While repo rate cut will reduce the cost of borrowing for individuals and corporates, the reduction in CRR would improve the availability of funds
Shedding its nine-month long hawkish monetary policy stance, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday slashed its key interest rates by 0.25% that would release Rs18,000 crore additional liquidity into the system to perk up growth through reduced cost of borrowing, reports PTI.
RBI governor D Subbarao in the third quarter monetary policy review surprised the market by cutting short-term lending rate called repo by 0.25% to 7.75% and cash reserve ratio (CRR) by similar margin to 4%, releasing Rs18,000 crore primary liquidity into the system.
While repo rate cut will reduce the cost of borrowing for individuals and corporates, the reduction in CRR, which is the portion of deposits that banks have to park with RBI, would improve the availability of funds.
“The stance of monetary policy in this review is intended to provide an appropriate interest rate environment to support growth as inflation risks moderate,” Subbarao said while unveiling the policy review.
The RBI, however, has reduced the growth projections for the current financial year to 5.5% from its earlier estimate of 5.8%.
On inflation, it moderated the rate to 6.8% for March-end from earlier projection of 7.5%.
Following are the highlights of the RBI's third quarter monetary policy review:
* Short-term lending rate or repo rate reduced by 0.25% to 7.75%, first time in nine months.
* Reverse repo rate stands adjusted to 6.75%.
* Reduces cash reserve ratio (CRR) by 0.25% to 4%.
* CRR cut to infuse Rs18,000 crore in system from 9th February
* RBI trims growth for fiscal 2012-13 to 5.5% from 5.8%.
* Policy action aimed at aiding growth by encouraging investment and improving liquidity to support credit flow.
* Review intends to contain inflation and anchor inflation expectations.
* RBI says inflation has come off its peak.
* Revises downward March-end inflation projection to 6.8% from 7.5%.
* Q3 CAD likely to widen beyond 5.4% of GDP.
* Bank rate stands adjusted to 8.75% with immediate effect.
* Next mid-quarter review of monetary policy on 19th March.
Hyderabad Securities and Enterprises may continue to function as any other corporate entity or any other normal broking entity but would not use the expression “stock exchange” or any variant in its name or in its subsidiary’s name
Mumbai: Capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has allowed Hyderabad Securities and Enterprises (HSEL) to exit as a stock exchange, reports PTI.
“I am of the view that it is a fit case for allowing exit HSEL (erstwhile Hyderabad Stock Exchange),” SEBI whole-time member Rajeev Kumar Agarwal said in its order dated 25th January.
“HSEL or its subsidiaries (if any) may continue to function as any other corporate entity or any other normal broking entity. Further, HSEL shall not use the expression ‘stock exchange’ or any variant in its name or in its subsidiary’s name so as to avoid any representation of present or past affiliation with the stock exchange,” he added.
According to the order, the company complied with SEBI’s exit guidelines and paid the necessary dues to the regulator, including 10% of the listing fee and the annual regulatory fee.
HSEL has shifted the companies listed exclusively on it to the dissemination board of BSE, said SEBI.
SEBI added that the company has set aside funds in order to provide for an ongoing arbitration case.
Besides, the exchange has paid an amount of Rs1 crore to it for resolving investor complaints if any, that may arise in future.
Further, HSEL has transferred Rs3.09 crore available in its “Investor Protection Fund” and “Investor Services Fund” and 1% security deposit amounting to Rs82.76 lakh available with it to the SEBI's Investor Protection And Education Fund (IPEF)
Earlier in August 2007, SEBI had de-recognised Hyderabad Stock Exchange as a bourse for failing to dilute 51% stake to non-brokers as mandated by law. About 700 stocks were listed on the HSE, but daily trading is of insignificant value.
SEBI noted that there are currently 25 stock exchanges across the country most of which are non-operational and only five have trading on their platform which includes NSE, BSE and MCX.
Nomura expects 50 basis points repo rate cuts in 2013 (including a 25 bps today) from the RBI. Consensus expectations are 75-100 bps
a) Inflation: While headline and core inflation have eased and the RBI expects inflation to moderate further in Q1 (January-March) 2013, suppressed inflation, pressure from food prices and elevated inflation expectations suggest that inflation in FY14 (year ending March 2014) could face downward rigidity.
b) The current account deficit (CAD) has emerged as a big concern. While financing has not been an issue so far, the widening CAD is unsustainable and “remains a constraint on monetary easing.”
c) Reforms have reduced immediate risks, but sustainability of recent reforms remains to be seen. Fiscal risks have moderated in FY13, but a “sustained commitment to fiscal consolidation is needed to generate monetary space.”