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Indian Rupee Weighed Down by Dollar Demand Amid Rate Cut

The Indian rupee fell against the US dollar, finishing at 83.1875 by 9:14 a.m. UAE time, down from its previous close of 83.06.

The Indian rupee faced a decline, settling at 83.1875 against the US dollar (22.67 against UAE dirham) by 9:14 am UAE time, slipping from its previous close of 83.06 (22.63). It couldn’t sustain this level despite briefly strengthening past 83 on Monday.

Currency Analysis and Range Predictions:

An FX trader mentioned that the rupee’s dip below 83 against the dollar seemed temporary, characterizing it as a “false breakdown.” 

The currency appears to be reverting to its established range of 83 to 83.40, which has persisted for a considerable duration.

Statements from various Federal Reserve officials challenging optimistic rate cut expectations contributed to the rupee’s struggle and affected most Asian currencies. 

Chicago Fed President Austan Goolsbee and Fed Cleveland President Loretta Mester indicated caution around imminent rate cuts, impacting market sentiment.

Impact on Forward Premiums:

The adjustment in US Treasury yields led to a decline in dollar/rupee forward premiums, with the 1-year implied yield decreasing to 1.71 percent in response to the Fed’s comments.

The Bank of Japan opted to maintain its key policy rate and forward guidance unchanged on Tuesday, setting the stage for potential future alterations in their monetary policy, as Capital Economics forecasted.

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