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Foreign investment in government bonds surges to 82 per cent of limit

The surge in utilisation has triggered expectations of a further increase in the cap on foreign investment in government bonds. The government had raised the FII limit in government bonds by $5 billion to a total of $30 billion last year.

Suvashree Choudhury | June 5, 2014 | Updated 17:50 IST
Foreign investment in govt bonds surges to 82% of limit
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Foreign investors have exhausted 82.47 per cent of the available limit of $20 billion in government bonds, according to data published by National Securities Depository.

The surge in utilisation has triggered expectations of a further increase in the cap on foreign investment in government bonds.

Currently, Rs 820.91 billion worth of government bonds have been purchased and only Rs 174.55 billion remain under the $20 billion limit, according to the data.

The government had raised the foreign institutional investment (FII) limit in government bonds by $5 billion to a total of $30 billion last year.

The government debt limit is allocated under two heads - $20 billion for all FIIs and $10 billion for investors like sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, insurance funds and foreign central banks.

(Reuters)

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