Rate hikes to firm rand could be disaster

Apr 01 2014 17:06
Cape Town - Neither the government nor the Reserve Bank can do a great deal to help the rand, says Edward Ingram, a retired financial adviser and founder of the macro-economic design group IngramSure.

He says talk of the economy needing more foreign investments to balance the shortfall in exports is "nonsense" and "that's what's been propping up the rand".

"When the situation changes... and funds get with withdrawn, the rand crashes."

He said that putting the investment and the trading cash flows through the same pipeline is a major concern. "Your currency price can only adjust to one of those two things."

Listen to the full interview to hear which cash flow would be best:

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