It is too early to call the appreciation in emerging market currencies, courtesy US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell's dovish tone, a turnaround
In stark contrast to his hawkish stance on interest rates just last month, US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell has now said that US rates were just below neutral. This was seen by global market participants as an indication that the rate hike cycle could be nearing its end.
But it is too early to call this appreciation in EM currencies a turnaround. Powell’s comments are best seen as a mere sentiment boost. Economists say they wouldn’t be changing their outlook on the rupee only on the basis of this one comment. After all, there are many other moving parts as well. These include the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China, and movement in global oil prices.
Investors would be closely watching a slew of key global events slated in the following weeks. For instance, the outcome of the G20 Summit, to be held on 30 November-1 December, and whether or not the US and China call a truce on the trade front. Secondly, the meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) on 6 December would give investors a sense of where the oil output is and the outlook on demand. And then, of course, there is the Fed meeting on 19 December.
Based on what transpires at each of these events, one would gauge what lies ahead for emerging market currencies and stocks, say economists.