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  • Picture: EWN

    Rand falls amid weak economic data

    In South Africa, private sector activity fell to a record low in April, a business survey showed on Wednesday, as temporary company closures led to a collapse in demand.

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    Rand recovers in global emerging market bounce

    Yields on government bonds fell sharply, reflecting strong prices, as the first weekly bond auction since South Africa’s exclusion the World Government Bond Index (WGBI) attracted strong demand.

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    Rand recovers after selloff, stocks fall

    A series of dismal manufacturing activity numbers and rising tensions between the United States and China dented risk sentiment on Monday, hitting emerging markets.

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    Rand holds firmer on improved risk appetite

    Global risk sentiment has been lifted with a number of major economies readying to reopen their economies and encouraging early results from a COVID-19 treatment trial.

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    Rand firms as risk appetite grows

    Sentiment improved as several states in the United States allowed businesses to reopen after a near-total halt in activity to contain the outbreak, while many other countries, such as Italy and Spain, plan to reopen their economies in the coming weeks.

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    Rand weaker on rescue package funding worries

    South Africa’s economy was in bad shape before the coronavirus crisis started. With this year’s budget deficit is forecast to reach an 18-year high and loss-making state firms like South African Airways and power utility Eskom are a drain on the public purse.

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    Rand weakens as virus dents risk appetite

    South Africa has spent nearly a month under restrictions requiring most of the population to stay at home apart from essential trips, leaving many businesses and individuals struggling.

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    Rand firms as South Africa announces COVID-19 rescue package

    Among the measures to fund the rescue package, Ramaphosa said South Africa had approached global financial institutions like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the BRICS New Development Bank and the African Development Bank, primarily to fund healthcare interventions.

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    Rand steady, oil crash in focus

    The rand steadied against the dollar early on Tuesday, but traders expected the currency to remain under pressure as a plunge in US crude oil futures to below zero sapped risk appetite.

  • South African rand. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand opens weaker as growth fears hurt riskier assets

    The rand fell more than 4% versus the dollar last week, hurt by a surprise central bank interest rate cut and predictions that the domestic economy would suffer a severe contraction because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Rand stronger at end of torrid week

    But the currency was on course for losses of roughly 4% versus the US dollar this week, hurt by a surprise rate cut and predictions that the global coronavirus pandemic will cause a deep economic contraction.

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    Rand falls as deep recession fears weigh

    The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday sub-Saharan Africa’s gross domestic product was on track to shrink this year by 1.6% - its worst performance on record - because of the combined effects of the coronavirus and plummeting oil and commodities prices.

  • South African rand. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand firms as Chinese trade data lifts riskier currencies

    Analysts, however, expect the rand to remain volatile, with a grim outlook for South Africa’s economy after the country imposed some of the toughest restrictions on the continent to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

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    Rand recovers after plunging to all-time low

    South Africa has imposed some of the toughest restrictions on the continent to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak, including deploying the army to support police during a 21-day lockdown that began on Friday.

  • South African rand.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand crashes to all-time low after Moody's pulls the plug

    Moody’s downgrade will see South Africa kicked out of the benchmark World Government Bond Index (WGBI) of local-currency debt at the end of April, triggering up to $12 billion of forced selling, treasury and analysts estimate.

  • South African rand.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand on the ropes as virus fears mount

    With South Africa reporting a sharp jump in confirmed coronavirus cases on Monday to 402, from less than 50 just over a week ago, sentiment towards the rand and other local assets is set to remain on the ropes.