Markets Brace For Shock As Raghuram Rajan Says 'No' To Second Term

20/06/2016 8:06 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan is seen in a TV camera's viewfinder as he attends a news conference after the bimonthly monetary policy review in Mumbai, India, June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File photo

Stock and currency markets are set for a volatile opening today on concerns over RBI chief Raghuram Rajan's abrupt no to a second term while the upcoming Brexit referendum may add to the worries of investors from India and abroad.

While speculations have been rife on whether Rajan would get a second shot at RBI governorship, his decision to go back to academics might spell short term negativity for the stock, currency and bond markets, feel experts.

Besides, market cues are likely to depend on Brexit referendum in the UK, slated for June 23, progress of monsoon, movement of rupee and fluctuating global oil prices.

Geojit BNP Paribas' Chief Investment Strategist V K Vijayakumar said Rajan's decision is indeed "bad news" and comes at a wrong time when the global economy is concerned about the consequences of a possible exit of the UK from the European Union.

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"The currency market and the stock market will be impacted negatively when they open on Monday... We feel the initial knee jerk reaction of the market will be short lived because India's macros are in a sweet spot," he noted.

The currency market and the stock market will be impacted negatively when they open on Monday... We feel the initial knee jerk reaction of the market will be short lived because India's macros are in a sweet spot.

Similar to the upcoming referendum being described as 'Brexit', Rajan's no to a second term is now widely termed 'Rexit'.

Experts also opined that the domestic economy and the RBI have the strength to overcome the initial negative impact.

SAMCO Securities CEO Jimeet Modi said Rajan's decision not to seek a second term would create an emotional shock.

"We also believe the markets are mature enough to assimilate the fact and move on. It may create a knee jerk reaction in the short term," he said.

We also believe the markets are mature enough to assimilate the fact and move on. It may create a knee jerk reaction in the short term.

After witnessing volatile trading sessions, the 30-share benchmark Sensex shed 9.84 points to close at 26,625.91 points in the week ended June 17.

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On the other hand, some feel that the development should not come as a surprise as there have been speculations on whether Rajan would be getting a second term as RBI Governor.

Centrum Wealth Management's ED & CIO Kunj Bansal said there could still be some sentiment-based movement that could be seen in the market.

"The new Governor would be expected to continue the good work done by Rajan and take steps to propel the growth engine in the economy," he added.

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On Saturday, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said no to a second term in the post, a surprise decision the industry and opposition parties termed as nation's loss.

"...on due reflection, and after consultation with the government, I want to share with you that I will be returning to academia when my term as Governor ends on September 4, 2016," Rajan said in a message to RBI staff.

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