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India's foreign exchange reserves increase past $400 billion-mark

In the previous week, the reserves had risen by $944.7 million to $399.217 billion

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Forex reserves

The country's increased by $2.599 billion in the week to March 1 to reclaim the $ 400 billion-mark, RBI data showed.

The stood at $401.776 billion in the reporting week.

In the previous week, the reserves had risen by $944.7 million to $399.217 billion.

In the reporting week, foreign currency assets, a major component of the overall reserves, swelled by $2.061 billion to $374.060 billion.

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Expressed in US dollars, foreign currency assets include the effect of appreciation/depreciation of non-US currencies such as the euro, pound and yen held in the nation's reserves.

The reserves had touched a lifetime high of $426.028 billion in the week to April 13, 2018. Since then, the forex kitty has been on a slide and is now down by over $25 billion.

After remaining unchanged for the past few weeks, gold reserves rose by $488.7 million to $23.253 billion in the reporting week, according to the data.

The special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund also rose by $3 million to $1.463 billion.

The country's reserve position with the Fund too increased by $6.2 million to $2.999 billion, the apex bank said.

First Published: Fri, March 08 2019. 18:10 IST
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