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  • Investing offshore could help you protect your money and even profit from the weak rand
  • Since 1990, the rand has depreciated at an average of 6% per year against the US dollar. Due to the growing budget deficit and poor economic situation in South Africa, the rand is likely to get worse. Think about this. The JSE only contributes around 0.5% to global GDP, that means if you stick to local investments only, you're not taking advantage of international investment opportunities. ... ››› more
  • [04 May 2016]
  • 99% of South Africans expect downside for the rand - Here's why I don't
  • Ask any South African. “Where do you think the rand is going next” You'll probably hear answers like I've been hearing, “The rand is going down the drain”, “going to hell, “going to S#^t” But not me! Today I'm going against 99% of what South Africans say, as I expect the rand to go up from here. Read on to see why… I haven’t made a wrong prediction yet! I joined FSPInvest.... ››› more
  • [25 April 2016]
  • For the first time in three years - I see upside for the rand!
  • Normally when I write about the rand, I expect the rand value to drop big time. • In 2013, I told you how the rand was going from R9.00 to R10.50 to the dollar. • In 2015, I showed you how the rand was going from 11.00 to R16.00 to the dollar • And now I'm about to reveal where I expect the rand to go from R16.00 Fortunately over the years, every time I made a rand prediction it worked ... ››› more
  • [22 March 2016]
  • Two junior miners to ride out the weak rand
  • The Rand has crashed to R16.70 a dollar. On 30 November 2015 a Bloomberg report speculated the rand could hit R20 to a dollar. Then on 8 January 2016 a Fin 24 report again reiterated the R20 to a dollar level for 2016 and Cees Bruggemans, a well known economist predicts we could see R22.50 to the dollar before 2018! In short, if you're not investing in rand hedge shares you're losing mone... ››› more
  • [19 January 2016]
  • First the spear, then the spike ... The rand crashes then recovers!
  • Last week, President Zuma made an unexpected announcement. Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene was let off (dare I say fired). And the sad thing is that he has been widely known to do a great job during difficult times. And is probably one of the most qualified person for the job. But as soon as the announcement came out, the rand crashed. It moved from R14.50 to R15.29 to the US dollar in just one h... ››› more
  • [14 December 2015]
  • 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 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]
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