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India's Foreign Exchange Reserves Surge to Record High, Marking Sixth Consecutive Week of Growth

India’s economic strength shines anew as its foreign exchange reserves hit an unprecedented milestone. Data disclosed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reveals a continual ascent, with reserves reaching a historic high of $645.58 billion as of March 29, marking the sixth straight week of expansion.

The recent $2.95 billion increment adds to the remarkable $26.5 billion growth observed over the previous five weeks, underscoring India’s adept management of currency and external financial commitments.

Central to stabilizing the Indian rupee amidst market fluctuations is the RBI’s proactive intervention in the foreign exchange arena. This intervention, alongside variations in foreign currency assets and India’s reserve tranche position in the International Monetary Fund, contributes to the fluctuating reserves.

Despite India’s robust economic performance and substantial inflows into equity and debt markets, the RBI remains steadfast in its goal to fortify reserves, aiming to mitigate future uncertainties. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das underscores the importance of this strategy, stating, “Our focus is on building a strong financial buffer, which will serve as a shield during adverse cycles.”

In the week under review, the Indian rupee faced downward pressures, reaching a record low of 83.45 against the US dollar. However, it managed to regain ground marginally, posting minor weekly gains and settling at 83.2950 on Friday, representing a modest 0.1% increase for the week.

India’s commitment to bolstering its foreign exchange reserves not only reflects proactive economic management but also positions the nation favorably to navigate potential global financial headwinds.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

8th April, 2024

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