Bank Indonesia: Rupiah Volatility Under Control

The Indonesian rupiah appreciated slightly - by 0.09 percent - to IDR 13,464 per US dollar (Bloomberg Dollar Index) on Thursday (05/10), bucking the trend in Asia where most emerging market currencies weakened amid US dollar strength as US economic data showed that the US service sector grew at its fastest pace in 12 years in September 2017.<p>

Meanwhile, other data indicated that US private employers added more jobs than previously forecast by analysts, despite the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Investors are now eagerly awaiting the US non-farm payrolls data that are due on Friday (06/10).<p>

Despite the second straight day of strengthening, the Indonesian rupiah remains under pressure as there are growing expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise its key interest rate before the year-end. Meanwhile, proposed US tax reforms added to the US dollars buoyancy.<p>

Agus Martowardojo, Governor of Indonesias central bank (Bank Indonesia), said recent rupiah weakness - the rupiah having weakened significantly since mid-September 2017 - is purely caused by external factors. He added that the Indonesian government and central bank will remain focused on developing the national economy amid these circumstances. Martowardojo also said he could not predict until when these external factors (mostly US policies) will continue to impact on the rupiah.<P>

However, current rupiah volatility can be coped with, especially since Indonesias economic fundamentals are strong with low inflation, plenty of foreign exchange reserves and the current account deficit under control. Still, Bank Indonesia emphasized that it will continue to carefully monitor all developments surrounding the Federal Reserves monetary policy.<p>

Bank Indonesias benchmark rupiah rate (Jakarta Interbank Spot Dollar Rate, abbreviated JISDOR) appreciated 0.04 percent to IDR 13,483 per US dollar on Thursday<p>


Source : Indonesia Investments<p>

Oct 07,2017

Bank note current rate:
  currency buy sell
GBP 18,850 19,150
AUD 10,525 10,740
HKD 1,691 1,752
USD 13,500 13,700
MYR 3,425 3,510
CAD 10,550 10,825
SGD 10,150 10,400
EURO 16,650 16,850
SFR 14,400 14,650
YEN 126 128.30
NZD 9,800 10,000
THB 421 443
NT 446 476
WON 11.77 12.75
DKK 2,130 2,265
SEK 1,595 1,685
BND 10,100 10,400
NOK 1,658 1,740
SAR 3,488 3,655
PHP 245 265
RMB 2,066 2,163
INR 163 211
RUB 182 242
AED 3,587 3,730
   Last Updated :24 Feb 2018 - 09:35 AM
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