Tassi di interesse statunitensi più elevati in genere portano a deflussi di investimenti esteri dai mercati emergenti come l’India.
Giovedì la rupia si è fortemente indebolita rispetto al dollaro USA , poiché i funzionari della Federal Reserve hanno affermato che la banca centrale statunitense continuerà con forti aumenti dei tassi, spingendo il biglietto verde a guadagnare a livello globale.
Un nuovo disavanzo commerciale mensile record a luglio si è aggiunto anche ai problemi della rupia, causando una sottoperformance della valuta nazionale rispetto alle valute dei mercati emergenti, hanno affermato i commercianti.
La valuta domestica ha chiuso a 79,47 per dollaro contro 79,16 per dollaro mercoledì. Negli ultimi due giorni, la rupia ha perso l’1% rispetto al dollaro, portando il deprezzamento per il 2022 nel suo complesso finora al 6,5%.
The rupee’s sharp slide against the US dollar over the past couple of days has unwound a hefty part of the firm gains that it had recently notched up. After weakening to a lifetime low of 80.06 per dollar on July 19, the local currency scripted a smart turnaround, gaining as much as 1.9 per cent to 78.50 per dollar on August 2.
“The Indian rupee depreciated for a second straight day in a row and was the worst-performing currency among Asian baskets. It manages to pare some intraday losses on probable RBI intervention to curb the volatility as the currency reaches near a record low,” HDFC Securities Research Analyst Dilip Parmar said.
“The continued “hawkish” Fed chat gave the dollar a bid against major currencies. The rupee was under immense pressure after a record high trade deficit number and lower reading of service PMI,” he said.
A 50-basis-point rate hike would be “a reasonable thing to do in September”, said San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly in an interview to Reuters on Wednesday.
The US dollar index, which measures the currency against six major rival currencies, was 106.23 at 3:30 PM against 106.09 the same time on Wednesday.
Higher US interest rates typically lead to outflows of overseas investment from emerging markets such as India.
Traders said the rupee’s weakness on Thursday had been exacerbated by technical positioning in the market. After the rupee strengthened over the past few days, traders squared off aggressive bets on the US dollar and that bolstered the domestic currency.
From closing on July 26 to the settlement on August 2, the rupee gained 1.4 per cent versus the dollar, outperforming most emerging market currencies.
However, with the rush to square off bets on the US dollar now having abated, the rupee was moving in line with global fundamentals, traders said.
“The rupee’s move (on Thursday) is connected with what happened last week and the early part of this week. Last week’s move was more of a shakeout of the longs (bets on the dollar) and unhedged exports,” said Anindya Banerjee, vice-president, currency derivatives & interest rate derivatives at Kotak Securities.
“Once that has been done, I think what has happened is as the dollar index has strengthened globally, the Indian rupee has simply played catch-up. This was more of a technical pullback, the positioning was excessively long, that had to be flushed out,” he said.
Banerjee predicted the rupee in a range of 79.10-79.75 per US dollar over the near term.
Pubblicato per la prima volta: Thu, August 04 2022. 11:46 ISTPrevious