RBI announces further measures for improving domestic and foreign currency liquidity
15 Oct 2008: Further Measures-
(v) Interest Rates on NRI Deposits
(a) Interest Rates on FCNR (B) Deposits
Currently, the interest rate ceiling on FCNR(B) deposits of all maturities has been fixed at Libor/Swap rates for the corresponding maturities minus 25 basis points for the respective foreign currencies. In view of the prevailing market conditions, it has been decided:
to increase, with immediate effect, the interest rate ceiling on FCNR (B) deposits by 50 basis points, i.e., to Libor/Swap rates plus 25 basis points.
(b) Interest Rate on NR(E) RA Deposits
Currently, the interest rate ceiling on NR(E) RA for one to three years maturity should not exceed the Libor/Swap rates plus 50 basis points for US dollar of corresponding maturity. In view of the prevailing market conditions, it has been decided:
to increase, with immediate effect, the interest rate ceiling on NR(E)RA deposits by 50 basis points, i.e., to Libor/Swap rates plus 100 basis points.
(vi) Banks will be allowed to borrow funds from their overseas branches and correspondent banks up to a limit of 50 per cent of their unimpaired Tier I capital as at the close of the previous quarter or USD 10 million, whichever is higher, as against the existing limit of 25 per cent.
The above measures will be reviewed on a continuous basis in the light of the evolving liquidity conditions.
The Reserve Bank is monitoring developments in the financial markets closely and continuously and would respond swiftly and even pre-emptively to any adverse external developments impinging on domestic financial stability, price stability and inflation expectations. The Reserve Bank is committed to maintaining financial stability and active, and flexible liquidity management using all policy instruments is an integral part of this objective.
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