Trade Deficit And Weak Rupee Put India Close to Another Crisis

Is India in danger of another crisis? And could it hold lessons for others?

A weak currency won’t necessarily lead to a crisis. But, if it makes it harder to pay for a deficit that is owed to overseas creditors, that’s when it could become a problem.

That’s what the newly appointed governor of the RBI, the Indian central bank, Raghuram Rajan, and I discussed last year when he was the government’s senior economic adviser.

We talked about the risk that India could experience a repeat of the 1991 balance of payments crisis. The country ended up being rescued by the International Monetary Fund.

There are a few key similarities. India still has a persistent current account deficit – the widest measure of trade that includes investment flows. And a weak rupee doesn’t help with the cost of borrowing to finance that deficit.

via BBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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