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India’s forex reserves surge by USD 689 million to USD 584.55 billion
India’s forex reserves increased for the second consecutive week, touching $584.554 billion as of February 26, up by $689 million, the Reserve Bank said on Friday.
The overall reserves had increased by $169 million to $583.865 billion in the previous reporting week. The reserves, which have been steadily increasing over the last few months, had touched an all-time high at $590.185 billion for the week ended January 29 this year.
For the week ended February 26, the core currency assets the largest component of the overall reserves – rose by $509 million to $542.615 billion, the RBI said. Expressed in dollar terms, the foreign currency assets include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US units like the euro, pound and yen held in the foreign exchange reserves.
Gold reserves increased by $172 million to $35.421 billion during the reporting week, the apex bank data showed. The special drawing rights (SDRs) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) rose by $9 million to $1.517 billion in the reporting week, it said. The country’s reserve position with the IMF declined marginally to $5.001 billion in the reporting week, the data showed.