RBI Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy 5th August 2022 – Highlights & Key Takeaways

The Reserve Bank of India on Friday hiked the repo rate by 50 bps, taking the key policy rate back to the pre-pandemic level of 5.4 per cent. Today’s hike was the third such in a row, with which the cumulative rate hike since May is now 140 bps. The central bank’s MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) said that it remains focused on “withdrawal of accommodation” to combat the elevated inflationary pressures while also supporting growth.
“These decisions are in consonance with the objective of achieving the medium term target for consumer price index (CPI) inflation of 4 per cent within a band of +/- 2 per cent, while supporting growth,” Governor Shaktikanta Das said.
Sustained high inflation could de-stabilise inflation expectations and harm growth in the medium term, he added.

RBI’s Financial Stability Report, June 2022

Reserve Bank released the 25th issue of the Financial Stability Report (FSR), which reflects the collective assessment of the Sub-Committee of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) on risks to financial stability and the resilience of the financial system..

Why Is Rupee Falling against Dollar and What Is The Way Ahead? Where will the Rupee end up? Rupee likely to hit 81 against dollar by FY23-end.

The Indian rupee has plummeted to fresh all-time lows over the last several days as emerging market assets are battered by a global risk-off, which has triggered a flight to safe-haven assets. Meanwhile, foreign money continues to leave Indian assets even as the trade deficit worsens. The rupee’s fall these days, experts say, is primarily because of high crude oil prices, a strong dollar overseas, and foreign capital outflows.
Yet, the rupee has performed better, compared with several of its Asian peers and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is committed and well prepared to contain the volatility in the exchange rate.
In summary, the backdrop of heated inflation, Covid crisis, monetary tightening by key central banks, and supply chain disruptions sparked by the Russia-Ukraine war have slowed down global economic activity, leading to the rupee’s massive drop against the dollar.

Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman launches EASE 5.0 ‘Common reforms agenda’ for PSBs

EASE 5.0 ‘Common reforms agenda’ of EASENext program has been developed for Public Sector Banks and was launched through video-conferencing by the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on Wednesday.

RBI’s Monetary Policy Review 8th June 2022 – Key Takeaways and Highlights

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has raised the repo rate by 50 basis points, an increase for the second time in five weeks at the conclusion of the monetary policy committee’s three-day meeting on June 8. Earlier, the monetary policy committee (MPC) had held an unscheduled meeting in early May and voted unanimously for a 40 basis point repo rate hike in anticipation of a huge increase in April inflation. Consequently, the standing deposit facility (SDF) rate stands adjusted to 4.65 per cent and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the bank rate to 5.15 per cent. The MPC also voted unanimously to remain focused on the withdrawal of accommodation to ensure that inflation remains within range going forward, while supporting growth.

Reserve Bank of India launches (a) UPI for Feature Phones (UPI123pay) and (b) 24×7 Helpline for Digital Payments (DigiSaathi)

RBI launches UPI for 400 mn feature phone users to widen digital payment reach. (1) UPI123Pay – Option to make Unified Payments Interface (UPI) payments for feature phone users, and (2) DigiSaathi – a 24×7 Helpline to address the queries of digital payment users across products.

Reserve Bank of India (Credit Derivatives) Directions, 2022 – Credit Default Swaps (CDS)

In the Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies announced as a part of the Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement for 2021-22 dated February 10, 2022, regarding review of the Credit Default Swaps (CDS) Guidelines. The draft Reserve Bank of India (Credit Derivatives) Directions, 2021 were released for public comments on February 16, 2021. Based on the feedback received from the market participants, the draft Directions were reviewed and have since been finalised. The Master Direction – Reserve Bank of India (Credit Derivatives) Directions, 2022 are enclosed herewith.

RBI Bulletin January 2022

The Reserve Bank of India released the January 2022 issue of its monthly Bulletin which includes two speeches, four articles and current statistics. The four articles are: I. State of the Economy; II. Indian Agriculture: Achievements and Challenges; III. The Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Consumer Confidence in India; and IV. Changing Dynamics of Foreign Direct Investment in India.

Union Budget 2022-23 – Key Highlights and Impact on various sectors

FM Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget 2022 in Parliament. While keeping the Income Tax Slabs unchanged, FM announced a major change in taxation as far as virtual digital assets are concerned. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed a 30 per cent tax on income from transactions in such assets. Furthermore, FM Also proposed Gati Shakti Programme which will boost infrastructure and create more jobs. On education sector, FM has announced launch of a new Digital University as well as expansion of PM eVIDYA with addition of new TV channels for supplementary education.

ECONOMIC SURVEY 2021-22 – Key Highlights

The Economic Survey 2021-22 was tabled in Parliament on Monday by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman soon after the President’s address to both Houses of Parliament. The survey, presented a day before the Union Budget, underlines the state of the economy and outlines suggestions for policy actions.