FX Expertise

With on-the-ground presence in 10 African countries and an extensive track record in a further 20 countries, we enable trade across a range of foreign exchange products on OTC and exchange-traded markets.

World-leading industry and product expertise for African FX executions.

We offer world-class foreign exchange (FX) risk management solutions for our corporate, business and institutional clients, through our market-leading and award-winning Global Markets products and services. Our extensive experience and deep local knowledge is underpinned by our global standards and robust governance. With our global connectivity and local differentiation, we operate at the core of your organisation’s Africa strategy.

FX Series

Find out more about Absa’s expectations for FX in 2021 and onwards in this series of podcasts by Mike Keenan, our Head of Fixed Income and Currency Research.

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FX Strategies in Post-Election South Africa

South Africa’s post-election uncertainties are weighing heavily on the rand. How should corporate treasurers ride out the storm?


A “euro’’ for Africa is closer than you think

Africa is still many years away from a common currency, but for businesses across the continent, PAPSS is ably filling the gap.


How The AfCFTA will enable digital trade

In this podcast, we explore the opportunities of the African Continental Free Trade Area’s protocol on digital trade. What will it mean for cross-border trade, and what do African businesses need to know?


Why Africa can be the beating heart of South Korea’s technology industry

Tshepo Ncube, Head: International Coverage and Bhavtik Vallabhjee, Head: Power, Utilities & Infrastructure at Absa CIB reflect on their recent visit to South Korea, examining why investors in the region have their eyes set on Africa to nurture healthy investment possibilities.


Rands, Dollars, and Hamburgers

What is the Big Mac Index, and what is it telling us about the value of the rand? We take a bite out of this foreign exchange (forex, or FX) yardstick in the latest episode of Coffee Break Commerce.


The AfCFTA and Africa’s Existing Regional Economic Communities

Africa is a patchwork of independent and overlapping regional economic blocs. Rather than simplifying matters, the African Continental Free Trade Area adds an extra layer of complexity for businesses trading on the continent. In this podcast, we untangle the mess.


Global Events and The Rand

How events world-wide will shape the value of the rand in 2024.


What Does The AfCFTA Mean For Africa?

The African Continental Free Trade Area is now active, bringing with it the promise of significantly easier intra-continental trade.


Elections, the Rand and the Year Ahead

What does 2024 hold in store for the rand? We examine the outlook for the currency and its emerging market peers


The Foreign Exchange Outlook for 2024

What trends will determine the value of the rand in 2024? In this episode of Coffee Break Commerce, we look ahead at what’s in store for the currency.


FX Solutions for Africa in 2024

As the African Continental Free Trade Area takes effect, what trends will drive trade flows in Africa in the coming months?


Driving the Electronic Trading Evolution

How Absa’s in-house development team creates tailor-made, sub-nanosecond latency FPGA solutions for South African Electronic Trading clients


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