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RBI rate cut to support growth: Jaitley

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By NewsGram staff writer

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on Tuesday, said that the decision of Reserve Bank of India to cut short-term lending rates by 50 basis points will support growth, while showing that inflationary pressures were now moderating.

The finance minister also welcomed the decision to allow the corporate sector to issue rupee-denominated bonds in overseas markets, often called ‘Masala Bonds’, and said it will give access to additional credit for India Inc.

“Today’s rate cut will boost investment and growth,” Jaitley said, soon after the 4th bi-monthly monetary policy update by Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, adding that the government would like to see commercial banks reciprocating with own interest rate cuts.

“We are looking forward now to the transmission of these cuts, which will help boost economy and confidence,” the finance minister added.

The central bank cut by 50 basis points its repurchase rate, or the interest charged on short-term borrowings, to 6.75 percent, which automatically cut the indexed reverse repo rate or the interest payable by the central bank on short-term deposit, to 5.75 percent.

Speaking about the rupee-denominated bonds, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said there was not only an appetite for such commercial paper in the global markets, but it would also shy the corporate sector from currency fluctuations.

“This is also the first time that the foreign portfolio investors can invest in state-governments backed securities, which was a demand raised by state governments for a long time,” Das said, adding that could translate into an inflow of Rs 51,000 crore.

(With inputs from IANS)

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RBI Working With Regulators For Better Security Lending Products, Says DG

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is currently working with other financial sector regulators like Sebi, PFRDA and Irda to develop an interest rate market

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This is broken as Rs 1,23,414 crore as surplus for year 2018-19 and another Rs 52,637 crore of excess provisions identified by the committee as per the revised Economic Capital Framework. Pixabay

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is currently working with other financial sector regulators like Sebi, PFRDA and Irda to develop an interest rate market where mutual funds, pension and insurance funds could participate in securities lending to deepen market based finance and develop an alternate to bank finance.

“IRDA, SEBI and PFRDA too could help development of interest rate markets. For instance, short selling activity could benefit if a wider pool of securities lenders can be developed.

“Insurance and pension funds, mutual funds have significant holdings of Government securities that could be used to lent to short sellers. This would avoid short-squeeze incident we saw a couple of years back, apart from generating income for these entities.

“We are working with regulators to develop a securities lending product that could enable these entities to participate in securities lending,” B.P. Kanungo, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India recently said at FIMMDA meeting in Moscow.

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Reserve Bank of India’s regional office at South Gandhi Maidan Marg, Patna. Wikimedia Commons

FIMMDA is a representative body of participants in the fixed income market in India.

He said the Indian financial sector which mostly has been a bank-based one needs to develop a robust fixed income market to bring in market discipline, to augment bank finance and indeed free up bank finance for uses that cannot access the market directly.

Development of the fixed income market has been an important objective of the Reserve Bank, the Government, the SEBI and other regulators these many years. Significant progress has been made, yet a lot remains to be achieved.

The Banking regulator is also currently looking at refurbishing some regulations on treatment of cash margins as deposits, payment of interest on such margins, posting of collateral abroad to enable participants to move to global margining standards.

“The risk management at market level is pretty robust, with central counterparty settlement, exchange traded products, trade repositories, legal entity identifier.

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But there is scope of improvement at entity-level as far as financial institutions are concerned, which will be tested with introduction of new accounting standards. Some other aspects of regulation – treatment of cash margins as deposits, payment of interest on such margins, posting of collateral abroad – are all under examination to enable participants to move to global margining standards.

Kanungo further said in the next five years the demand for bonds will significantly outstrip the supply.

“It is estimated that five years down the line, the demand for bonds will significantly outstrip the supply,” he said. (IANS)