Wednesday, 15 October 2008

RBI cuts CRR by 100 bps to 6.5%

The Reserve Bank of India, or RBI, has cut the CRR by 100 bps to 6.5% with effect October 11, reports CNBC-TV18. CRR is the amount that banks park with the central bank. The move will inject Rs 40,000 crore into the system.

The banks may borrow up to 50% of free Tier-I from foreign branches. The 0.5% NDTL Leeway on SLR will be in addition to 1% given since September 16. The additional leeway on SLR is purely a temporary measure to meet mutual funds� cash needs. The central bank said it has been continuously monitoring the liquidity situation. The banks can borrow 0.5% more of NDTL at the special repo to lend to mutual funds. The rate ceiling on 1-3 year NRE(E)RA deposit will be Libor plus 100 bps. The higher FCNR(B), NR(E)RA deposit rates are effective immediately.

On October 10, RBI had cut the cash reserve ratio, or CRR, by 150 basis points to 7.5% to infuse liquidity into the system. This included a 50 bps CRR cut on October 6.The cut injected liquidity to the tune of Rs 60,000 crore into the system.

Earlier today, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said RBI will provide Rs 25,000 crrore to lending institutions immediately, reports CNBC-TV18. "It will give Rs 7,500 crore to commercial banks and Rs 17,500 crore to Nabard, or National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development."

RBI�s measures have infused considerable additional liquidity into the market, he said. "The central bank will enable smooth flow of credit for term loans and working capital."

Source: Moneycontrol

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