Rupee slides 43 paise on risk aversion ahead of Budget, Fed statement

Govt bond yields decline ahead of Budget statement as traders feel the fall in prices over the past week had been overdone

Bhaskar Dutta Mumbai
Rupee, Indian Rupee, Indian currency

The domestic currency settled at 81.93 per US dollar as against 81.50 per US dollar on Monday

The rupee weakened sharply versus the dollar on Tuesday, as investors turned risk averse and sought the safety of the US currency ahead of two crucial events on Wednesday – the Union Budget and the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy statement.
The domestic currency settled at 81.93 per dollar against 81.50 on Monday. Intraday, the rupee weakened past the psychologically significant 82 per dollar mark, hitting a low of 82.07 per dollar.
Government bond yields declined ahead of the Budget statement as traders were of the view that the fall in prices over the past week had been overdone, dealers said. Yield on the 10-year benchmark bond settled six basis points lower at 7.34 per cent. Bond prices and yields move inversely. In the previous week, the 10-year bond yield had climbed to its highest levels since early November as the market braced for heavy supply of debt in the coming year.

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First Published: Jan 31 2023 | 5:25 PM IST

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