India’s forex reserves rise by $2.54 billion to $547.25 billion

New Delhi: India’s foreign exchange reserves during the week that ended on November 18 rose by $2.54 billion to $547.25 billion, the Reserve Bank of India data showed on Friday.

During the week that ended on November 11, the country’s forex reserves were at $544.71 billion, data showed. According to RBI’s latest data, India’s foreign currency assets, which are the biggest component of the forex reserves, rose by $1.76 billion to $484.28 billion.

Barring the past two odd weeks, the forex reserves have been falling for months now because of RBI’s intervention in the market to defend the depreciating rupee against a surging US dollar. Also, rising costs of imported items also necessitated the higher requirement of reserves for trade settlement.

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.

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 had declined sharply ever since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February when imports of energy and other commodities got costlier globally.

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