India Monetary Policy Review – September 2015

The RBI announced a number of important regulatory measures, including greater overseas participation in Government bonds, and steps to boost the depth of the foreign currency market.

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Summary and Overview:

  • The RBI cut the benchmark Repo rate by an outsized 50bp on the 29th of September to 6.75%.
  • In addition to muted inflationary pressures and limited evidence of a pickup in growth, global factors (particularly around Emerging markets) influenced this decision.
  • The RBI will work with the Government to exert pressure on banks to pass on most of the 125bps of rate cuts this year.
  • Looking forward, NAB Economics is forecasting the RBI to remain on hold for the rest of 2015, with the Repo rate to remain at 6.75%.
  • Further ahead, NAB Economics is forecasting 2 more cuts to the Repo rate in 2016, with the Repo rate expected to end 2016 at 6.25%.
  • The risks to the forecasts are evenly balanced.
  • In addition, the RBI announced a number of important regulatory measures, including greater overseas participation in Government bonds, and steps to boost the depth of the foreign currency market.

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