‘Spot’ unchanged for 45th straight day

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The ‘spot’ closed unchanged for the forty fifth consecutive market day at Rs 360/364 to the US dollar in two way quotes to yesterday (5), market sources told ‘Finance Today’.

Consequently yesterday, the administered market ‘spot’ was down by between 78.22-79.31 per cent (Rs 158-161), year on year (YoY), thereby causing cost push inflationary pressure as Sri Lanka is an import dependent economy, they said.

 Meanwhile, yesterday, the value of this official administered ‘spot’ was fixed at Rs 361.45 to the dollar, while a year ago it was fixed at Rs 207.35, down 74.32 per cent (Rs 154.10), YoY. In related developments,  the straitjacketed, inflexible administered market ‘spot’ a year ago was fixed at Rs 202/203 to the dollar in two way quotes, unchanged for the  fortieth consecutive market day to Friday 3 September 2021.

The band in which the ‘guided market spot’ may currently operate is fixed at +/- three per cent of the officially administered ‘spot’ value, where the latter is applicable for transactions involving the GoSL, CBSL and or between the GoSL and/or CBSL with the market, which was fixed at Rs 361.08 to the dollar yesterday.

They further said that trades in the administered market ‘spot’ (Rs 360/364) yesterday were mainly restricted to ‘bank-client’ outright trades, while the interbank foreign exchange (FX) market was however dominated by swaps, which were outside the domain of the FX market for this purpose.

 ‘Spot’ trades are settled after two market days from the date of transaction. CBSL, the steward of GoSL debt and of its foreign reserves also deals in ‘spot’.

By Paneetha Ameresekere