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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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RBI slashed the Statutory Liquidity Ratio by 50 bps from 20.0% to 19.5% of banks NDTL. The ceiling on SLR security’s under HTM will also be reduced from 20.25% to 19.50% in a phased manner by March 31, 2018
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In its Fourth Bi-monthly policy, the MPC panel kept the policy rates unchanged at 6.00% while maintaining a neutral policy stance
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Consequently, the policy rates are as follows: Repo rate: 6%, Reverse Repo rate: 5.75%, MSF rate: 6.25%
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The panel revised its inflation projection upwards for the second half of FY18 to 4.2-4.6% from 4.0%-4.5% in the previous policy
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India’s eight-core sector growth came in at 4.9% compared to 2.6% observed in the previous month mainly aided by a sequential increase in output of coal, fertilizers, steel and electricity
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Real GVA growth has been revised downwards to 6.7% for FY18 from 7.3% previously
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Surprising on the downside, headline CPI for Sep-17 came in at 3.28% as food prices saw a sharp decline. Additionally, the print for Aug-17 was also revised downwards to 3.28% compared to 3.36% estimated previously.
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Core inflation, however, stood 11 bps higher at 4.61% compared to 4.50% as implementation of HRA under the 7th CPC continued to impact housing prices.
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IIP registered a 4.3% growth in Aug as compared to 1.2% observed in July led by broad based growth across all sectors, viz. Manufacturing at 3.5%, Electricity at 2.3% and Mining at 0.3%.
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