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FX volatility jumped again overnight in Asia with volumes also leaping higher as dealers report activity across the region surpassing recent highs. The latest bout of activity was triggered by a 30% collapse in the oil price as Saudi Arabia responded to Russia’s decision on Friday to increase oil output rather than agree with OPEC […]
The biggest issue facing the Russian ruble in 2017 is the price of oil, according to a Bloomberg survey of FX executives released today.
Of those polled, the majority (or 51%), say oil prices will have the biggest effect on the currency, with 83% of the executives saying that they feel that the ruble will be more correlated to oil than emerging markets currencies this year.
Of less concern in relation to the ruble were Russian Central Bank policies and geopolitics, which only 22% said they were concerned about, and just 5% of respondents said that they are concerned about US interest rate hikes.