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Moving away from the Pound in the late 50's to early 60's, the Rand was established and is the current legal tender for South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and Namibia. The Rand has had its fair share of volatility with the currency depreciating massively following the apartheid era sanctions. The currency looks to benefit when investors are willing to take on more risk in developing countries. Any pullback in risk from global markets pushes the Rand significantly lower as seen during the financial crisis of 2008.


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US Dollar and South African Rand News

Macro Musings: Who Thought The Fed Would Raise Rates in 2015?
The Fed talked down the greenback by shifting hiking requirements toward EMFX & Commodities, read on to see how this had the opposite effect.
FX Macro Musings: Are Central Bankers Spent?
A look at Macro themes and Emerging Markets to track capital flow and themes during the turbulance.
FX Macro Musings: FX Tells You the Bigger Story If You’ll Listen
Is the World Falling Apart? FX Tells the Story If You'll Only Listen
ZAR Soars Following PMI Announcement
Domestic Demand Spurs PMI Expansion.
SARB Maintains 5.75% Repo Rate as Inflation Outlook Deteriorates
Despite looming upward pressures on the near-term inflation rate, the SARB held interest rates constant in March. USDZAR remains supported above ascending treandline.

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Date Time Currency Event Importance Actual Forecast Previous Notes
Dec 1
USD ISM Manufacturing (NOV) 50.5 50.1
Dec 3
USD Yellen Appears Before Congressional Joint Economic Coomittee
USD ISM Non-Manufacturing Composite (NOV) 58.1 59.1
Dec 4
USD Unemployment Rate (NOV) 5.0% 5.0%
USD Change in Non-farm Payrolls (NOV) 198k 271k