Ukraine Currency Touches Fresh Lows After Fail Peace Talks

Ukraine’s currency plunged to new record lows on Monday morning, as a failed peace plan and continued violence piled more pressure on a country that has seen a year of political and economic turmoil.

The country’s central bank said the official rate for the hryvnia had dropped 7 percent on Monday, to close to 30 against the U.S. dollar, according to Reuters.

It came as the bank also announced currency controls for the country’s importers to try to limit the hryvnia’s fall. Ukrainian sovereign bonds also fell to record lows during the morning session.

“Let’s not beat around the bush – Ukraine is facing economic/financial meltdown,” Timothy Ash, head of emerging markets at Standard Bank, said in a morning note.

Over the weekend, the country marked the anniversary of the protests that sparked a change of power in Kiev. Tensions on the streets of the capital in 2014 soon turned into military conflicts on the eastern border, however, with Moscow accused of aiding pro-Kremlin rebels in the region. Moscow continues to deny the involvement of Russian troops in the conflict.

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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