Rupee decline persists, currency drops to Rs175.78



2022-02-15 16:39:00

Picture displaying an individual counting a stack of thousand-rupee notes — Reuters/File
  • Decline comes on the again of uncertainty in geopolitical situations and rising oil costs.
  • Rupee has depreciated by 11.57% since July 1, 2021.
  • AHL analyst predicts native unit to consolidate on this stage within the close to time period.

KARACHI: There was no respite from the declining rupee on Tuesday because the currency dropped to Rs175.78 in opposition to the US greenback on the again of uncertainty in geopolitical situations and rising oil costs.

In accordance to the State Financial institution of Pakistan (SBP), the rupee had closed at Rs175.47 on Monday.

Talking to Geo.television, Arif Habib Restricted’s Head of Analysis Tahir Abbas stated that native currency is below strain due to two main causes — geopolitical situations and rising oil costs.

“Acceleration in international geopolitical tensions over the Ukrainian triggered unrest in the local currency market as the traders fear a decline in exports if Russia invades Ukraine,” he stated.

Shedding mild on the second cause, he stated that the merchants additionally worry a rise in import funds as oil costs within the worldwide market surged to a seven-year excessive just lately.

With the recent decline of 0.18%, the Pakistani rupee has depreciated by 11.57% (or Rs18.24) because the begin of the present fiscal yr on July 1, 2021, knowledge launched by the central financial institution revealed.

The rupee had maintained a downward pattern for the previous 9 months. It has misplaced 15.43% (or Rs23.51) to date, in contrast to the document excessive of Rs152.27 recorded in Might 2021.

The analyst was of the view that currency sellers are maintaining an in depth eye on the developments on the aforementioned fronts, predicting the native unit will consolidate on this stage within the close to time period.

It’s pertinent to point out right here that on December 29, 2021 the rupee hit an all-time low of Rs178.24 in opposition to the dollar.

“The rupee seems to be stuck in a range-bound trade unless domestic or global events flare-up. We expect the rupee to remain around current levels in the coming days,” a overseas alternate supplier stated.

“The dollar demand from importers, especially for energy imports given the spike in oil prices, will be a key driver for the rupee’s future direction,” he added.

Earlier, Pakistan-Kuwait Funding Firm’s Head of Analysis and Growth Samiullah Tariq had stated: “Rupee is in correction mode.” Tariq had predicted that the Pakistani currency ought to commerce within the vary of Rs174-176.

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