Repo Rate Hike

Have rate hikes been front-ended for 2018? The August monetary policy was not on the same plane as the June policy. Ahead of the June policy there was a virtual unanimity that the RBI would hike rate by 25 basis points. Inflation had gone up sharply and neither crude nor food inflation was giving any…

June Credit Policy

RBI could interject with a 25 basis points rate hike… Most reports coming out ahead of the June credit policy appear to be hinting at a status quo on rates. The RBI has been expressing concerns over prices but the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has generally veered towards a status quo on rates. However, June…

Current Account

The CAD is a lot more worrisome than the trade deficit… During the week the trade data was announced wherein the trade deficit came in sharply lower at $12 billion. This is in comparison to $16 billion reported in the month of January. Even the growth in exports of goods was sharper than the previous…