Rupee plunges to fresh lifetime low of 78.59 to US Dollar; here’s what is dragging the domestic currency lower

The Indian Rupee slumped 20 paise to hit a new lifetime low of 78.59 per dollar on Tuesday after closing at record lows in the previous four trading sessions, tracking weakness in global markets.

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Fear of a global recession, strengthening dollar, continuing foreign fund outflows have kept the domestic currency under pressure for the last few weeks now

The Indian Rupee slumped over 20 paise to hit a new lifetime low of 78.59 per dollar on Tuesday after closing at record lows in the previous four trading sessions, tracking weakness in global markets. Rebound in oil prices after last week’s rout also put pressure on the local unit. At the interbank forex market, the rupee opened on a weak note at 78.53 against the dollar, then lost ground to quote at 78.59 — its all-time low level, registering a fall of 22 paise from the last close. Fear of a global recession, strengthening dollar, continuing foreign fund outflows have kept the domestic currency under pressure for the last few weeks now.

Rupee slips on risk aversion in equity markets, elevated crude prices

“Indian rupee opened at new life low as risk- sentiments retreat while crude oil prices gained on supply worries. Today is the last day of quarterly adjustment and as we all know RBI has aggressively intervened in forward and futures market, there is a high chance of the rupee depreciating in the first half while stabilising in the second half. Spot USDINR is having resistance at 78.80 and support at 78.40. The view for USDINR remains bullish till it sustains above 77.87, the low of June 20,” said Dilip Parmar, Research Analyst, HDFC Securities.

FII outflows putting pressure on Rupee, more pain in near-term likely

The biggest factor which drags currency lower is foreign fund outflows and a risk-averse environment. So far this year, we have seen capital outflows of around $28 billion from the equities and $1.7 billion from the debt market. The growing concerns about higher inflation forced global central banks to hike interest rates and roll back liquidity which adversely impacted risk sentiments and supported haven dollar demand, according to Parmar. “There could be more pain in the near term but we do not expect sharp depreciation like other Asian peers,” he added.

Rupee spot to depreciate towards 80/81 levels by the year-end

“Indian Rupee spot notched a fresh record low of 78.5963 against dollar index on 28th June, owing to continued sell-off in equity markets coupled with elevated crude oil prices, which might weigh down on the net importer’s fiscal balance. Rising crude oil prices once again bring back concerns on the inflation front, which might prompt the central banks to be very aggressive in hiking rates and thereby inducing a recession,” said Jigar Trivedi – Research Analyst- Commodities & Currencies Fundamental, Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers

“Going forward, we expect the Rupee spot to depreciate towards 80/81 levels by the year-end as twin deficits add to pressure on the emerging market currency. The Fed is expected to hike rates by 75 bps in the July meeting, while the RBI meeting is not due until August, which could narrow the yield differentials between India and US, and might further weigh down on Rupee,” he added.

Economic sanctions on Russia may put pressure on EM currencies

“We expect the dollar index to remain volatile this week and expect to trade in the range of 103.20-104.70. Persistent selling by FIIs in the domestic markets is also putting pressure on the rupee. Further economic sanctions on Russia may drive global energy prices higher and put pressure on emerging market currencies. We expect the rupee to remain volatile this week and could cross 78.55 levels,” said Rahul Kalantri, VP Commodities, Mehta Equities.

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