Monday, December 1, 2014

1/12/2014: Ruble-Oil-Dollar: Riding the Magic Mountains' Rails...

Russian ruble remains in a full tie in with oil prices:

 H/T to @Schuldensuehner

Based on my estimates, given 2015 Budget set at Rub3,500/bbl pricing, USD70/bbl oil price implies a range of Rub/USD pair at 51-52 with probability between 91 and 96 percent depending on the GDP metric one opts for. So on the lower end we can see Rub/USD as far down as 56, assuming no changes in other currencies pairs, but fundamentals-justified pair should be closer to 54-55 at the lower end of Ruble valuations and at around 52-53 for Q1 2015 average. The key to these ranges are EUR/USD and Rub/EUR pairs.

Note 1: I just returned from a rather informative trip to Moscow, so will be updating my outlook for the Russian economy accordingly in days ahead.

Note 2: Few charts explaining oil correlation with Russian GDP and GDP growth

Firstly: real and nominal GDP and nominal GDP per capita all show close links to oil prices at levels basis:

But, relationship is much weaker for changes (e.g. growth rates):

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