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More pressure in store for the rupee: Barclays

August 27, 2013 17:05 IST

Emerging market currencies including Indian rupee are likely to remain under pressure, though depreciation is expected to slow from here, Barclays said in a research report.

According to the global financial services major, India is among those countries with "external vulnerabilities and questionable inflation targeting frameworks" along with Turkey, South Africa and Indonesia.

Barclays is bearish on Turkish Lira, Indonesian Rupiah, South African Rand and the Indian Rupee.

"We remain bearish on TRY, IDR, ZAR and INR for now, although we do not forecast steep currency selloffs in any of these cases going forward," Barclays said in a research note.

The report noted that domestic inflation pressures have driven some emerging market central banks, including Brazil's, into action and more central bank measures could follow, but added that "India's decision to tinker with capital controls only brought renewed funding pressures, setting an example for the rest the EM space."

Rupee has witnessed a significant fall in recent weeks, despite the RBI's efforts to stabilise the currency through monetary tightening measures.

The rupee tumbled to an all-time intra-day low of 66 per dollar on Tuesday on heavy month-end demand of the US currency from importers and banks amid sharp fall in the equity market.

Earlier this week, Barclays in a separate report, had said India's efforts to curb imports, improve exports and attract greater remittances may help it almost fully fund its Current Account Deficit this fiscal, and also help the rupee recover to 61-level against the US dollar in the next 6-12 months.

"We expect the INR at 61/USD in 6-12 months, which partly reflects the current account improvement," it had said.

Barclays had further said, in the near-term, rupee weakness could persist, especially in the absence of policy initiatives to quickly boost capital flows. 

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