India prepared for US stimulus tapering, reiterates government

30 January 2014

India today said the government would take all necessary steps to ensure stability in financial markets as it tried to calm jitters over the US Federal Reserve's decision to scale down its economic stimulus in the form of a cut in bond purchases.

The Indian finance ministry on Thursday said in a statement the Fed's decision will not affect the Indian markets and all steps would be taken by the Reserve Bank of India and the government to ensure financial stability.

"Both the government of India and the Reserve Bank of India will continue to remain vigilant and will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that there is stability in the financial markets," the statement said.

The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday decided to cut its bond purchases by another $10 billion. It has now decided to purchase $65 billion per month of mortgage-backed securities and longer-term treasury securities as against $75 billion per month earlier.

"This decision was expected and should not in any way surprise or affect the Indian markets.  It may be noted that $65 billion is not a small sum and will continue to infuse a large amount of liquidity into the world markets," the statement added.

The announcement of the Federal Reserve sent markets to a tizzy with the BSE Sensex plunging over 225 points in early trade and the rupee losing 33 paise to trade at 62.75 a dollar.

The finance ministry reaffirmed that the Indian economy is better prepared for the consequences, if any, of the taper.

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