The Minister was reacting to the US Federal Reserve’s announcement on Dec 18 on reduction of monthly bond purchase to $ 75 billion from $85 billion from January.
“If any other policy actions are required, we will respond. At the moment all that we have announced (are having) an impact,” Chidambaram said.
Meanwhile, a United Nations report said that emerging markets should be prepared to deal with the impact of US Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program. Shamshad Akhtar, UN’s Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said capital flows declined for many developing countries and associated volatility generated macroeconomic complications.
Volatility of flows, particularly with regard to the US Fed Reserve’s tapering of the quantitative easing program, had strong consequences, she added. “The potential for substantial downside risks of the premature tapering of quantitative easing could impact global growth. Emerging markets should be prepared to deal with the impact of global outflows as quantitative easing was (being) tightened,” she said. As regards the rupee, Chidambaram said: “We don’t look rupee-dollar rate every hour. We look at it over a period of time. Over a period of time, rupee was stable and we expect it to remain stable.”
The (US) cut in bond purchases is “a mild reduction and the US Federal Reserve has not announced any sequential reduction”, he said. The US 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 US Federal Reserve had first in May announced that it would taper bond purchases, sending the markets world over in a tizzy. However, later it postponed the decision. (PTI)