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Rupee breaches 80 per US dollar to hit record low

The rupee touched an all-time low of 80.05 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday, PTI reported.

During initial trade, the rupee opened at 80 against the dollar and then declined to 80.05, a fall of 7 paise from its last close.

On Monday, the currency had touched the 80-mark briefly against the dollar for the first time ever, according to PTI. It, however, ended the session at 79.98.

Market experts said that the risk for the rupee to weaken further remains.

“Oil prices, especially, remain a bit volatile, while external headwinds on account of Fed [US Federal Reserve] tightening may continue,” said Dhiraj Nim, economist and FX strategist at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, according to Bloomberg. “The trade imbalance also remains wide.”

Sriram Iyer, senior research analyst at Reliance Securities told PTI that lack of intervention from the Reserve Bank of India to arrest the currency’s decline could weigh on sentiments.

Though, the central bank had last week introduced a new mechanism for international trade settlements in rupees and announced measures to draw more forex inflows into the country.

On Monday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the value of the rupee has depreciated by around 25% against the dollar since December 2014, according to ANI.

She attributed the rupee’s sharp fall to the rise in prices of crude oil and the war between Russia and Ukraine.

In response to a starred question in the Lok Sabha, Sitharaman, however, also said that the rupee has strengthened in comparison to other major global currencies.

“Currencies such as the British pound, the Japanese yen and the Euro have weakened more than the Indian rupee against the US dollar,” she told the Lower House. “And therefore, the Indian rupee has strengthened against these currencies in 2022.”

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