Currency: Rupee stable against dollar

The SBP maintains that slide has been due to demand and supply factors

Our Correspondent February 14, 2018
SBP maintains that slide in rupee is due to demand-supply in fluctuating Forex inter-bank market PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: The rupee remained stable against the dollar at Rs110.3/110.5 in the inter-bank market on Tuesday compared with Monday’s close of Rs110.3/110.5. In the last couple of months, the rupee has cumulatively shed over 4% of its value after the central bank reportedly abstained from intervening in response to the pressure due to a widening current account deficit.

The State Bank of Pakistan has maintained that the slide in the rupee’s value is due to supply and demand dynamics of foreign exchange in the inter-bank market. While it has promised prompt intervention in case of speculative or momentary pressures, the central bank will sit on the fence and let “market-driven adjustment in the exchange rate to continue to contain the imbalance in the external account and sustain a higher growth trajectory”, according to a press statement.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 14th, 2018.

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