The country’s foreign exchange reserves crossed the $450-billion mark for the first time ever on the back of strong inflows. At $451.7 billion, the country’s import cover is now over 11 months.

Why Reservers has increased at such a pace?

Net foreign direct investment rose to $20.9 billion in the first half of 2019-20 from $17 billion a year ago while net foreign portfolio investment was $8.8 billion in April-November 2019 as against net outflows of $14.9 billion in the same period last year.

Source: The Hindu

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