RBI holds rates amid food inflation fears

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Friday maintained policy interest rates and its monetary stance for the eighth straight review meeting amid concerns of a likely spike in food prices, but cracks in Monetary Policy Committee widened with two of the six panel members favouring easier money. It also raised the forecast of economic growth … Read more

Rate easing may have to wait, highlights RBI in its latest bulletin

Easing of rates by the Reserve Bank of India might still have to wait going by the hawkish tone in an assessment of the economy published by the RBI economists in its latest monthly bulletin. “A modest easing of headline inflation in the reading for April 2024 confirms the expectation that an uneven and lagged … Read more

RBI extends rate pause as food price pressure lingers

RBI‘s monetary policy committee on Friday decided to keep interest rates on hold for the seventh successive meeting, stating that “growth has surpassed all projections but cautioned that food price uncertainties continue to weigh on the inflation trajectory going forward”. RBI governor Shaktikanta Das said, “Two years ago, when inflation was at its peak at … Read more

Raghuram Rajan calls upon EMs to build forex reserves

  You have criticized monetary policymakers’ response to the 2008 global economic crisis, which had profound spillover effects to which they “paid insufficient heed.” In your new book, Monetary Policy and Its Unintended Consequences, you offer a “sketch of a model” showing how monetary-policy spillovers “cause leveraging, booms, and eventually busts in capital-receiving countries.” How … Read more

Fed minutes show unity on cautious approach to future rate hikes

Federal Reserve policymakers at their most recent meeting united around a strategy to “proceed carefully” on future interest-rate moves and base any further tightening on progress toward their inflation goal. “All participants agreed that the committee was in a position to proceed carefully and that policy decisions at every meeting would continue to be based … Read more

Retail inflation slows to 6.83% as vegetable prices decline

Retail inflation moderated to 6.83% in August from a 15-month high of 7.44% in July due to easing vegetable prices, offering a measure of relief to the Indian central bank and bond investors. Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based inflation, however, continued to exceed the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) target range of 2-6%. A Mint poll … Read more

Fed is done raising interest rates, economists say

The chief economists at the American Bankers Association are of the opinion that the US Federal Reserve is done with raising interest rates and will likely to cut them by roughly one percentage point next year, reported the Bloomberg. The latest forecast from the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association shows that the … Read more

Rising Risk: US Banks Face Deposit Flight Threat With Shrinking Profits

Moody’s, the credit ratings agency, recently issued a new cautionary message concerning the U.S. banking system. What Happened: Moody’s shared in a note its decision to lower the ratings of 10 regional banks and that it is contemplating whether to downgrade several major lenders, including Bank of New York Mellon Corp (NYSE:BK), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), State Street Corp (NYSE:STT), Truist Financial Corp (NYSE:TFC), Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc (NYSE:CFR) and Northern Trust Corp (NASDAQ:NTRS). … Read more