JOHANNESBURG - The rand retained negative momentum after a shock GDP release and bizarre comments by the secretary general on Tuesday to trade firmly on the back foot during yesterday’s European session according to NKC Research.
The rand was left reeling this week as much weaker than expected Q1 GDP figures were followed by misplaced commentary by Ace Magashule that SA may resort to quantitative easing (QE). This represents the latest attack on the central bank’s mandate in a baffling reference to unconventional monetary policy as remedy for an economy hamstrung by supply-side constraints, lack of policy credibility or cohesion, political infighting, weak institutions and struggling sate-owned enterprises. At close of local trade, the rand quoted 1.9 percent weaker at R14.90/$, after trading in range of R14.63/$ - R14.93/$. The rand traded flat overnight. Expected range today R14.65/$ - R15.00/$.
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