Indian Rupee suffers losses
The Indian rupee hit a record low of 81.7 and is on track with the retreat of riskier currencies. This is due to recession fears and expectations of a hawkish Federal Reserve policy. Pressure on the rupee is also contributed to an increase in capital outflows from the country.
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USD/CNY dropped by 2.5% and is closing in on a price of 7. A few weeks ago, the currency pair failed to rise above resistance from early 2020, and it is now accelerating downward. The move is being led by a weak dollar and China’s softened stance toward COVID.
EUR/USD topped $1.05 to start the December month, a level not seen since June. The currency pair extended a 5.3% gain in November, which was its best month since September 2010. The EUR/USD has benefited from the drop in the USD as investors bet the Fed will slow the pace of interest rate hikes.
The Canadian dollar weakened above $1.35—a level not seen since early November after the GDP results. The Canadian economy increased by 2.9% annually in Q3 of 2022, beating expectations for a modest 1.5% growth.
On Monday, the dollar fell against a group of major currencies and is closing in on a price of 105. This is the lowest level since August, as investors reevaluated the outlook for growth and monetary policy. Fed’s possible slow down of rate hikes is currently driving the dollar pullback.
GBP/USD climbed above $1.2100, a level not seen in more than three months. The dollar declined following the hint that the Fed would soon start reducing rate hikes sparked this move. The pound was already rising as investors were examining recent economic data while cheering Rishi Sunak’s and Jeremy Hunt’s economic plans.
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WTI crude oil jumped by 4% to $75.5, bouncing back from a one-year low of $71.8 from yesterday. Optimism about the Chinese economy reopening drives the commodity higher after it has been trending downward for several months.
The Bank of Canada (BoC) increased its key rate by 50 basis points, from 3.75% to 4.25%, in its final meeting of 2022. This rate hike brought borrowing prices to their highest level since 2008, up 4% since March. Policymakers affirmed that they would keep their tightening policy in the near future.
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The economy of the Eurozone grew by 0.3% in the Q3 2022, which was a bit more than the initial estimate of 0.2%. This is 0.5% less than in the previous quarter as the economy grew by 0.8% in Q2.
WTI crude oil fell almost 2% to $73, the lowest level reached since December 2021. Worries about weak global demand keep the bearish momentum going. The US and Europe, in particular, are seeing a drop in manufacturing activity because of tighter financial conditions.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) raised its key interest rate by 35 basis points, from 5.9% to 6.25%. This was the fifth rate hike in a row, and it was widely anticipated. As a result of continuous rate hikes, inflation slowed to 6.7% in October, down from a high of 7.4% in September.