India’s forex reserves rise over $10 billion to hit five-month high: RBI data


India’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves rose by $10.417 billion to $572.0 billion in the week ending on January 13, Reserve Bank of India’s or RBI Bulletin Weekly Statistical Supplement data showed.

With this sharp jump, the reserves hit over a five-month high.

During the week that ended on January 6, the country’s forex reserves were at $561.583 billion, earlier data showed.

According to RBI’s latest data, India’s foreign currency assets, the biggest component of the forex reserves, rose by $9.078 billion to $505.519 billion.

Gold reserves rose by $1.106 to $42.890 billion. Notably, at the start of 2022, the overall forex reserves were at about $633 billion.

Much of the decline can be attributed to RBI’s intervention and a rise in the cost of imported goods. In October 2021, the country’s foreign exchange reserves reportedly touched an all-time high of about $645 billion.

The forex reserves had been intermittently falling for months now, barring the latest jump, largely because of the RBI’s intervention in the market to defend the depreciating rupee against a surging US dollar.

Typically, the RBI, from time to time, intervenes in the market through liquidity management, including through the selling of dollars, with a view to preventing a steep depreciation in the rupee.

The RBI closely monitors the foreign exchange markets and intervenes only to maintain orderly market conditions by containing excessive volatility in the exchange rate, without reference to any pre-determined target level or band, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said in response to a question in recent Parliament session on whether the central bank has been using reserves to stem the fall in the Indian currency.

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