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Forex reserves rise by USD 150 million to USD 398.3 billion

Mumbai | Forex reserves increased by USD 150 million to USD 398.272 billion for the week to February 15 on a rise in currency assets and gold holdings, the Reserve Bank said on Friday.

In the previous reporting week, the overall reserves had surged by USD 2.11 billion to USD 398.122 billion.

The foreign currency assets, a major component of the overall reserves, increased USD 88.9 million to USD 371.07 billion for the reporting week, the RBI said.

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

The overall reserves had touched a record high of USD 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 close to USD 32 billion.

The value of the gold reserves increased USD 78.2 million to 22.764 billion, the apex bank said.

The special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund also came down by USD 7.8 million to USD 1.455 billion. Similarly, the country’s reserve position with the Fund also declined by USD 9.1 million to USD 2.982 billion, it said.

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