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An Interest Rate Swap (IRS) is a financial contract between two parties exchanging or swapping a stream of interest payments for a `notional principal’ amount on multiple occasions during a specified period. Such contracts generally involve exchange of a `fixed to floating’ or `floating to floating’ rates of interest. Accordingly, on each payment date - that occurs during the swap period - cash payments based on fixed/ floating and floating rates, are made by the parties to one another.
 
In India interest rate swaps are commonly traded on 2 benchmarks viz MIBOR and MIFOR. Scheduled commercial banks (excluding Regional Rural Banks), primary dealers (PDs) and all-India financial institutions (FIs) are free to undertake IRS as a product for their own balance sheet management or for market making. CCIL has, with effect from 28th March, 2014 commenced CCP clearing for IRS trades referenced to the MIBOR and MIOIS benchmark.
 
On 3rd August, 2015 CCIL launched an anonymous electronic trading platform for Interest Rate Swaps (IRS) referenced to Overnight MIBOR benchmark known as ASTROID (Anonymous System for Trading in Rupee OTC Interest Rate Derivatives). The system is available for trading from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday. The minimum lot size is Rs 5 Crs with a tick size of 0.0025%.
 
 
 

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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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