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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

Markets need not to worry on Fed taper; RBI, govt vigilant: FM

PTI  New Delhi, January 30, 2014
First Published: 13:08 IST(30/1/2014) | Last Updated: 13:12 IST(30/1/2014)

The finance ministry on Thursday said the US Federal Reserve's decision to trim its monetary stimulus will not affect the Indian markets and all steps would be taken by the RBI and the government to ensure financial stability.

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"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 finance ministry said in a statement.

The US Federal Reserve yesterday 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 anyway surprise or affect the Indian markets.  However, 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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