Analyst Suggest India Free Float Rupee

As the world’s worst performing currency this year plumbed new lows this week, some analysts are suggesting that India policymakers loosen the grip on the rupee to stop the rout.

Peter Redward, principal at Redward Associates & Andrew Freris, told CNBC’s Asia Squawk Box on Friday that India needs to follow in the footsteps of New Zealand and South Korea and make its currency fully convertible.

“If you look at the New Zealand dollar, it was floated at $0.44 and it’s now at (around) $0.80, the problem it has now is that it’s overvalued,” said Redward, referring to near 80 percent hike in value since the currency was floated in 1985.

Redward also referred to how freeing up the South Korean won has demonstrated potential benefits for the currency.

via CNBC

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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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