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The safe prevention of the exchange rate from the economy

15:45 | 20/11/2020

VCN- Vietnam is being evaluated as having an opportunity to enhance its position, increase the confidence of people, businesses and the international community with its ability to control the pandemic, a strong financial system and money market stability.Therefore, at the peak of the year-end season, even at the beginning of next year, the domestic foreign exchange rate is forecast to remain stable.

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The plentiful supply of foreign currency helps the exchange rate to remain stable.

Stable psychology, firm belief

As of November 11, the USD Index (DXY) – an index that measures the value of the dollar with six major currencies in the world (Euro, Japanese Yen, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Swiss Krona Sweden and Swiss Franc) – was at about 92.6 points, down more than 4% compared to the index in early 2020. This index is also at the lowest level in the past two years.

In Vietnam, the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) assessed that the exchange rate is actively and flexibly controlled, combined with reasonable liquidity solutions, proactive communication and reductions of the selling intervention rateand willingness to sell foreign currencies, intervene to stabilize the market and contribute to macroeconomic stability.The exchange rate and the foreign exchange market were basically stable, market sentiment wasnot disturbed, especially the balance of supply and demand wasstill quite favorable, and the liquidity is smooth, contributing to improving the position of the VND, reducingspeculation to hold foreign currencies.

Therefore, up to the beginning of November, the VND only slightly decreased by 0.02% against the USD while many regional and world currencies declined sharply.The VND/USD exchange rate continued to fluctuate in a narrow band with quite a stable value thanks to the "good health" of the economy.

As at Vietcombank, over the past three months, the buying - selling price of the USD has been "locked" at 23,060 - 23,270 VND / USD (buy - sell).

This advantage comes from many factors, such as foreign exchange reserves, import-export balance and FDI disbursement.According to SBV's estimates, foreign exchange reserves have reached about US$92 billion and may reach US$100 billion by the end of 2020. This is a record number of foreign reserves, equivalent to about four months of imports.In particular, although the Covid-19 pandemicheavily affectedinternational trade, in the first 10 months of 2020, the country's merchandise trade balance was estimated to have a record trade surplus of US$18.72 billion.The disbursement of FDI capital, though decreasing year-on-year, has reached nearly US$16 billion.

In particular, the more confidence of people and investorshave the more stable the foreign currency market is.This is due to the operating mechanism of the State Bank of Vietnam. In a recent meeting with representatives of the US Treasury Department, Deputy Governor of the State Bank Nguyen Thi Hong said that the State Bank operates the exchange rate policy – within the framework of the general monetary policy – to control inflation and macroeconomic stability, not to create a competitive advantage in international trade, support policies for each manufacturing industry or cause damage tocommercial partners.

Figure 5: fluctuations in domestic currencies compared to USD (%, 1/1 to 15/10/2020)

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Volatility of some currencies against the USD.

Pay attention to pressure on VND

Domestic and international experts said that the post-election fluctuations of the US, the decisions of quantitative easing and maintaining low interest rates of the US Federal Reserve (FED), the possibility of the USD will still weaken, at least until the middle or end of 2021. According to a report by the BIDV Research and Training Institute, the role of the dollar is not yet irreplaceable and the risk of devaluation of the pegged currencies,the value of USD is still standing by the pressure of current balance deficit, debt risks and the decline in important supply sources such as remittances, investment, tourism, international funding.

The benefits of a devaluation with exports seem unlikely to come true due to the heavy influence of Covid-19, although global trade is showing signs of recovery.

Therefore, despite achieving many positive results in the first 10 months of 2020, according to financial and banking expert PhD.Can Van Luc, taking into account the risk of a decline in some foreign currency supply (remittances, foreign direct and indirect investment, export, tourism) due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,the pressure to devalue VND will still be a problem, but not as worrying as many emerging markets.

It is forecasted that the depreciation of VND against USD will not exceed 1% in 2020 and about 1-2% in 2021 and the risk will not be as great as in 2008 and 2011 when there was a devaluation of nearly 10%.

Sharing the same point of view, experts of MBS Securities Company stated that with GDP growth this year expected to reach 3% thanks to good pandemiccontrol, the VND will be under pressure of appreciation compared to other currencies.Besides, the increase in accumulating foreign exchange reserves in order to stabilise the exchange rate of the State Bank is also a factor supporting the strength of the VND, although the USD can recover thanks to positive GDP data.But the dynamic economic resilience is diversified; the VND will maintain stable in the near future.

It can be seen that the end of the year is always the peak season for trading and import-export activities, however, thanks to the abundant supply of foreign currencies, the exchange rate path will still "go sideways".However, experts still emphasized that it is necessary to continue to increase foreign exchange reserves and pay attention to the impact of financial risks and the US-China trade war.

By Huong Diu/ Bui Diep