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India’s Holdings of US Government Securities Reached Record High

In February, India’s holdings of US government securities reached 177.5 billion USD- an increase of 33.2 billion USD in one year. Top Countries Holding US Government Securities The US Treasury Department had released data on foreign holdings of its government securities on a country-wise basis. Japan is the largest holder of its securities (1.268 trillion USD). ..

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Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cuts its key lending rate

As per 4th bi – monthly Monetary Policy Statement for 2019-20, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cut  its key lending rate — repo rate – by 25 basis points to 5.15% in an effort to boost a sluggish economy as inflation remains in a comfortable zone.  This is the 5th consecutive rate cut ..

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What could be implications of RBI’s mandate to link lending rates to an external benchmark?

The Reserve Bank of India, in a recent announcement, has mandated the banks to link their lending rates for loans to an external benchmark. This has made it mandatory for the banks to pass on the benefits of rate cuts on the loans to the banks immediately. Significance of the RBI’s Announcement This is significant ..

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Merger of the 10 Public Sector Banks

In a slew of measures announced by the Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman on 30th August, 2019, to take the country out of economic doldrums, one particular step of the government has stood out. This was the planned merger of 10 public sectors into 4 banks. The anchor banks for this merger will be ..

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RBI’s Surplus Transfer

The Reserve Bank of India has transferred a surplus of Rs. 1.76 lakh crores to the Indian Government. This payment, which is equal to 1.25% of the Indian GDP (in nominal rates for 2018-19) aims to provide some breathing space for the Indian government and allow it to make a higher capital expenditure on infrastructure ..

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