Sri Lanka Rupee free fall continues to a record low against US Dollar, more pain predicted- Standard Chartered

The value of the Rupee against the US Dollar fell to a new low of Rs. 171 for the first time in it’s history yesterday.

According to the exchange rates issued yesterday by the Central Bank the selling price of a US Dollar was Rs. 171.42 and the buying rate was Rs. 167.55.

Standard Chartered Plc. is predicting more pain for the Sri Lankan rupee, which has been setting a string of record lows amid surging oil prices and a rout in emerging-market assets.

The island nation’s rupee has dropped more than 10 percent against the dollar this year, approaching the record-breaking declines suffered by neighbor India’s rupee.

The nation’s current-account deficit, low foreign-currency reserves and rising oil prices are likely to weigh down on the currency, Divya Devesh, head of ASEAN and South-Asia Forex research, said by email. He is predicting the rupee to decline to 175 per dollar by year-end. The currency traded at a record low of 170.06 at 10:30 a.m. local time.

The government has taken measures to narrow the current account deficit including curbing of non-essential imports. Still the deficit is likely to remain close to 2.5 percent of gross domestic product, Saurav Anand, South Asia economist at Standard Chartered, said in an email. The country will continue to be dependent on external borrowings to finance the deficit amid rising yields, Anand said.

Categories: Business, Local News, Sri Lanka


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