Rand firm, focus on Fed meeting

Local currency was at 15.11 against the dollar in early trade.
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The rand firmed slightly early on Tuesday, as the market’s attention turned to this week’s US Federal Reserve meeting where an interest rate hike is expected.

At 0650 GMT, the rand traded at 15.11 against the dollar, 0.13% firmer than its previous close.

The Fed is set to raise rates for the first time since the pandemic at its meeting, which concludes Wednesday, with traders looking for indications about the pace of future rate hikes.

“Tomorrow’s FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) rate decision is what everyone will be waiting for and so I guess there will be quite a lot of water treading whilst one eye will be kept on the headlines ticker,” Warrick Butler, chief trader at Standard Bank, wrote in a note.

Traders also expected risk appetite to be kept in check by the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

In fixed income, the yield on the benchmark 2030 government bond 2030 was up 2.5 basis points to 9.88%.

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By and large, the cost of energy is the new metric for measuring the value of the USD, do in terms of that the Rand is depreciating fairly rapidly.

Time for the world to decouple from the USD.

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