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  • Picture: EWN

    Rand slips in profit-taking ahead of G20 summit

    The rand retreated early on Thursday, pausing after a two-day advance as investors took profits and looked ahead to the G20 summit where the United States and China are set to agree a truce in their tariff war.

  • Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand pauses Fed-fuelled rally ahead of GDP release

    The rand has been helped back towards levels around R14.40, rallying more than 2% since Friday, with sentiment soothed by Ramaphosa’s decision to ditch a number of ministers in Cabinet during his predecessor Jacob Zuma’s scandal-prone decade in office.

  • Picture: EWN

    Rand starts week flat amid trade tumult

    The rand was flat on Monday, shaking off worries about intensifying Sino-US tensions and Washington’s new tariff threats on Mexico that have pulled stocks and commodities in Asia and the United States lower.

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    Rand steady, markets digest Cabinet news

    Ramaphosa announced his smaller Cabinet late on Wednesday, following on from a pre-election pledge to reform and revive an ailing economy and attract foreign investors.

  • Picture: EWN

    Rand recovers as lending rates seen steady for longer

    The Reserve Bank’s five-member policy committee voted 3-2 to keep rates steady at 6.75%, saying that while inflation and inflation expectations were close to the middle of the bank’s 3% to 6% target range, they had not yet settled there.

  • Picture: EWN

    Rand dips ahead of lending rates decision

    The rand gave back the marginal gains it made in the previous session, having edged ahead after consumer inflation data on Wednesday showed price growth dipped below the Reserve Bank’s midpoint target of 4.5%.

  • South African rand.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand slips as trade tensions weigh on risk demand

    Having rallied to a two-week best of R14.1375 after the ruling African National Congress won a 57.5% majority that many investors see as key to economic reforms, the rand has slipped back towards the R14.40 mark.

  • South African rand.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand firmer after elections, stocks fall

    The election was seen as the toughest test yet for the ruling African National Congress party 25 years after the party swept to power at the end of white minority rule.

  • Picture: EWN

    Rand retreats slightly from near six-week best

    The rand retreated slightly from a near six-week best in early trade on Wednesday as investor caution prevailed due to US-Europe trade disagreements and the International Monetary Fund’s downgrade of its global economic outlook.

  • Picture: EWN

    Rand set for 3% weekly gain after Moody's review delay

    The main boost for South African assets this week came from Moody’s keeping the country’s sovereign rating in investment grade, after it let a scheduled rating review date last week pass without any rating action.

  • South African rand. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand firms after Moody's delays rating review

    South African markets on Friday were on edge over the impending review, with some economists concerned that a power crisis will cost the country its last investment-grade rating and lead to the outflow of billions of dollars.

  • South African rand.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand flat after post Fed rally

    Locally, concerns over power utility Eskom continued to weigh on sentiment, with the cash-strapped state firm saying Friday it would implement a seventh straight day of nationwide electricity cuts.

  • South African rand. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

    Rand falls as dollar hovers near 2-week high

    On Tuesday, the dollar rose as unexpectedly strong data on US services industries and new home sales helped sooth some fears about the state of the world’s top economy.

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    Rand slips in early trade

    Similar falls were seen in other emerging market currencies like the Russian rouble and Turkish lira.