Volatility Warning: Russian Credit Rating Cut to Junk by S&P, Ruble Tanks 6%

The Russian ruble is back in the headlines as the oil dependent currency is trading over 6% lower on the

russian ruble symbolWith the foreign exchange market remaining unfazed by the election results from Greece over the weekend, there is a new trigger of prospective volatility. Today, the Standard & Poor’s ratings agency announced that it has cut Russia’s sovereign debt credit rating to below investment levels.

The junk rating reflects the views of the ratings agency that the country’s monetary policy can not adequately address domestic growth risks in the current environment. Russia’s weak growth prospects have been outlined in tandem with increasing risks to the country’s fiscal buffers.

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According to Standard & Poor’s, those could deteriorate further as external factors and increasing government support on the economy weigh in.

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The Russian currency has tanked 6% in today’s trading towards 67.60 for a US dollar.

Risks of extreme volatility in the Russian ruble pairs could prompt some brokerages to increase margin requirements in the coming days, although a number of companies have already introduced tighter leverage due to the risks associated with managing risks on the RUB crosses against the U.S dollar and the euro.

Standard & Poor’s so far remains the only major ratings agency to downgrade Russia’s credit rating to below investment levels.

The Russian central bank already hiked interest rates dramatically last December and drained RUB liquidity from the market, in an effort aimed at stabilizing the Russian currency.

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