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Japan’s Monetary Policy Drives Rand Higher

January 22, 2013 at 21:55 by Vladimir Vyun

100-rand notesThe South African rand appreciated today after the Bank of Japan spurred risk appetite on the Forex market by boosting its stimulating measures in order to help the economy.

The quantitative easing program of Japan’s central bank boosted stocks and commodities, increasing the appeal of South Africa’s currency. The Standard & Poor’s GSCI index climbed 0.6 percent today. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange reported that overseas investors bought 2.8 billion rand ($317 million) of South African bonds yesterday.

USD/ZAR fell from 8.8592 to 8.8575 as of 21:55 GMT today, reaching the low of 8.8092 intraday.

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