Rupee to stabilise on its own, finance ministry official says currency depreciation not due to domestic factors
The rupee hit a life low of Rs 71.57 to a US dollar earlier on Tuesday, making imports costlier and putting price pressures
Rupee slides further by 15 paise to end at fresh lifetime low of 70.74 on month-end demand for US dollars from importers
In the day trade, the rupee plunged to a record low of 70.90 to the dollar as firming oil prices fanned fears of widening current account deficit.
Moody's expects the current account deficit to widen to 2.5 percent of GDP in the fiscal year ending March 2019, from 1.5 percent in fiscal 2018.
Widening CAD to increase borrowing costs, bring down volume of fresh forex loans: India Ratings report
The widening current account deficit (CAD), which is projected to cross 2.6 percent of GDP this year, coupled with the rupee plunge, is likely to increase borrowing costs for corporates and bring down the overall volume of fresh forex loans, says a India Ratings report
Singapore was the largest source of FDI during April-June 2018-19 with $6.52 billion, followed by Mauritius ($1.5 billion), Japan ($874 million), the Netherlands ($836 million), the UK ($648 million), and the US ($348 million).
Current account deficit to hit 2.8% of GDP in FY19 on surge in crude oil prices, moderate growth in exports: SBI report
The merchandise trade imbalance is also expected to rise to $188 billion in FY19, compared with $160 billion in FY18, according to SBI research report
Current account deficit to widen to 2.5% of GDP in FY19 due to higher oil prices, says Moody's, experts
A further widening of the CAD is expected in 2018-19 to around 2.4 percent of GDP, due to a further increase in the oil import bill and the impact of rupee depreciation on import costs.
With rising oil prices, depreciating rupee and outflow of portfolio investments, there are concerns that current account deficit might rise in the current fiscal.
India's oil import bill to jump by $26 billion as depreciating rupee renders imported crude costlier
India, which imports over 80 percent of its oil needs, spent $87.7 billion (Rs 5.65 lakh crore) on importing 220.43 million tonne (MT) of crude oil in 2017-18
Increase in gold imports pushed the country's trade deficit to $157 billion in the last fiscal, an increase of about 45 percent as compared to the year-ago period.
Gold imports fell by 25 percent to $8.43 billion in the first quarter of the current fiscal due to sliding prices of the metal in both global and domestic markets
The rupee is expected to strengthen, and by the end of this financial year rupee is likely to be near 66, and by end-2019-20 at around 66.5.
Freefalling rupee: Amid the currency's crash, Moody's says India least vulnerable to US dollar strengthening
"India's significant build-up of foreign exchange reserves in recent years to all-time highs provides a support buffer to help mitigate external vulnerability risk," said the US-based rating agency
he rupee has shed 7.7 percent so far this year at its record low, making it the worst performing currency in Asia
Decisions on taxation of fuels would have to be taken and the present relief provided by OPEC should be leveraged to take a concerted view.
CAD at 2.5% of GDP not worrisome, govt has required instruments in place to deal with outflows: Subhash Chandra Garg
With rising oil prices, depreciating rupee and outflow of portfolio investments, there are concerns that CAD might rise in the current fiscal.
According to the RBI data, the CAD for last fiscal widened to 1.9 percent of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) from 0.6 percent in 2016-17
Moody's expects the government to meet its fiscal deficit target of 3.3 percent for 2018-19, based on its commitment to gradual fiscal consolidation and budget assumptions which appear achievable, it said in a statement
The Narendra Modi government has been lucky on the monsoons and oil front in the first four years, but external sector risks will be testing it in the crucial fifth year, according to ratings agency Crisil
According to SBI Ecowrap, every $10/barrel increase in oil price results in additional import bill of $8 billion