Taiwan Dollar Strengthens to Three-Month High on Stock Inflows

Taiwan’s dollar rose to the strongest level since June after exports increased for a fourth month and global funds accelerated purchases of local equities.

Overseas shipments, which account for around three-quarters of the island’s gross domestic product, climbed 3.6 percent in August from a year earlier, while the trade surplus was $4.6 billion from $3.2 billion the month before, official data showed yesterday. Foreign funds bought $2 billion more Taiwanese shares than they sold in the last eight trading days, taking net purchases this year to $2.9 billion, exchange data show.

The Taiwan dollar strengthened 0.5 percent to NT$29.68 against the greenback as of 9:41 a.m. in Taipei, the strongest level since June 7, Taipei Forex Inc. prices show. The island’s dollar rallied 0.9 percent in the past month, the most after South Korea’s won among Asia’s 11 most-traded currencies.

“Now that major economies like Europe, the U.S. and China are recovering, funds flow toward places that benefit from exports, such as Taiwan,” said Andrew Tsai, an economist at KGI Securities in Taipei. “You can see the Korean won and the Taiwan dollar have been appreciating since the end of August due to equity allocation.”

The island’s dollar was trading 0.5 percent stronger 18 minutes before the 4 p.m. close yesterday, and ended 0.3 percent higher. The central bank has sold the currency in the run-up to the finish on most days since March 2012, according to traders who asked not to be identified.

One-month non-deliverable forwards were little changed at NT$29.6 per dollar, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. One-month implied volatility, a gauge of expected moves in the exchange rate used to price options, decreased 13 basis points, or 0.13 percentage point, to 4.05 percent.

The yield on bonds due September 2023 was little changed at 1.788 percent in when-issued trading, according to Gretai Securities Market. The notes are due to be officially auctioned on Sept. 14. The overnight interbank lending rate was steady at 0.386 percent, a weighted average compiled by the Taiwan Interbank Money Center showed.

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