Indian Rupee Softens Despite Weaker Dollar; RBI Challenges IMF’s Intervention Claims

Indian Rupee

December 20, 2023

New Delhi, India

Indian Rupee Trades Soft Amidst Weaker US Dollar

Despite a weakened US Dollar and lower US Treasury bond yields, the Indian Rupee (INR) finds itself on a softer note in the forex market. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) challenges the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) assertion of excessive intervention in the currency market.

IMF’s Reclassification and RBI’s Disagreement

The IMF has reclassified India’s exchange rate regime to a stabilized arrangement from floating, emphasizing a flexible exchange rate as a defence against external shocks. However, the RBI strongly disagrees with this assessment, terming it “unjustified.” The central bank insists that its interventions aim to mitigate volatility rather than targeting a specific Rupee level.

Economic Reforms and Global Growth Contribution

India’s economic reforms in key sectors, including infrastructure and digitalization, have positioned the country as a “star performer,” contributing over 16% to global growth, according to the IMF. Foreign investors have responded positively, purchasing more than $1 billion in Indian shares, leading to a four-month high in foreign currency reserves at $606.859 billion.

Read: India’s Forex Reserves Soar Beyond $600 Billion Mark, Indicating Economic Resilience


Upcoming US Economic Indicators and Technical Analysis

Investors are closely monitoring US economic indicators, including Existing Home Sales, Q3 GDP growth, and Core PCE inflation data. Meanwhile, technical analysis of the USD/INR pair indicates a trading range between 82.80–83.40, with key levels to watch for potential breakout or breakdown scenarios.

Dollar Index Struggles Amid Fed’s Dovish Outlook

The US Dollar Index (DXY) faces challenges as the Federal Reserve (Fed) projects a dovish outlook, anticipating rate cuts in early 2024. Technical indicators suggest potential testing of support around 102.06, with 102.50 acting as a key barrier.


The forex market remains dynamic as the Indian Rupee navigates various factors, including central bank interventions, economic indicators, and global economic outlook. Traders and investors are vigilant, anticipating potential market movements in the coming days.

Check Live Analysis on Rupee vs Dollar

At the time of wrting this artcile, USDINR is hovering around 83.136, whereas Dollar Index(DXY) is at 102.19


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