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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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Indias Q2FY18
India’s Q2FY18 GDP rose to 6.3% compared to 5.7% a quarter ago and 7.5% in the year ago period. GVA growth stood at 6.1% compared to 5.6% in Q1FY18
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Fiscal deficit
Fiscal deficit for the Apr-Oct period stood at Rs 5.25 tn which is 96.1% of the budgeted fiscal deficit compared to 79.3% for the corresponding period in the previous year
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In its Fifth
In its Fifth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy, RBI maintained ‘status quo’, leaving key policy rates unchanged.
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Inflation projection
Inflation projection for H2 FY18 was revised marginally upwards to 4.3%-4.7% from 4.2%-4.6% previously.
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Standing 130
Standing 130 bps higher, CPI for the month of November came in at 4.88% as compared to 3.58% in October mainly led by an unabated surge in vegetable and fuel prices. Core CPI also saw an uptick standing at 4.86% in Nov vis-à-vis 4.55% in Oct.
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November WPI
November WPI stood at 3.93% up from 3.59% observed a month ago mainly led by inflationary pressures in primary articles.
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Industrial
Industrial production as measured by IIP saw some moderation standing at 2.2% in Oct as compared to 4.2% in Sep. Strong growth impulses emanating from the mining sector aided, despite the sequential contraction observed in both manufacturing and electricity sectors.
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