RBI Comment

Business MInutes

As expected, the RBI kept its policy rate and stance unchanged. Although, the MPC decision saw two dissents instead of the one seen in the previous policy. The one positive out of the policy was the upward revision in the GDP growth forecast to 7.2% from 7% earlier for FY25. On the other hand, inflation forecasts were kept unchanged.

The RBI remains in a wait and watch mode to assess domestic developments like the monsoon performance, food inflation, and the new fiscal strategy before moving on rates. We continue to see the possibility of a rate cut in Q4 2024.

On the regulatory front, the increase in bulk deposit limit to INR 3 crore from INR 2 crore, signals the RBI’s intention to encourage banks to garner greater retail deposits to fund credit growth.

Mr. Abheek Barua, Chief Economist, HDFC Bank


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