Mumbai, India (BBN)– India’s foreign exchange reserves increased by US$73.2 million to reach an all-time high of $365.82 billion in the week closed on August 12, according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Foreign currency assets (FCAs), a key component of the total reserves, increased by $81.6 million to reach $340.36 billion while gold reserves remain unaffected at $21.58 billion, the central bank’s data showed.
In the week earlier, the foreign exchange reserves had surged by $253.6 million to reach 365.75 billion.
The FCAs take account of the impact of depreciation and appreciation of non-US currencies like pound, euro and yen, held in the reserves.
India’s special drawing rights with IMF (International Monetary Fund) dropped by $3.2 million to $1.49 billion, whereas the position of reserves declined by $5.2 million to $2.39 billion, the central bank of India said.
Foreign exchange reserves, also referred as forex reserves, are assets in any foreign currency, mainly in US dollars, held by the central bank of a country. These assets consist of foreign marketable securities, special drawing rights (SDRs), monetary gold and reserve position in the IMF.
The major aim of holding forex reserves is to make foreign payments and hedge against the risks of exchange rate.