RBI cuts MSF rate by 50 bps to 9.0%
The Reserve Bank of India has reduced one of the key short-term borrowing rate, the Marginal Standing Facility (MSF), by 50 basis points to 9.0%. The step has been taken as the rupee has recovered 11.4% after hitting an all-time low of 68.85 to the dollar on August 28, 2013.
What is MSF?
Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) was introduced by the Reserve Bank of India in 2011-12 as part of its monetary policy. Under this facility, banks can borrow funds from RBI at a fixed rate, which is, normally, 1% or 100 basis points above the Liquidity Adjustment Facility-repo rate, against pledging Government securities (G-Sec). Banks can borrow funds through MSF when there is a considerable shortfall of liquidity. This measure was introduced by RBI to regulate short-term asset liability mismatches more effectively.