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USD/ZAR Forecast: Local and International Factors Wilts Rand

USD/ZAR Forecast: Local and International Factors Wilts Rand

Warren Venketas, Analyst

RAND ANALYSIS

  • Fed under pressure to combat inflation.
  • Loadshedding interruptions.
  • Political instability reaffirmed by July riot report.
  • Weakness across rand-linked commodities.
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ZAR FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP

THE CARRY TRADE

The South African rand has been slipping after holding the title for the best performing currency against the US dollar in 2022 (see graphic below). The Brazilian real has since taken over emphasizing the divergence in central bank policy between the two Emerging Market (EM)nations. I have mentioned this in a previous analysis but now price action is bringing clarity to the protection against a diminishing carry trade as a result of a hawkish Federal reserve.

CURRENCY PERFORMANCE AGAINST USD YEAR-TO DATE

USD/ZAR Forecast: Local and International Factors Wilts Rand

Source: Reuters

LOCAL ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL WOES

The persistent problem of rolling blackouts across the country has emerged once more adding to an already ailing economy trying to develop post-COVID. Disruptions to households and business alike continue to weigh heavily on economic growth and business confidence.

Political challenges are exacerbating the problem of dwindling confidence after the report following the July riots were released yesterday. The report basically outlined the inability of security services to conduct themselves in a manner befitting of their mandate while factional clashes within the ruling ANC party adds to political instability. More details around this report will be addressed by President Cyril Ramaphosa later this week (SONA).

COMMODITIES

Major South African export commodities including coal, platinum, gold and iron ore are all trading lower this morning providing an additional headwind to rand upside.

GEOPOLITICAL TENSIONS

Russia/Ukraine pressures are very much elevated while many western countries aim to diffuse the situation via various methods. While this threat looms, EM currencies may be stifled as risk aversion may take precedence over higher yielding assets.

ECONOMIC CALENDAR

High impact events this week are confined to Thursdays US inflation print and the State of the Nation Address (SONA) later that day. Focus will be around US inflation as estimates anticipate a notable increase to 5.9% from 5.2%. Should this come to fruition or exceed the forecast, significant dollar appreciation could threaten much of the rands 2022 gains as hawkish Fed bets increase.

USD/ZAR Forecast: Local and International Factors Wilts Rand

Source: DailyFX economic calendar

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

USD/ZAR DAILY CHART

USD/ZAR Forecast: Local and International Factors Wilts Rand

Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG

The tide may be turning for the rand since late November 2021. Although this may be an early call but the upside potential considering the fundamental backdrop is strong.

Momentum to the upside has just flipped from bearish reflected by the Relative Strength Index (RSI) reading above 50 while prices are now trading above all EMA levels.

Resistance levels:

  • 15.7042

Support levels:

  • 15.4289
  • Channel support

Contact and follow Warren on Twitter: @WVenketas

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