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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 ..

Nirvik: New Export Credit Insurance Scheme

The Ministry of Commerce & Industries through the Export Credit Guarantee Corporation (ECGC) has launched a new Export Credit Insurance Scheme (ECIS) called NIRVIK to enhance loan availability and ease the lending process. What is Export Credit Insurance? Export credit insurance (ECI) protects an exporter of products and services against the risk of non-payment by ..

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 ..

RBI cuts policy repo rate in its 3rd bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement for FY 20

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently announcement its 3rd bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement for FY 20 (2019-20). In it, RBI reduced the policy repo rate under the Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF) by 35 basis points (bps) from 5.75% to 5.40% with immediate effect. Consequently, the reverse repo ..

Debt Management and Monetary Policy in India

The discourse on the need to separate debt management and monetary policy is doing rounds for quite a time. The view was even endorsed by the committee on capital account convertibility in 1996 because of the possible conflict of interest between monetary policy and debt management. Why the issue went to backburner? When Bimal Jalan ..

SBI introduces repo-linked home loan product

After linking its short-term loans and large savings deposits rates to the repo rate, the State Bank of India (SBI) has decided to introduce a repo rate-linked home loan product from July 1. The home loans under this product will be priced at 2.65% over the repo rate of 5.75%. So, the home loan interest ..

6-member Monetary Policy Committee of RBI reduces repo rate

On June 6, the 6-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reduced the repo rate by 25 basis points to 5.75% from 6.0% with immediate effect in its 2nd bi-monthly monetary policy statement for 2019-20. Repo rate is the interest rate at which the central bank provides liquidity to ..

SBI becomes first Indian bank to link interest rates to RBI’s repo rate

The State Bank of India (SBI) has become the first bank in the country to link its saving and loan interest rates to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s repo rate. The move assumes significance as the effective interest rate from May 1 on savings deposit above Rs 1 lakh will come down to 3.25% ..