Sources of Variation in Foreign Exchange Reserves: April-December 2015
During April-December 2015, there was an increase in the foreign exchange reserves. The sources of variation in the foreign exchange reserves are set out inTable 1.
Table 1: Sources of Variation to Foreign Exchange Reserves*
Current Account Balance
Capital Account (net) (a to f)
of which: Foreign Direct Investment
Of which: NRI Deposits
Short term credit
External Commercial Borrowings
Other items in capital account
Total (I+II+III) @ Increase in reserves (+) / Decrease in reserves (-)
*: Based on old format of BoP. @: Difference, if any, is due to rounding off. Note: ‘Other items in capital account’ apart from ‘Errors and Omissions’ include SDR allocations, leads and lags in exports, funds held abroad, advances received pending issue of shares under FDI and transactions of capital receipts not included elsewhere.
On a balance of payments basis (i.e., excluding valuation effects), the foreign exchange reserves increased by US$ 14.6 billion during April-December 2015 as compared with US$ 31.3 billion during April-December 2014. The foreign exchange reserves in nominal terms (including the valuation effects) increased by US$ 8.7 billion during April-December 2015 as compared to US$ 16.4 billion during the same period of preceding year (Table 2).
Table 2: Comparative Position of Variation in Reserves
Change in Foreign Exchange Reserves (Including Valuation Effects)
Valuation Effects (Gain (+)/Loss (-))
Change in Foreign Exchange Reserves on BoP basis (i.e., Excluding Valuation Effects)
Note: Increase in reserves (+)/Decrease in reserves (-). Difference, if any, is due to rounding off.
The valuation loss mainly reflecting the appreciation of the US dollar against major currencies, amounted to US$ 5.9 billion during April-December 2015 as compared with US$ 14.8 billion during the same period of the preceding year.