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  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Business confidence slides to a multi-decade low
  • Yesterday, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) revealed that business confidence in the country hit a 22 year low last month. So what's causing business confidence to continue to fall? Let's take a closer look… Business confidence plunged to 81.6 Last month, business confidence sunk to hit “its lowest level since the end of apartheid,” reports Fin24. Thi... ››› more
  • [07 October 2015]
  • It's a mixed bag for fuel prices this month with diesel users hardest hit
  • On Friday, the Department of Energy announced what was in store for fuel prices this month. The department revealed that prices would move up and down, it all depends on what fuel you use. Let's take a closer look… What’s going on with fuel prices? The Department of Energy said that users of 93 grade petrol will see the price fall by 2c a litre from Wednesday, reports Fin24. On ... ››› more
  • [05 October 2015]
  • Shares in Datatec plummet as a weak rand hits earnings
  • This morning, Datatec released a trading statement regarding the release of its interim results, which are due out on 21 October. The company warned that its earnings for the six months to the end of August will be 25% less than for the same period last year. Datatec's shares plunged on the news. Let's take a closer look at what's causing Datatec's earnings to come under so much pressure... ››› more
  • [30 September 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]
  • The rand's volatility is likely to continue ahead of a strew of economic data releases
  • Last week, the rand hit new lows against the dollar and the euro. The local currency has started this week off slightly stronger, but with a mass of economic data releases due out, volatility is sure to remain. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Speculation over US interest rates will continue to dominate As the rand clawed back some of its losses against the dollar, the... ››› more
  • [28 September 2015]
  • Shares in Tiger Brands soar almost 6% higher as its CEO steps down
  • Earlier today, Tiger Brands announced that its chief executive officer, Peter Matlare, was stepping down from his position. The statement from the company didn't divulge any more details about who would replace Mr Matlare. Shares gained on the news. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Investors greeted Tiger Brands’ CEO departure well Shares in Tiger Brands [JSE:TBS]... ››› more
  • [25 September 2015]
  • Chances are the Reserve Bank will keep interest rates unchanged
  • Tomorrow afternoon, the South African Reserve Bank's monetary policy committee meeting will conclude. Will the committee decide to hike rates or will it keep then unchanged? Let's take a look… Interest rates may rise in November Thanks to the US Federal Reserve keeping its interest rates unchanged last Thursday, it looks likely that the Reserve Bank will follow its lead, reports F... ››› more
  • [22 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 greets the Fed's decision well
  • Last night saw the release of the much anticipated statement from the US Federal Reserve about what it was going to do with interest rates. After much speculation, the Fed decided to keep rates unchanged again. Stock markets fell on the news, but there has been some respite for the rand. Let's take a closer look… The rand weakened before the Fed’s announcement Before the Fed... ››› more
  • [18 September 2015]
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