Ukraine’s National Bank Presents ‘Managed Flexibility’ Exchange Rate

Ukraine’s national bank said on Monday it was presenting a “managed flexibility” exchange rate from Tuesday, loosening up the fixed currency rate it has had set up all through the conflict with Russia.

The move, which had been anticipated by financial markets, mirrored the national bank’s developing certainty that it can oversee liquidity, guarantee stability and has sufficient foreign exchange reserves 19 months into the conflict with Russia.

The NBU said in an explanation that the exchange scale is not entirely settled by interbank foreign trade tasks with the “dynamic cooperation” of the national bank.

It said the NBU would “proceed to carefully monitor what is happening on the foreign trade market and will stay a central member on it.”

“The NBU, specifically, will make up for the primary money shortfall. On account of this, the course will actually want to alter in the two bearings: to increase and decrease,” it said.

“What’s more, the NBU will essentially restrict exchange rate changes, forestalling both a critical debilitating of the hryvnia and a huge fortification.”

It said the managed flexibility exchange standard would “fortify the stability of the Ukrainian economy and the foreign trade market, elevate their better variation to changes in inside and outside conditions, and lessen the dangers of collecting currency imbalances that can be created by long-term maintenance of a fixed exchange rate.”

It would likewise be “a significant essential for a return of inflation targeting in the future,” it said, adding that keeping up with exchange rate stability would stay the main task for the NBU.