RBI Press Conference Highlights
- Repo rate cut from 5.15% to 4.40% (75 bps cut). This will also help in effective transmission mainly to retail and MSME loans, as these loans need to be benchmarked to external rates and repo rate is the core rate
- The reverse repo rate has been lowered to 4% in order to boost credit flow in the system rather than parking money with RBI
- The growth outlook for 2020 and 2021 is at risk mainly on account of the intensity and magnitude of virus spread and the fear of recession
- INR 1 tn of Targeted Long Term Repo Operations (TLTRO) is provided to banks which compulsorily need to be invested in investment-grade bonds and commercial papers. This will provide the necessary liquidity to the bond where the yields had spiked in the recent past for lack of liquidity
- CRR has been reduced to 3% (100 bps cut) to infuse additional liquidity of INR 1.37 tn in the system. Also, accommodation under MSF increased to 3% which provides another INR 1.37 tn in the system
- All the above measures will likely inject INR 3.74 tn in the system
- 3 months of moratorium has been allowed on all installments of term loans including retail loans
- Deferment of interest is allowed on working capital loans provided to businesses for 3 months
Thus the RBI has unleashed its Bazooga in order to provide necessary liquidity into the system in order to maintain the financial stability to the system. This should lead to confidence in the financial markets and may arrest the increased selling witnessed in the past 1 month. The above measures along with the welfare schemes announced by the Government yesterday should provide confidence, that necessary support will be provided both from the fiscal and monetary policy end, in order to build confidence in the system. However, the economic impact on account of lockdown and the spread of the virus cannot be ignored and thus it will keep the financial market participants on the edge.
VISHVARAJ VINODRAJ GUPTAPosted at 21:56h, 29 March
I would like to understand the impact on Debt Market and Debt Mutual funds on account of the Market Slowdown and corona virus. Will this current situation lead to lower returns from the Debt market
Gaurav ChakrabortyPosted at 07:37h, 06 April
Corona Virus has lead to an economic slowdown and it will impact debt mutual funds as well. In the last few weeks, we have already seen its impact on liquid funds (due to an increase in yields ), also expecting its impact on corporate / credit funds (due to economy slowdown) in the near future. Also, the recent measures by RBI were unable to calm the nerves of debt market which may lead to some further selloff in the debt market. You can reach us directly on +91-9167451886 or drop a mail at email@example.com for further queries.