MUMBAI: The country’s foreign exchange reserves rose by $2.865 billion to a record high of $592.894 billion for the week ended May 21, boosted by gold and currency assets, RBI data showed on Friday.
The previous all-time high for the forex kitty was $590.185 billion for the week ended January 29, 2021.
For the previous week ended May 14, the reserves had increased by $563 million to reach $590.028 billion.
Foreign currency assets (FCA), a major component of the overall reserves, swelled by $1.649 billion to $548.519 billion for the reporting week, the RBI said.
Expressed in dollar terms, the foreign currency assets include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US units like the euro, pound and yen held in the foreign exchange reserves.
After remaining unchanged in the previous week, gold reserves rose by $1.187 billion to $36.841 billion, the apex bank said.
The special drawing rights (SDRs) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) increased by $7 million to $1.513 billion.
The country’s reserve position with the IMF too increased by $22 million to $5.021 billion in the reporting week, as per the data.