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India better prepared to deal with US tapering: FM P. Chidambaram

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Government will take necessary steps to ensure financial stability : P Chidamabaram
Government will take necessary steps to ensure financial stability : P Chidamabaram

Attempting to soothe the stock markets, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday said India is better prepared to deal with the situation arising out of a cut in U.S. bond purchases and markets have already factored in the impact of such a move.

“The government is of the view that the markets had already factored in the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decisions and therefore is not likely to be surprised by these moderate changes,” he said in a statement.

The Minister, who spoke to Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan in the morning about the impact of U.S. tapering, said “we are better prepared than in May 2013 to deal with consequences, if any, of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decisions”.

The BSE Sensex plunged by about 190 points in the early trade, while the rupee weakened to 62.44 to a dollar following the U.S. Fed announcement to reduce the quantum of bond purchases.

The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday night announced that it would reduce the monthly bond purchases to $75 billion from the existing level of $85 billion from January.

Chidambaram said, “This is a mild reduction and the U.S. Federal Reserve has not announced any sequential reduction.”

The U.S. Federal Reserve, the Minister said, will “continue its purchases of treasury and agency mortgaged-backed securities and employ its other policy tools as appropriate, until the outlook for the labour market has improved substantially in the context of price stability”.

The U.S. Federal Reserve had first in May announced it will taper bond purchases, sending the markets world over in a tizzy. However, later it postponed the decision.

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