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Iran Pushes for Transparency to deal with Currency Instability

By Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. On April 10, Iranian authorities announced a policy of unification of exchange rates — a move that has generated confusion, especially among those economic players who relied on the country’s free currency market. The fact […]

Video: Iran Currency Crunch hits Foreign Tourists

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Changing dollars or euros in Iran has become a challenge after Iran’s central bank on April 15 forbade “until further notice” all exchange bureaus from dealing in foreign currency, leaving banks as the sole […]

Why Iran moved to Unify Dual Exchange Rates

By Maziar Motamedi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. In an abrupt move, Iran moved to unify its dual exchange rates — one official and the other the free market rate — on April 11 to prevent further depreciation of the rial, re-establish the […]

Iran Replaces US Dollar with Euro

Iran Replaces US Dollar with Euro as Official Reporting Currency The Iranian cabinet on Wednesday approved a plan to replace the US dollar with euro in reporting foreign currency amounts. During a meeting chaired by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Wednesday, the cabinet obliged all ministries, and governmental organizations and companies to use […]

What’s behind Iran’s massive Capital Flight?

By Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. A prominent Iranian member of parliament’s recent statement about a significant outflow of capital from the country has raised eyebrows. Commenting on the foreign exchange fluctuations in March, parliamentary economic commission head Mohammadreza Pourebrahimi said some $30 […]

MPs call on Central Bank boss to Resign as Rial Plummets

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. As the Iranian rial hit a record low, trading above 60,000 against the US dollar on April 9, criticism against President Hassan Rouhani and Central Bank Gov. Valiollah Seif has intensified. The rial has dropped in […]

Iran Unifies Exchange Rates to Halt Currency Slide

The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Valiollah Seif said the country has unified its official and open market exchange rates as the Iranian rial plunged to an all-time low against the US dollar. Speaking at an open session of the parliament on Tuesday morning, Seif explained about the currency slide in recent […]

What’s really driving Currency Depreciation in Iran?

By Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The Iranian rial has lost about a third of its value over the last year, burnishing claims that the economy is stumbling. But while the devaluation is concerning, it does not point directly to […]

Iran Forms Special Task Force on Currency Slide

Spokesman for the Iranian Administration Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said a special task force has been set up at the behest of President Hassan Rouhani to control the country’s currency market as the Iranian rial hit a record low against the US dollar. Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Monday, Nobakht regretted the recent currency depreciation […]

MP: $30bn Has Been Transferred out of Iran

By John Lee. Iranians have transferred $30 billion out of the country in recent months, according to a claim from an Iranian member of parliament. MP Mohammad Reza Pourebrahimi, who is the head of the parliament’s economic committee, did not specify how the money has been moved out; without access to the international banking system, […]

Iran Moves Closer to Ditching Dollar in Trade Activities

Iran announced that purchase orders by merchants that are based on the dollar would no longer be allowed to go through import proceedings. By announcing the policy, which is in line with an official request by the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) and is specifically meant to address fluctuations in market rates of the dollar, […]

Currency Crisis shakes Rouhani’s Middle-Class Base

By Saeed Jalili for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Barely over a month after economic grievances, mainly among the working class, sparked deadly protests across the country, fluctuations in the value of the Iranian currency — the rial — have generated grave disappointment with another key […]

Six Factors driving Iran’s sudden Currency Devaluation

By Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. A major and unexpected devaluation of the rial on the free currency market has taken many in Iran by surprise. Analysis of the behavior patterns in the Iranian foreign exchange market suggests that six […]

Foreign Exchange Revenue Well Above Costs: President

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani assured the nation that the country’s foreign exchange revenue far outstrips the spending, stressing that foreign exchange reserves will even grow in future. In comments at a live televised speech on Monday night, President Rouhani gave an assurance that Iran’s foreign exchange revenue greatly exceeds the total foreign exchange costs, saying […]

Why is Iranian Rial suddenly Weakening?

By Saeid Jafari for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. A recent devaluation of the rial on the so-called free market in Iran has raised concerns that the country’s economy will experience another collapse of the value of its national currency similar to what […]

Iran Postpones Unification of Exchange Rates

By John Lee. The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has reportedly indicated that it will not be able to unify the country’s “official” and”open market” currency exchange rates by March 20, as previously planned. According to the report from Forbes, unifying the rates has been one of the key policy goals of the Rouhani government. […]

Is Rouhani Repeating Ahmadinejad’s Tricks in Currency Market?

By Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Ever since the rial hit an all-time low against the greenback on Dec. 27, top monetary policymaker Valiollah Seif (pictured) has been reiterating that the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) will use every tool available […]

Deciphering Iran’s Sudden Currency Fluctuations

By Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Recent fluctuations in the free market rate of the Iranian rial have caused concerns within the country’s business community that the currency may experience a sharp decline in value due to economic and political […]

Heavy Fines for Illegal Moneychangers

By John Lee. Financial Tribune reports that many illegal bureaux de change in Iran have received heavy fines. The director general for banking regulations, licensing and anti-money laundering at the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), Abdolmahdi Arjomandnejad, said: “The authorities have taken legal measures against those who fail to obtain licenses for their currency exchange […]

Why Cheaper Rial could Help Iran

By Navid Kalhor, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. At present, Iran has both an official exchange rate and an unofficial market rate that is used in exchange houses. The rial trades at above 35,000 per US dollar on the open market, compared to […]