RBI Cuts Key Interest Rate By 0.25 Per Cent, Changes Policy Stance To ‘Neutral’

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04/08/2019

RBI CutsPaying off lower monthly installments is really a relief for people taking home loans or any other form of loan. Taking a viable step in this direction, RBI or Reserve Bank of India has managed to cut the benchmark of interest rate by 0.25 percent. Now, it has dropped from 6.50 percent to 6.25 percent. This decision is a blessing in disguise for people paying whooping monthly installments on home loans. It was done to stay within the target range because of the expectation of inflation.  Apart from RBI, the Central Bank changed its fiscal policy stance to neutral, which was earlier signified as calibrated tightening. The step was taken by the authorities to reduce load over interest rate paid by borrowers.

As a part of the initial policy review under Governor Shaktikanta Das, the Monetary Policy Committee comprising of sex members voted in the ratio of 4:2 favoring rate cuts. Though, the decision to alter policy stance was undisputed. Definitely stating, the RBI dropped its evaluations on headline inflation that eased to an 18-month low of 2.2 percent in December for the following year. It is expected that the number should come at 2.8 percent in March quarter, 3.2-3.4 per cent in first part of subsequent financial and 3.9 percent in third quarter of Fiscal Year 2020. This lowing of the interest rate will be beneficial for commoners, professionals and even corporates in terms of taking loan.

“Headline inflation is anticipated to stay easy in the forthcoming term, imitating the existing low level of inflation and the gentle food inflation view, the MPC resolution said, that “we need to be observant of oil prices, potato prices, trade pressures, health and education rise, economic market instability and monsoon consequences”.

The rate cut is in accordance of accomplishing the objective of upholding inflation at the 4 percent level and even supporting growth. Acting in this matter, Deputy Governor Viral Acharya and another MPC member named Chetan Ghate, supported for status quo in interest rates. On the other side of the coin, Shaktikanta Das and three others vouched for an amendment in the interest rates. Certainly it should be known that people face a lot of problem in paying off higher interest rates owing to their financial instability. A cut in interest rates will give them a sigh of relief for sure

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