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Current Repo Rate

On March 20, 2013, RBI has lowered Repo Rate by 25 basis points from 7.75% to 7.50%. The objective is ease pressure on the reviving economy.

Repo Rate, or repurchase rate, is the rate at which RBI lends to banks for short periods. This is done by RBI buying government bonds from banks with an agreement to sell them back at a fixed rate. If the RBI wants to make it more expensive for banks to borrow money, it increases the repo rate. Similarly, if it wants to make it cheaper for banks to borrow money, it reduces the repo rate.
Please note that Bank Rate and Repo Rate seem to be similar terms because in both of them RBI lends to the banks. However, Repo Rate is a short-term measure and it refers to short-term loans and used for controlling the amount of money in the market, Bank Rate is a long-term measure and is governed by the long-term monetary policies of the RBI. In broader term, bank rate is the rate of interest which a central bank charges on the loans and advances that it extends to commercial banks and other financial intermediaries. RBI uses this tool to control the money supply.
How Repo Rate Works?
When RBI reduces the Repo Rate, the banks can borrow more at a lower cost. This contributes to lowering of the rates. The effects can be seen on the markets in short term.


Last Updated: March 21, 2013


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    bank rate:-8.75
    msf :-8.75
    slr :-23

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    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) kept interest rates unchanged on Monday after cutting them in each of its previous three policy reviews, warning of upward risks to inflation posed by a falling rupee and increases in food prices.

    The RBI also called for vigilance over global economic uncertainty, citing the risks of a reversal of capital flows from emerging markets. Such outflows would exacerbate the country's high current account deficit.
    Following are highlights from the monetary policy statement:

    Policy Measures
    Keeps repo rate unchanged at 7.25 percent.
    Reverse repo rate stays at 6.25 percent.
    Cash reserve ratio unchanged at 4.00 percent.
    Marginal Standing Facility rate stays at 8.25 percent.
    Bank rate stays at 8.25 percent.

  64. Bhuvana says:

    whether repo rate is at the rate it repurchase the gvt bonds or the rate at which bank has to pay interest to the RBI