Indian rupee bucks the trend

Indian rupee bucks the trend

Feb 1, 2024 - 12:34
Feb 1, 2024 - 12:35
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Indian rupee bucks the trend

After a remarkably stable year in 2023, the Indian Rupee has kicked off 2024 on an impressive note, establishing itself as the standout performer among Asian currencies in January. Despite facing a formidable 2% rise in the dollar index, the Rupee appreciated by 0.1%, showcasing resilience and surprising market analysts.In a month where other Asian currencies experienced depreciation ranging from 1.4% to 4%, the Indian Rupee's positive trajectory has caught the attention of global investors and financial experts. Several key factors have contributed to the Rupee's exceptional performance in the face of adversity.

Appreciate further
According to estimates, the Indian Rupee is likely to appreciate further against the US dollar, with projections indicating a potential rise up to Rs 82 per dollar. However, amidst these optimistic forecasts, a significant counterforce looms in the form of interventions by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), aimed at building forex reserves and maintaining stability in the currency markets.India’s foreign exchange reserves were at $616 billion as of 19 January, 2024, the latest data released by the Reserve Bank of India showed.

Stability attributed to RBI

The rupee displayed remarkable stability against the US dollar in the year 2023, marking the least volatility witnessed in nearly three decades. The local currency experienced a marginal depreciation of 0.5 per cent against the greenback. The last time the Indian unit exhibited such stability was in 1994, when it appreciated by 0.4 per cent, according to information.
The stability was attributed to the Reserve Bank of India’s timely intervention in the foreign exchange market, both in terms of selling and buying dollars. Market participants said that the timely intervention protected the local currency from weakening further to 84 per US dollar during the year.Recent reports suggest that the RBI's strategic interventions may play a crucial role in tempering the Rupee's appreciation. Despite favourable projections, the central bank's proactive measures are anticipated to act as a balancing force in the foreign exchange landscape.

(Ira Singh, Asstt Editor, Gandhinagar)


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