PKR gains 38 paisa against USD in interbank market

September 8, 2021 (MLN): Continuing the seesaw pattern, the Pakistani rupee (PKR) managed to gain 38 paisa against the greenback in today's interbank session as the currency closed the day's trade at PKR 167.25.

Yesterday, the local unit had closed at PKR 167.63 per USD.

The rupee traded within a narrow range of 50 paisa per USD showing an intraday high bid of 167.75 and a Low intraday offer of 167.30.

Though the rupee held some ground today in the open market, it is still under the mounting pressure of unfavorable macros and Afghanistan's situation.

Asad Rizvi, the Former Treasury Head at Chase Manhattan said, US Dollar is gradually inching up. The question is that what can stop the ongoing one-sided rally to arrest the rupee fall.

“Financial market in Afghanistan is still BRITTLE,” he added.

Expressing his views on the PKR rally, Ali Khizar, Economist, Tweeted, “Markets are jittery on the falling PKR/USD. Some criticize PKR volatility- well, this graph shows that PKR volatility is less than many other currencies relative to USD.  People are pegging from recent PKR peak at 152 in May '21.”

In a series of Tweets, he said that they need to look for over two years since PKR is market-based. Its volatility is much less.

People/investors need to mature as moving from fixed to the flexible (market-based) exchange rate. In the 1990s, the PKR movement was in chunks; in the 2000s, it was sticky with sudden significant adjustments.

“Now it is moving daily. Fundamentals and sentiments both play a role. Sentiments need maturity. That comes with time—no need to panic. As PKR from its value on Jul 19 is down by mere 3 percent today,” he added. 

Highlighting the reasons behind PKR depreciation, he noted, “Import growth is beating forecast – no economic overheating – primarily due to rising commodity prices- these are mean-reverting, and so would PKR.”

In addition, uncertainty on the economic/political front is also accumulating pressure on PKR.

With regards to IMF, “wait till October- need to take actions on energy pricing. Energy pricing revision -gas and petroleum will curtail demand and would lower CD and fiscal deficit,” he noted.

Over FATF, “politics is swinging slowly in favor of Pakistan,” he anticipated.

He also underlined that the spillover effect of Afghanistan's ongoing situation and disturbing dollar demand could change with unfreezing Afghan's reserves, which depends on stability in Afghanistan.

While discussing the outlook of the local unit, he said that any change pertaining to Afghanistan and IMF would affect the sentiments. Exports will start looking forward, and importers will get slow – PKR is likely to appreciate by 2-3 percent in the short term.

While for the medium term, he noted, “work on building avenues for sustainable FE flows -exports, import-substitution, and FDI – for these, flexible exchange rate and independent monetary policy are imperative.”

Within the Open Market, PKR traded at 167.25/168.60 per USD.

The domestic unit has depreciated by 5.80% or PKR 9.70 in the fiscal year-to-date against the USD. Similarly, the rupee has weakened by 4.43% or PKR 7.41 in CY21, with the month-to-date (MTD) position showing a decline of 0.52%, as per data compiled by Mettis Global.

Meanwhile, the currency gained 1.5 rupees against the Pound Sterling as the day's closing quote stood at PKR 230.1 per GBP, while the previous session closed at PKR 231.57 per GBP.

Similarly, PKR's value strengthened by 1.1 rupees against EUR which closed at PKR 197.81 at the interbank today.

On another note, within the money market, the overnight repo rate towards the close of the session was 7.10/7.20 percent, whereas the 1-week rate was 7.08/7.15 percent.

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Posted on: 2021-09-08T16:38:00+05:00

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