Tumbling rand, coronavirus containment, default risks

The current risk-off sentiment means that the South African rand’s slide this week will probably continue in the near term. And escalating containment measures will take an economic toll, despite worries about their effectiveness. In the meantime, the coronavirus and low commodity prices are putting pressure on most African economies’ balance of payments positions and pushing many sovereigns closer to default.
John Ashbourne Senior Emerging Markets Economist
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