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India’s current account deficit likely at 1.5% of GDP in 2017: Nomura

LiveMint logoLiveMint 18-09-2017 PTI

New Delhi: India’s current account deficit is expected to widen to 1.5% of GDP in 2017, from 0.6% in 2016, but net capital flows are expected to more than fund this deficit, says a Nomura report.

The Japanese financial services major said that the wider current account deficit in the second quarter and still- elevated trade deficit so far in July-August suggest that the current account deficit is set to widen sharply this year.

Nomura expects current account deficit likely at 1.5% of GDP in 2017 but noted that funding will not be a constraint. The current account deficit increased to $14.3 billion, or 2.4% of gross domestic product (GDP) in the April-June quarter of this year.

On a sequential basis, the CAD widened from $3.4 billion or 0.6% of GDP in the January-March quarter. “We expect India’s current account deficit to widen to 1.5% of GDP in 2017, from 0.6% in 2016, but we expect net capital inflows – higher net FDI inflows as well as portfolio investments – to more than fund the current account deficit,” Nomura said in a research note.

According to official data, net foreign direct investment stood at $7.2 billion in the reporting quarter almost double from its level in the same period last year. Net portfolio investment also recorded substantial inflow of $12.5 billion in April-June quarter, primarily in the debt segment, as compared to $2.1 billion in same period last year.

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