The ruble will probably depreciate more than 6 percent against the dollar this year as Russian policy makers seek to spur the stuttering economy, the currency’s top forecaster said.
Ukraine will probably let its currency devalue 10 percent to 9 hryvnia per dollar by year-end to restart International Monetary Fund financing, according to HSBC Holdings Plc.
Russia’s manufacturing industries reported contraction for a sixth consecutive month as ruble weakness drives inflation and international tensions over violence in Ukraine threatens the economy.
Russia’s central bank sprung a surprise by raising its benchmark interest rate after Standard & Poor’s downgraded the world’s biggest energy exporter for the first time in six years as capital outflows threaten growth.
Russian services industries declined for a second month in April, contracting at the fastest pace since May 2009 as businesses including telecommunications and banks weakened, HSBC Holdings Plc said.
Kazakhstan’s tenge may strengthen more than 5 percent by the middle of next year as accelerating inflation forces the central bank to allow the currency to appreciate, HSBC Holdings Plc said.
"A consolidation of the political order would likely enhance Ukraine's ability to continue taking the tough and painful measures required to stabilize its economy and, eventually, return it to a sustainable growth trajectory."
- Alexander Morozov on Oct 23, 2014