USDZAR Trading

Introduction to USDZAR

The United States is the third-largest trading partner in South Africa. Bilateral trade relations are regulated by the Treaty Agreement on Trade and investment (TIFA). This was signed in 1999 and revised in 2012. 
The U.S and South Africa have enjoyed a solid bilateral relationship since South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994. South Africa is the United States’ strategic partner. Strong collaboration on health, education, the environment, and the digital economy. Most currency rankings show that the USD to ZAR rate is the most popular South Africa Rand exchange rate.

About USD

USD is the abbreviation of the US Dollar, which is the U. S. and its dependencies’ official currency. USD is the world’s most converted currency and is used in the forex market as a benchmark. Consequently, almost every central bank in the world holds USD.
Some countries such as Panama and Ecuador use USD as an official legal tender. A practice known as “dollarization”, due to its international acceptance. The dollar is an accepted alternative form of payment for other countries but not an official currency for those countries. Hence multiple currencies are clinging to the dollar.
Supply and demand are the driving forces for the US economy. The oil markets are responsible for 70% of petrol costs. About 70% of the US economy is driven by demand or personal consumption.

About ZAR

ZAR is the abbreviation of Zuid-Afrikaanse Rand which is South Africa’s official currency. It’s named ZAR because it comes from the Rand of the Dutch Zuid-Afrikaanse. The currency splits into 100 cents.
In the late ’50s to early ’60s, the rand was the legal tender not only for South Africa. Also for Lesotho, Swaziland, and Namibia after switching away from the pound. However, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Namibia still attached the value of the rand with their own currencies. The rand was also a legal tender in Botswana until 1976.
The economy of South African is largely driven by the fate of its energy and mining sector. With gold, platinum, coal mining, copper, and silver constituting the major source of South African GDP. Industry accounts for 31.6 percent of the GDP. Agriculture accounts for 2.5 percent and services 65.9 percent, according to the latest estimates.

History of USDZAR

The rand, most widely traded against the US dollar, has grown into an emerging market currency. The Apartheid regime in South Africa eventually led the rand to lose ground on the world market. It gain high interest in the ever-changing international economy. One rand traded to US$1 40 from the time of its formation in 1961 until late in 1971.
The rand fluctuated as the South African government introduced different exchange rate dispensations. The South African government de-linked the rand from the dollar in 1974. They introduced an independent controlled floating regime. It was valued at 87 cents to the dollar at the time.
Nevertheless, multiple factors impacted the exchange rate. Factors such as high inflation, political unrest and sanctions.
It had weakened to R 2.40 per dollar by 1985, recovered somewhat between 1986–88, but was trading at more than R2.50 per dollar by the end of 1989. It had fallen to over R3.60 to the dollar by the 1994 general election and to over R6 to the dollar by 1999. In post-apartheid South Africa, the USDZAR was largely influenced by political, economics event. Others are political, national, and international.

Technical Analysis for USDZAR

All traders look into the fundamental analysis of a pair.

Fundamental Analysis of USDZAR

Some analysts have named the South African currency as one of the most volatile emerging-market currencies. Its recent behavior may prove this statement. The rand has begun to weaken after the bullish start of the year.

What is the Best Time to Trade USDZAR?

To be able to know the best time to trade USDZAR, you have to master the act of speculation. This implies taking the view that over a particular period of time, the currency pair in question will rise or fall. USDZAR traders trade intraday, i.e not holding their trade in the night, but during the span of a day.

What is the Exchange Rate of USDZAR?

More than any other currency, the exchange of rate USDZAR has been more unstable.. The South African rand was affected during the Asian currency crisis and had depreciated as much as 41.5% from 4.53 rand per US dollar in 1997, M6 to 6.41 in 1998. In 2008, the South African rand decreased largely to 39.15% against the US dollar from 7.33, M7 to 10.20 in 2009. In December 2015, it lost 24.3% of its value against the US dollar.
In the subsequent years, the rand had recovered most of the losses. However, the USDZAR exchange rate, as defined by dominant factors such as global pressures. The US – South African economy, persists in a steady state of fluctuation.

Reasons Why a ZAR fall is good for the Economy

Many people who don’t have a financial experience believe the economy is fine with a strong currency. The economy is poor with a weakened currency. That couldn’t be outside the facts. There are positive forces as well as negative forces on either side of the equation that can impede the economic outlook.
Because we are looking at it versus the USD, we often think of the ZAR as a weak currency. We silently neglect that there has already been a decline of other global currencies such as the pound, sterling and yen. Since all of the emphasis is on the US economy, this is frequently overlooked.
Here are five reasons why the collapse of the ZAR is positive for the economy in South Africa:
 1. Boosts job creation
Job creation is most visible in critical sectors, such as manufacturing. As well as in the tourism sector, which has created more than 250 thousand jobs. As a result of the fall of ZAR, has contributed more than $1.5 billion in revenue to the local economy.
2. Good for exports
It means the country will export more if you have a weak currency and the manufacturing sector should be strong. A weakened ZAR tends to be more profitable for South Africa’s exporters and market more of their products overseas. Manufacturing production has increased by about 13% since the 2007 global financial crisis.
3. Investing offshore
Investing offshore is appealing for those operating overseas; a weakening rand has a profit. A lower ZAR is a gain because you get more money from the currency exchange fluctuation than you should have.
4. Great for tourism
The fall in ZAR value has made South Africa one of the world’s top international tourist holiday destinations. In paying for South African goods and services, foreign tourists had to exchange their national currency to ZAR. Hence the weaker ZAR emerged a high purchasing power for foreign tourists.
Tourism is a core component of the South African economy by providing jobs and increasing foreign exchange.
5. Reduces trade deficit
A lower currency has the advantage of raising the trade gap in the short term. Even if the trade deficit is widened by other major global economic forces. We can still see the benefits of a weaker rank keeping the overall deficit balanced. 

What Factors Determine USDZAR Exchange Rate?

1. Demand and Supply Powers
Demand and supply research tends to apply to the USDZAR exchange rate as it can clarify almost 95.80% of the movements of the exchange rate.
Demand for the US dollar has a negative relation to the exchange rate of USDZAR. The US dollar supply is projected to be favourably correlated with the exchange rate of USDZAR. The stock price in South Africa, negatively affected by the inflation rate in South Africa.
2. GDP Rate
A higher US real GDP would increase US imports from South Africa and the US dollar supply and reduce the exchange rate of USDZAR.
Monetary exchange rates models suggest that higher real GDP will fuel demand for currency. It will lift the interest rate in the United States, draw capital inflows, and increase the exchange rate for USDZAR.
3. Inflation Rate
A higher rate of inflation in the US and South Africa negatively affects the USDZAR exchange rate. Correspondingly, a low inflation rate has a positive effect on the exchange rate.


USDZAR is the ticker symbol of how many South African rands you can buy with one US dollar in forex markets. South African rand is the Common Monetary Area’s legal tender. It encompasses South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Namibia. Interest rates, GDP growth, and other macroeconomic figures are the factors affecting USDZAR.


There’s a problem with the South African rand. The currency fell by more than 1 percent against the US dollar, 0.87 percent against the British pound, and 0.90 percent against the euro. It makes the rand one of the worst-performing currencies.
The factors responsible for ZAR weakening can be divided into two categories: local and global factors.
1. Local factors
The main event that moved USDZAR higher in South Africa is the South African reserve bank’s rates decision. The central bank left its interest rate unchanged at 6.75% with only one rate hike projected by the end of 2021.
2. Global factors
Let’s not forget the world market. As the South African rand is a risk-weighted currency, investor confidence is strongly affected. Following the news about the global economic slowdown, the recent risk aversion was created. The slowdown occurred in response to the world’s political and economic uncertainties.
The rand is currently the weakest rate against the USD since the inception of the currency. The dollar to rand forecast is that, in the future, the dollar will continue to strengthen against the rand. For the past 25 years, we can just look at the statistics that show no slowdown in the weakening of the rand against the dollar

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