Rand Volatility: Can we see it coming, what is the impact?

Description: Join us for an in-person panel discussion at 08h00 on 27 October at Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, as we examine various facets of our national currency, the Rand, during an event designed for Corporate Treasurers, international business owners and individuals with an interest in understanding the currency's impact on the economic landscape in which they operate.

Our objective is to gain insight into the technical trading perspective, explore its functionality and highlight how a historical analysis of the currency can provide valuable foresight.

For those who serve as treasurers, finance directors, or business leaders tasked with making foreign exchange decisions, it often appears as a daunting challenge. In retrospect and with the luxury of hindsight, every decision made can seem less than perfect.

Understanding the Rand's influence on our economy holds paramount significance for macroeconomic planning, pricing strategies, strategic considerations, and risk mitigation.  We eagerly anticipate deepening our understanding of how the Rand operates, responds, and occasionally overreacts. Given that the Rand is categorised as an emerging market currency, it is susceptible to a broader array of market forces. Furthermore, our internal dynamics play a pivotal role in shaping and influencing the level of volatility in this currency.

Our Speakers:

Judy Padayachee (Senior Technical Strategist, Absa)
Judy Padayachee is a Senior Technical Strategist at Absa, a position she has held there for the last 20 years. She has appeared as a technical analyst expert on CNBC Africa on a regular occurrence and the asset management fraternity have consistently rated her as one of the top Technical Analysts in the annual Financial Mail Rating of Analysts. Judy earned a global certification from the USA and has sharpened her skills through attending courses both locally and abroad. She enjoys using her skills to educate her colleagues and clients on mastering technical analysis techniques and applications. One of her favourite techniques is intermarket analysis which she will share with you today.

Graham Barratt (Director, Sable International Forex)
Born born and bred in the Mother City, Graham has a background in education (PGCE, UCT), financial planning (Liberty Life) and experience as a currency trader, together with over 15 years sales experience in financial services. He spent the last 12 years leading a global FX business in SA and recently joined Sable International FX as Sales Director to further grow and develop the SA team. Graham is happiest when outdoors, surrounded by family and friends. He endeavors to live in the present as far as possible… #living

Dr Christie Viljoen (Senior Economist, PwC South Africa)
Christie is a Senior Manager in the firm's Strategy Division, where he is part of the Purpose-Led Growth (PLG) team. Christie has 15 years of experience as an Africa-focused economist and supports PwC clients with macroeconomic research, industry analysis, market entry studies, scenario planning, and country risk assessments. Key themes that he frequently works on include economic growth and development, business resilience, sustainability (climate, social, etc.), job creation, skills development and education, energy, global and local risks, upskilling and education, public finance and debt, and global megatrends. Christie is also a key producer of thought leadership for PwC South Africa and a regular media commentator on economic matters. Prior to joining PwC, he worked for two years at KPMG in a similar capacity. This was preceded by nearly eight years working as an economist at NKC African Economics (now Oxford Economics Africa). Christie has a PhD in Economics from Stellenbosch University.

Owen Schultz (Western Cape Team Leader, Absa Corporate Foreign Exchange Sales Team)
The Absa Corporate Foreign Exchange Sales team in the region covers all business clients from the SME segment all the way through to large Global Corporate clients who have need of booking and hedging Foreign Exchange exposure, using various products such as Spots, FEC’s and options.Owen began his career at Nedbank in 1995, initially on the Retail and Branch desk. Over the course of his career, he has taken on roles as a Spot trader, Forwards trader, and an Interest Rate Derivative trader. In 2008, he returned to Corporate Sales after relocating from Johannesburg to seize an opportunity in the Western Cape. Owen has been with Barclays and then Absa for a remarkable 21 years.

This event is proudly hosted by I&J

Date:  8:00am to 11:00am, Fri 27th Oct 2023

Venue:  Two Oceans Aquarium
Dock Road
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town, 8002
South Africa
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