Citi ups India's FY13 current account deficit estimate to 4.7%
Citigroup revised CAD estimates for financial year 2013 to 4.7 per cent from 4 per cent of GDP after incorporating the latest trade and GDP data, and said CAD is likely to stay elevated in financial year 2014 as well.
The trade deficit in January widened to USD 20 billion in January, the second highest rise ever in a month. The biggest trade gap of USD 21 billion was recorded in October, 2012.
"Going forward for FY14, we expect the CAD to remain elevated at 4.3 per cent of GDP as exports are more sensitive to global demand rather than the rupee, while oil and gold are likely to keep imports high," Citigroup said.
Current account deficit (CAD), which occurs when a country's total imports of goods, services and transfers is greater than the country's total export of goods, services and
transfers, had touched a record high of 5.4 per cent of GDP in the July-September quarter.
"Given India's rising external financing requirements, we expect capital raising to be a key priority in 2013," the report said.
The Reserve Bank of India has also expressed concerns over high CAD and said that a high CAD will threaten macroeconomic stability and impact growth.
"Large fiscal deficits will accentuate the
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