Tag: RBI Policy review

RBI sets rupee reference rate at 67.1940 against dollar

22/08/2016 16:09

The Reserve Bank of India today fixed the reference rate of the rupee at 67.1940 against the US dollar and 75.8083 for the euro.

These rates were at 66.9296 and 75.8714 respectively, last Friday.

According to an RBI statement, the exchange rates for the pound and the yen against the rupee were quoted at 87.6747 and 66.67 per 100 yens respectively, based on reference rates for the dollar and cross-currency quotes at noon.

The SDR-rupee figure will be based on this rate, the statement added.

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RBI sets rupee reference rate at 68.0144 against US dollar

RBI sets rupee reference rate at 68.0144 against US dollar

24/06/2016 14:16

The Reserve Bank of India today fixed the reference rate of the rupee at 68.0144 against the US dollar and 75.1015 for the euro.

These rates were 67.3702 and 76.3776 respectively, yesterday.

According to an RBI statement, the exchange rates for the pound and the yen against the rupee were quoted at 92.9553 and 66.45 per 100 yens, respectively, based on reference rates for the dollar and cross-currency quotes at noon.

The SDR-rupee figure will be based on this rate, the statement added.

RBI policy review: Rajan faces calls to pull the trigger

RBI policy review: Rajan faces calls to pull the trigger

05/04/2016 00:10

The Reserve Bank will unveil its first bi-monthly policy review for this fiscal today amid expectations of a 0.25-0.50 per cent cut in interest rates to boost industrial growth and economy, said the PTI report.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had pitched for policy easing, saying high rates could lead to a sluggish economy.

Bankers and experts too are expecting lower borrowing costs as the inflation trajectory is down and the government has pledged to stay on the fiscal consolidation path.

Keen to show that it means business, the government has pared the small savings interest rate by up to 1.3 per cent, providing cushion to the Reserve Bank for lowering the policy rate and for banks to pass on its benefits to consumers.

Bank of Maharashtra CMD Sushil Muhnot said: “There is possibility of RBI reducing rate by 0.25 per cent as inflation has eased.”

According to a senior official from a state-owned bank, although a 0.25 per cent rate cut has been factored in by the market, there is also a high possibility of RBI slashing it by 0.50 per cent.

Jaitley said: “The government has stuck to fiscal deficit commitments and inflation has been under control. I do hope that this movement will continue in order to make our economy more competitive with more competitive interest rates.”

Industry chambers on their part are pitching for 0.5 per cent reduction in the key interest rate.

“A 0.25 per cent cut in the policy rate is almost given, but the real impact of falling lending cost can be felt only if the central bank goes in for a bold reduction of at least 0.50 per cent,” industry body Assocham said.

Retail inflation as measured by the consumer price index eased to 5.18 per cent in February as food prices rose at a slower pace while the wholesale price index stayed in the negative territory for the 16th month in a row.

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan had last month said the government sticking to the fiscal consolidation road map in Budget was comforting, a statement which raised hopes for a rate cut in April 5 monetary policy.

RBI, in 2015, had lowered interest rates by 1.25 per cent.