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  • 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 rallies on the back of an interest rate hike
  • Yesterday, the South African Reserve Bank hiked interest rates 0.25% amid worries over inflation. The news came as a bit of a surprise as the majority of economists thought the central bank would leave rates unchanged. The rand reacted positively to the news, clawing back some of its recent losses. Let's take a closer look… The rand strengthens on news of an interest rate hike  ... ››› more
  • [20 November 2015]
  • The Reserve Bank hikes interest rates 0.25%
  • Earlier today, the Reserve Bank's monetary policy committee revealed that it was hiking interest rates. This comes as the majority of economists seemed to believe that the bank would hold off hiking rates for the moment. Let's take a closer look at the Reserve Bank's decision…   An interest rate hike takes prime to 9.75%   This afternoon, the governor of the Reserve Bank, ... ››› more
  • [19 November 2015]
  • Your money is disappearing in front of your eyes!
  • I don't have many regrets. But the one regret I do have, is not taking action four years ago and opening an offshore savings account to protect a portion of my capital. The rand is a joke and your money is disappearing in front of your eyes. Not just lately, but for the last four years! It's still not too late, though to take action and avoid a complete disaster. After you're done read... ››› more
  • [17 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]
  • How to use currency futures to trade forex
  • If you want to trade forex, there are a few different instruments you can use. One of these is currency futures. If you decide to trade the rand against major international currencies, currency futures are more reasonable to trade than spread trading. So how do currency futures work? And what currencies can you trade the rand against? Let's take a closer look…   What are currenc... ››› more
  • [16 November 2015]
  • Video: The end of the South African rand is nigh!
  • The end of the South African rand video is ready to watch... Click on the play button below Always remember, "Wisdom yields Wealth" Timon Rossolimos  Senior Editor:  Trading Tips  Head Analyst: Red Hot Storm Trader Author:           94 Top Trading Lessons of All Time   ... ››› more
  • [13 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]
  • 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]
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