As US delays pull-back of easy money, govt may lift some forex-related controls

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The Reserve Bank of India had banned banks from trading in currency futures and exchange-traded currency options market on their own. The Reserve Bank of India had banned banks from trading in currency futures and exchange-traded currency options market on their own.
SummaryRBI is likely to make funds available for specific sectors such as small and medium enterprises.

RBI space to support growth,” said Bank of America Merrill Lynch in a note.

BofA-ML expects the RBI to reduce the MSF (marginal standing facility) rate by 50 bps to 9.75 per cent. “Alternatively, it could resume open market operations of Rs 12,000 crore to boost deposit growth,” BofA-ML said.

“The RBI can withdraw fully or partially some of the extraordinary liquidity tightening it had done to support the rupee including ceiling on LAF and steep hike in MSF. As a first measure it can ease MSF by 50 bps with a timeline for further reduction, consistent with the promise of transparent and predictable course of policy articulated by Rajan,” said Motilal Oswal, CMD, Motilal Oswal Financial Services.

“There is a chance that RBI may reverse partly, the monetary tightening measures it took during the second week of July 2013 and afterwards to address the currency crisis,” said V Balasubramanian, Fund manager, IDBI Mutual Fund.

ENS ECONOMIC BUREA

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