RBI Monetary Policy Rates 5th February 2020

Current Policy Rate:

RBI Monetary Policy Highlights: 

Six bi-monthly policy review: RBI

Repo Rate 5.15%
Reverse Repo Rate 4.90%
Marginal Standing Facility(MSF) Rate 5.40%
Bank Rate 5.40%
Cash reserve Ratio(CRR) 4%
Statutory Liquidity Ratio(SLR) 18.50%

To Know More Important Update

CRR – Cash Reserve Ratio – Banks in India are required to hold a certain proportion of their deposits in the form of cash. However Banks don’t hold these as cash with themselves, they deposit such cash(aka currency chests) with Reserve Bank of India , which is considered as equivalent to holding cash with themselves. This minimum ratio (that is the part of the total deposits to be held as cash) is stipulated by the RBI and is known as the CRR or Cash Reserve Ratio.

SLR – Statutory Liquidity Ratio – Every bank is required to maintain at the close of business every day, a minimum proportion of their Net Demand and Time Liabilities as liquid assets in the form of cash, gold and un-encumbered approved securities. The ratio of liquid assets to demand and time liabilities is known as Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR). RBI is empowered to increase this ratio up to 40%. An increase in SLR also restricts the bank’s leverage position to pump more money into the economy.

Current SLR-18.50%

Note-The maximum limit of SLR is 40% and minimum limit of SLR is 0 In India
MSF – Marginal Standing facility – It is a special window for banks to borrow from RBI against approved government securities in an emergency situation like an acute cash shortage. MSF rate is higher then Repo rate. Current MSF Rate: 5.4%

Bank Rate – This is the long term rate(Repo rate is for short term) at which central bank (RBI) lends money to other banks or financial institutions. Bank rate is not used by RBI for monetary management now. It is now same as the MSF rate. Current bank rate is 5.4%

Repo rate is the rate at which the central bank of a country (Reserve Bank of India in case of India) lends money to commercial banks in the event of any shortfall of funds. Repo rate is used by monetary authorities to control inflation. Current Repo Rate-5.15%

Reverse Repo rate is the rate at which the Reserve Bank of India borrows funds from the commercial banks in the country. In other words, it is the rate at which commercial banks in India park their excess money with Reserve Bank of India usually for a short-term. Current Reverse Repo Rate as of December 2019 is 4.90%.

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