India’s rupee hits record low against the dollar

By AFP
Published: September 6, 2018
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Currency has dropped 10% since the start of 2018. PHOTO:REUTERS

Currency has dropped 10% since the start of 2018. PHOTO:REUTERS

India’s rupee hit a new record low of 72 against the dollar on Thursday as emerging market currencies suffered hefty losses.

The under-pressure currency of Asia’s third-largest economy slid to 72.12 to the greenback in afternoon trade.

The rupee has steadily fallen by about 10% throughout 2018, after starting the year at 63.67.

Last month, it crossed 70 for the first time as India was buffeted by the turbulence caused by the Turkish financial crisis.

The Turkish lira was sent into a tailspin in August by a bitter diplomatic spat with the United States over Ankara’s detention of an American pastor for almost two years on terror-related charges.

If rupee slump persists, it can hurt Modi

The currencies of other emerging economies heavily dependent on dollar-dominated foreign capital like Brazil, South Africa and Argentina also slipped in August.

The rupee slump is widening India’s current account deficit.

India is a massive net importer of oil, which is priced in dollars, securing more than two-thirds of its needs from abroad. High oil prices have been squeezing the rupee, making it less appealing to investors, analysts say.

India’s central bank raised interest rates this year in part to help increase the value of the rupee.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Arshad Bhatti
    Sep 6, 2018 - 6:20PM

    .Pakistan have to control over its Tea,edible oil & petroliam imports, while focus on Increase in exports of cotton & cotton furnished items & leather goods. Pakistan has also great deal on Money laundering by newly elected GOVT.
    Its a pendulum effect, PKR is on its rise while Indian rupee on its fall.
    It is hoped that it will persisRecommend

  • kulbhushan yadav
    Sep 7, 2018 - 4:42AM

    PKR is hovering at 125 while INR is at 72. There is a huge difference. More over, cheaper INR would make Pakistani rice and textile more in-competitive. Recommend

  • avtar
    Sep 7, 2018 - 5:01AM

    @Arshad Bhatti:
    I don’t think PKR or INR is a pendulum. Each country has its own issues. Unlike Pakistan, India is not begging for money and its economy is growing at a faster clip than that of Pakistan. Neither country should compare with each other but focus on growing their economies resulting in betterment of the people.Recommend

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