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Hedging tools can address worries over rupee volatility: RBI

RBI deputy governor Subir Gokarn said the central bank is evaluating the possible impact of China's move on the yuan, especially on the rupee exchange rate and trade and capital flows

Investors need not worry about the immediate volatility in the exchange value of the rupee vis-à-vis the US dollar in the wake of China allowing the yuan to appreciate against the American currency, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) deputy governor Subir Gokarn said today, reports PTI.

He based his optimism on hedging tools available. "In a scenario where the hedging opportunity is available and relatively accessible, I do not think we should worry on the short-term impact of volatility," he said.

"Volatility per se is not the issue. The issue is per se whether investors have the means to hedge themselves against it," he said adding that the RBI has allowed currency futures for investors to hedge against risks.

The rupee gained 58 paise to 45.58 a dollar in early trade today.

China on Saturday said it would "proceed further with the reform" of the yuan exchange rate regime to "enhance its exchange rate flexibility".

He also said "there are implications for exchange movement at this point and also for capital movements across countries as investors respond to this change".

Mr Gokarn also said the central bank is evaluating the possible impact of China's move, especially on the rupee exchange rate and trade and capital flows.

"It is way too early to judge the concrete impact on exchange rate or any other variables, on the Chinese announcement," Mr Gokarn told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Mumbai today.

He further said the RBI will take into account all factors before making any new rate move.

"Discussions are going on both internally and between government and RBI. And we will evaluate the situation and try and take the best call we can do, based on both short term and medium term factors," he said.
 

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Shantilal Hajeri

6 years ago

RBI is totally cut off with what happens at grass root levels. Hedging tools are too complicate to be used by finance unsavvy exporters and importers. All these tools are only on paper and not even 1% traders use these tools. Only speculators mainly trade in such instruments like derivatives, futures and options.

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