RBI net purchaser of dollar in April; buys USD 566 mn

The central bank purchased USD 1.751 billion of dollars in the reporting month, while sold USD 1.185 billion in the spot market.

In March, RBI had net purchased USD 3.538 billion from the spot market.

RBI’s intervention in forex market is to contain excessive volatility in the domestic currency.

In April 2016, RBI was a net buyer (USD 1.339 billion) of dollar after it purchased USD 2.639 billion and sold USD 1.30 billion in the spot market.

In the entire fiscal 2016-17, RBI net purchased USD 12.351 billion of the US currency. It had bought USD 71.764 billion from the spot market and sold USD 59.413 billion in the previous fiscal. In the financial year 2016, RBI was netpurchaser of USD 10.209 billion.

In the forward dollar market, the outstanding net purchase at the end of April was USD 13.553 billion, RBI data showed.

Net forward purchase at March-end was USD 10.835 billion.

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