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The Reserve Bank of India raised its benchmark policy repo rate by 25bps to 6.25 percent on June 6th 2018 while markets expected no changes. It is the first hike in borrowing costs since January of 2014, mentioning upside risks to inflation that include higher oil prices and uncertainty in global financial markets. Policymakers said the decision is consistent with a neutral monetary policy stance and is in line with achieving the inflation target of 4 percent +/- 2 percent while supporting growth. Interest Rate in India averaged 6.66 percent from 2000 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 14.50 percent in August of 2000 and a record low of 4.25 percent in April of 2009.

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India Hikes Key Repo Rate to 6.25%


The Reserve Bank of India raised its benchmark policy repo rate by 25bps to 6.25 percent on June 6th 2018 while markets expected no changes. It is the first hike in borrowing costs since January of 2014, mentioning upside risks to inflation that include higher oil prices and uncertainty in global financial markets. Policymakers said the decision is consistent with a neutral monetary policy stance and is in line with achieving the inflation target of 4 percent +/- 2 percent while supporting growth. The reverse repo rate was also adjusted to 6 percent from 5.75 percent and the marginal standing facility rate and the Bank Rate to 6.5 percent from 6.25 percent.

Excerpts from the RBI Press Release:

Actual inflation outcomes since the April policy have evolved broadly on the lines of the projected trajectory. However, there has been an important compositional shift. While the summer momentum in vegetable prices was weaker than the usual pattern, there was an abruptacceleration in CPI inflation excluding food and fuel.

Since the MPC’s meeting in early April, the price of Indian basket of crude surged from US$ 66 a barrel to US$ 74. This, along with an increase in other global commodity prices and recent global financial market developments, has resulted in a firming up of input cost pressures, as also confirmed in the Reserve Bank’s IOS for manufacturing firms in Q2:2018-19. The resulting pick-up in the momentum of inflation excluding food, fuel and HRA has imparted persistence into higher CPI projections for 2018-19. On the other hand, food inflation has remained muted over the past few months and the usual seasonal pickup delayed, softening the projections in the short run. Taking these effects into account, projected CPI inflation for 2018-19 is revised to 4.8-4.9 per cent in H1 and 4.7 per cent in H2, including the HRA impact for central government employees, with risks tilted to the upside. Excluding the impact of HRA revisions, CPI inflation is projected at 4.6 percent in H1 and 4.7 per cent in H2.

On the basis of an overall assessment, GDP growth for 2018-19 is retained at 7.4 per cent as in the April policy. GDP growth is projected in the range of 7.5-7.6 per cent in H1 and 7.3-7.4 per cent in H2, with risks evenly balanced.

A major upside risk to the baseline inflation path in the April resolution has materialised, viz., 12 per cent increase in the price of Indian crude basket, which was sharper, earlier than expected and seems to be durable. Crude oil prices have been volatile recently and this imparts considerable uncertainty to the inflation outlook – both on the upside and the downside. Several other risks remain. First, global financial market developments have emerged as another important source of uncertainty. Second, the significant rise in households’ inflation expectations as gathered in the May 2018 round of the Reserve Bank’s survey could feed into wages and input costs in the coming months. However, the pass-through to output prices remains muted presently. Third, the staggered impact of HRA revisions by various state governments may push headline inflation up. While the statistical impact of HRA revisions will be looked through, there is a need to watch out for any second round impact on inflation. Fourth, the impact of the revision in the MSP formula for kharif crops is not possible to assess at this stage in the absence of adequate details. Fifth, as forecast by the IMD, if the monsoon is normal and well-distributed temporally and spatially, it may help keep food inflation benign. 


Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
6/6/2018 9:37:00 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-02-07 09:00 AM RBI Interest Rate Decision 6% 6% 6%
2018-04-05 09:00 AM RBI Interest Rate Decision 6% 6% 6%
2018-06-06 09:00 AM RBI Interest Rate Decision 6.25% 6% 6% 6%
2018-08-01 09:00 AM RBI Interest Rate Decision 6.25% 6.25%
2018-10-04 09:00 AM RBI Interest Rate Decision 6.25%
2018-12-05 09:00 AM RBI Interest Rate Decision 6.5%


India Money Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Interest Rate 6.25 6.00 14.50 4.25 percent [+]
Cash Reserve Ratio 4.00 4.00 10.50 4.00 percent [+]
Interbank Rate 6.48 6.52 12.97 3.10 percent [+]
Money Supply M1 31639.00 31858.60 32788.10 80.15 INR Billion [+]
Money Supply M2 32739.15 32636.44 32739.15 1127.49 INR Billion [+]
Money Supply M3 140522.02 140234.76 140522.02 123.52 INR Billion [+]
Central Bank Balance Sheet 16484.25 16276.53 23419.03 1624.31 INR Billions [+]
Foreign Exchange Reserves 405810.00 406060.00 426080.00 29048.00 USD Million [+]
Loan Growth 12.80 12.70 18.70 4.10 percent [+]
Reverse Repo Rate 6.00 5.75 13.50 3.25 percent [+]


India Interest Rate

In India, interest rate decisions are taken by the Reserve Bank of India's Central Board of Directors. The official interest rate is the benchmark repurchase rate. In 2014, the primary objective of the RBI monetary policy became price stability, giving less importance to government's borrowing, the stability of the rupee exchange rate and the need to protect exports. In February 2015, the government and the central bank agreed to set a consumer inflation target of 4 percent, with a band of plus or minus 2 percentage points, from the financial year ending in March 2017. This page provides - India Interest Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. India Interest Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.25 6.00 14.50 4.25 2000 - 2018 percent Daily




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United States 2.00 Jun/18
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Canada 1.50 Jul/18
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France 0.00 Jun/18
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Spain 0.00 Jun/18
Japan -0.10 Jun/18
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