In the current scenario, where the liquidity is awash, the RBI has effectively increased the rates without touching the repo rate by narrowing the policy corridor.
At a time when banks desperately need some returns from their investment book, a CRR hike can do more harm.
With RBI's decision today, all the loans are set to become costlier. The car and home loans and the EMIs will also be impacted with this move. Pradeep Jain, chairman of Parsvnath Developers told CNBC-TV18 that the demand for home loans would not be sluggish.
Rajiv Anand of Axis Mutual Fund, in an exclusive interview to CNBC-TV18, said that growth will impacted due to hike in interest rates. “It will not be appropriate to be overly bearish on bonds right now as they may go up by another 5-10 basis points,” said Anand.
Jim Walker, the managing director of Asianomics Limited says the RBI's rate hike is inline with their expectations.
K Sridharan, chief financial officer of Ashok Leyland, tells CNBC-TV's Udayan Mukherjee and Mitali Mukherjee that the auto industry has already seen a major impact of monetary tightening. Higher interest rates have affected the companies in terms of their net realisation and net retained earnings, out of the freight rates they earn.
Given that inflation is still very much on the RBI's mind, the market does not expect a pause but a 25 basis points rate hike. And Leif Eskesen, Chief Economist-India & ASEAN, HSBC Global Research agrees with what market seems to have priced in today.
According to a CNBC-TV18 poll, 70 % believe the RBI will go ahead with a 25 bps hike.
All eyes will be on the credit policy today. A CNBC-TV18 poll suggests 70 % believe the RBI will go ahead with a 25 bps hike. Goldman Sachs, however, differs and says there could be a pause. It feels there are no longer massive inflationary pressures and growth is more important.
It’s a big day for the market with the much awaited RBI’s mid quarter review. With all eyes on what move the apex bank could take, CNBC-TV18's managing editor Udayan Mukherjee hopes it doesn't turn out to be a dud event.
The central bank will announce its mid-quarter policy review tomorrow. An overwhelming majority feel that this current hike will be the last one for 2011, reports CNBC-TV18's Gopika Gopakumar.
Tushar Poddar, vice president and chief India economist, Goldman Sachs, told CNBC-TV18 that the RBI may take a decision to pause rate hike in its policy meet on Friday as it has done enough tightening already.