RBI net buys $3.53 bn from spot market in March

PTI Mumbai | Updated on January 11, 2018 Published on May 10, 2017


The Reserve Bank continued to remain a net buyer of the US currency in March after it bought a net of USD 3.53 billion from the spot market to contain a rising rupee.

In the reporting month, the central bank had bought USD 5.02 billion while it sold USD 1.486 billion in the spot market, according to the central bank data.

The Reserve Bank intervenes in the forex market to curb volatility in the currency market. Though this time it was to contain the rupee, which has been the best performing major economy units, the intervention did not yield the desired impact as the rupee has been scaling new highs for many months and is trading around 64.15—64.50 range for long now.

In February, the RBI was a net purchaser of dollars after it bought USD 2.2 billion and against selling USD 1.01 billion in the spot market.

In March 2016, RBI had net bought USD 4.686 billion, as it bought USD 8.03 billion and sold USD 3.34 billion in the spot market.

In fiscal 2016, RBI was net purchaser of USD 10.209 billion when it had bought USD 63.299 billion and sold USD 53.090 billion, while in fiscal 2015, it purchased a net of USD 54.837 billion.

In the forward dollar market, the outstanding net forward purchase at end-March was USD 10.835 billion, according to the RBI data. Net forward purchase at February end was USD 2.84 billion.

RBI releases data on sale or purchase of dollars from the spot market and forward market at a lag of two months.

Published on May 10, 2017
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