Moody’s upgrades India’s sovereign rating to Baa2 with a stable outlook, says reforms will foster growth
By Team Legistify / 2017-11-17

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US-based credit rating agency Moody’s upgraded India’s sovereign rating to Baa2 from Baa3 with a stable outlook on Friday. The rating upgrade comes after a gap of 13 years -Moody’s had last upgraded India’s rating to ‘Baa3′ in 2004. The credit rating agencies’ decision underpinned the expectation that continued progress on economic and institutional reforms will, over time, enhance India’s high growth potential and its large and stable financing base for government debt. It will also contribute to a gradual decline in general government debt burden over the medium term, it said.

Moody’s also said in a statement that it believes that recent reforms offer greater confidence that the high level of public indebtedness which is India’s principal credit weakness will remain stable, even in the event of shocks, and will ultimately decline. Back in 2015, the rating was changed to ‘positive’ from ‘stable’. The ‘Baa3’ rating was the lowest investment grade — just a notch above ‘junk’ status.

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After Moody’s upgrade, Indian Rupee jumped 61 paisa or 0.93 per cent against USD to trade at 64.72. Sensex and Nifty too jumped 1.2 per cent by 400 points and 110 points respectively after the upgrade in sovereign rating.

Meanwhile, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian on Friday told ANI the rating upgrade was a welcome development. “It’s a welcome development but we also feel it was long overdue. It’s a recognition of the actions the govt has undertaken on GST, bankruptcy and all of that,” he said.


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