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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Why now is the time to invest offshore?

This is the latest RMB’s currency outlook for the next year or so:

Some major positives have emerged over the past month that justifies some of the ZAR’s sharp gains. In particular:

- The proposed MTN Bharti deal could bring in US$4bn of net inflows.
- The SARB has allowed more ZAR appreciation than we thought they would.
- The current account deficit is contracting more sharply than expected.

There are nevertheless reasons to be cautious of the local unit, notably:

- The degree of risk-taking seems overdone given the uncertainty over the timing and extent of a global economic recovery.
- After the recent rally the ZAR is probably already overvalued.
- While the underlying balance of payments position has improved, the longer-term issues of funding the current account deficit persist.
- We finally appear to be reaching a level where the SARB will act to restrict further ZAR gains.
- Comparisons with the ZAR rally from 2002 to 2005 are misguided given that circumstances are so different.

Reflecting the above, we maintain a bearish medium-term view of the ZAR but have adjusted our forecasts to account for the recent positives.

We now expect USD/ZAR to end the year at 9.00, with a trading range of 7.50 – 10.00, and to end 2010 at 10.00.


- Will the global risk-taking rally and weakness in the USD continue?
- The reserve figures this Friday will provide further indication of what the SARB’s policy is for the ZAR.
- Will the SARB buy USD in the month if the ZAR continues to appreciate?
- The SARB Quarterly Bulletin on 18 June will provide detailed balance of payments data.
- The SARB is likely to cut interest rates by 50bp on 25 June, indicating that we are at the end of the rate cutting cycle.
- Any further details on the MTN deal and the proposed US$5bn loan from the World Bank to Eskom.

So, in short, if you are considering offshore investing, the time to do so is now!

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