Forex Market Insights

Forex Market Insights

Trade Promotion Council of India has associated with Myforexeye Insights to bring a weekly newsletter on forex market insights for Indian exporters. The newsletter will regularly track the movement of the Indian rupee vis-a-vis other currencies and give you a sense of possible movements and market sentiments in the upcoming week.

The newsletter is aimed at providing businesses with vital inputs on currency market trends that can enable them to make more informed business decisions.

Weekly Forex Insights June 22-28, 2024
Recently, we've seen the US dollar gain strength, with the US$ Index approaching 106.00. This comes despite the Fed's forecast of only one small rate cut this year. The market seems skeptical about the Fed's plans, especially after the recent soft inflation data. Looking ahead, we're expecting key economic indicators this week, including consumer confidence, housing data, and GDP figures.
Weekly Forex Market Insights July 30th - August 05th
Stocks closed the week higher, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average recording its 13th straight daily gain on Wednesday, the longest winning streak since 1987.  Friday saw a sharp rise in stocks as the core PCE price index increased 0.2% in June (down from 0.3% in May), showing a year-over-year increase of 4.1%, slightly below expectations and the slowest growth since September 2021.
Weekly Forex Market Insights July 23 - July 29
The majority of prominent U.S. equity indexes surged with optimism, driven by the belief that the tight labor market and easing inflation would safeguard the economy from a severe downturn. In June, retail sales showed a substantial increase of 0.2%, which was lower than the anticipated 0.5%. However, there were upward revisions to the May data, leading to a growth rate of 0.5% for that month, up from the initial reading of 0.3%.
Weekly Forex Market Insight July 09 - 15 July
Stocks ended the week lower in a relatively calm market, influenced by the shortened holiday week and investors anticipating second-quarter earnings reports. The release of the Federal Reserve's meeting minutes on Wednesday played a significant role in investor sentiment, as it raised the expectations of further interest rate hikes in the year.
Weekly Forex Market Insight May 28 - June 3
Investors kept a close eye out for any indications of progress in the talks to raise the US debt ceiling as the major benchmarks ended mixed. Debt ceiling talks resumed this week, but minimal progress led to market declines. However, signs of renewed momentum on Friday sparked a market rally. The dollar achieved its third consecutive weekly gain by Friday, as market participants increased their expectations of prolonged higher interest rates.
Weekly Forex Market Insight May 21 - May 27
The S&P 500 Index surpassed 4,200 for the first time since late August, driven by a positive shift in debt ceiling negotiations. Economic news generally met expectations, but a few surprises caught market attention. April's retail sales rose by 0.4%, slower than anticipated and reflecting the pandemic's impact with the slowest annual growth. The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note's yield spiked during the course of the past week, reportedly driven higher by the manufacturing and jobs figures.
Weekly Forex Market Insight May 14 - May 20
The economic calendar for the week was generally somewhat light, although it did contain some much awaited US inflation statistics. As the flood of first-quarter earnings reports came to a close, the major indices ended the week with a mixed performance. US inflation slowed modestly in April. On an annualized basis, the US CPI increased 4.9% in April. The number was projected to remain at the March-registered 5% level.
Weekly Forex Market Insight May 07 - May 13
The Fed raised interest rates by 25 basis points on May 3, as anticipated, bringing the benchmark fed funds rate to its anticipated range of 5.00% to 5.25%. Fed Chair Powell made a strong suggestion at the press conference that the Fed funds rate may be close to its high for this cycle. After three rises of 0.5% this year, the ECB increased its benchmark deposit rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.25%, as anticipated.
Weekly Forex Market Insight April 30 - May 06
As attention centered on the most active week of quarterly earnings reports for the season, US stocks experienced mixed returns. Nearly half of the S&P 500's significant gains were accounted for by gains in just four stocks: Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Facebook parent Meta Platforms. In the midst of the turbulence leading up to the Fed’s policy meeting the following week, where another quarter-point rate hike is generally anticipated, U.S. Treasury yields slightly fell.
Weekly Forex Market Insight April 23 - April 29
Following a week where first-quarter profit announcements appeared to steal the show from a relatively light economic calendar, the main benchmarks in the US ended mixed. Thursday’s report on jobless claims showed increasing weakness in the labour market, signaling a possible interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve in May.
Weekly Forex Market Insight April 16 - April 22
The week began with a Monday holiday in parts of Europe and the United States and also a local holiday in India on Friday, exhibiting a four-day trading week in respective nations. The CPI for the US dropped to 5% YoY, while core inflation remained at 5.6% YoY. The FOMC minutes included staff predictions of a "mild recession" this year. The dollar index, which compares the value of the dollar against its six major peers, dropped to a roughly one-year low of 100.78 this week.
Weekly Forex Market Insight April 09 - April 15
The week was holiday-shortened as most markets were closed for some native and global holidays. But the global market still had some surprises to give by starting the week with a sudden oil output cut by OPEC+ and rising oil prices. When the Labor Department reported on Tuesday that job postings decreased far more than anticipated in February, recession worries in the US worsened, and expectations for lower interest rates appeared. This is happening when the banking industry is considering tightening the requirements for bank lending, which would put more downward pressure on consumers and businesses.
Weekly Forex Market Insight April 02 - April 08
The week marked the end of the first quarter of 2023, as well as the end of the Indian and the Japanese fiscal years 2022–23. Japan’s stock market saw a rise as the worries over the financial instability in the international banking sector took a step back and the possibility of the U.S. Fed cutting off its monetary tightening policy helped to lift sentiments. The CPI for Tokyo declined for the second straight month in March and went above the BOJ’s 2% inflation target. The rupee strengthened as a result of speculation about capital inflows and a slight improvement in risk sentiment.
Weekly Forex Market Insight March 26 - April 1
Global stock markets swooned on Friday as fear about contagion among banking shares of lenders such as Deutsche Bank, with the flight from risk supporting the dollar and pushing bond yields lower. Market sentiment collapsed ahead of a sell-off in Deutsche shares, which tumbled to as much as 15%, as its credit default swaps, reflecting the cost of insuring debt against the risk of non-payment, inched to their highest in more than four years.  
Weekly Forex Market Insight March 19 - March 25
Worried about the banking shares, top power brokers including U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Fed Chair Jerome Powell and JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon joined together to present an unmatched rescue deal on Thursday. The lenders have said, they had also borrowed up to $109 billion from the U.S. Fed combined with an additional funding of $10 billion from the Federal Home Loan Bank on Thursday.
Weekly Forex Market Insight March 12 - March 18
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak commented about his discussion with the US and EU on worries ahead of the US Inflation Reduction Act in the midst of concerns which could make European markets hopeless. Worries persist in Europe that the US subsidies (US$369 billion) for electric vehicles and other clean technologies could lead the corporates based on the continent to a downside.
Weekly Forex Market Insight February 26-March 4
China's business activity data after the lunar New Year break will project a guidance about the fitness of the world's number-two economy. China's reopening came aggressive after a three-year break. U.S. durable goods orders, home prices along with manufacturing and consumer confidence reports cautioned to concrete expectations of more Fed rate hikes and to kick out the year beginning stocks rally.
Forex Market Insights, February 19-25, 2023
The US labor market is still hot and labor demand continues to run ahead of supply, resulting businesses remaining reluctant to shed employees. Along with hawkish comments from two Fed officials last week, the market forecasts for three more Fed rate hikes this year. The data impacted some investors to begin tracking for more tightening. The DXY index hit a six-week high as traders ramped up challenges for Fed rate hikes.
Forex Market Insights Newsletter December 5-9, 2022
November turned out to be a defining moment for global currencies with dollar tumbling and all other currencies staging a substantial recovery. Dollar’s collapse started with US inflation (Consumer Price Index Oct’22) printing lower than market expectations and subsequent decline in bond yields. US Fed chief Jerome Powell’s less than hawkish comments on future inflation/interest rate trajectory added more fuel to the ‘collapsing dollar’ fire. Cooling inflation in the US lead to large scale re-adjustments in the global financial markets on their pre-conceived high inflation notion that was till now driving dollar strength. Most international currencies recouped significantly and so did major Asian currencies.
Forex Market Insights Newsletter Nov 28-Dec 2
Last month of the year is awaited soon but there's no time yet to slow down, with latest US jobs numbers and euro zone inflation data coming up. Investor sentiment remains hawkish on grounds that the Fed will soon slow the pace of its aggressive rate hikes. A record number of COVID-19 infections and new lockdowns across China have threatened hopes of a reopening of the world's No. 2 economy in the first quarter of 2023.
Forex Market Insights November 14-18, 2022
The selling pressure gathers further steam and drags the dollar to new 3-month lows in the 106.70 region when gauged by the US$ Index at the end of the week. Dollar struggles with the biggest two-day drop in nearly 14 years and peaking US inflation means less aggressive rate hikes from the Fed. The rupee appreciated to 80.795 in this week following a massive volatility compared to previous week’s close of 82.44, a handsome recovery of 2%. Major cues for US$/INR pair are expected from the first readings of the US MCS for November, combined with the updates from China and Fed speech.
Forex Market Insights November 7-11, 2022
10-year Treasury yields refreshed to a one-week high to 4.22% before retreating to 4.15%. Notably, the US 2-year bond coupons rose to the highest levels since 2007. With the Fed maintaining its hawkish stance on monetary policy and lifting interest rates 75 bps, we believe the Central Bank of Mexico will match that pace of tightening next week. FOMC prefers to hike by 50 bps in December. But hot economic data could force the Committee's hand to once again go 75 bps. On the domestic front, Indian Rupee rose to the highest levels of 83.18, remaining vulnerable to global economic data releases. Firmer Treasury yields, and hawkish Fed bets keep market participants hopeful. Additionally, firmer oil prices resulting in a record deficit also impact the local currency.
Forex Market Insights October 31 to November 4, 2022
Last week data releases signaled a new record high inflation reading in Germany during September with the annual rate reaching 10.4%. The ECB and the US Fed will continue to tighten monetary conditions, which is positive for both the Euro and the US Dollar. Interest rate differentials and peak objectives amid the current high inflationary outlook would favor the US Dollar. On the domestic front, US$/INR pair struggled to cross the hurdle of 82.40 wherein DXY index experienced a minor correction after failing to sustain above the critical resistance of 110.50.
Forex market insights October 17-21, 2022
The dollar accelerated its journey against Japanese yen, hitting a fresh 32-year peak of 148.86, its highest levels since 1990. On the data front, the US government released CPI data for September last Thursday. The core CPI, which excludes food and energy, increased 6.6% from a year ago, which is the highest core inflation reading since 1982 keeps pressure on FOMC to be aggressive. UK data offered increasing signs of a slowing economy, though August GDP surprisingly dipped 0.3% mom and services activity slid 0.1%, while industrial output dropped 1.8%.
Forex Market Insights October 10-14
The US Data released in recent times reported that non-farm payrolls increased by 263,000 in September - slightly above forecast - with the jobless rate dipping to 3.5%, below expectations. Markets are currently pricing in a 92% chance of a 75-bps increase for next month's FOMC meeting. Further, the employment report portrayed the economy was not in recession despite GDP contracting in the first half. But risks of a downturn next year are increasing as the Fed ramps up its fight against inflation. India's foreign exchange reserves fell to US$ 532.66 billion in the week through Sept. 30, their lowest level since July 2020, the Reserve Bank of India's weekly statistical supplement showed last week. The country's reserves declined for a ninth continuous week. Domestic currency breached the key 82 per dollar level this week, having weakened for four straight weeks, with investors awaiting the RBI’s intervention.
Forex Market Insights October 3-7, 2022
Wall Street and global stocks slid continuously last week, with government bond yields and dollar holding near recent peaks, as higher-than-forecasted US inflation restricted a worst third quarter for world markets. In the first nine months of 2022, Wall Street struggled continuously for three straight quarterly declines, the longest losing streak for S&P at 3,585.62, while the Nasdaq at 10,575.62 ahead of the Great Recession and Dow's longest in 7 years. RBI also raised repo rate by 50 bps to 5.90% to maintain a gap between US and domestic rates to eliminate further losses in the domestic currency.
Forex Market Insights September 24-30
The rupee tumbled to a low of 80.86 against a US$ on Thursday as compared to its previous day's close at 79.98. This is the biggest single-day slump in 7 months followed by an all-time low of 81.23 in Friday's session. The aggressive rate hike by the Fed may force the RBI to go for a sharp increase in the repo rate. The RBI Monetary Policy meeting is scheduled during Sep 28-30, where it is widely expected to hike the key rate by 35 to 50 bps at the end of this month.
Forex Market Insights September 19-23
US stocks ended the week in the red, falling to two-month lows as warning of an upcoming global slowdown quickened the investor’s flight to safety at the conclusion of a turbulent week. Due to the economic pressure across the board along with Fed meeting next week where central bank is widely expected to raise rates by 75 bps. Some traders are betting on a 100 bps increase. The Indian government has amended the Foreign Trade Policy to allow international trade invoicing, payment and settlement in the Indian rupee, activating the mechanism announced by the Reserve Bank of India to facilitate trade in the domestic currency.
Forex Market Insights Newsletter September 12-16, 2022
US benchmark 2-year treasury yields shot up to a 14-year high of 3.57%. Long-term yield stayed at 3.32%, below the 11-year high of 3.498% as market participants accepted the view that more interest rate hikes are required from the US Fed. DXY index didn’t show much reaction to comments made by the Fed president], settling at 109.00 by the end of the week. US$/INR remains in a range bound trade between 79.00 to 80.00 levels since last month. The last lot of Fed speeches starts from this weekend and will be important to watch for clear directions.
Forex Market Insights September 5-9
DXY index rallied to a fresh 20-year high last week at 109.99 impacted by US data, which left the DXY on track for a 0.5% weekly gain; even as it tried to recover from a knee-jerk sell-off and settled at 109.46 by the end of the week. On the domestic front, last week was a highly volatile week for the US$/INR pair. Data from the IMF indicating that India overtook the UK to become the world’s 5th largest economy provided a big boost in confidence.
Forex Market Insights September 29-August 2
Last week was a critical week for Euro as, it became worth less than a US dollar. EUR/US$ pair tumbled to new 20-year lows near US$ 0.99 in a visible sign of the challenges facing the zone, not least an energy crisis hitting the euro zone harder than elsewhere, although the pair recovered after the Jackson hole symposium which happened on Friday. Coming to India, the RBI is likely to intervene at key levels of 79.90, thus providing an opportunity to buy the pair on dips. But it remains a speculation whether the RBI will continue to intervene in the market for long...
Forex Market Insights, August 21-27, 2022
Russia held onto its spot as China's top oil supplier for a third consecutive month in July, with China increasing purchases of cheap supplies, while cutting shipments from rival suppliers such as Angola and Brazil. China's coal imports from Russia jumped 14% in July from a year earlier to their highest level in at least five years. Jackson Hole Symposium will be closely watched in the markets in the coming week in light of concerns on over tightening monetary policy amidst numerous challenges. The rupee depreciated from a three-week high as it took offers to refresh intraday low near 79.70 during the initial Asian session. Indian rupee bets on softer oil prices and the latest positive signals from the RBI. In the coming week we have no major data scheduled, which in turn directs risk catalysts for fresh impulse.
Forex Market Insights Newsletter August 14-20, 2022
A memorable week – dollar index surged to its highest levels since Nov ’02, sending major currencies to multi-year bottoms. Euro plunged to an abyss not seen after Dec’02, very close to the much talked about ‘parity to dollar’. Global focus is gradually shifting towards fear of recession from the earlier worries of high inflation. Even though global commodity prices have cooled off significantly from their peaks, energy prices (oil and gas) continue to remain high. It's going to be a tough tight rope walk for global Central Bank policy makers.
Forex Market Insights August 7-13, 2022
Taming rigid, multi-decade high inflation continued to be the focus of Central Banks around the world. After Fed and ECB, RBI and Bank of England increased their benchmark interest rates by 50 bps last week. Despite the IMF revising global growth projections downwards and rising risks of recession, RBI retained GDP growth projection for 2022-23 at 7.2%. Geo-political worries (increased uncertainties around US-China confrontation on Taiwan) will keep financial markets nervous and boost demand for safe haven assets.
Forex Market Insights Newsletter July 31-August 6, 2022
Just when market participants thought that the Indian Rupee will only weaken, the Indian unit opened stronger on Friday and closed the week at 79.25, a significant gain over the previous day’s close of 79.75. The domestic currency was supported by general dollar weakness and hawkish comments from the IMF. On the global front US Fed hiked the key policy rates by 75 bps, as expected, to 2.25%-2.50% and there are expectations of a further 75 bps rate hike in September.
Forex Market Insights July 24-30, 2022
US$/INR hovered around the top psychological 80 mark last week, as the former moderated Thursday’s losses. Rupee depreciation resulted in trade deficit hitting record levels in the past two months, driven by the highest monthly import bill of more than US$ 60 billion. Imports value shot up primarily due to increased global energy prices and a slipping rupee, which can further broaden the current account gap.
Forex Market Insights Newsletter, July 17-23, 2022
The Indian Rupee touched an all-time low of 79.95 in Friday’s Indian trading Session during a dollar bull rally ahead of firmer oil prices, higher US inflation rate  coupled with recession fears. Call buyers have an upper hand when compared to the bear traders in the current scenario. On the global front, the DXY remained firm around 108.60 after regaining a two-decade high of 109.28 in the previous week.
Forex Market Insights - July 10-16, 2022
A memorable week – dollar index surged to its highest levels since Nov ’02, sending major currencies to multi-year bottoms. Euro plunged to an abyss not seen after Dec’02, very close to the much talked about ‘parity to dollar’. Global focus is gradually shifting towards fear of recession from the earlier worries of high inflation. Even though global commodity prices have cooled off significantly from their peaks, energy prices (oil and gas) continue to remain high. It's going to be a tough tightrope walk for global Central Bank policy makers – control sky high inflation or encourage economic growth.
Forex Market Insights, July 3-9, 2022
All-time record depreciation of the Indian Rupee at 79.13 and increasing interest rates could hit domestic corporates that relied on on overseas loans riding low-interest rates, as rating companies begin to relook at them. Companies with major business revenues generated in rupees will be more vulnerable to a downgrade. Indian rupee pair’s recent gains could be linked to firmer oil prices at around US$ 110. Due to heavy dependence on energy imports domestically, strong oil prices pressurized the rupee amid a record budget deficit.
Forex Market Insights Newsletter June 25 to July 2
The interest rate differential has been shrunk between the dollar and the Rupee. The US central bank has hiked the Fed interest rate by 175 bps till date, while the RBI has raised it by only 90 bps, thus resulting in an 8-year low of annualized premiums of Indian rupee; which is 2.5% now compared to the previous of 4%. Brent has been continuously trading above $105 per barrel, despite falling from a high of $125 in the near term; wherein our domestic imports consist of 83% of oil, resulting in an increase in CAD.
Forex Market Insights Newsletter June 19-25, 2022
The EUR/US$ continued its slide after falling below 1.0500 and breached a fresh intraday low of 1.0450. Followed by the continued dollar strength, the EUR/US$ looks to end the second straight week in the red. Meanwhile, the Swiss National Bank's shocking 50 basis point rate hike provided strength to the CHF against the dollar and US$/CHF ended last week at the 0.9697 level. Further to a two-day slide, the US Dollar Index, which tracks the dollar's strength against a basket of six major currencies, turned its direction and ignored its weekly losses. The DXY rose more than 1% on the day at 105.00.
Forex Market Insights Newsletter June 12-18, 2022
The US$ index (DXY) was trading in an unusual manner on Friday followed by Thursday’s heavy volatility to the area beyond the 103.00 levels. Extreme sell-off in the ‘risk complex’ added extra pressure after the ECB did not sound as hawkish as expected at its event on Thursday, leading to added pressure, while pushing the index to fresh multi-week highs past the 103.00 yardstick. In the US$ session on Friday, treasury yields and the long end of the curve appear to be smoothening compared to a continuing uptrend in the short end.
Forex Market Insights June 5-11, 2022
Non-farm payroll growth breached the forecast for last month in the US, with employers adding 390,000 jobs. Unemployment rate remain steady at 3.6%, but labor force growth inched higher and wages rose only modestly. The Indian rupee continued to trade in a narrow band in spite of marginal gains in global and domestic equities. Volatility remained low for the entire week. Trends indicate a strong possibility for rupee recovery.
Forex Market Insights Newsletter May 29-June 4
The Indian rupee inched slightly higher to close at 77.59 at the end of the week, taking cues from positive domestic equities and dollar weakness across global markets. It hovered in a narrow range with pressure from elevated crude oil prices, fiscal deficit concerns and persistent NSE. Dollar regained after US preliminary GDP number came in below estimates...
Forex Market Insights Newsletter; May 22-28, 2022
The US$/INR hit an all-time low intraday level of 77.79 last week, wherein RBI was said to have been selling dollars near the 77.70 level after the rupee began the day on a historical opening low. Indian equity ended the volatile week on a positive note, rallying up to 3% and logging their biggest intraday gains in more than three months...
Forex Market Insights May 15-21, 2022
The dollar index sky rocketed to a 20-year peak, sending international major currencies and Asian currencies plunging into multi-year bottoms. US inflation continues to trend higher and the Fed reiterates their stand on taking remedial actions, indicating more hikes. Inflation was higher in China and India as well and this could complicate matters for policy makers in the growth vs inflation debate. With crude prices persisting at elevated levels and the Russia-Ukraine war showing no signs of cooling off, inflationary pressures could dominate 2022. No wonder there is a massive flight to risk aversion...
Forex Market Insights May 8-14, 2022
An eventful week for the financial markets, which kept market participants at the edge of their seats. A scheduled rate hike from Fed and BoE to an unscheduled one from RBI ensured enough volatility in the system. Fed’s tightening policy would continue on track after the non-farm payrolls number expands in April. Emerging market currencies closed in red, but hopes of dollar inflows for LIC IPO took the Rupee a tad below 76...
Forex Market Insights May 2-8, 2022
The Chinese Yuan directed Asian currencies this week after weakening to 6.65 against the US dollar, with oil rising amid Moscow cutting off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria. As Yen and Euro hit 20-year and 5-year lows respectively, the dollar is flying high on hopes of a 0.5% rate hike at the May 4 Fed meeting, as the interest rate gap increases between these economies. Recessionary fears loom as US economy contracted first time in 2 years...
Forex Market Insights Newsletter April 24-30
Inflation has prompted IMF to lower the economic growth forecast for the globe by nearly a full percentage point. If Western countries expand their sanctions against Russia, a 2-month long war could prompt a further increase in inflation. US treasury yields have rocketed, causing capital outflows from Asian economies (read China & India) on aggressive rate hike expectations from US and Europe. Markets are eagerly awaiting for the Fed's next rate action in May as well as the RBI's expected response...
Forex Market Insights Newsletter April 18-23
IMF has lowered the global growth forecast due to worsening supply bottlenecks (read Chinese lockdowns) and higher inflation caused by Ukraine crisis as Russian President Vladimir Putin warns of Western countries phasing out Russian gas imports. Single currency slid towards a two year low against the dollar after a dovish ECB policy, increasing the interest rate gap between US/UK and Eurozone. In a short week for the Indian markets, the Rupee closed the week at a low after local inflation rose beyond central bank’s tolerance level.
Forex Market Insights Newsletter April 11-17
US FOMC meeting minutes strongly indicated a 50bps rate hike as early as May while reducing the Fed’s balance sheet by $95bn monthly; leading the US yield curve to steepen after having inverted recently. After a heightened expectation of more than 2% additional Fed funds rate hikes in 2022, the dollar reached for the skies as most global currencies weakened. The rupee took cue from the central bank’s monetary policy meeting where key interest rates were left unchanged...
Forex Market Insights Newsletter, April 4-10, 2022
Interest rate hikes are here with expectations of further increases in months to come. Most US Federal Reserve members have been bullish with favourable economic data. As Ukraine-Russia peace talks seem to make headway, financial markets are taking a breather. Volatile oil prices have kept demand in control, though US President wants to release strategic oil reserves to combat inflation. The much awaited LIC IPO didn’t see the light of the day in March but fingers are crossed as the DRHP deadline - May first week comes closer...
Forex Market Insights Newsletter, March 27-April 1, 2022
Crude oil prices ruled the market trends this week, taking other metal commodities along. Apart from G7 tackling the Ukraine-Russia war situation, few FOMC members reiterated Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell’s prognosis of higher interest rates in 2022, especially during the next May meeting. The better than expected initial jobless claims from US ensured that the dollar retained its shine and it sharply rose against its counterpart – Japanese Yen, taken as a safe-haven till now.
Forex Market Insights March 20-26, 2022
Global central banks have clearly indicated that they are concerned about economies going into stagflation, with US and UK hiking their cost of borrowings. The ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has kept the stance dovish for the short term due to high energy prices. Japan has retained the stimulus, though post-April, they seek to raise rates too. Equities around the world ended the week on a positive, though Indian investors are keeping an eye on the LIC IPO dates. Retail inflation in India is still above the RBI’s tolerance ceiling. Is RBI under pressure to also follow the rest as India sees about US$ 5 billion outflow in first 2 weeks of March?  
Forex Market Insights - 13-19 March, 2022
The fact that US inflation is at a 40-year high, is expected to propel a rate hike by the Fed this week. Market speculations expect a rate hike of around 25bps, but the Fed Chair is known to surprise financial markets again and again. The European Central Bank has already started talking hawkishly compared to their last meeting. The Bank of England has raised rates twice and is due to meet the coming week. Meanwhile, even as the rupee continues to face immense volatility, the LIC IPO is much awaited by Rupee bulls, as it could propel a return to Indian equities...

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