Rainmaker Economics: The Reserve Bank of India's balance sheet

Written by Rainmaker Economics Saturday, 05 January 2013 15:02
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The annual report of the Reserve Bank of India for financial year 2011-12 was recently published and is available in the public domain for analysis. Central Bank balance sheets have been under enormous scrutiny since the commencement of the global slow-down in 2008, ever since massive accommodation by governments meant the transfer of systemic risk from the financial sector to the government sector. This is not surprising given that data available in the annual reports reflect in varying degrees, the extent of monetary expansion undertaken, the severity of domestic liquidity constraints and scale of central bank accommodation provided to the government sector.

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