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( 09 May 2022)
Rupee reaches all-time low of 77.42 per dollar amid rising crude oil prices

The Indian rupee breached the 77 per dollar mark for the first time amid elevated crude oil prices and a widening trade deficit.

The rupee was trading at 77.32 per dollar, down 41 paise from its previous close.

The hawkish stance of the US Federal Reserve has resulted in the hardening of the US bond yields with the dollar index strengthened to 20 year high.

RBI has been aggressive in its intervention in the foreign exchange market and was seen protecting the Rs 77 per dollar levels in the past.

This has resulted in foreign exchange reserves coming down by around $45 billion from its all-time high of $642 billion – reached for the week ended 3 September 2021.

The latest data released by RBI on Friday showed the country’s foreign exchange reserves fell to $598 billion for the week ended April 29.

Forex traders said, risk appetite has weakened amid mounting concerns about inflation that may trigger more aggressive rate hikes by the global central banks.