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  • The rand gains as the current account deficit reduces more than expected
  • Yesterday, the South African Reserve Bank released its latest figures on the current account. Data showed that the current account deficit eased for the second quarter of the year. The data surprised economists who had forecast a reduction, but not by as large a margin. The rand gained on the news. Let's take a closer look… The current account deficit is now at its smallest in four y... ››› more
  • [16 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 plunges to new record lows as Chinese shares sink again
  • After starting off the week on the back foot, pressure hasn't let up on the rand. Yesterday, the local currency traded through R14 to the dollar, a new record low against the greenback. So what's going on with the rand? Why is it continuing to fall? Let's take a look… The rand hits R14 to the dollar By late afternoon yesterday, the rand hit R14.0175 go the dollar, says Fin24. T... ››› more
  • [08 September 2015]
  • The Reserve Bank won't intervene as the rand continues its slide to R14/$
  • The rand has kicked off the week weaker than its close on Friday. The currency has been under immense pressure over the past few weeks. Over the weekend, the governor of the Reserve Bank said it won't step in to stem the currency's losses. The rand has weakened again this morning and is getting close to R14 to the greenback. Let's take a closer look… The rand weakens further Th... ››› more
  • [07 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]
  • The rand picks up but remains vulnerable to offshore developments
  • Last week saw the rand plummeting as worries over growth in China's economy hit global markets, but the local currency has managed to settle down this week. But risks still remain that could send the rand weaker again. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand has pulled back some of last week’s losses Yesterday, the rand benefitted from some weakness in the dollar, ... ››› more
  • [01 September 2015]
  • Despite the rand's tumble, the petrol price is dropping again on Wednesday
  • On 2 September, motorists can look forward to paying less at the pumps for both petrol and diesel. This brings the second consecutive month of cuts to the petrol price. So what is behind a drop in the price of petrol and other fuels? Let's take a closer look… The petrol price will fall by 69c a litre On Friday, the Department of Energy revealed that from Wednesday, the petrol p... ››› more
  • [31 August 2015]
  • The rand bounces stronger as markets recover
  • After plunging at the start of the week, the rand has managed to recover to trade close to R13 to the dollar. On Monday, chaos struck global markets. This sent the local currency reeling, but the worries over China's economy seem to be abating for now. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Worries about China remain, but the rand could strengthen further This morning, the ... ››› more
  • [27 August 2015]
  • Want to invest in gold coins? Here's how to weigh up your options
  • Gold has been a store of value for more than six millennia. So if you fancy investing in gold in the form of coins, what ones should you buy? You can pick between bullion coins like Kruger rands and gold coins of the rarer variety. Let's take a closer look… The different types of gold coins Gold coins tend to fall into two distinct categories: Bullion coins and rare coins. ... ››› more
  • [24 August 2015]
  • Global stock markets plunge as panic sets in over China
  • Since the markets in the Middle East opened yesterday, global stock markets have been going in one direction: Sharply down. Investors are selling off holdings as concerns grow over what lies in store for the Chinese economy. This morning, Asian stock markets closed down in excess of 5%. So what is all the panic about? Let's take a closer look… Asian stock markets fell hard A... ››› more
  • [24 August 2015]
  • The rand plunges to a record low as financial markets worry over growth in China
  • This morning, the rand fell sharply against the dollar. At one stage it traded through R14. The latest bout of weakness for the local currency comes as concerns continue to mount over growth in China, the world's second largest economy. This has knocked commodities down and led to large drops in global stock markets. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand hits R14 t... ››› more
  • [24 August 2015]
  • The rand retreats but remains under pressure after breaching R13/$
  • Yesterday, the rand fell to a level not seen since December 2001. The local currency traded through R13/$. The rand has pulled back slightly, but remains under severe pressure as China continues to show signs of a slowdown. If the US Federal Reserve puts off a hike in interest rates, it may help the local unit out over the longer term. Let's take a closer look at what's going on and what ... ››› more
  • [21 August 2015]
  • The rand is almost touching R13 to the dollar
  • The rand has weakened yet again, taking it to sit just off R13 to the greenback. Any move weaker will see it breach the key level. So what's behind this latest depreciation in the rand? Let's take a closer look… The rand bounced then fell again The rand came under pressure this morning following signs of strength in the currency last night. Last night, minutes from the latest ... ››› more
  • [20 August 2015]
  • Consumer inflation climbs to 5% in July
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its data for consumer inflation for July. The data showed consumer inflation came in higher and was in line with expectations. So what is putting pressure on inflation? Read on to find out… Consumer inflation climbed 0.3% Consumer inflation, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI), “accelerated to 5%” year-on-year, reports MoneyWeb. This ... ››› more
  • [19 August 2015]
  • Three ways to hedge yourself against a weaker rand
  • This year so far, the rand is down over 10% against the dollar. It's a similar story with the currency's performance against the euro and the pound. It looks like the rand is far from out of the woods yet. So if you haven't hedged yourself against the rand's fall, what can you do now? Read on to find out… Rand hedge #1: Hold foreign currency You can hedge yourself against the r... ››› more
  • [19 August 2015]
  • Why the rand's plunge won't send inflation soaring
  • The rand has been on a downward trend this year. And over the past couple of weeks, the currency has been under even more pressure. So what's going on with the rand? And does a weaker rand mean much higher inflation and interest rates? Read on to find out… The rand is trading at 14 year lows The rand is currently sitting at levels not seen since 2001. The situation doesn’t look ... ››› more
  • [19 August 2015]
  • The rand trades dangerously close to R13 to the dollar
  • The rand has continued its slide against the US dollar. This comes as the US Federal Reserve is due to release its minutes from its latest monetary policy meeting from the end of last month tomorrow. The local currency is edging closer to R13 to the dollar. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand weakens in anticipation of release of the Fed’s minutes The rand h... ››› more
  • [18 August 2015]
  • The rand hits another new low against the pound
  • After a rollercoaster ride last week, the rand has kicked off the new week still hovering at multiyear lows against the dollar. The local unit is also trading at all-time lows against the pound. So what's going on? And what does this week have in store for the rand? Read on to find out… The rand struggles to hold its ground In early trade this morning, the rand managed to trade... ››› more
  • [17 August 2015]
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