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04-Sep2018

Weakness in rupee to have limited impact on sovereign credit profile of India: Fitch

Amid sustained weakness in Indian currency, global ratings agency, Fitch Ratings in its latest report has said the currency volatility will have only a 'limited impact' on India's sovereign credit profile. It added that the country's sovereign credit profile benefits from relatively strong external finances, especially a low level of external and foreign-currency debt. Recently, Indian rupee depreciated to all time low of 71 against the US dollar.

In a report on APAC sovereigns, Fitch said the recent sell-offs in Indian and Indonesian currency markets underline their sensitivity to shifts in global sentiment and suggest further bouts of pressure are likely as global monetary tightening progresses. It also said 'Currency volatility, however, is likely to have only a limited impact on their (India and Indonesia) sovereign profiles. India's sovereign credit profile, for example, benefits from relatively strong external finances, especially a low level of external and foreign-currency debt.'

The rating agency said the risk of currency pressures triggering a policy-induced spike in domestic borrowing costs is mitigated by the Reserve Bank of India's relatively narrow focus on its inflation objective. The agency said rising US interest rates and increasing global risk aversion towards emerging-market assets are generating capital outflows and exerting downward pressure on most Asian currencies.

Fitch further said that trade tensions between the US and China have added to market jitters and pose downside risks to growth. Nevertheless, strong fiscal and external buffers, along with flexible policy frameworks, should allow most of the region's economies to weather these challenges. Meanwhile, Fitch had retained India's sovereign rating at 'BBB-' with 'stable' outlook in April, 2018, saying that the country's medium-term growth potential is strong.


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