South African rand gains against subdued dollar

PUBLISHED: Mon, 19 Apr 2021 07:28:21 GMT

JOHANNESBURG, April 19 (Reuters) – South Africa’s rand strengthened on Monday, aided by the U.S. dollar being pinned near a one-month low and greater global risk appetite.

At 0710 GMT, the rand traded at 14.2625 versus the dollar, around 0.4% stronger than its previous close.

The dollar was dragged down by Treasury yields hovering near their lowest in five weeks after the U.S. Federal Reserve reiterated its view that any spike in inflation was likely to be temporary.

Meanwhile, greater risk sentiment, fuelled by expectations that monetary policy will remain accommodative the world over, sent Asian shares to a new high.

Nolan Wapenaar, co-chief investment officer at fund manager Anchor Capital, said the rand was also rising on expectations of lower volatility, which will embolden carry-traders seeking out higher-yielding assets, and of a continued commodity rally.

“Combining these two themes means the rand will see some offshore support for a while,” he said in a research note.

South African government bonds dipped, as the yield on the benchmark 2030 instrument rose 1 basis point to 9.07%.

Local data releases this week include the central bank’s leading indicator on Tuesday and the consumer price index on Wednesday. (Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Alexander Smith)

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