Money parked by Indians in Swiss banks rose over 50% to ₹7000 crore in 2017


Team Udayavani, Jun 29, 2018, 12:39 PM IST

New Delhi: Money parked by Indians in Swiss banks rose over 50% to Swiss Francs (CHF) 1.01 billion (7,000 crore) in 2017, reversing a three-year downward trend amid India’s clampdown on suspected black money stashed there.

In comparison, the total funds held by all foreign clients of Swiss banks rose about 3% to CHF1.46 trillion or about 100 lakh crore in 2017, according to the official annual data released on June 28 by Swiss National Bank (SNB), the central banking authority of the Alpine nation.

The surge in Indian money held with Swiss banks comes as a surprise given India’s continuing clampdown on suspected black money stashed abroad, including in banks of Switzerland that used to be known for their famed secrecy walls for years.

The Indian money in Swiss banks had fallen by 45% in 2016, marking their biggest ever yearly plunge, to CHF676 million (about 4,500 crore) — the lowest ever since the European nation began making the data public in 1987.

According to the SNB data, the total funds held by Indians directly with Swiss banks rose to CHF999 million Swiss franc (6,891 crore) in 2017, while the same held through fiduciaries or wealth managers increased to CHF16.2 million (112 crore). These figures stood at CHF664.8 million and CHF11 million, respectively, at the end of 2016.

As per the latest data, the Indian money in Swiss banks included CHF464 million (3,200 crore) in the form of customer deposits, CHF152 million (1,050 crore) through other banks and CHF383 million (2,640 crore) as ‘other liabilities’ such as securities at the end of 2017.

The funds under all three heads have risen sharply, as against a huge plunge across all categories in the previous year, the SNB data showed.

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