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August 6, 2019

Yuan, Kashmir send India’s rupee to biggest plunge since 2013

Business

August 6, 2019

Mumbai: India’s rupee slid the most since September 2013 as the government scrapped the special status for the troubled Jammu and Kashmir state, heightening political uncertainty amid a sell-off in the region’s currencies, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

The rupee weakened 1.6 percent to end at 70.7325 per dollar in Mumbai. The yield on the 10-year bond rose four basis points to 6.39 percent, reversing some of last week’s losses.

India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, a move that risks deepening the deteriorating security situation in the disputed region at a time when escalating global trade tensions is battering markets across Asia. China’s yuan fell past 7 per dollar for the first time since 2008 amid speculation Beijing was allowing its currency to weaken to counter President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat.

“The worries over the political situation in Kashmir and the yuan depreciation are weighing on the currency,” said Paresh Nayar, currency and money markets head at FirstRand Ltd. in Mumbai.

The rupee had gained for a second successive month in July as investors found India’s debt assets attractive amid a growing pile of negative-yielding debt globally. The currency also benefited from a fiscally prudent budget and the government’s decision to sell debt offshore.

“The market has been short on dollars and we saw positions beginning to flip late Friday,” said Anindya Banerjee, a currency strategist at Kotak Securities Ltd. “A break of 70.50 may see 71.50 being the next level.”

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