Is the Rand's Remarkable Run About Over?

Another classy week from the Rand, showing its strength, as it traded in a small range, but holding strong once again.

A small range of 24c was all that separated the high and the low for the week...

...and considering how volatile a week it was, this was quite something.

After coming off #Zexit, SONA 2018 and the Budget, the latter half of this week was a good time to reflect on the month of February, and where we expected to be heading in the balance of the year.

This was just what we did with Andrew Rissik of Sable Forex and Neale Petersen of REIM - you can catch the live webinar replay over here:

Feel free to share it with whoever you think may be interested...

...and now to review this week.

Our forecast from Friday indicated we still had to head lower before we could bottom out in the target area before pushing higher...

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We saw some more key moments this week, with some of them being:

Firstly, before this week starts, I would like to share what I believe is a CRUCIAL video to understanding markets, and why we are always making the wrong decisions.

We, as humans, have a lot of incorrect perceptions. Hopefully this video (being a snippet from our webinar last week) can help you see why this is so...

Watch 3 Facts On Why We Exchange And Trade Forex At The Wrong Time

Let me know your thoughts!

To get onto what we saw this last week...

It was an important week from many aspects - the reaction to Friday's SONA speech was expected, and then just as that was dying down, it was going to be time for the Budget Speech on Wednesday, from South Africa's Candy Crush (Android & iPhone Game) Champion, Malusi Gigaba...(see image below for Candy Crush credentials)

His Budget Speech was expected to be crucial in many ways -

  • Finding additional funding from somewhere, as the government needed to make up around R50bn in budget deficit...
  • Cutting government spending so as to not enlarge that number
  • Not increase tax too much, for fear of hurting SA's credit rating, as per the warnings in the build up to the event
  • Free Higher Education - was it going to happen, or was it just a Zuma idea...?

And then, when he attempted to achieve all of those, he would have to wait in anticipation of the reaction from Moody's, which was expected toward the end of the week, or early the following one.

He would be hoping that Ramaphosa's plans, such as the 10 ways he wants to revive the economy as published by Fin24, would provide confidence to ratings agencies.

The general feeling was that SA should just be able to avoid the downgrade...but not by much.

And this was the opinion of Andrew Rissik of Sable Forex too, as well as myself, when we hosted our webinar on Thursday, going over these points. I would highly recommend you take a look at this, and share it if you enjoy it, as we shared all our best information, both technical, and economical.

Budget day arrived, with the following items being announced:

  • VAT increase from 14% to 15%
  • Higher fuel levies
  • Rise in alcohol and tobacco tax
  • Estate duty and Donations tax – estate exceeding R30 million will be taxed at 25% instead of 20%
  • Free higher education
  • No fiscal drag adjustment for higher income brackets
The Rand reacted and went as far as to touch R11.57/$...with 3 year lows being tested...incredible!

But this was expected, per our forecast on Wednesday which showed we still had a little to go, with a break below R11.56 expected before we could see a bottoming out...

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Until Friday, the week was rather choppy, and only on Friday did we see the Rand break into our target area for Wednesday's forecast...

We feel a bottoming out is imminent, and some others are starting to feel that way too - such as this piece from Fin24, where the writer questions whether the supposed 'Ramaphosa Party' is over for the Rand?

While this is a very economist type outlook, the charts are showing that we are in for some surprising times in the next 2-3 months...stay tuned!

The Week Ahead (26 Feb - 2 Mar 2018)

Monday's opens with the Rand having touched a low of 11.5047 - its best level since 27 Feb 2015. And since then we have seen a good move up...

Is the low in place?

The next few days will confirm, with 11.7807 being a key level to break above to confirm.

And what would that mean for the weeks and months ahead?

This is what I gave to those that attended my webinar with Andrew Rissik last week - a free outlook into the remainder of the year...

Simply hit the link below to watch the replay:

Watch The Replay Now

Kind regards,
James Paynter

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