Indias Forex Reserves Decline USD 5.2 Billion To Come Off 1-Month High

New Delhi: India’s foreign exchange reserves fell by $5.240 billion to $617.230 billion in the week ending on February 9, according to the latest data from the Reserve Bank of India. This decline follows a peak reached in the previous week.

In the week ending February 9, India’s foreign currency assets (FCA), the largest part of its foreign exchange reserves, dropped by $4.807 billion to $546.524 billion, as per the central bank’s weekly statistical data. (Also Read: RVNL’s Order Book Touches Rs 65,000-Cr Mark; Aims To Add Foreign Projects)

Gold reserves during the week declined by USD 350 million to USD 47.739 billion. In the calendar year 2023, the RBI added about USD 58 billion to its foreign exchange kitty. In 2022, India’s forex kitty slumped by USD 71 billion cumulatively. (Also Read: Want To Save Money On Taxed Income? Check THESE 5 Tax-Saving Instrument)

Forex reserves or foreign exchange reserves (FX reserves), are assets that are held by a nation’s central bank or monetary authority. It is generally held in reserve currencies, usually the US Dollar and, to a lesser degree, the Euro, Japanese Yen, and Pound Sterling.

In October 2021, the country’s foreign exchange reserves touched an all-time high of about USD 645 billion. Much of the decline, though marginal on a cumulative basis, since then can be attributed to a rise in the cost of imported goods in 2022.

Also, the relative fall in forex reserves could be linked to the RBI’s intervention, from time to time, in the market to defend the uneven depreciation in the 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, to prevent 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. (With ANI Inputs)