India’s forex reserves at two-year low amid depreciating rupee

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NEW DELHI: India’s foreign exchange reserves fell to an over two-year low of $528.367 billion during the week that ended on October 14, a drop of $4.5 billion from the previous week. In the preceding week, the country’s foreign exchange reserves were at $532.868 billion, RBI data showed.

According to RBI’s data, India’s foreign currency assets, which are the biggest component of the forex reserves, declined by $2.828 billion to $468.668 billion during the week. The value of gold reserves dropped by $1.5 billion to $37.453 billion during the week.

The value of India’s Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) with the International Monetary Fund declined by $149 million to $17.433 billion during the week under review, the RBI data showed.

The reserves have been falling for months now because of RBI’s likely intervention in the market to defend the depreciating rupee against a surging US dollar.

For the record, the Indian rupee has been weakening over the past few weeks to hit fresh new all-time lows as the US dollar strengthened against major global currencies.

On Wednesday, the rupee breached the 83 mark for the first time in its history. So far this year, the rupee has depreciated around 11-12 per cent, market data showed.

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

India’s forex reserves have declined by around $100 billion ever since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February when imports of energy and other commodities got costlier globally. (ANI)

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