Rouble waiting for the rate decision

Russian rouble has seen a bit of a weakening in pairs with euro (-2%) and dollar (-1.7%) in the past few hours. This is likely due to an off-schedule central bank policy meeting that should take place today, which can likely see the interest rates being lowered.

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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.

Serbian Dinar weakens

As a result of the Fed’s aggressive rate hikes, Serbian Dinar hits an all-time low against the US Dollar. USD/RSD rose 0.62% to 121.6800 from 120.9300 in the previous trading session.

EUR/USD below 0.98

The eurodollar fell under $0.98 for the first time in 20 years. This is just two days after Fed increased its interest rates by 75 bps and strengthened the dollar.

Swiss frank surprisingly declines

After the Swiss National Bank increased its rate by 75 basis points, the Swiss franc declined to 0.977 vs the US dollar. This event surprised those investors who were anticipating a stronger frank.  However, the action brought borrowing costs into the positive column for the first time since 2011.

Russia lowering interest rates

As expected, the Central Bank of Russia lowered its interest rates by 50bps to 7.5% during its September 2022 meeting. It was the sixth consecutive rate cut as current consumer price growth rates remain low. USD/RUB is up by 1.34% for the day.

GBP rises to 2-week high

On Monday, the British pound rose to $1.17, the highest level in two weeks. Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth, the Bank of England decided to postpone this week’s interest rate decision to September 22. According to the most recent figures, the UK’s GDP increased by 0.2%, somewhat less than the 0.4% predicted.

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Nord Stream damaged & gas rises

Leaders in Europe thought the two explosions that destroyed the pipelines used to transport Russian natural gas to Europe were intentional. However, some officials accused the Kremlin of being behind the explosions, saying they were meant to be a warning to Europe. Meanwhile, EU gas is up 13% on Wednesday.

DAX hit 12,000 mark

European equities markets declined sharply, with the German stock index DAX hitting a two-year low of 12,000. The stock index is pressured by the hawkish monetary policy of central banks, which could draw DAX even lower.

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.

EU gas surges by 10%

After four straight days of losses due to concerns about future Russian supply, EU gas futures spiked 8% near €190. This may be due to the Nord Stream report of a pressure reduction at the two lines of Nord Stream and one line of Nord Stream 2.

MOEX continues to tumble

The ruble-based MOEX Russia dropped by 7% to about 1,925 on Tuesday, the lowest level in more than five years. MOEX is down 55% from its all-time high at 4,271.  Concerns about the worsening Russian-Ukrainian conflict and nuclear threats persist.

China orders massive equity buying

China continued its lockdowns that appeared to hurt its economy as the rest of the world said goodbye to COVID. The nation’s real estate market and stock market suffered as a result. Currently, the government has directed state banks to buy equities to stop excessive selling.

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