August 9, 2013
India Monetary Policy Review – August 2013
At its Quarterly Monetary policy review on the 30th of July, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) maintained the benchmark repo rate at 7.25%, and the reverse repo rate at 6.25%.
- At its Quarterly Monetary policy review on the 30th of July, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) maintained the benchmark repo rate at 7.25%, and the reverse repo rate at 6.25%.
- The weak rupee, high current account deficit and concerns about outflows from Foreign Institutional Investors have influenced the decision.
- The Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) was held at 4%, and the Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) was maintained at 23%.
- This comes against a backdrop of much tighter liquidity conditions, including raising the Marginal Standing Facility rate to 10.25% (from 8.25%).
- These tightened measures will remain in place till stability is restored in the foreign exchange market.
- Growth indicators, in terms of both production and services remain weak. Food price inflation has risen, whilst core inflation has moderated further.
- The government has instituted measures to boost inflows such as boosting FDI in retail and telecoms; however, supply-side bottlenecks need to be urgently addressed.
- Group Economics is forecasting the repo rate to fall between 6.75-7% by March 2014. Any rate cut, however, will be deferred until end 2013 or early 2014 – given the unsettled external situation.
- Raghuram Rajan will become the new Governor of the RBI in early September, replacing the incumbent, Duvvuri Subbarao.
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