5 things to know about the rupee's rise against the US dollar:
1) The dollar index today languished near three-month lows today though it was up slightly at 91.946. On Tuesday, the dollar index had fallen to a three-month low. The dollar Index is a measure of the value of the US dollar relative to a basket of foreign currencies.
2) The greenback posted its biggest annual drop in 2017 since 2003. For the whole of 2017, the US dollar index slid more than 9.8 per cent, the greenback's worst annual performance since 2003. The dollar (USD) retreated in 2017, partly because economic growth picked up outside the United States, with other countries' central banks moving towards tighter monetary policy, lessening the perceived divergence between the Federal Reserve and others.
3) The rupee had risen almost 6 per cent against the US dollar in 2017, buoyed by strong inflows into Indian capital markets. Besides, the dollar had also wilted against other global currencies.
5) Some analysts expect the rupee to strengthen further from here. In first quarter of 2018, rupee could be mildly positive against US dollar and may rise up to 63.00 levels, says forex advisory firm IFA Global. "But on back of global growth and stronger data, US Fed along with other central banks could move towards rate hike and balance sheet trimming. This can be seen capping the rupee's gains above 62.50 levels in remaining quarters or till end of 2018. Overall, our view remains positive for rupee in 2018," the forex advisory firm added.
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