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The Russian Currency Basket: The Rising Role of the Euro for Russia’s Exchange Rate Policies

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  • Gunther Schnabl

    (Tübingen University)

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In 2005, the Bank of Russia has made three announcements that indicate an increasing role for the euro in the Russian exchange rate strategy. On February 4 2005 the Bank of Russia announced that it has started to stabilize the daily volatilities of the Russian ruble against a dollar- euro currency basket. While the announced weight of the euro was 10% (90% dollar) by then, the Bank of Russia increased this weight to currently 40% within ten months. Bank of Russia representatives have stressed the intention to increase the weight of the euro the Russian currency basket further up to 50% but without indicating a specific time horizon. Other statements of Bank of Russia representatives have stressed the rising role of euro as intervention and reserve currency. This paper reviews the recent trends in Russian exchange rate strategy with a focus on the role of the euro.

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  • Gunther Schnabl, 2005. "The Russian Currency Basket: The Rising Role of the Euro for Russia’s Exchange Rate Policies," International Finance 0512005, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpif:0512005
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    1. Gunther Schnabl, 2006. "The Evolution of the East Asian Currency Baskets – Still Undisclosed and Changing," CESifo Working Paper Series 1873, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Gunther Schnabl, 2009. "Capital Markets and Exchange Rate Stabilization in East Asia: Diversifying Risk Based on Currency Baskets," Chapters,in: Towards Monetary and Financial Integration in East Asia, chapter 10 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    Keywords

    Words: Russia; Currency Basket; International Role of the Euro.;

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    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange

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