Fear leads to uncertainty

Uncertainty leads to volatility

Volatility needs a cool head


By Wichard Cilliers, Director and Head of Exchange Rate Risk Management, TreasuryONE


Streamline Your Business: Managing Foreign Exchange Risk with Expert Guidance


In today’s globalised business landscape, managing foreign exchange (FX) risk has become increasingly crucial for companies engaged in international trade, specifically in SA, where the Rand is one of the most volatile currencies in the world. Volatility in currency markets can significantly impact a business’s profitability, making adopting effective strategies to mitigate such risks essential. One practical approach involves enlisting the expertise of professionals who closely monitor market fluctuations, provide timely advice, and enable you to focus on streamlining your business operations. In this blog post, we will explore the concept of managing FX risk by having an expert in your corner, emphasising the importance of cool-headed decision-making in uncertain markets.


Fear Leads to Uncertainty:

Foreign exchange markets are susceptible to fear-driven sentiment, especially during times of economic uncertainty or geopolitical instability. The fear factor can trigger rapid fluctuations in currency values, posing significant risks to businesses with international exposure. This uncertainty can make it challenging for companies to make informed decisions, as they may be unsure of how currency movements will impact their financial outcomes.


Uncertainty Leads to Volatility:

As fear and uncertainty increase, so does the volatility in foreign exchange markets. Volatility refers to the rapid and significant price fluctuations in currencies over a short period. These swings can occur due to various factors such as economic indicators, central bank policies, political developments, or even unexpected events. The heightened volatility creates an environment where currency values can change rapidly, potentially leading to unexpected gains or losses for businesses engaged in international trade.


Volatility Needs a Cool Head:

To effectively manage volatility in FX risks, it is essential to maintain a cool head and make calculated decisions. Emotion-driven reactions to market turbulence can lead to impulsive actions, which may result in suboptimal outcomes. Having an expert in your corner, someone specialising in monitoring and analysing foreign exchange markets, you can rely on their cool-headedness to guide your decision-making process.


Rand intra-day volatility graph


The Role of an Expert Advisor

Having an expert in your corner means having a well-versed professional in foreign exchange markets, capable of analysing market trends and providing valuable insights. They can help you navigate the complexities of currency fluctuations, understand the underlying factors influencing market movements, and develop tailored strategies to manage your FX risk effectively. Their role is to be your trusted advisor, enabling you to focus on streamlining your core business operations while they handle the heavy lifting of monitoring the market and advising on timing.


Timely Decision-Making

In uncertain markets, timing is crucial. The ability to make timely decisions based on accurate market analysis can significantly impact your business’s financial health. An expert advisor can monitor market conditions and identify favourable opportunities to minimise FX risk or capitalise on advantageous exchange rates. By leveraging their expertise, you can make informed decisions about when to execute currency transactions, thereby optimising your FX exposure.



Managing foreign exchange risk has become a critical aspect of businesses in an increasingly volatile and uncertain market environment. By having an expert advisor in your corner, you can benefit from their market knowledge, analysis, and timely advice, enabling you to streamline your business operations without being overwhelmed by the intricacies of foreign exchange markets. Remember, fear leads to uncertainty, and uncertainty leads to volatility, but with a cool-headed expert guiding you, you can effectively manage volatility in FX risks and secure your business’s financial stability in uncertain times.


Why should you choose TreasuryONE as your partner for currency risk management?


  1. Market Leadership: We are the leading currency risk management provider in South Africa.
  2. Extensive Forex Trading: In 2022, we traded R330 billion in forex on behalf of our clients, showcasing our experience and expertise in the field.
  3. Dedicated Dealer: When you choose us, you gain access to a dedicated dealer who understands your business, speaks your language, and possesses a deep understanding of the political and economic landscape.
  4. Competitive Rates: We strive to secure competitive rates for you at the banks, ensuring that you receive the best possible terms.
  5. Smooth Settlement: Our administration team possesses in-depth knowledge and expertise, ensuring that your deals settle smoothly and efficiently.
  6. Research Support: We conduct thorough research on your behalf, allowing you to focus on your business while we provide valuable insights.
  7. Cost-Effective and Calm: We offer cost-effective solutions and maintain a level-headed approach, providing prospective insights that help you navigate any headline scare tactics.
  8. Flexibility: Unlike other providers, we don’t bind you with long-term contracts, giving you the freedom to try our services without any long-term commitment.



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