Rising gold prices boost India’s forex reserves

The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) strategy to add gold to forex reserves has started bearing fruits. The rising price of the precious metal has helped the central bank increase overall forex reserves despite currency reserves not rising, and sometimes even falling. According to the RBI’s forex reserves data, put out every week, its foreign currency reserves […]

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NCAER pegs India’s GDP to grow at 6.2% in FY20; RBI cuts repo rate by 35 basis points

After CRISL cutting down India’s GDP growth estimate to 6.9 per cent, India’s GDP growth is likely to be 6.2 per cent during the current fiscal, down from 6.8 per cent in 2018-19, on account of flat growth in agriculture sector, economic think-tank National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) said. The prospects for agricultural […]

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RBI enters top-10 list of gold holders with 52.3-tonne purchase in FY19

The Reserve Bank of India purchased 52.3 tonnes of gold in FY19 to augment its foreign exchange reserves, according to the latest data released early this week by the World Gold Council. With this, it has entered league of world’s top-10 gold holding central banks.  RBI currently holds 612.6 tonnes of the metal as part of its foreign exchange reserves. Till about a month ago, the central bank […]

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Gold demand up 7% in Q1, boosted by central banks’ buying and India: WGC


Global demand for gold grew to 1,053.3 tonnes in Q1, up 7 per cent year-on-year, according to the latest report by the World Gold Council (WGC). A big reason for the stronger demand is central banks, which continued to buy gold for diversification and liquidity purposes. Another is improvement in the India market. Central banks around the […]

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India’s Wholesale Price Index inflation rises to 3.18% in March 2019 on costlier food, fuel; retail inflation rises by 2.86%

Wholesale price-based inflation rose for the second consecutive month to 3.18 per cent in March on costlier food and fuel, latest government data showed. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation was at 2.93 per cent in February. It was 2.74 per cent in March 2018. Inflation in food articles hardened with steep rise in […]

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India’s GDP grows at 6.6% in third quarter of FY2019


India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew a lower-than-expected 6.6 per cent in the October-December period, the lowest in five quarters, dragged by lower farm and manufacturing growth, government data showed. India’s GDP growth was revised down to 7 per cent from 7.1 per cent in the second quarter ended September 30, 2018, according to data released […]

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