India adds Rs 13,000-crore worth gold reserves in two months

January 10, 2020

Mumbai-India (Jan 10)  While the tussle between the United States and Iran went on, India's official gold holdings marginally increased to 625.6 tonnes, as of January, an increase of 7.4 tonnes over the last two months. In value terms, the addition will be worth over Rs 12,800 crore. This is about 6.6 per cent of the share held in gold in total foreign reserves and India continues to have the tenth largest gold reserves in the world, said data from the World Gold Council (WGC).

As per the World Gold Council's (WGC) data in November, India had 618.2 tonnes of the yellow metal as holdings, which comprised 6.9 per cent of the share held in gold in total foreign reserves. The country's foreign exchange reserves swelled by $2.520 billion to touch a record high of $457.468 billion in the week to December 27, according to the RBI data. The RBI data had valued gold reserves at $27.392 billion.

Except in the case of Russia, which bought an additional 20 tonnes during the last two months of 2019, the gold holdings of most other countries in the top ten rankings remain the same. The data has not factored in the intense tension between the US and Iran that resulted in crude and gold price rise in the new year, as many central banks and large institutions increasingly bought gold over the past few days as a reserve to face the emergency.


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