesterday, the rand continues to feel the strain on emerging market currencies. Later today, the US Labour Department will release its non-farm payrolls. If data comes out better than expected, the rand could be under further strain as it increases the chance of a US interest rate hike next month. Let's take a closer look… The rand is fee... ››› more
  • [06 November 2015]
  • The rand takes a knock on the prospect of a US interest rate hike next month
  • This week, the rand has continued to weaken. A stronger dollar is putting hefty pressure on the local currency. Not helping matters was US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen's comments last night about the likelihood of an interest rate hike in the world's largest economy next month. So why is this such bad news for the rand? Let's take a closer look… The dollar’s strength ... ››› more
  • [05 November 2015]
  • Fuel prices will be cheaper at the pump come Wednesday
  • On Saturday, the Department of Energy announced its changes to the prices of fuel for November. It revealed good news for motorists as both the petrol price and the diesel price will fall. Let's take a closer look… Fuel prices fall all round   On 4 November, the “price of all grades of petrol [and] the wholesale price of both grades of diesel” will fall, reports Fin24. T... ››› more
  • [02 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]
  • Producer inflation rises on the back of higher food prices
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its producer inflation figures for September. The data showed a slight rise in the key economic indicator compared to the same period last year. Yet lower fuel prices helped to offset a larger rise. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Producer inflation rose to 3.6% Producer inflation, as measured by the producer price index (PPI... ››› more
  • [29 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]
  • A US interest rate hike is off the cards for now, but it could be just two months away
  • Yet again, after much speculation, the US Federal Open Market Committee decided to keep interest rates unchanged. But the committee hinted that a hike could happen at its next meeting in December. Let's take a closer look… The Fed surprised the market with hints of an interest rate hike in December Going with overall consensus, the Fed kept interest rates the same, reports BDLive.... ››› 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 recoups some of its mini budget losses, but risks remain
  • Following the finance minister's medium-term budget address, the rand fell nearly 2%. Two days later and the currency is looking slightly stronger, but it's underperforming other emerging market currencies and could weaken again. Yesterday, the South African Reserve Bank said it may step in if the rand starts to put rising pressure on inflation. Let's take a closer look at what's going on... ››› more
  • [23 October 2015]
  • Why the mini budget sent the rand nearly 2% weaker
  • Yesterday, finance minister Nhlanhla Nene gave his medium-term budget address. From the time he began his speech to the end of it, the rand lost almost 2% against the dollar. So why did the currency react so badly? Let's take a closer look… The rand weakened sharply The rand weakened “from R13.27 against the dollar before the mini budget to R13.52 shortly” afterwards, repor... ››› more
  • [22 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]
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