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Over $1-billion slide in currency assets pulls down reserves

During the reporting week ended October 1, the fall in the forex kitty corresponded to a fall in the foreign currency assets (FCAs), a major component of the overall reserves.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi |
October 10, 2021 3:22:18 am
FCAs declined by $1.28 billion to $575.451 billion, according to weekly data by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released Friday.

The forex reserves slid by $1.169 billion to reach $637.477 billion during the week ended October 1, led by a fall in currency assets. In the week ended September 24, the foreign exchange — or forex — reserves had decreased by $997 million to $638.646 billion.

During the reporting week ended October 1, the fall in the forex kitty corresponded to a fall in the foreign currency assets (FCAs), a major component of the overall reserves. FCAs declined by $1.28 billion to $575.451 billion, according to weekly data by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released Friday.

Gold reserves were up by $128 million to $37.558 billion in the reporting week, the data showed. The special drawing rights (SDRs) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) fell by $138 million to $19.24 billion. The nation’s reserve position with the IMF rose by $122 million to $5.228 billion.

Falling forex reserves may cause issues for the government and the RBI in managing the nation’s external and internal financial issues.

Higher reserves are a big cushion in the event of any crisis on the economic front and enough to cover the import bill. Higher reserves also help the rupee strengthen against the dollar.

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