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MUMBAI, Dec 1 (Reuters) - A month into India's pilot project for using an official digital rupee for inter-bank and institutional transactions, stakeholders are seeing no benefits, several bankers said. But in the initial trial banks have been using it for settlements with each other - with no particular advantage, according to bankers. Another issue is that, since e-rupee transactions do not wholly replace those using established procedures, they add to banks' accounting work. It would also offer a safer means of digital payment in retail use, the RBI said. UPI, an instant real-time consumer payments system that lets users transfer money between banks without disclosing account details, has been a factor in India's soaring digital payment volume.
COLOMBO, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's central bank on Thursday threatened administrative intervention to control high market interest rates that it regarded as out of line with the inflation outlook. Any such action, interpreted by economists as meaning it might push market rates down, would lower the government's high borrowing costs. However, it was unclear how the central bank could force investors to support public finances at lower rates than they expected. "If an appropriate downward adjustment in the market interest rates would not take place in line with the envisaged disinflation path, the central bank will be compelled to impose administrative measures to prevent any undue movements in market interest rates," CBSL said in a statement. "The statement was quite aggressive in saying they are prepared to use non-policy rate tools to nudge market rates, including deposit rates, lower," he added.
COLOMBO, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's central bank held interest rates steady on Thursday, as widely expected, but said it expected a moderation in market interest rates in line with prevailing policy rates. The Standing Lending Facility (LKSLFR=ECI) rate was held steady at 15.50% while the Standing Deposit Facility Rate (LKSDFR=ECI) was kept unchanged at 14.50%. "If an appropriate downward adjustment in the market interest rates would not take place in line with the envisaged disinflation path, the central bank will be compelled to impose administrative measures to prevent any undue movements in market interest rates," it added. Thirteen out of 15 economists and analysts polled by Reuters had forecast the central bank's interest rates to remain unchanged as it waited to see effects of its earlier hikes to filter through to prices and the broader economy. Sri Lanka, which defaulted on its foreign debt repayments in May, secured a preliminary IMF deal for a $2.9 billion bailout in early September.
COLOMBO, Nov 14 (Reuters) - The crisis-hit Sri Lankan economy can turnaround by end of 2023 if budget policies, which are not limited to the International Monetary Fund's recommendations, are followed, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said in the budget speech on Monday. IMF recommendations have only been looked at to stabilise the economy, Wickremesinghe, who is also the country's finance minister, told parliament, delivering the first annual budget since he took office in July. The budget is likely to include specific measures aimed at reducing the government's deficit and persuading the International Monetary Fund to provide a desperately needed bailout package. Wickremesinghe said the government plans to reduce debt to less than 100% of GDP over the medium term and achieving economic growth of 7%. Reporting by Uditha Jayasinghe; Writing by Swati Bhat; Editing by Simon Cameron-MooreOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
REUTERS/Nandan MandayamNEW DELHI, Nov 12 (Reuters) - India's retail price inflation is expected to fall below 7% in October from 7.41% in September, Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das said on Saturday. The medium-term inflation target should continue to be held at 4%, he added. "If it (inflation) remains above 6% for a prolonged period, it will be detrimental to growth, hence 6% has been kept as the upper tolerance band," he said. Das said it was too early to get into a debate about whether inflation is likely to stay higher for longer. The change in inflation target could indicate that the central banks are less committed to "fight the war against inflation.
read moreThe partially convertible rupee was trading at 83.16/17 per dollar by 0436 GMT, compared to its close of 83.02 on Wednesday. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register"We can expect the dollar to continue strengthening as long as the Fed maintains its super hawkish stance. read moreTraders said the falling interest rate differential between India and the U.S. could continue to pressure the rupee. Shilan Shah, India economist at Capital Economics, said in a recent note that 50 bps rate hikes may be off-the-table at the RBI's meeting in early December. "We think other MPC members will have seen enough evidence of growth coming off the boil and price pressures peaking.
Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterTo defend the rupee, the Reserve Bank of India has dipped into its forex reserves. "It would be important to rebuild FX reserves for sure. Reuters GraphicsUNPROFITABLE SPREADSBack in 2013, the RBI had offered to swap the U.S. dollars banks had raised via foreign currency non-resident (FCNR) deposits or foreign currency funding for rupees at concessional rates. And while reserves at current levels are adequate to cover more than eight months of imports, analysts say a sustained depletion could cause some concern. Bank of Baroda's Sabnavis suggested floating sovereign bonds, like the Resurgent India bonds (RIBs) India Millennium Deposit bonds (IMDs) in the past, to help boost forex reserves.
MUMBAI, Oct 17 (Reuters) - India's central bank should pause interest rate hikes, despite unacceptably high inflation, to avoid stalling a recovery in economic growth, monetary policy committee member Jayant Varma told Reuters on Monday. Varma, in his written MPC minutes, had said the country's economic growth outlook is "very fragile" and warned it could be "dangerous" to push the policy rate much higher. Varma said he would prefer the repo rate being held close to 6% for several quarters until inflation is stamped out. In his minutes, Varma had warned against using monetary policy to manage the fall in the currency, saying the external sector should be managed by other instruments. Further, raising the repo rate to ensure the interest rate differentials remain favourable for India was not a part of the MPC's mandate, particularly when there was lower risk of it causing imported inflation, he suggested.
REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/FilesMUMBAI, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Indian banks may be forced to compete harder to boost deposits amid tightening liquidity and rising credit demand ahead of the festive season, analysts warned. "We think the real challenge is the gap between deposit growth and loan growth, as deposit growth is weak, at 9.5% YoY – a good 600 bps below loan growth," said Suresh Ganapathy, head of financials research at Macquarie. "Borrowing from the market to fund credit growth is just one of the ways and after a while it isn't sustainable. Rates for bulk deposits, or deposits of over 20 million rupees, are rising more rapidly than retail, highlighting banks' focus on raising more funds quicker. The incremental credit deposit ratio has already crossed 100%, suggesting that banks have started lending more than the total deposits they hold.
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