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Emerging-Market Currencies Hurt by Growth Woes After Rate Hikes

  • Rising bond yields fail to bring back flows into currencies
  • Russia, Turkey, Indonesia, Hungary to meet on rates this week
 Brazil’s real has plunged 4.2% since Sept. 22 when its policy makers raised their benchmark rate. 

 Brazil’s real has plunged 4.2% since Sept. 22 when its policy makers raised their benchmark rate. 

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Central banks’ longstanding strategy of hiking interest rates to defend currencies is failing to work its magic in emerging markets this time. 

A gauge of developing-nation currencies has sunk to the weakest level since March 2020 relative to average local-bond yields. That suggests investors are discounting the appeal of rising interest rates, fretting instead over the toxic combination of slower global growth and faster inflation.