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Interest Rate Derivatives


An interest rate derivative is an instrument where the underlying asset is the right to pay or receive an (usually notional) amount of money at a given interest rate. In other words, interest rate derivatives are financial instruments based on an underlying financial security whose value is affected by interes rate changes. These products are used by a variety of participants in order to hedge their exposures against adverse interest rate movements. Such instruments are also used for speculation purposes, which broadly serve as an indicator for interest rate expectations. In India, the interest rate derivatives segment is at a growing stage. As of now, the interest rate derivatives permitted by regulatory guidelines in India include

 

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The Consumer Price Index (Combined) inflation for June 2022 printed at 7.01% as compared to 7.04% in the previous month.
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Headline WPI inflation
Headline WPI inflation for June 2022 printed at 15.18%, lower than 15.88% in May 2022.
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IIP growth
IIP growth for May 2022 printed at 19.64%, higher than the reading of 6.74% in April 2022, on a year-on-year basis.
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The MPC
The MPC unanimously decided to hike the policy Repo rate by 50 bps in the MPC meeting held on June 08, 2022. Consequently, key policy rates stand as follows: Standing Deposit Facility rate at 4.65%, Repo rate at 4.90% and Marginal Standing Facility and Bank rate at 5.15%.
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